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We ran into an issue, where we migrated one of our servers. We gave it a new name, but most of our users still recognized it as the old server. To make it easy on everyone, a simple cname with the old name pointed to the new server solved most of the issue. However, browsing the network didn’t reveal the old network name. Just the new one. The solution is to add an alternative netbios name to the registry.

The guys over at Droid-Life have been a riot today. I had to post these…

“Steve… Can you hear me now?”

“No… You’re still holding it wrong.”


There once was a man named Steve
“Magical” status his phone did achieve
Then a Droid set us free
Apps approved no Third Degree
On a network that’s NOT AT&T’s


If your iPhone is letting you down
Dropped calls are making you frown
Then give Android a try
Get a deal at Wirefly
Their prices will truely astound


There was an old man named Jobs
His shiny phones were perfect for snobs
Then a Droid came along
Mulitasking all day long
With a glowing eye that pulses and throbs


There once was a phone from Cupertino
It’s screen a grid of blocks like in Keno
But then Android arrived
Running Widgets in stride
Now the Iphone looks dated as Devo


In a black turtleneck & blue jeans
He says “check out the res of my screens”
But we are Droids & of course
We prefer opensource
And avoid his walled garden by all means


I actually tried out an iphone 4 the other day while perusing things I won’t buy at the mall (well, I did end up getting a burger and fries). It was the first iphone I’ve ever used.

My impressions? Nice screen, but not any tangibly nicer than my Droid’s. The hardware itself looks nice enough; sleek, compact, and all that. But the real meat and taters was the UI. I have to say, it was, well . . . crap. Sure, it scrolls and such nicely, but it’s just a bunch of screens with apps! I asked my buddy who was with me (a devout Apple acolyte) how I could access the apps, and he was like, “you just scroll through the screens and they’re all there.”

For serious? This is the vaunted UI that all the Apple fanbois go ga-ga over? It’s a freakin’ app drawer! Here’s how to make your Android device an iphone: open the app drawer whenever you start up. Don’t use widgets, live wallpaper, shortcuts, etc. Do everything from your app drawer. Done. You’ll be all like, “OMG it’s so teh fastar! Scrolling is sooo smooth! Bestest UI EVAR!!!!1”

Sorry for the rant; I’m just a bit less than whelmed after hearing so much about how iphone’s UI is sooo much better than Android’s. Believe it or not, I entered into the demo with an open mind and the expectation to be truly impressed. All that was really impressed upon me, though, is that the blinders on Apple fanbois are more like eyepatches with pinholes. –Droidzilla

Thanks guys… That made my day =)

Source: Droid-Life

UPX does a fantastic job at compressing executables. However, it does not support .NET.

MPRESS does.

MPRESS makes programs and libraries smaller, and decrease start time when the application loaded from a slow removable media or from the network. It uses in-place decompression technique, which allows to decompress the executable without memory overhead or other drawbacks; it also protects programs against reverse engineering by non-professional hackers. Programs compressed with MPRESS run exactly as before, with no runtime performance penalties.
MPRESS is absolutely free of charge software.

I’ve been using this for awhile now, and have to say its great. Many of my .NET apps are cut down by 50% or more.

Check it out!

From Sempai.inFo –

My buddy was going to check out a website on his phone (url wont be disclosed) when he opened up the default “Internet” app and cleared out the address bar and typed “” with no quotes, the auto complete came up as this is not a site he has ever been too on his phone.. To confirm this wasn’t just by chance I grabbed my phone and attempted to recreate the issue.. it did the same thing on mine..

For the record, it doesn’t appear on my default browser, nor xScope, using the BuglessBeast rom on my Droid… Still…. be cautious out there.

As much as I love Diskeeper, it’s expensive. The windows defragmenter in Vista/7/Server 2008 is better than earlier versions. The problem, however, is that we still have some Server 2003 OS’s in our environment.

Two products that I tested were “Free Disk Defrag” from The Flexomizer, and UltraDefrag. While the first worked OK, there was no 64 bit support. UltraDefrag does.

UltraDefrag has a simple GUI and a command-line interface. It also has another option besides defrag called optimize. Optimize piles your defragmented data towards the front of your drive, leaving your white-space at the end.

I scheduled UltraDefrag to run on all fixed volumes every Friday night, across all of our servers.
Problem solved.