One of the computers we purchased for a customer came with a 3 year onsite warranty. The extra 2 years of warranty was provided by U-NITED Warranties (aka United Warranty) (http://www.u-nited.com.au/ or http://www.unitedelectrical.com.au/).
As of today I am still waiting for a response as to where the machine is.
March 4th Update:
March 7th. Still no update.
March 14th. After a lot of bitching I was finally able to get a part refund on the computer so that I can replace it myself! So crap, but I can get a new machine much faster than this company can return phone calls!
I will never use this company again for anything.
Automatically patch 250+ computers with all the latest apps in a couple of clicks. The wonders of having remote scripting control over all computers we look after (Windows, Mac and Linux). Although Kaseya is a very heavy program (my server has 5gb of ram just for it!) it does so much useful stuff. Handles windows event log collection, patch management, application deployment, alerting, remote control, silent scripting, remote command line, registry editor, reporting, anti-virus and malware and a bunch of other things. Basically means I can manage any machine from a web browser without needing to login to the actual computer (also no VPN needed). Yay! Only issue is that I cannot remote control from an iPad.
I take my recommendation back. Ninite are now charging much much more per month than before. I have yet to work out what the new cost gives me, so at this stage I cannot recommend it.
You can purchase some really cheap computers these days. Makes me wonder why cloud computing is so popular (hint people are lazy).
Xeon 2.5GHz Quad
2x500TB Raid 1 HDDs (SATA so not great, but should be fine)
24gb Ram (yeah sweet)
Windows SBS 2011
3 year onsite warranty.
1gb ethernet link with unlimited transfer between server and workstations :p
24gb Ram and SBS for less than $3k, seriously nice.
It has been interesting to see my clients thoughts on cloud computing. Some are all for it, while others won't touch it. Long term it seems like the only solution, but for many customers they simply don't trust these cloud providers (and I'm mostly in agreement).
So after upgrading my Core2Duo 2.4GHz MBP to have an SSD, my i7 iMac is basically unusable now....
Sure having an i7 chip is nice (I run a bunch of VMs, xcode, bloated iTunes and the famous ram hog Safari) but 8gb isn't enough ram and the slow HDD just kills it.
Basically I need at least 16gb of ram or an SSD (both would be nice!).
Same issue with the MacBook Air (not that I own one), just needs 8gb of ram and it would be sweet, 4gb isn't enough at all.
traceroute6 to ns3.dalegroup.net (2001:470:1:41:a800:ff:fe59:ad77) from 2001:44b8:73f3:30a0:223:6cff:fe87:d1b0, 64 hops max, 12 byte packets
So my old MacBook Pro has been working pretty well for 2 years now, but it was sloooow.
So I purchased an SSD for it, and wow. It now feels faster than my 27" i7 iMac!
Any new computer I purchase now will need an SSD, I am very impressed with the speed increase.
So yeah, SSD for the win!
We're finally moving one of our clients away from Gmail. We have be using Gmail there for the last few years and it has been painful.
The product is bad. We have had a number of times where email accounts will be locked out for no reason, passwords will be rejected and the stupid capture is impossible to read (required to unlock the account).
The email threading confuses most people I've talked to and it doesn't work correctly with many email clients.
The web interface isn't designed well and I don't like the idea of an advertising company having access to my email.
On the iPhone gmail is also really slow at sending/receiving emails compared to my email server.
The only good thing about Gmail is the search, but Mail.app on the mac seems to work just as well.
In fact most of the google products I have used aren't that good. Postini has the worst admin interface I have ever seen, it is really slow and again another bad design.
I don't understand why so many of googles products are so lacking. I would say that they offer just enough features to get people locked into their system.
I don't think I'll ever recommend a business use Google for anything.
I've always wanted an awesome remote control car, so I picked up a netduino a couple of weeks ago and have decided to build a remote control car.
So far the parts I have:
I'll need to get some more stuff for the remote control.
Anyway this is how it looks so far:
All the parts were ordered online from here.