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Gordon Atkinson's picture

MAC V PC - There and Back Again - Part 1

One man’s journey from the darkness, into the light, and then back to the darkness, which turned out to be not as dark as he remembered.

I wanted to buy a Macintosh back in 1991 when I sold a bunch of stuff and managed to scrape together $1200 for a computer. Sadly, that left me about $1200 short with nothing left to sell. So instead I bought a XT running DOS 3.1 with 256k of RAM, a 20 meg hard drive, floppy drives, and an amber monochrome monitor. I’ve been joined to my computer(s) at the hip ever since.

What tends to happen is you begin the journey with a Mac or a PC, and you stick with it. Mac people swear they would rather die than switch, and given how they line up like lemmings to buy whatever their Apple overlords tell them to buy, I tend to believe them. PC users, on the other hand, tend to be classic geeks and nerds, which is understandable because these are the sort of people who want to get into their computers - into both the hardware and the software. The Mac hardware and software are locked up tighter than an Amish maiden, while every PC I’ve ever owned had a case held together by its one remaining screw and 2 or 3 hard drives hanging out the side. The last PC I built had a spare CD drive in it, just so I could have somewhere to put my coffee cup.

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Microsoft Links for the week

IMGP7033-800

For reference, the fix for cPanel servers is to create a file called all_php5 under /var/cpanel/easy/apache/rawopts/ and add the following two lines then recompile Apache:

  • -with-expat=builtin
    -with-libexpat-dir=/usr/lib

For those who are not using cPanel but instead manually compile PHP, the fix is to add the following line after the other ./configuration options then build as usual:

  • --with-expat=builtin --with-libexpat-dir=/usr/lib
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SBS2008, Windows 7 and more

SBS2008

We have our new server commissioned and running.

IMG_6704 Hardware Specs

  • ASUS TS700-E4/RX8 Intel Core Xeon Server
  • 2 x Intel Quad Core Xeon 5405 1.6GHz CPU
  • ASUS Server Mainboard
  • 32GB of ECC Fully Buffered DDRII RAM (4 x 8GB)
  • 12 DIMM slots support Quad channel DDR2 533/667 FBD up to 48GB
  • ASUS Pedestal Server Chassis with 730W Power Supply
  • 2 x 300GB Seagate SAS Hard Drives
  • 2 x 1TB Seagate Drives 24/7
  • up to 8 hot-swap SAS or SATAII HDDs
  • Onboard RAID 0, 1, 1E
  • Hardware RAID 5 via optional ZCR RAID card
  • 2 PCI-X 133/100 MHz (one support ZCR RAID card)
  • 2 PCI-E x 8 slots
  • 1 PCI-E x 16 (x8 link)
  • ASUS 16x DVD-RW Drive
  • Dual Intel Gigabit LAN
  • ASUS ASWM 2.0 & Server Anti-virus License
  • 3 Years Hardware Warranty
  • Powerware 5110/1500VA UPS

We are running SBS2008 which works very nicely. We found that there is a dearth of how to’s out there on the web in relation to a number of specific configuration issues we came across but we seem to have solved most of them now. We did use Philip’s excellent SBS 2008 setup list as a starting point. We also found lots of good helpful stuff on his website. we were both doing similar migrations from SBS 2003. In our case we didn't use any migration tools but manually moved data and mail. I actually copied every users mail out of exchange into a PST file, and then re-imported them into the new box from the PST file. The main reason for this was to avoid bringing over corrupted profiles and other bits and pieces from the old server. The value of this paying off already with quick profile load times and no errors.

Here are some useful SBS2008 articles from Philip:

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Windows 7 Release Candidate - email from Microsoft

Download Windows 7 Release Candidate.

A big thanks to everyone who participated in the Windows 7 Beta program. Your feedback was invaluable to Windows 7 engineering teams and has helped make Windows 7 the best Microsoft operating system to date. So far the beta has received very favorable reviews, like this one from CNET. The beta’s success has encouraged many companies to decide to migrate to Windows 7 upon release to market. Because the anticipation for the Windows 7 full release is so high, we believe the business opportunity for partners is unprecedented.
So, we couldn’t be more excited to bring you the next phase in Microsoft’s march toward the final release of this operating system. The RC is publicly available—download it now.
Get started with Windows 7 today—and get a head start when it comes to conversations with your customers about their platform and software options.

What’s new in Windows 7 RC