Phenom X4 9500 vs Phenom II X4 955
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My primary concern to upgrade was photo editing. I have a Canon Rebel XSI (450D), which takes 12MP photos. Unfortunately, I'm not yet a very good photographer, probably just need more practice. Anyway, editing photos became a frequent task. For some reason Phenom 9500 is pretty slow on those large ones. And it used to take me around 2-3 seconds to perform simple transformations. Having heard enough about the benefits of Phenom II, I decided to push forward and buy Phenom 955.

DL380 G6 - Unexpected Reboot
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I noticed many people on the net are looking for this review, or at least for anything that could prove they are not alone. Well, guys, here's what you wanted to hear - yes, our 9 x G6 DL380 servers kept rebooting unexpectedly for quite a while. Not all at once, but still annoying. It all happened at random until we contacted HP and their tech told us to update firmware.

Run Internet Explorer 5.5, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 on Windows 7
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There is no catch about that. You don't need powerful software to support 3 virtual XPs to run XP mode in Windows Virtual PC, or anything like that. When I heard this being possible on an old PC with no real prerequisites, and for free, I was amazed.

PowerShell - Query Oracle Database
· β˜• 2 min read
You might have already googled other pages to help you on this. You even probably have found some PowerShell function like the one below [...] Still something makes this one different. Here are some tricks used here [...]

Acronis True Image 2010 for 30$
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Everybody is trying to survive on the market these days. Acronis is no exclusion. Having made a partnership agreement with Seagate, they actually give away the limited version of Acronis True Image along with Seagate drives. This means FOR FREE!

Windows 7 - Activation Problems
· β˜• 1 min read
Error 0x8007232B started to appear on each startup saying something about DNS/KMS problems. I felt something was wrong with the system. So I went to My Computer/Properties and found that for some reason my copy had 27 days to activate. Apparently, activation was reset due to installation or updates as I didn't update any piece of hardware.

G6 + Everest 5.02 = BSOD ?
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As you probably remember by previous articles, we have some HP G6 servers to play with. And I was quite surprised to see them fall periodically after Everest is launched. Strangely enough, when launched on a randomly picked server, around 33% Everest causes a BSOD.

PowerShell - view current version
· β˜• 1 min read
I'm usually lazy to remember which version of PowerShell (if any) was installed on each and every server in our site. Because each generation of OS has its own way to install/reinstall PowerShell, sometimes I need to see if it's anything there already and I need to perform a clean up.

Outlook 2007 SP2 works with Exchange 2007 SP1?
· β˜• 2 min read
Indeed, yet until now I was never able to make it work with our Exchange. Strange, it does work perfectly with direct on demand connection (common user’s home setup), but fails within Exchange. You are prompted to search for solution; however Microsoft won’t help you with that. A bug?