Sunday, December 16, 2012

Pandora on Xbox 360

  • You want to stream Pandora internet radio from your Xbox 360
  • Pandora has not yet released an Xbox 360 app
  • Download the internet explorer app and browse to
  • I highly recommend using Xbox glass to navigate and fill out your Pandora account information

Monday, December 3, 2012

Microsoft Surface / Window RT missing Bluetooth DUN support

  • No Bluetooth DUN (Dial Up Networking)
    • BthModem is not supported by the Microsoft Bluetooth Stack
    • This means standard Bluetooth Dial Up Networking is not available
    • If you have a mobile phone, you must use a USB or WiFi tether unless PDAnet, FoxFI,, or similar partner develops a custom driver specifically for these devices

Cloud Hosted Dev, Test, Training, and Demo environments

This article is in progress.  The purpose is to identify and compare preconfigured cloud hosted virtualized development, testing, training, and demonstration hosting providers.

  1. Preconfigured Servers (ex: Preloaded SharePoint Server)
    1. Licenses Included
    2. BYOL (Bring your own licenses)
  2. Automatic suspend and resume
  3. Clone VMs
  4. Snapshots
  5. VM Sharing (transfer your VM to a team member's account)
  6. Export VM (for use locally)
  7. Public IP or URL
  8. VPN Tunnel
  9. Scalability
Pricing Considerations
  1. Simultaneous users
  2. Processing or Usage time
  3. CPUs
  4. Bandwidth
  5. Per VM
  6. Disk usage
  7. RAM
  8. Public IP or URL
Hosting Providers
  • CloudShare
    • ProPlus (8GB RAM, 300GB Disk for $60/month)
      • Features: 1.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6?, 7*
        • 6?: More difficult to request this since the licenses are included
        • 7*: Public URL redirector.  Unreliable in my experience.  May not work if the machine was auto-suspended.
      • Performance: Lackluster.  Takes 5 to 10 seconds to load some standard pages.  Can be time consuming to wait for servers to resume from suspend (3-4 times per day).  Limited CPU allocation.
  • Skytap
    • Features: 1.2*, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    • 1.2*: These templates are not provisioned as well as CloudShare.  Recommend bringing your own VM as well as licenses.
    • Performance: Untested.

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