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Windows Home Server 2011 released to manufacturers

Just a little under two months after its release candidate went live, Windows Home Server (WHS) 2011 has been finalized and released into the wild. The new version of Microsoft's slick, do-it-all server OS is a big step forward from its predecessor. Built on the Windows Server 2008 R2 base, Home Server 2011 features a simpler dashboard, a better backup solution, dead simple remote access to ...

Mac OS X Lion features multi-user remoting, offers inexpensive Windows Server alternative

Right down at the bottom of the Mac OS X Lion page on the Apple website is a tidbit that we should probably pay more attention to: OS X Lion will come with Lion Server built-in. It will be included on the same disc -- it will come pre-installed with every Mac that Apple sells. You will get all of the juicy Server features for free. Now, this isn't to say that Lion Server has an overwhelming fea...

Google Chrome to add option for custom DNS servers

Google Chrome's (and Chromium's) about:flags page is becoming quite the playground for intrepid feature testers. In a recent Chromium snapshot build, another handy new feature has appeared: user-specified DNS servers. Being able to specify custom servers right in the browser might not be a big deal on other operating systems -- where you can already do that in your network settings. On Chrome ...

Facebook doubles its server count from 30,000 to 60,000 in just six months

Speaking at the O'Reilly Velocity conference, Facebook's Tom Cook presented a slide that puts Facebook's rapid user growth into perspective. Actual numbers were carefully omitted, but Data Center Knowledge performed some easy deduction to conclude that the top peak represents 60,000 servers. The plateau towards the end of 2009 represents 30,000 servers -- so they've installed 30,000 servers ...

BitTorrent finds another legal use: Facebook's server farms

Say what you like about BitTorrent and the culture of piratical drugged-up junkies that it fuels, but the fact is: big businesses keep finding excellent, legitimate uses for torrents. Today, Facebook came out and admitted that BitTorrent powers the transfer of new code between each and every one of its servers. You wouldn't have thought it troublesome -- source code is fairly lightweight after ...

Five Android apps for IT admins

If you're an IT Administrator (or even a developer who's lucky enough to "own" the server your apps run on), you've seen this go down before - you're out and about, having a great time when the phone rings. Something is horribly broken and needs your magic touch right away. Surely it's as simple as bouncing a system process - 2 minutes tops! Unfortunately, you're nowhere near a PC to type in th...

Five great Android apps for IT admins

With all the hoopla that surrounds the iPhone OS it's hard for some to imagine that some geeks...don't have (or want) an iPhone. Android, Google's mobile platform has been getting a lot of credit and recognition, especially as their app store continues. Once you get past the cheesy games and fart machines, Android offers some great tools to people when they aren't tied down to a desk. For serve...

RIM give away BlackBerry server software to bolster small- and medium-sized businesses

You're probably aware, from the flurry of mobile-centric news, that the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona has exposed some great new developments in the world of smartphones. This bit of news, from the creators of the BlackBerry, isn't exactly 'sexy', but it could be great news if you own, or work for, a small- or medium-sized business. Yesterday, RIM announced that they would be giving away a fr...

'Bulletproof' safe havens are all the rage for Internet pirates

Have you ever put much thought into Internet piracy? 'Ooh, cool, tons of free stuff!' -- no, I mean, really thought about it. In almost every Western nation software and music piracy is theft. In the eyes of the law it's wrong. There's simply nothing more to it: it's intellectual property that you're stealing from the property's owner. As mere users, just single faces in a crowd of millio...

A list of dumb things to check

We've all been there; we've got a problem with our server, laptop, PC, website, or blog, and have tried to solve it for hours with no success. At some point, we reach that point where we're absolutely certain that it's just some dumb thing that we're overlooking or forgetting to check. If you've ever found yourself in that situation, you'll probably want to bookmark a list of dumb things to check....

With Unite, Opera 10 becomes both a browser and a content server

Everyone had a bit of a chuckle when Opera coyly announced that they were about to "reinvent the web," the other day. I certainly had my doubts. After all, we had nothing to go by other than a bright red background, a little cloud, and some comments buried inside HTML code. While I'm not certain I would call what Opera has done with Unite (version 10 of its browser) a reinvention of the web, it's...

Stream your iTunes music on the web using pulpTunes

If you've been looking for a way to stream music from your iTunes library on the web that "just works," you should give pulpTunes a look. With pulpTunes, it's extremely easy to set up a stream at a private URL, and even password protect it. Even better, it's available on all platforms. The basic premise of a web server for your music is pretty cool, but pulpTunes throws in a lot of other iTunes-...

Tip to marketing geniuses: K.I.S.S.

That is, Keep Internets Serving, Stupid. During the Superbowl VIZIO used an ad to encourage everyone to immediately visit their website and register to win a TV. Guess how that ended? Yeah, for several hours their Flash-laden site wasn't available. Anyone remember the ill-fated Dr. Pepper campaign? Today, Denny's is giving away free breakfasts. Of course, dennys.com is dead as a hammer. Somethin...

Openfire: cross-platform Jabber server

Openfire is an open-source Jabber (XMPP) server that provides an easy way to offer and maintain internal instant messaging (including voice and video chat) for your company or organization. There are server plugins available which can add archiving and statistics capabilities as well as message of the day and multi-user chat (MUC) bookmarks. Openfire conveniently supports LDAP and Active Directo...

YouGetSignal lets you discover which web sites are sharing a server

YouGetSignal provides a bunch of tools for looking things up. You can find the location of a phone number on a Google Map, find open ports on your internet connection, or perform a visual trace route (which traces the route packets of data make on the internet when traveling from your computer to another destination). We recently discovered a new YouGetSignal tool: a reverse IP domain check. J...