VMware Server discontinued

This is old news to some.  This is regarding about one of my favourite software, VMware server.  I came across several posts in the past week about its passing.  Finally found the official confirmation.

This really sad, as I have used VMware server to successfully run several simulations on my creaking old PC.  Without it I would not have pass my certification exams.  Well I suppose all things have come to an end.

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Leo is out!

HP just announced that Leo Apotheker has resigned as CEO and Chairman of HP.  Meg Whitman, a HP board member, ex EBay CEO will take over Leo’s role as CEO. Ray Lane has been appointed Executive Chairman.  Ray was from Compaq.  Press release below.  Hopefully this put some sense in HP’s strategic direction, reverse the stock slide and please please keep the WebOS and TouchPad!

HP Names Meg Whitman President and Chief Executive Officer

Ray Lane appointed executive chairman; Léo Apotheker steps down as president, chief executive officer and director

PALO ALTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HP (NYSE: HPQ) today announced that its board of directors has appointed Meg Whitman as president and chief executive officer.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Meg Whitman’s caliber and experience step up to lead HP”

In addition, Ray Lane has moved from non-executive chairman to executive chairman of the board of directors, and the board intends to appoint a lead independent director promptly. These leadership appointments are effective immediately and follow the decision that Léo Apotheker step down as president and chief executive officer and resign as a director of the company.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Meg Whitman’s caliber and experience step up to lead HP,” said Lane. “We are at a critical moment and we need renewed leadership to successfully implement our strategy and take advantage of the market opportunities ahead. Meg is a technology visionary with a proven track record of execution. She is a strong communicator who is customer focused with deep leadership capabilities. Furthermore, as a member of HP’s board of directors for the past eight months, Meg has a solid understanding of our products and markets.”

Whitman said, “I am honored and excited to lead HP. I believe HP matters – it matters to Silicon Valley, California, the country and the world.”

Speaking on behalf of the board, Lane said, “We very much appreciate Léo’s efforts and his service to HP since his appointment last year. The board believes that the job of the HP CEO now requires additional attributes to successfully execute on the company’s strategy. Meg Whitman has the right operational and communication skills and leadership abilities to deliver improved execution and financial performance.”

About HP

HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. The world’s largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure at the convergence of the cloud and connectivity, creating seamless, secure, context-aware experiences for a connected world. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of HP and its consolidated subsidiaries could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations, including execution of growth strategies, transformation initiatives and restructuring plans; any statements concerning expected development, performance or market share relating to products and services; any statements regarding anticipated operational and financial results; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include macroeconomic and geopolitical trends and events; the competitive pressures faced by HP’s businesses; the development and transition of new products and services (and the enhancement of existing products and services) to meet customer needs and respond to emerging technological trends; the execution and performance of contracts by HP and its customers, suppliers and partners; the protection of HP’s intellectual property assets, including intellectual property licensed from third parties; integration and other risks associated with business combination and investment transactions; the hiring and retention of key employees; expectations and assumptions relating to the execution and timing of growth strategies, transformation initiatives and restructuring plans; the resolution of pending investigations, claims and disputes; and other risks that are described in HP’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2011 and HP’s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to HP’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2010. HP assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

© 2011 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

This is the end for WebOS

I just read that HP is beginning to layoff the WebOS developers.  This spells the death knells for the handset OS.  This may be sold off to other handset manufacturers.  Supposedly to HTC.

This is a sad way to end the journey of the Palm Computing.  From the days of US Robotics to HP and terminated before the WebOS had a chance to blossom.

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Did you change the settings?

Way back in the days of Wordstar, I used to reconfigure nearly every option, colors, backspace buffer, highlights etc. It was really easy, all the settings is in just one file. The single program instance helps a lot. When I changed OS to Windows 3.1, the fun of the reconfiguration is taken out. you can change how a program looks with out changing the entire environment. At the same time I did not want to upset the spiffy new OS. Config file for Word? It was buried somewhere. Fast forward to Office 20xx, there are now multiple screens within screens (OL20xx) for configuration. Sometimes I got lost guiding users over phone and have to resort to stepping through my own config. Now on Windows 7, I might change the desktop picture and the hibernation. The rest I couldn’t be bothered.

Now over at UIE, they have sat down and analyzed some user settings.  Seems that 95% of users don’t change their programs configuration or settings.  A common reply was “Microsoft shipped it this way, therefore it must be good for me.”

Read about it here.

Nokia E71 firmware update to v501.21.001

I missed out this firmware update Nokia E71 which went out in December 2010. The change log includes

  • Ovi Maps 3.03 Lite with free navigation
  • New version of Music player
  • New version of Ovi Store
  • Office 2007 support
  • Usability and performance improvements

The step by step guide is available here. link

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Edit: 17 Nov 15

List of all updates is available here. Last version is v510.21.9