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Prestwood IT Newsletter Feb 2008 Issue - Full Edition

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  February 2008 - Full Edition Year 10 Issue 2  
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Mike Prestwood

In addition to bringing you the usual combination of group specific information, this issue focuses a bit on virtualization. Whether you're a client or developer using Windows Vista or another OS, virtualization is an interesting subject you should know about so you can leverage resources.

About Windows Virtualization
The act of isolating or unbinding one computing resource from another. Windows virtualization adds virtualization services to the core Windows operating system at a fundamental level. Windows virtualization takes advantage of virtualization assistance in hardware based on Intel Virtualization Technology and AMD "Pacifica." Virtualization enables workloads such as server consolidation, efficient software development and testing, resource management for dynamic data centers, application re-hosting and compatibility, and high-availability partitions.

Here are the categories of Windows Virtualization:

  • Application Virtualization 
  • Desktop Virtualization
  • Server Virtualization
  • Storage Virtualization
  • Network Virtualization

Application Virtualization
Introduced with Vista, creates application-specific copies of all shared resources. It separates the application configuration layer from the OS making deployment easier in some cases.

In addition to reading our feature article, here is a good link to start with...

Expert guidance from working professionals!
Wes Peterson
Desktop Databases topic:
Application Virtualization: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
by Wes Peterson

Virtualization is a concept greatly expanded in Vista. This article discusses the impact of Application Virtualization on you development. It can have a huge impact on how the programs you write will behave when installed on Vista.

Removable Storage Technology topic (classic post):
Removable Disks - a brief overview & history
by Wes Peterson
Wherever would we be without portable, inexpensive removable media? From the old, eight-inch floppy, to the latest Blue Ray DVD format, little spinning disks have provided computer users with convient, off-line storage. This is a brief overview and history of the various disk formats that have come, gone, and are - for the moment - sticking around.

Coding Services topic (classic post):
Software Testing? We Do That!
by Wes Peterson
Everything about our web site makes it pretty clear that we specialize in custom application development. Less frequently mentioned is another service we provide: Professional software testing. Software testing is a discipline unto itself. It's certainly related to development, but developers aren't the best testers. That's why Prestwood retains highly experienced, professional software testers. This is a service we make available - whether or not we're involved in a product's actual development. This article provides more details about this service.

Desktop Databases topic (classic post):
MSI Installers: Whats Up with These?
by Wes Peterson
For a while, now, Windows has supported a new mechanism for installing applications: MSI. This is quite a bit different than the familiar setup.exe, and here we begin exploring the differences - and the significance of MIS installations.

General News & Trends topic (classic post):
Microsoft Trying to Buy Yahoo

MS wants Yahoo. What about MSN? Will Yahoo survive?

Role-Based Tech Talk topic:
Crash, Bomb, Hang, and Deadlock
by Scott Wehrly
This article explores and defines the following terms: crash, bomb, hang, deadlock, exception, fatal error, and blue screen of death.

PSDP Step 3-Build topic (classic post):
PSDP: About Quality
by Mike Prestwood
Quality is one of the factors that determines how much a project will cost. Functional applications are cheaper and faster to get to version 1.0 but cost more to maintain and enhance. In PSDP, functional applications include temporary and moderat risk projects. Robust applications cost a little more to get to version 1.0 but cost less to maintain and enhance. In PSDP, robust applications include high risk, commercial, and critical applications.

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