Posts Tagged ‘Microsoft’

After all of the noise surrounding Apple’s special relationship with Intel when it first launched the Macbook Air the IT press have been strangely quiet about it ending[1]. Intel’s 6th generation ‘Skylake‘ Core CPUs have been out for a few weeks now, and it seems like the only machines you can buy them in come […]

All of the major cloud providers now offer some means by which it’s possible to connect to them directly, meaning not over the Internet. This is generally positioned as helping with the following concerns: Bandwidth – getting a guaranteed chunk of bandwidth to the cloud and applications in it. Latency – having an explicit maximum […]

The cloud price wars that began at the end of March have been all about compute and storage pricing. I don’t recall hearing network pricing being mentioned at all; and indeed there haven’t been any major shifts in network pricing. Photo credit: Datacenter World Network is perhaps now the largest hidden cost of using major IaaS providers, […]

Netbook mort?


Over the past few days I’ve seen a few articles about netbooks. One was declaring that 2012 was the year the Netbook Died, another saying the netbook isn’t dead — it’s just resting (with perhaps an even more interesting Hacker News comments thread). So what’s really going on? A couple of years ago I wrote that […]

I remember a Christmas in the late 90s where it seemed like everybody got a mobile phone. This year it’s looking like we’re going to see the tablet equivalent, so I thought I’d do a quick round up of what I’m expecting to see. The home front If I include my in-laws then there will […]

The 90 day free trial of Azure that I started so that I could describe how to build OpenELEC in the cloud is coming to a close. As I sit here once again waiting for my machine to reboot I don’t think I’ll miss it much when it’s gone. I’ve already written about my issues […]

A few weeks back I wrote a howto that utilised the 90 day free trial on Azure to build OpenELEC for the Raspberry Pi. Days later my account was disabled as I’d exhausted the (rather low) limit for I/O within the trial. Since I’d only used 5-6p of extra stuff I went through the process […]

I was very frustrated last month when my trial subscription of Azure IaaS was disabled after a couple of days use (and I’m working on a post detailing how I later resurrected my server). The cause of that issue was that the free trial only bundled 1m IOPS (storage transactions). I’ve been watching my use of […]

After just 2.5 days of my 90 day trial my Azure account has been disabled: I *think* this has happened because I’ve exhausted the (paltry[1]) 20GB bandwidth allocation that comes with the trial, and that this happened because people were downloading OpenELEC builds/images from the web server I stood up in part 2 of my […]