Virtualization Options

If you’re thinking of creating a virtual machine on the OS of choice, there are quite a few options to consider. In addition to having a powerful computer with lots of memory to be able to run multiple hosted operating systems, there are several virtualization software to consider. Which one is for you depends on your budget, your expertise and preference. Some virtualization software are free to use, others you have to purchase. Here are your options:

  • VMWare’s vSphere
  • Redhat’s KVM
  • Microsoft’s Hyper-V
  • Citrix’s XenServer
  • Oracle’s Virtualbox

VMWare is the 800 pound gorilla. It dominates the virtualization market at 56%, but it has been eroding over the years. There’s stiff competition from Hyper-V, XenServer and KVM. My personal favorite however, is Virtualbox. It runs on multiple platforms, Windows, Mac and Linux. It’s relatively simple to use. Others may find Virtualbox a bit slower and some find it technically challenging, but to each his own. As they say, your mileage may vary. It really depends on your preference.

Microsoft’s Cortana

Cortana is Microsoft’s equivalent to Apple’s Siri and Google Now. Cortana is Microsoft’s digital voice assistant that will be available in Windows 10. Cortana voices are going to be customized to the user’s home country. Initially, it will be available in the US, UK, China, France, Italy, Germany and Spain. The rest of the world would have to wait. If you like to hear some voice samples, here is Time’s article about Cortana.

Pluto

In 2006, scientists demoted Pluto from planet to dwarf planet. Technically it’s still a planet. It’s just not a very big one, but we all knew that. And why use the word “planet” at all because it creates a lot of confusion. Unless scientists are willing to drop the word “planet” altogether and just call Pluto a dwarf. But, that would not be politically correct. I think the politically correct word for dwarf is little person. Should we call Pluto a little person? Now, that we have closeup pictures and more data of Pluto these past few days, will we see a promotion back to planet? The latest pictures indicate that Pluto has mountains and water. It even has five moons, that’s four more than what we have. Hopefully, scientists should reconsider and call Pluto for what it is, a planet. A small planet. Then, we can avoid all the political correctness by not involving all the little people.

Prime Day

What is Prime Day? Prime Day is a new sales holiday invented by Amazon. It was held on a Wednesday in the middle of the summer. It proved a huge success for the company. How successful was Prime Day? It sold more units than the biggest Black Friday ever back in 2014. You have to be an Amazon Prime member to take advantage of the discounts, meaning you pay an annual fee of $99 for free two-day shipping and other benefits. Not everyone is happy with Prime Day. Some critics say that Amazon didn’t offer enough in-demand tech gadgets. Some say Amazon was selling useless crap. Despite the criticism, Amazon did quite well that they are thinking about bringing it back. No details yet as to when that will take place again.

iPod Touch 2015

Apple just released a new version of the iPod touch. It’s powered by an A8 chip. It comes with a 8mp iSight camera. It’s available in 5 colors. The retina display has a 1136 x 640 resolution. Most importantly, the new iPod has been updated to match the iPhone 6. The only difference with iPhone 6 and the iPod touch is phone capability.