VMware Class

gkEarlier this month I took the VMware vSphere 6 Install, Configure, Manage class in the Finacial district in Manhattan. It was great!  My brain hurt with information overload, but I really liked it.  I missed being in a classroom. If you have the opportunity to have your company purchase training for you, I’d recommend using Global Knowledge.  The instructor John Ilgenfritz was extremely knowledgeable, patient, and knew how to throw in a joke here and there. He answered any questions that the class threw at him.  Also, there was a PC at each desk for a hands on lab.  I learn best with hands-on training, so it was very helpful to me.

I just scheduled my vSphere Foundations exam on August 30th, so let’s see how I do!

Apple Watch

AppleWatchNotificationNice; my apple watch is coming much sooner than expected.  It was originally scheduled to ship in June.  Now I will have this in time for my trip to San Francisco in a couple of weeks!

I used to love my Android Wear watch (and still do; wish it would work on iPhones), so hopefully this will live up to my expectation of what Android wear does.  I’ll be posting my thoughts after a couple of weeks of use.

2010 iMac with 10.10 Yosemite and Pixels

For months I’ve had a problem with my mid 2010 iMac after I upgraded to Yosemite.  I would see pink and green/multicolored squares on my screen.  sucky pixels

I thought “oh no, here’s a dreaded GPU issue after 4 years on my Mac hardware”.  (I wasn’t that surprised, since after five years I had issues with my first gen Macbook Pro’s GPU.)  For a while I dealt with my iMac pixel issue, puzzled why it didn’t happen all the time.

A week or so ago I decided to re-format the iMac down to OS 10.9 Mavericks, to see how performance was.  Sure enough, the pixel effect went away. Interesting.

More recent Googling turned me to this Apple Support thread.  I decided to upgrade back to OS 10.10 and try this fix, and sure enough it worked!  Reducing transparency did the trick.  I’m guessing there is an issue with older model iMacs and the newer transparency feature of Yosemite.  If you run into this issue after upgrading to 10.10 Yosemite, do the following:

Go to System Preferences, the Accessibility:

Screen Shot 2015-02-15 at 3.54.22 PMThen click on “reduce transparency”

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I now have my iMac back to awesome working order and couldn’t be happier!  Sweeeeet.