Ultimate Future Workstation

After reading Steve’s post, I thought to blog about my upcoming computer configuration, which I am planning to purchase within the next couple of months. I will be mainly using it for my daily work purposes and I will install Vista and probably Windows 7 as and when it is released around early next year.

I’ve selected the following items for my new PC after an extensive research.

Processor Intel Core 2 Duo E8600
Motherboard Intel DP35DP ATX Motherboard
RAM 8 GB DDR2 (CORSAIR/Transend)
Hark Disk Drive Seagate 3×500 GB
Graphics Card EVGA 9800GTX 512 MB
PSU CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W
Cabinet Cooler Master – CM 690
Cooler COOLER MASTER GeminII S 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
Monitor ViewSonic 22’’ VX2255wmb
DVD LG GGW-H20N

Please post a comment to this post if you wish to add/edit any item from the list along with the reason (if any). I will try to incorporate your item if it is available from my vendor and also within the limits of my budget.

Review: HostingFest

I have been using the services of HostingFest ever since the erstwhile ServerDivision was closed down nearly three years back. The main reason for choosing HostingFest was that it is being run and managed by Nasir who provided extraordinary support for me at Server Division.

HostingFest provide both Windows shared and reseller hosting but I purchased their platinum windows based reseller hosting package. The package consists of 8 GB hosting space, plenty of bandwidth, 100 SQL Server 2005 databases and unlimited MySQL databases with HELM 3 control Panel. It also includes support for ASP.NET 2.0, ASP.NET 3.5, PHP and ColdFusion. The server speed was good at all times and they have separate servers for files, mails and databases.

Every hosting provider will have problems with their servers at some point of time. This is true with Hosting Fest as well but a key fact to note with regard to hosting fest is that they promptly resolve all issues immediately and also post an update on their website if the issue is major. They also developed an add-on for backup and restore of SQL Server databases and I have used it once. I am not sure whether they provide it now but it was a useful tool.

I would suggest them to provide SQL Server 2008 as well along with their packages with HELM 4 or DotNetPanel control panel. It would be also great if they can provide hosting in europoean servers so that users in Asian countries will get better speed. They don’t offer unlimited space as others but you get what you pay.

HostingFest provides excellent support through their dedicated help desk and all issues are promptly solved either by Nasir or Noman. I highly recommend HostingFest for all users especially developers who require reliable hosting with a friendly touch.

Review: SQL Server 2008 for Developers

As always, Murach publishing updates their books as and when a new version of the software is released. SQL Server 2008 for Developers is an updated book of its 2005 edition. The book consists of 22 chapters divided into five sections providing solid coverage of SQL Server 2008. The book looks similar to that of its 2005 edition except the content and syntaxes targets 2008

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Tweak UI For Windows Vista Released

WinVistaClub, a premier portal delivering news and content related to Windows Vista in association with Mr. Ramesh Kumar, Microsoft MVP has released a free Tweak software for Vista.

This freeware tweaker, christened as Ultimate Windows Tweaker has over 130 registry tweaks, but is yet, just a 370 KB .exe file which does not require an install. It can even be used as a portable application. Its RTW v 1.0 is now available for download.  

The tool can be downloaded from http://www.winvistaclub.com/e52.html. The site also provides support for the tool.

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