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Magic Timed Shutdown

DoGoodSoft Magic Timed Shutdown is a professional auto shutdown package. It will help you better manage one computer. Magic Timed...

December 2, 2014 By DoGoodSoft

XenClient 5 part of a comprehensive BYOD solution

Citrix just updated XenClient to release 5 and enhanced its already comprehensive workload delivery solution by adding unified profile management, integration with a personal virtual disk, and adding a synchronizer for corporate PCs and BYO Macs.

August 14, 2013 by

Money Manager Next (+PC Editing)

Money Manager is an optimized application for personal account management. Household account management is complicated. But we make...

November 29, 2014 By Realbyte Inc.

Demystifying Windows Explorer: what 'Invert selection' is good for

If you don't work with PCs for a living, it's easy to puzzle over file management tools and mock the people who use them. But an obscure and useful command in Windows Explorer illustrates the incredible disconnect between Silicon Valley bloggers and people who work for a living.

September 1, 2011

Keeping watch against power waste, Part 6

The latest version of NightWatchman, from software developer 1E, gets even more granular about power management by reporting energy consumption not only specific to certain hardware configurations but also according to your geographic location. The company is hoping to build on predictions from market research firm Gartner that suggests by 2012, more than half of all enterprise PCs at midsize and large businesses will be managed for power consumption.

October 31, 2010 by

CrossTec Remote Control

The CrossTec Remote Control for iOS provides mobile remote control for existing CrossTec Remote Control users remotely from any iPad,...

November 24, 2014 By CrossTec Corporation

Prove it. Verdiem adds sustainability dashboard to enterprise power management software

Software developer Verdiem, which has close alliances with both Hewlett-Packard and Cisco Systems, has extended its Surveyor power management software package with a new Sustainability Dashboard.Brett Goodwin, vice president of marketing for Verdiem, claims that Surveyor can help reduce the energy used by an organization's PCs by up to 60 percent without messing with users' ability to use the network when they need it.

June 9, 2009 by

Finally! BigFix extends power management software to Mac OS X

Most of the power management utilities that have cropped up to manage fleets of corporate PCs understandably are focused on the Windows platform, given its massive installed base. But BigFix has now added Mac OS X support to its BigFix Power Management software, which provides a way for organizations to manage power management profiles centrally.

April 17, 2008 by

Verdiem gives you more power over your power consumption. And, inquiring minds wonder whether power management might not be Vista's holy grail?

Did you know that PCs and computer monitors account for roughly 13 percent of the total electricity used each year by commercial enterprises? That statistic from the Department of Energy, which actually is pretty outdated at this point, is just one of the arguments used by power management software company Verdiem to make the case for its application, called Surveyor.

January 27, 2008 by

Virtual labs and education

Yesterday, I asked for people to share their thoughts via a guest blog on virtualization in Ed Tech.   Guest blogger Erik Josowitz provided us with the following (thanks, Erik).  Feel free to talk back or submit your own guest blog with some specific experiences or implementation details. Virtualization is great tool but, like any Swiss-Army knife, success with it depends on the task at hand. One of the places that people get into trouble with virtualization is when they try to use out-of-the-box virtual infrastructure with non-technical audiences. Virtualization is a great solution but often is not a complete solution.In education we've frequently seen challenges that look like appropriate places to implement a virtualization solution, only to find that the end-result is not fully usable by the intended audience. One example is providing hands-on lab environments to support application training. Success in the workforce today depends on high-level application skills and there is no better way for students to attain those skills than through hands-on use of the software applications. Many educational institutions provide computer lab environments to help support their student population and provide access to necessary software applications. Many of these lab environments have become the source of IT management problems as they become virus-ridden, get subverted as distribution sites for pirated software or music, or just plain have the normal IT management issues associated with a shared resource in a public environment. For many institutions their student population brings with them their own PCs which solves one problem but creates another. The lab issues diminish but the problems of providing secure access to software (and software licenses) often takes its place.The answer, we've found, is virtual lab management - using virtualization to deliver secure computing environments as a shared resource. Virtual labs allow administrators to serve up a clean and unchangeable environment for each student - in the lab or on their own PC - on-demand. This makes it easy to provide access to applications that students either can't afford individually or that their home PCs cannot support. It makes it simple to track and monitor lab usage and to control the use of resources so that systems are not subverted into file servers. Virtual lab management sits on top of virtualization (from Microsoft or VMware) and tells it what to deliver and to who. It makes it easy for non-technical users to select the types of applications they need from a menu and to gain access to those environments without needing to understand virtualization, networking, hosts systems or anything about how it gets delivered. Best of all, virtual labs make it easy to manage capacity. By scheduling time in the lab environment the shared resource is managed for maximum utilization. If more capacity is needed it is simple to add additional resources to the system. The end-users simply see an increase in availability.Virtualization may not be a panacea for educational institutions, but for a subset of problems, a centralized virtual lab may enable technology administrators to focus their time and attention on enabling learning rather than administering systems.

December 19, 2007 by

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