A few words about native VHD boot on 4K/512e Hard Drives…

I’ve gone cruising on the Interwebs for “Windows 8 Haters” just for laughs recently and I’ve found this portion of a comment left on some random site’s blog quite amusing:

2) It was so slow it hurt. And i have a quad core i5 @2.6 with 4 gb ram.

Uhm… Okay… I’ll fire off a few questions I’ve got in my back of my mind:

  • Are you using a brand new hard drive with that?
  • Did it also have an AF logo slapped on it?
  • Did you also try to do what the masses would have done, test Windows 8 out on a VHD?

If you answered yes to all of the questions above, then you’d seriously need to re-think what you’re doing. For the average “tech-savvy” user, I’d go easy on them, I mean who would really spend their time reading the TechNet Library for kicks. 😉

Pro tip for “speeding up” Windows 8 – Use the VHDX format to native boot into Windows 8 if you have a 512e disk. Doing so could greatly reduce the negative effects that RMW does on a hard drive. If you don’t know what RMW stands for and what the effects are, just think of it this way: If you have to make the disk read 2 physical sectors to address one NTFS block that spans across the 2 sectors, do you really think that it’s going to take longer to read that one sector? Heck yeah.

On the flip side, users who decide to hold out with Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2 are unfortunately out of luck. They can not native boot with a VHDX file at all. But they can boot the VHDX file under Hyper-V that’s for sure 😉

Howto: Setup FreePhoneLine.ca for use with FreeSwitch

Stupid me recently commented on FreePhoneLine.ca’s (I’ll refer it to FPL from now on) facebook page bragging on how I got my FreeSwitch + FPL setup working.

Today somebody question on my brag comment:

“@Jeffrey Leung; Could you please share the information how are you using FPL on FreeSwitch softswitch? I’m really interested using it and would really appreciate your reply.”

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Vancouver 2010… Day 4…

Yes, I am working there if you may ask. In fact I currently work at OF1, the Olympic Family Hotel for ALL the hot shots that are staying at.

So far I’ve been working there 14 days straight. Seen the Governor General of Canada‘s motorcade come by with her physically inside of that car. Saw stupid things like a driver backing in the low clearance area of the parkade without looking back and smashing the back windshield of the Olympic sponsor’s cars. Seen idiots residents calling us SkyTrain workers and a bunch of smurfs.

And that’s all I have seen during my 14 day streak of working there. 8 hour long shifts, not a good thing for many people; but for me this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to work in the Olympics. I’ve even had my family to persuade me into coming home for the Lunar New Year celebrations, but I turned it down telling them that the Olympics is more important than that yearly event. (Hey, who gets to work in the Olympics during the lifetime? Probably 1 in a million, if you ask me :p )

Stay tuned for more to come as I work more there longer during the games.