Packt Publishing reaches 1000 IT titles and celebrates

Birmingham-based IT publisher Packt Publishing is about to publish its 1000th title. Packt books are renowned among developers for being uniquely practical and focused.  Packt books cover highly specific tools and technologies which IT professionals might not expect to see a high quality book on.

Packt would like you to join them in celebrating this milestone with a surprise gift – to get involved you just need to have already registered, or sign up for a free Packt account before 30th September 2012.

Packt published their first book in April 2004. One of the most prolific and fastest growing tech book publishers in the world, they now have books on everything from web development to web graphics, e-learning to e-commerce, IT architecture to games, and app development.

Packt supports many of the Open Source projects covered by its books through a project royalty donation, which has contributed over £300,000 to Open Source projects up to now. As part of the celebration Packt is allocating $30,000 to share between projects and authors in a genuinely unique way, soon to be disclosed on their website.

Dave Maclean, founder of Packt Publishing explains, “At Packt we set out 8 years ago to bring practical, up to date and easy to use technical books to the specialist tools and technologies that had been largely overlooked by IT publishers. Today, I am really proud that with our authors and partners we have been able to make useful books available on over 1000 topics and make our contribution to the development community.”

For more information about Packt, the kind of books they publish, and to sign-up for a free account before the 30th of September, 2012, please visit their website:

So join the Packt website and get a free gift. As this is a publishing site it will be a nice gift .

Home lab

For my work I’m using the following dell_optiplex_990_888738_g1hardware for my testing and repro of issues. My lab consists of a Dell Optiplex 990 with the following specs:

  • CPU:Intel Core i7 2600 3,4 GHz quad-core
  • Memory:16 GB DDR3 PC3-10600
  • HDD:SEAGATE 1TB ST3100033AS SATA300 7200RPM 32MB
  • NIC:Intel® 82579LM gigabit
  • Switch:Netgear 8 port gigabit switch
  • OS: Citrix XenServer (with patches XS602E001, XS602E002)

xs-icon-start My permanent setup consists of the following virtual machines:

  • 1 Windows 2008 R2 Domain Controller
  • 1 Citrix VPX License server running all licenses for the Citrix products
  • 1 Windows 2008 R2 with Citrix Provisioning Services version 6.1

xs-icon-pause For testing purposes I’ve got the following virtual machines ready to boot:

  • 1 Windows 2003 R2 with Citrix Presentation Server 4.5
  • 1 Windows 2008 SP2 with Citrix XenApp 5
  • 1 Windows 2008 R2 SP1 with Citrix XenApp 6.5
  • 1 Windows 2008 R2 SP1 with XenDesktop 5.5
  • 1 Windows 2008 R2 SP1 with XenDesktop 5.6
  • 1 Windows 7 SP1 X64 for testing
  • 1 Windows 2008 R2 SP1 with Citrix Web Interface 5.4

CPU family, model and stepping overview

I was investigating a problem for a customer and he gave me the processor model and family. I therefor went on a search on the world wide internet for a reference from the model and family to the CPU type.

I found this webpage and I created the following table. So all the kudos to the original poster.

I sorted this table on the CPU stepping column.

If you have addition to this list don’t hesitate to contact me or the poster on the original webpage.

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