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This blog is a collaboration between Annabelle Thuan and Ken Timmons. Annabelle has had several roles at Lenovo and currently works in WW ThinkServer marketing. Ken also works in WW ThinkServer marketing at Lenovo, but many years ago, he was one of the engineers on the original IBM PC.  Annabelle: The year was 2005—astronomers discovered the dwarf planet Eris, Condeleeza Rice was sworn in as U.S Secretary of State, and Lenovo was expanding its global mergers and acquisitions footprint by acquiring IBM’s PC business. Much like the market buzz surrounding Lenovo’s current acquisition of IBM’s x86 (Intel-based) server business, the 2005 PC deal raised questions as to how Lenovo would turnaround a division that IBM had labeled a non-strategic business. Of course, we know the moral to the ThinkPad tale—in eight years, Lenovo catapulted ThinkPad’s meager seven percent worldwide share into the undisputed global PC leader at more than 18 percent share (*IDC Worldwide, PC Quarterly Tracker, 2Q13). This is how ThinkPad became the ubiquitous black box choice of enterprise and small business alike. It’s also how I was introduced to the brand when handed a ThinkPad for work in the early 2000s. What we don’t know is how the acquisition affected those involved and what we can learn from their stories and apply today. Enter, my colleague, Ken Timmons. Thirty years ago, he was one of the engineers on the original IBM PC, a...

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Stream music, share files, print documents and more with Bluetooth wireless technology. Bluetooth is a short-range wireless technology that lets you connect computers and devices to each other without cables. Many people have devices—speakers, printers, smartphones, headphones and more—that are Bluetooth-enabled, yet don’t know how to take full advantage of this technology. You can easily establish Bluetooth connections and “pair” devices to your Lenovo or Think system to transfer files, make hands-free phone calls and even stream music and movies. Think of Bluetooth as your "personal area network”—a lighter version of more expansive WiFi networking. With it, you can use radio frequencies to connect devices that are within close proximity of each other. Setting Up Bluetooth “Pairing” a Bluetooth device to your system is easy to do. Here’s how to get it set up on a Windows 8.1 system: First, be sure your Bluetooth-enabled device is turned on and ready for your computer to recognize it. You may want to check your manufacturer’s website for tips on how to make it “discoverable.” Next, be sure your computer’s Bluetooth is turned on: Swipe in from the right edge of your screen Go to Settings, then Change PC settings Tap or click PC and devices, then Bluetooth Turn Bluetooth on Wait while Windows searches for Bluetooth...

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ThinkServer Booth at VMworld 2014

ThinkServer Booth at VMworld 2014

We are in beautiful San Francisco, CA for the VMworld 2014 Conference. Lenovo is a sponsor so come visit us in booth #523 where we have solutions and products that will help make your end-to-end virtualization efforts a success. From servers to thin clients, we can help you achieve your goals.  VMware always has new products to show BUT it wouldn’t be VMworld without great Lenovo devices and solutions. Come on by and talk to our specialists who can help address your toughest challenges. If you are in the midst of a virtualization initiative, make sure you check out our lineup of ThinkServer systems including our rack and tower servers. And ask about our new next-generation ThinkServer systems coming very soon. With this enterprise-ready lineup, we have solutions for a wide spectrum of customer requirements in industries such as Banking, Finance, Education, Medical and many others. And don’t forget the desktop. One of the growing trends in the industry is the move toward desktop virtualization and our solutions will enable you to take full advantage of VMware's current and new offerings. VMware designed Horizon View so that access to your virtual desktop environment is smooth and fast. If you’re implementing a new project or expanding an existing one, now is the time to address your desktop virtualization requirements with Lenovo

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IT planners and product designers are looking at products and data centers in new ways. They are exploring ideas such as a rack containing separate chassis for CPU, memory and storage in hyper-scale computing, or choosing best-of-breed solutions for each tier of an enterprise network. The reasons for exploring these ideas revolve around increasing flexibility in the infrastructure and reducing costs. Generically, this is called disaggregation. Does it make sense to disaggregate your mainstream server? The rate of technology change continues to accelerate. This means adding new capabilities into IT Infrastructures to support new strategic directions. However, integrating these new capabilities into the existing infrastructure can present challenges or missed opportunities. Many times existing servers cannot take full advantage of new technologies. Embedded NICs can’t utilize the maximum throughput speed of a new switch, for instance. Perhaps it’s as simple as the fast new drives aren’t compatible with the drive bays. When it is possible to upgrade using PCIe cards or a similar option, you may still give up manageability or strand the onboard components. When choosing servers in today’s world, it makes sense to find servers that can evolve with your infrastructure, without wasting resources or requiring you to buy extra capacity that may never be utilized. Disaggregation of key components may offer a better solution. For more...

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Laptops are our gateways to all things online. Your high-powered Lenovo or Think notebook will follow you from home to office to coffee shops and back, hour after hour…as long as you take a few steps to maximize the battery’s power. The good news is that your advanced Lenovo battery is engineered to adapt charge thresholds and keep the “juices” flowing. So you don’t have to worry about adjusting settings—it’s all done automatically based on your day-to-day usage. But what if you have a long flight? Or can’t find a free power source at the coffee shop? In these instances, the key is finding ways to squeeze as much time as possible out of a single charge. Here are some easy ways to do it on a Windows 8.1 laptop: 1. Turn down the brightness on your screen Your screen backlight uses a lot of battery juice, so turn it down to the lowest level you can comfortably handle. If your system doesn’t have a button or dial, you’ll need to turn off the automatic adjustment feature before reducing brightness: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen Go to Settings, then Change PC settings Tap or click PC and devices, then Display If the “adjust my screen brightness automatically” slider is on, tap or click the slider to turn it off Under Settings, click or tap Brightness or Screen ​2. Prevent updates from running on battery power...

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