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  • Blog Post: Don't fall off your chair, but James said he was "super-excited"......and it has something to do with Hyper-V

    I don't know if the fact that James is still blogging while supposed to be enjoying the Christmas break, or the fact that one of his most recent posts was about a hack to make a USB battery is worse, but I had to highlight both Last week he wrote about the fact that the Hyper-V Beta is now available...
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