Back from little break..

Just got back today from Port Macquarie. It was a 5 hour drive back, which was alright. I figured if we left tomorrow or even in the next few days then the delays would be bad, so we only planned to stay until the 31st and then make an early break.

Traffic was good, as compared to the day we went up. However managed to see 3 radar traps and come by one mobile RBT. Cops were out writing tickets, no doubt about that.

Just about Christmas and nearly the conclusion to another year.

Well it is nearly Christmas, so I thought it would be a good time to make a quick post. Wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Only days away from the conclusion of another year, I can’t believe it. I bet I end up saying something similar this time next year. I am sure everyone will agree the year just goes on by so quickly without much thought of what we had hoped to achieve in the period.

I hadn’t announced it here yet, but now is a good as time as any. For those who don’t know already, my wife and I are having our first child. The baby is due on 5th May at this stage, which is a day shared with another family member who has a birthday on this same day. Soon see if things happen on that day or not.

Have a Merry Christmas.

Lots of screen resolution = sweet

Just purchased a Benq E2200HD LCD monitor. It’s a 21.6″ widescreen with 1920 x 1080 resolution. Has d-sub, DVI and HDMI 1.3 inputs.

All I can say is that running at native resolution is unreal. It’s like literally having dual monitors, as the screen resolution is so high.

Will have to hook up the work laptop to it when I am working remote, as it will make life so much easier. Very impressed.

All I need now is for the onboard ATI 3200HD video card to be much more widely supported on Ubuntu/Linux. In the meantime 2D use works well enough so I think a Ubuntu 8.10 desktop install will be in order, as I think a Ubuntu/Linux system would be good on this system. Will then run VMware Workstation for any Windows XP Pro guests I need to use.

Monitor was a good price too, they retail for about $239 – $249 which is a good buy, considering a few years ago my first 17″ analog LCD monitor was $705 or so (which is still going).

HowTo Install VMware Tools On Ubuntu Guests

On the account I don’t do the process often, I thought it might be a good idea to document the process of what packages I need to install into Ubuntu Linux Guests so that VMware Tools will compile without error.

Follow the steps below and you’ll be able to copy the VMware Tools tar/gzip archive to your host, extract it and then run the vmware-install.pl

Determine the linux kernel version, using uname -a. Make note of the release.

Then install the following packages; (assuming the kernel version from the uname -a is 2.6.27-7-generic)

apt-get install linux-headers-2.6.27=7-generic linux-source-2.6.27 gcc make psmisc