Tag: MacOS X

VMware Fusion annoyances

I’ve been using the latest beta now for a while, and I posted about a issue on the VMware Fusion Beta forums and to this date I still have no solution provided, and it appears no one is really interested.

The issue is, if I install a Debian 4.0 guest, then shut it down and make a copy of it. Then boot the copy, it then prompts you the usual question. I say I copied the guest, it should then regenerate various things in the vmx file. ie. mac addresses etc.

Unfortunately, the copied guest when booted looses networking completely. It was suggested that certain linux operating systems hold the mac address of network interfaces in a file inside the /etc directory structure. Of course said file doesn’t exist in Debian 4.0. Ie. Debian 4.0 doesn’t appear to hold the mac address in a file. So of course the suggestion of the file is not applicable in this situation.

Thus my problem, I am no longer able to copy an existing guest and use it a number of times. Very fustrating to say the least.

Anyone hit this same wall and find a solution? As I have tried editing the vmx config file of the copied guest, only for the system to prompt at the next boot of the guest did I copy or move the guest. So it appears the system still knows it was copied from the original guest system.

VMware Fusion Beta 2 now available

It would appear VMware just pushed out another Beta, this time it’s Fusion Beta 2 build 107508. Grab it from here, while it’s hot.

I’ll install it, soon as it finishes downloading. Wonder if it fixes a few little issues I have had. Soon find out.

Apple iPhone 2.0 Applications

I am blown away by the number of applications that will be available by the Apple App store. The keynote that shows a sample of these applications is simply amazing.

This device is going change how a lot of us work and communicate.

I’ll consider the purchase of one in the near future.

VMware Fusion 2.0 Beta1 observations and opinion

I’ve had VMware Fusion 2.0 Beta1 installed now for a few days and managed to give it a good test in that time. Below is a few screen grabs which show some rather nice changes to the products GUI, unfortunately I cannot show it in comparison to what they use to look like. Unless I wanted to reinstall it and capture them.

VMware has revamped the Virtual Machine Library window, and I must say I do like it. Although I think the image shown to the right could do with a bit of work to make the scaling of it work a little better. It looks a little wrong.

Further more, they have improved the dialog for editing the settings for the guest operating systems and I do like this too.

Unfortunately one thing I do think that is lacking is the that when I add another Hard Disk, it doesn’t prompt you to create a vmdk that is split or not. This is a bit fustrating, as it only appears to do this during the inital configuration of a guest from scratch. Something that needs to be improved.

It would appear we still haven’t had the development of a network configuration tool to manage the virtual network interfaces, it would appear we still have to edit this stuff via the command line.

On the whole, an improvement. But I would love to see certain things fixed as suggested (and I hope they do in future builds).

Mac Mini and ACD 20″ Sold

We’ll for the first time in a long time I am down to a single system. I recently decided to sell my Mac Mini 1.66 Core Duo. The machine had served me well and was 2 years old. Since I was using it a little less then I had hoped, I figured why not just sell it so someone else can use it more then I do.

I had every intension of selling it in a years time anyways, so I just did it earlier. I also decided to sell my ACD 20″ Display which had served me extremely well. So both items got a new home.

I use my iMac 20″ 2.16 Core 2 Duo for pretty much everything, so this machine will continue to be used for everything day to day. The plan has been to pickup a MacBook to replace the Mac Mini (and use the MacBook for day to day stuff which doesn’t require me to be tied to the desk at home). I think it’s going to be fairly important to break free of the desk as much as possible and use computer via wireless as much as possible (especially when we have kids).

So I am expecting to purchase white MacBook mid-range model and bump it to 4gb ram, since ram is so well priced atm. This machine will suit me perfectly. The way extra ram will allow me to continue running a number of virtual machines via VMware Fusion with ease. I don’t really need a MacBook Pro for the beefed up Video. Maybe I can step upto this at a later stage if and when it’s required. Maybe to replace the laptop + iMac down the track. We’ll see what happens.

New toys – MacBook Air

Well my wife finally got her new notebook/laptop. She opted to get an MacBook Air. I must say I am very impressed so far.

Job for tonight is to do a reinstall and remove the extra install items that we don’t need so we free up some space. Then I will move over all her data which is currently sitting on my iMac.

Unfortunately, the 1Tb Time Capsule I ordered with it has been delayed. It appears Apple are having troubles making enough of them for demand. So the reseller is filling orders as they arrive. So eventually we will make it to the front of the order queue. I believe they said they got 5 units in stock earlier in the week and fulfilled 5 orders. I am looking forward to this item arriving, then I will be happy to know the MacBook Air is being backed up every so often (without the need to manually do it each week).

VMware Tools, still the best for Linux Virtual Machines

If it wasn’t for the VMware Tools package being as good as it was, then running Virtual Machines would be alot more difficult.

Below is a screen grab from my Xubuntu install which has since had the VMware Tools installed, thus the resolution of the Virtual Machine is running at the resolution I dictate. Could make it full screen, but I still like to be able to see my desktop for other tasks.

Click for High Resolution version.

HOWTO: Disable the Apple remote control infrared receiver.

If you wish to disable the Apple remote control infrared receiver, then you need to enable the option “Disable remote control infrared receiver” option as found in “System Preferences -> Security“. See example screen capture below;

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