Friday, December 28, 2007

VMware Fusion I'll wait a little longer

These are key factors after a few days of testing.

  • I tried both bridged and NAT for the NIC and tried without much success to join my office domain
  • The display can be set as large as 2360 x 1770 of course that won't work, I still prefer dual monitor
  • The fan of my macbook triggers every 5~10 minutes, it was under stress definitely, perhaps I should allow less RAM to XP to ease its load. There wasn't much apart from Safari running in OS X, may be Fusion took too much load in the background?

I'll wait for a better version before I invest.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

VMware Fusion - not yet ready for me?

The installation of guest OS was smooth and interface is nicely designed as in other Mac applications. It was nearly an unattended installation (e.g. no question asked about FAT/NTFS format for the HDD and VMware Tools were installed automatically once XP installation was done) and it was faster than what I did earlier on my PC with C2D 6420 + 2 Gb RAM.

Too bad I found that no settings were available for display resolution (I could adjust that in guest OS whereas for VMware workstation I have to do that before starting XP Pro) and no dual monitor support. VMware Communities confirm this feature isn't available yet.

The 'unity' feature looks weird but could be useful. It's like blending spaghetti with noddle.


Tried Parallels as I said here. I have also just tried VMware Workstation 6 for Vista. I have built ubuntu 7.10 and XP Pro on my C2D PC running Vista. Experience is better than Parallels both at installation and running them.

There are few distinct good things about VMware

  1. VMware let you decide how many cores for your guest OS

  2. VMware supports more than 1 monitor (upto 10 if you have that many available to your host OS)

  3. networking between OS is a lot easier using NAT, network address translation

  4. the guest OS runs on a file instead of a partition of my HDD

I'll be trying an evaluation copy of fusion on my MacBook. For $79.99 I think it's a good deal. VMware for Windows costs a lot more at $189. Again I prefer not to run ubuntu from a partition 'cos I have dual monitor so I could be doing a few things at once.

I'll have to find out if VMware requires XP Pro w/SP2 for installation. I don't believe so as VMware forms a layer between OS X and the guest OS therefore not having direct access to MacBook's hardware hence shouldn't be requiring SP2 in order to run BootCamp?!

Monday, December 24, 2007

What have all the leaders gone?

This is the book I just bought.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Starting over again with tags

I merged 2 sites together into this one and I have hundreds of tags. Yesterday I deleted them all and started over again as I don't think I need them all. In fact what do I (or visitors) use the tags for? What's wrong with search? At times I simply don't know what tags are best for my entries. I did like UTW's inline tag feature such that I add tags while I type my entries.

'A year ago' and 'Two years ago' are added to the sidebar. My first post here was dated December 2004 so I guess 'Three years ago' will show something as well.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

How do I print screen?

It takes a while to get familiar with the MacBook keyboard when running Windows under BootCamp.

Simple thing like print screen could be a headache. Found this post which is very useful at least you know a on-screen keyboard is there to help you if your keyboard isn't connected or malfunctioned.

In MacBook print screen is simply 'alt+fn+F11' that'll capture whatever you have on your screen. If you have dual monitor like me that could be too much. You want just the selected window? You'll then need the on-screen keyboard and click 'alt+psc'. To hold a key then click the second key firstly you have to double click the first key, which will be highlighted, then click the second key.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Office 2007

At last I heard that our Group will be training staff to use Office 2007 and all existing PCs running Win98 will be upgraded to XP.

I tried connecting beta Office 2007 to our exchange server earlier this year and later disappointed by the fact that we are still running stone age server 5.5 (introduced 10 years ago!).    I don't know what we are having yet but I guess very soon I can use Office 2007.

From here we'll get 'main stream support' of XP until 2009 and 'extended support' until 2014.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Parallels or not?

Just tried Parallels last night. It works fine in my MacBook but starting XP was a problem because it requires re-activation of my copy of XP. I have a copy of XP Pro with SP2, which is required by BootCamp, but it's of OEM version. OEM version can't be activated twice. Is Microsoft trying to make it difficult for people using OEM version? PC does crash once in a while and reinstalling is sometimes the only way out. I have about a month ago enquired at one of the shop for a full version and the guy asked for $321 and added that " quick price is going up...". I opted for the OEM version at $135. There are also a few things that may be stopping me from using Parallels.
  • From Task Manager I see only 1 core running, performance downgrading?
  • Shared network, how am I connect to my office network (done, setup Macbook NIC to suit office network then both OS X and XP will share the connection) with fixed IP, gateways etc?
  • In XP mode I can't use dual monitor
  • (edited) I can't set clocks of OSX and XP to be the same, don't know why.
  • (edited) I can access internet via office network alright but I can't access network resources.
I guess my alternative would be slimming my current installation of XP such that it fits the maximum partitioned size of 10G in MacBook and have everything else saved in external HDD.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Primary school for Douglas

The lucky draw result on end November was not satisfactory, we have no luck.

Today I paid registration fee for the one in Stanley, case is over we will be worrying something else from now on.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Ubuntu 7.10

I took my PC home, installed ubuntu again on partition and upgraded from 6.06 to 6.10 then 7.04 and eventually to 7.10. I got what I was hoping for, i.e. device driver to support widescreen of 1,440 x 900 and a nice GUI configuration available to switch between video card driver.

The upgrade took a fair while because there were some 9xx files and 1,xxx files to get for the last 2 upgrades. I intend to use that mostly at home while I use MacBook in the office running parallels.

Pagination isn't working

Currently pagination at the bottom of content isn't working.

I moved from which was also running in Habari. This site was setup on 29th November (r1157?) and I moved content across using phpmyadmin export without much problem and pagination was working. I tried importing content using the importer plugin from my Wordpress site, it failed. I ran svn update, tried again, still failed.

I made a fresh new Habari install and found that there are 20 tables instead of 23! No wonder importing MySQL database wasn't done properly.

I'm now waiting for a solution or further advice r1172 works fine in my test under XAMPP running in Windows XP. I'll have to replace that /system/classes/rewriterules.php (or temporary hack by putting the good file in /user/classes/) file at home tonight.

X'mas Tree 2007

3 hours of work for 3 of us.