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VMware Fusion 7 released 9-4-2014

Posted by essjae on September 5, 2014

http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/features.html?src=WWW_Fusion_US_HPBanner_Tier1_3_Features_Promo

  • Yosemite and Win 8.1 Support
  • Virtual web camera compatible with iSight and external webcams
  • Virtual hardware v. 11

This should also indicate a Workstation 11 and Player 7 release in the near future.

Comparison: http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/compare.html

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VirtualBox 4.3.14 Released

Posted by essjae on July 15, 2014

This is a maintenance release, details here: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Changelog

 

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VMware Workstation 10.0.3 Released

Posted by essjae on July 1, 2014

Release notes here: https://www.vmware.com/support/ws10/doc/workstation-1003-release-notes.html

 

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Moka5 4.0.3 Patch Released

Posted by essjae on June 24, 2014

http://docs.moka5.com/#patch-information-4-0-3 

This patch closes security vulnerabilities that were recently discovered in OpenSSL and GnuTLS, which are popular cryptographic libraries used by Moka5 and many other applications. Please see the Security Advisory for more information.

 

This patch also resolves several known issues, many of which are related to Replica Image Stores. 

 

For more information, please refer to the Resolved Issues section.

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Dell Wireless TouchPad

Posted by essjae on April 23, 2014

I purchased the Dell Wireless Touchpad sometime last year after I moved my primary workstation to Windows 8.  I didn’t really start using it much until lately.

delltouchpad

I’ve found it’s a great add-on to the mouse and keyboard when working with Windows 8 on a multi-screen setup.

I mainly use it for the left and right edge sweep to get to the Charms bar or to switch between programs.  I wouldn’t give up my mouse for this, but it’s definitely a value add for only $30.

 

 

 

 

Charms Bar

charms

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Windows 8 Tweaks Part 2

Posted by essjae on April 22, 2014

in my earlier post,  Windows 8: Tweaks, I mentioned a Registry fix for the fat border issue with Windows 8.

I’ve found a simpler solution, there is a little tool, Tiny Windows Borders for Windows 8

This is a GUI interface for adjusting the Border Width and Border Padding for Windows 8.x.  Easier than messing with RegEdit!

tinywindowsborders

Also, if you want to slim down those outrageous title bars in Windows 8, the process is simple as well.

Right-Click the desktop, select Personalize, Click Display on the left side of the Personalization Window. (Per feedback, I’m including more pictures in my posts.)

display-cp

Next, under Change only the text size, select Title Bars and reduce the font size to your desired size, even going down to 10 makes a visible difference.

titlebar-cp

 

Also, another thing I like to do after I install Start8 or StartIsBack is to restore the quick launch menu.  I have had this tip on my old website www.essjae.com for a long time, but here it is again.

  • Right-click the Taskbar, select Toolbars–>New Toolbar.
  • In Folder text box copy and paste the following:
        %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
  • Right-click the Taskbar, uncheck Lock the Taskbar, and right-click on the new Quick Launch toolbar. Uncheck Show Text and Show Title, click View–>Small Icons
  • Drag the toolbar divider all the way to the left of the taskbar to position it next to the Windows Orb, adjust the spacing on the taskbar as necessary
  • End result:     quicklaunch
  • Note: the default quick launch is pretty slim, most of the icons above were manually added

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Dell 7×40, e-port advanced, dual external monitors==blank screen

Posted by essjae on March 28, 2014

I recently purchased a new e7440 for an employee and swapped out her old e6410.  She has an e-port+ advanced dock and 2 22″ monitors.  The setup worked great for years.

Shortly after she started using the e7440 the secondary monitor seem to go to sleep. Power cycling it fixed it.  I swapped the monitors around to see if it was the DVI port on the dock or the monitor.  Same behavior.

I swapped out the dock for a standard e-port+, same behavior.

I finally got around to googling to see if it was just this e7440.  Unfortunately, or fortunately, it’s not.

I found this post E7440 Display Problems (http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/laptop/f/3518/t/19532685.aspx)

While the issue in the post was flickering, this fix resolved my issue as well

http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/19/DriverDetails/Product/latitude-e7440-ultrabook?driverId=1XFPM&osCode=W864&fileId=3330366653&languageCode=en&categoryId=VI

Fixes & Enhancements

Firmware update to fix flickering screen seen on external monitors attached to dock.
NOTE: For E7440/E7240 only, this update applies when using a dock. If your configuration does not include a dock, the update is not for you and will fail to install
keywords: e7740, e7x40, dell, dock, replicator, blank screen, black screen, firmware

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VirtualBox Maintenance release 4.3.8

Posted by essjae on February 25, 2014

VirtualBox Maintenance release 4.3.8

VirtualBox 4.3.8 (released 2014-02-25)

This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:

  • VMM: more work on improving the emulation of certain MSR registers (e.g. bugs #12224#12544)
  • VMM: fixed a VERR_INVALID_RPL Guru Meditation when booting certain guests (bug #11350)
  • VMM: experimental support for SSE 4.1 / SSE 4.2 passthrough, see the manual for more information how to enable it (bug #8651)
  • VMM: fix for recent Linux kernels with software virtualization
  • GUI: experimental HID LEDs synchronization for Windows hosts, see the manual for more information
  • GUI: warn the user if the Oracle Extension Pack is not installed and the user tries to activate the remote display feature (bug #9104)
  • GUI: make sure that a minimized guest (using mini toolbar in fullscreen/seamless mode) keeps the minimized state (bug #12199)
  • GUI: popup banner’s “do not show this message again” check-box replaced with corresponding button
  • GUI: network adapter cables can now be connected/disconnected directly through the running virtual machine Devices / Network menu a Network status-bar indicator
  • GUI: the new VM wizard now proposes 64-bit guests on 64-bit hosts by default; better distinction between 32-bit OS types 64-bit OS types (bug #12533)
  • GUI: better error message if appliance import fails (bug #12657)
  • GUI: allow to set host-combination to ‘None’ using the Global settings / Input page (bug #12730)
  • GUI: don’t switch the guest to a black screen during online snapshot merge (4.3 regression)
  • VBoxManage: when exporting an appliance, support the suppression of MAC addresses, which means they will be always recreated on import, avoiding duplicate MAC addresses for VMs which are imported several times
  • AHCI: fixed a VM hang during suspend under certain circumstances
  • AHCI: fixed a VM hang during online snapshot merge under certain circumstances
  • AHCI: fixed a bug which resulted in Windows XP guest hangs if a SATA CDROM is attached (bug #12417)
  • AHCI: fixed a Guru Meditation under certain conditions
  • AHCI: ejecting a CD/DVD medium failed under certain conditions
  • AHCI: disk hotplugging fixes
  • NAT: transparent handling of host sleep/resume and network configuration changes if the dnsproxy is enabled or if the hostresolver is used (bug #12441)
  • NAT: fixed crash and misbehaviour under some circumstances with ICMP packets having TTL=1
  • NAT Network: fixed IPv6 reassembly
  • NAT Network: ping proxy implemented
  • OVF: fixed reading of the OVF 0.9 section element (4.3 regression; bug #12345)
  • OVF: several fixes
  • 3D support: several fixes, multiscreen fixes (e.g. bug #9124)
  • 3D support: include 3D content in captured videos (bug #12666)
  • 3D support: include 3D content in captured screenshot (bug #11758)
  • VGA: proper handling of legacy graphics modes if the Guest Additions are active (bug #6649)
  • USB: fixed crash during isochronous transfer under rare circumstances
  • BIOS: better disk geometry handling of SCSI drives
  • API: fix crashes in Java API clients using the XPCOM binding, happened with output parameters only (bug #11232)
  • VBoxSVC: documented the handling of host power management events (see the manual for more information) and added an extradata item for configuring the handling of the battery-low event (bug #9925)
  • VBoxSVC: fixed a bug which could trigger a crash if a VM snapshot was restored the second time and the VM has associated bandwidth groups (bug #12569)
  • VBoxSVC: properly detect ifconfig if located in /bin (bug #12713)
  • Shared Folders: fixed a failure to restore transient shared folders when starting a VM from a saved state (bug #12578)
  • Mac OS X hosts: fixed issue when the application icon was frozen in the dock if the bridging interface was not connected to a network (bug #12241)
  • Linux hosts: also consider the physical package ID when determining the number of physical CPU cores
  • Linux hosts / guests: don’t warn in kernel log if memory allocation fails (bug #11171)
  • Solaris hosts: fixed the autostart SMF script (bug #11720)
  • Windows hosts: fixes for non-ANSI code page user names and similar environment contents (bug #12596)
  • Windows hosts / guests: fixed setting and using a guest user’s process environment variables (relevant for Guest Control)
  • Windows Additions: fixed handle leaks in VBoxTray (bug #12563)
  • Windows Additions: fixed a crash while detecting active guest users
  • Windows Additions: fixed restoring backed up D3D files on XPDM -> WDDM upgrade
  • Guest Control: fixed setting and using a guest user’s process environment variables
  • Linux Additions: support Enterprise Linux 6.5 kernels (bug #12505)
  • Linux Additions: fixed CPU hot-remove on newer Linux kernels
  • Linux / Solaris Additions: don’t automount a shared folder which is already mounted
  • X11 Additions: support X.Org Server 1.15 (bug #12623)

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Windows Update fix for corruption errors like 0x80070002

Posted by essjae on February 21, 2014

Microsoft KB 947821 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947821)

If you’ve gotten one of those cryptic 0x800xxxxxx Windows Update errors, Microsoft finally has a fix for Vista and higher, no XP solution.

Fix Windows Update corruption errors such as 0x80070002 and 0x80070057

Windows Update corruption errors prevent Windows updates and service packs from installing. For example, an update might not install if a system file is damaged. If the error you see is in the following list, try the solution in this article.

0x80070002 | 0x8007000D | 0x800F081F | 0x80073712 | 0x800736CC | 0x800705B9 | 0x80070246 | 0x8007370D | 0x8007370B | 0x8007370A | 0x80070057 | 0x800B0100 | 0x80092003 | 0x800B0101 | 0x8007371B | 0x80070490

 

Windows 8.x and Server 2012 Rx

To resolve this problem, use the inbox Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool. Then, install the Windows update or service pack again.

  1. Open an elevated command prompt. To do this, swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. Or, if you are using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, and then click Search. Type Command Prompt in the Search box, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Allow.
  2. Type the following commands. Press Enter after each command.
    Note It may take several minutes for each command operation to be completed.

    • DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth
    • DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
  3. Close the command prompt, and then run Windows Update again.

DISM creates a log file (%windir%/Logs/CBS/CBS.log) that captures any issues that the tool found or fixed. %windir% is the folder in which Windows is installed. For example, the %windir% folder is C:\Windows.

 

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008

See the KB link for the download you need. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947821

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Windows XP Support is ending soon! MSE for XP ending too!

Posted by essjae on January 9, 2014

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/end-support-help

After April 8, 2014, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC.

Microsoft will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP on this date

 

Update: Microsoft has changed their mind. http://blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/archive/2014/01/15/microsoft-antimalware-support-for-windows-xp.aspx

Microsoft will continue to provide updates to our antimalware signatures and engine for Windows XP users through July 14, 2015.

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