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No more blue-screens for Windows! Use green, it is a more relaxing color!

Posted by essjae on June 7, 2011

Green should replace blue for all Windows error screens from now on. Instead of enraging the hapless Windows user, it will sooth them, and they won’t mind a failed nVidia (or other) driver stopping their system.  I got this idea after reading this article: http://mcpmag.com/articles/2011/06/06/color-my-powershell-world.aspx on changing your PowerShell error messages to green from red…since red has such negative connotations that it shouldn’t be used.  This reminds me of this article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1101790/Teachers-banned-using-confrontational-red-ink-case-upsets-children.html where marking incorrect answers with red demoralizes “the children”

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IE 9 and WordPress

Posted by essjae on April 29, 2011

they don’t seem to like each other.  http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/ie9-editing-and-posting-problems?replies=2

Turning on compatibility mode seems to help…although I’m sure I posted from IE9 last night on my other computer without issue (or compatibility mode).

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VirtualBox 3.24 update released

Posted by essjae on June 7, 2010

3.24 is out.

A few bug fixes:

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

  • GUI: fixed a superfluous resize-event on powering-on VM for X11 (improvement for the 3.2.2 fix)
  • Host-only/bridged networking: fixed guest-to-guest communication over wireless (3.2.0 regression; bug #6855)
  • Storage: fixed a potential guest disk corruption with growing images (3.2.0 regression)
  • Page Fusion: fixed shared module detection for Win64 guests
  • 3D support: allow use of CR_SYSTEM_GL_PATH again (bug #6864)
  • 3D support: fixed a host assertion for some multi-threaded guest applications (bug #5236)
  • 3D support: fixed host crashes with nVIDIA drivers on WDDM startup
  • OVF: fixed import of OVFs with a VM description (annotation) (3.2.2 regression; bug #6914)
  • VRDP: fixed issues with secondary monitors (bug #6759)

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VirtualBox 3.2.0 Released

Posted by essjae on May 18, 2010

Major release!

From the changelog:

This version is a major update. The following major new features were added:

  • Following the acquisition of Sun Microsystems by Oracle Corporation, the product is now called Oracle VM VirtualBox and all references were changed without impacting compatibility
  • Experimental support for Mac OS X Server guests (see the manual for more information)
  • Memory ballooning to dynamically in- or decrease the amount of RAM used by a VM (64-bit hosts only) (see the manual for more information)
  • Page Fusion automatically de-duplicates RAM when running similar VMs thereby increasing capacity. Currently supported for Windows guests on 64-bit hosts (see the manual for more information)
  • CPU hot-plugging for Linux (hot-add and hot-remove) and certain Windows guests (hot-add only) (see the manual for more information)
  • New Hypervisor features: with both VT-x/AMD-V on 64-bit hosts, using large pages can improve performance (see the manual for more information); also, on VT-x, unrestricted guest execution is now supported (if nested paging is enabled with VT-x, real mode and protected mode without paging code runs faster, which mainly speeds up guest OS booting)
  • Support for deleting snapshots while the VM is running
  • Support for multi-monitor guest setups in the GUI for Windows guests (see the manual for more information)
  • USB tablet/keyboard emulation for improved user experience if no Guest Additions are available (see the manual for more information).
  • LsiLogic SAS controller emulation (see the manual for more information)
  • RDP video acceleration (see the manual for more information)
  • NAT engine configuration via API and VBoxManage
  • Use of host I/O cache is now configurable (see the manual for more information)
  • Guest Additions: added support for executing guest applications from the host system (replaces the automatic system preparation feature; see the manual for more information)
  • OVF: enhanced OVF support with custom namespace to preserve settings that are not part of the base OVF standard

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Appholes

Posted by essjae on April 30, 2010

Microsoft was supposed to be the evil one, but now Apple is busting down doors in Palo Alto while Bill Gates rids the world of mosquitoes.

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VirtualBox 3.2.0 Beta 1 released, err Oracle VM Virtualbox

Posted by essjae on April 30, 2010

What a name! Oracle VM VirtualBox?

Major version update!!!

VirtualBox Version 3.2.0 is a major update. The following major new features were added:

  • Following the acquisition of Sun Microsystems by Oracle Corporation, the product is now called Oracle VM VirtualBox and all references were changed without impacting compatibility.
  • Experimental support for Mac OS X guests
  • Memory ballooning to dynamically in- or decrease the amount of RAM used by a VM (64-bit hosts only) (see the manual for more information)
  • CPU hot-plugging for Linux (hot-add and hot-remove) and certain Windows guests (hot-add only) (see the manual for more information)
  • New Hypervisor features: with both VT-x/AMD-V on 64-bit hosts, using large pages can improve performance (see the manual for more information); also, on VT-x, unrestricted guest execution is now supported (if nested paging is enabled with VT-x, real mode and protected mode without paging code runs faster, which mainly speeds up guest OS booting)
  • Support for deleting snapshots while the VM is running
  • Support for multi-monitor guest setups in the GUI (see the manual for more information)
  • USB tablet/keyboard emulation for improved user experience if no Guest Additions are available
  • LsiLogic SAS controller emulation
  • RDP video acceleration
  • NAT engine configuration via API and VBoxManage
  • Guest Additions: added support for executing guest applications from the host system
  • OVF: enhanced OVF support with custom namespace to preserve settings that are not part of the base OVF standard

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Android 2.1 update available Thursday for Droid

Posted by essjae on March 17, 2010

Latest on the Motorola Droid Android 2.1 update

http://www.androidcentral.com/latest-motorola-droid-android-21-update

Although, I think I won’t be updated for several days since they’re rolling out in batches

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Goodbye AT&T+WinMo

Posted by essjae on March 11, 2010

Today I bought a Droid, after 7 years I’m leaving AT&T and 4 years WinMo.  I told the rep at AT&T that I felt that AT&T only cares about iPhone owners, where’s my lack of coverage app for WinMo?

After my 3rd HTC Fuze, I’ve given up.  Nothing like buying a brand new phone and getting a refurb to replace it. 

Maybe it was just a bad model by HTC, but after 4 years of WinMo phones, I can’t wait any longer for a phone I don’t need to reset every couple of days just to get my phone calls.

What’s next?  A MacBook to replace my Dell+Win7? Scary!

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What is up with the Zune Pass?

Posted by essjae on March 11, 2010

Today, when trying to sync with my Zune to my Zune Pass, almost 80 songs are no longer available on the Marketplace with the error “This item is no longer available at Zune Marketplace”?  What? 

It appears I am fortunate that I didn’t purchase these songs, because apparently this can happen EVEN IF YOU HAVE PURCHASED the song or album!

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ATi 10.2 Catalyst Drivers Released today

Posted by essjae on February 17, 2010

Here’s hoping it fixes the cursor corruption issue. Not that the pointer trail work-around with is too bad.  At least I don’t have BSODs any longer like with the nVidia drivers.

Update:  No fix on the cursor corruption, it still happens.  And now I get a Displaylink failure notice more often, but it seems to be better at recovering as I haven’t had to unplug and replug the adapter.

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