VMWare Fusion Beta

Last week, VMWare (a long time Virtualization Software company) released a public Beta of their Fusion application. This would be in dirrect competition with Paralells, the first company that really put out a virtualization application on the Mac.

I signed up for the beta, and have been playing around with it a bit. I downloaded a pre-built image of Fedora Core 6 and ran a slew of updates on it. The first thing I noticed is that it felt a little bit quicker than Paralells. I also liked the fact that I could just pull any of the prebuilt images from their site (which has a TON), and just get to work. It also looks like the machines of course that I make on my own machine can easily move to some of our VMWare Servers, just by sending the needed files.

I have a screenshot of my first test with it. Dont mind the Jack in the background 😉

If you want to try it out, you should head over to the VMWare site. Once I work with it a little bit more, Ill try to write up some more info on it, and why I really think people should be using THIS product rather than Parallels 🙂

Listening To: ‘Down In It’ by Nine Inch Nails

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New Phone! LG Vx 8600!

Sorry about the delay in this post. I wrote it the week before Christmas, and never got around to publishing it. So therefore, the times are about a week off :). Lets get to the story…

Verizon lets you upgrade your phones every two years (at the end of your contract) for the same price as a new customer with a two year plan, and usually $50 more off. Debs got a RAZR for free in August, due to these rebates. Well, I picked up the LG Vx8600 on Monday, for a pretty decent price ($129 after a $50 mail in rebate). This phone is basically considered the ‘Flip Chocolate’…since its pretty much the EXACT same phone in a different form-factor. I saw this phone a while ago on Engadget, but did not pay much attention. Over the previous weekend we ran to a few stores, checked out phones, and I looked at reviews online. I found this to be one of the best deals, GREAT looking, and also a very geek-friendly phone! Done!

Verizon for the LONGEST time has been ‘castrating’ their phones of features the manuf. orig had. For example, Deborah’s RAZR has bluetooth data transfer capabilities, but the Verizon firmware locks that out. This allows Verizon to push their services like V-Cast, so you have to pay to get data transferred to your phone. In many cases, this is better. MOST people dont know how to ‘hack’ their phone or send crap to it, so Verizon takes the step to do it a ‘tested’ and ‘official’ way. But for people like me, this sucks! I dont want to pay for a service that I should be able to do myself!  When Verizon released the Motorola Q, this changed. The Q and my LG Vx8600 are some of the first phones from Verizon to support a lot more in the Bluetooth stack.

What does this mean? Well, in simple terms, I can link my phone and MacBook Pro together, and send and recieve pictures, movies, and audio from my phone that I make/record. If I ever want to use the ‘music player’ features of my phone, I just can send them right from my computer.

Whats the catch? There are 2 folders for EACH thing! My Photos and then My Pictures, My Music and My Sounds, My Videos and My Clips (or something like that). The firmware ONLY lets me put mp3’s in the My Music Folder. And better yet, I cant use any audio clips in My Music folder as Ringtones! Oh well, of course there are ways to get past this too…

Using a software called BitPim, I can see all folders on my phone, contacts, SMS messages, call logs, etc. Ive actually been using this app for a while with my Vx7000, but it was very confusing, and in the end, didnt work right. This was because I had to install a slew of drivers, do some weird setup, just to hope to get the program and the phone to connect. But with bluetooth and my new phone, it just works! When I actually do the transfer of items to my new phone, I plan on writing something up then too.

Listening To: ‘Half Life’ by 10 Years

Aduim X 1.0b18!

I usually dont get this excited about updates, but when I updated my Adium today to the newest beta, I got a long lost, and much desired feature. GMAIL NOTIFICATIONS! Anyone that is using Adium now should be using these betas (they are very stable, and have TONS of new features), and should be running this newest version! A bunch of bug fixes were done, and a few new things added in a point release!

Listening To: ‘Rock Lobster’ by The B-52’s

Wii Forecast Channel today!

While I was on my lunch break today, I saw in my blogs that the “Forecast Channel” for the Wii was released this morning. When I went downstairs to check the Wii, it was glowing with this new message as well! At the bottom of the message you can click the button to run the update, which starts the update for you. The update took only about 3 minutes to download, apply, and let me start it up.

Once getting into the new channel, you first tell it your state (they call it region), then city (Richmond was on the top of the list when I clicked on Virginia). After checking the date on your system, it displays the temperature, forecast, and a few other things. I also took a few minutes and played with the globe feature. This allows you to work with something that looks JUST like Google Earth. You can spin the globe around, and then see the weather all across the world!

In the end, its nothing that special, but still fun to play with!

But, some of the best news was released today as well. On friday, the ‘trial’ version of Opera for the Wii will be available. This basically allows you to surf the web on the TV. It also opens the possibility of adding more games, by using certian sites like WiiCade. I also plan to test it out on some internal stuff, like hosting some type of iTunes/web music interface. Ill post any information I find out on this as I get to it!

Listening To: ‘A.D.D.’ by System of a Down

Christmas Shopping!!

I swear, one year, I will REALLY remember how annoying it is to wait too late, and not do ALL my shopping online. This year I managed to pick up most of my gifts online, but still not all. While shopping has been easier this year that previous, its still been ‘busy’..

With so many tools available now, next year may be the year that we not only save massive ammounts of money on gifts, but we get them early and ready to go, all without leaving the house!

This year I managed my list, as well as the list I had made for my wife using Google Docs. I created a spreadsheet for my wife. Then, I would tally up totals so I didnt go over our ‘limit’. But, I could have taken this a step further…

Why not also create a list with our ideas for the friends and family, and then share that with her? I tried, but we only had a few gifts left to pick up, and it really wasn’t worth spending the extra time. But for next year, I will share these lists for her so we can track our spending, update in real-time together, as well as keep a reminder of everything we have left to purchase.

Sorry for this quick small little blurb. Ill be posting more as the week goes on, but now, there are e-mail servers to attend to!!

Listening To: ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ by Coldplay