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Sun-shine lolipops: VirtualBox 2.2.4 comes out of the oven

May 31st, 2009 No comments

Sun Microsystems (pwnd by the Oracle) has release VirtualBox 2.2.4.

VirtualBox 2.2.4 (released 2009-05-29)

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

  • Windows Installer: ?xed a potential hang during installation
  • Windows Installer: ?xed several problems (bug #3892)
  • Solaris hosts: make it work with Solaris build 114 or later (bug #3981)
  • Solaris hosts: ?xed a bug serial port character handling found during loopback (bug #3120)
  • Linux hosts: adapted vboxdrv.sh to the latest changes in VBoxManage list runningvms (bug #4034)
  • Windows hosts: ?xed a crash caused by host-only/bridged networking
  • Mac OS X hosts: ?xed access to host DVD with passthrough disabled (bug #4077)
  • Guest Additions: ?xed problems with KDE 4 not recognizing mouse clicks
  • Windows Additions: ?xed incorrect 8-bit guest color depth in Windows 7 guests
  • GUI: warn if VT-x/AMD-V could not be enabled for guests that require this setting (bug #4055)
  • VMM: ?xed occassional crash due to insuf?ent memory
  • VMM: ?xed hanging 64 bits Solaris guests
  • VMM: restore from a saved state occassionally failed (bugs #3984 and #2742)
  • Clipboard: ?xed a deadlock while shutting down the shared clipboard on X11 hosts (bug #4020)
  • OVF: ?xed potential hang during import
  • OVF: ?xed potential crashes during import/export on Win64 hosts
  • VBoxManage modifyhd –compact: ?xed bug which could lead to crashes and image corruption (bug #3864)
  • VBoxManage metrics collect: now ?ushes the output stream.
  • VHD: made VBoxManage internalcommands sethduuid work for .vhd ?les (bug #3443)
  • VHD: some .vhd ?les could not be cloned (bug #4080)
  • VMDK: ?xed creating snapshots
  • NAT: improvement of TCP connection establisment (bug #2987)
  • NAT: ?xed order of DNS servers in DHCP lease (bug #4091)
  • NAT: ?xed DHCP lease for multiple name servers (bug #3692)
  • NAT: ?xed a potential segfault if the host lost its connectivity (bug #3964)
  • Shared Folders: deny access to parent directories on Windows hosts (bug #4090)
  • Shared Folders: make rm/rmdir work with Solaris guests on Windows hosts
  • Networking: ?xed the problem with blocked receiving thread when a broadcast packet arrives too early to be handled by uninitialized e1000 adapter.
  • Networking: ?xed the problem that caused host freezes/crashes when using bridged mode with host’s interface having RX checksum of?oading on (bug #3926 and related). Fixes problems with TX of?oading as well (bug #3870)
  • PXE boot: Added support for PRO/1000 MT Server adapter.
  • Python bindings: ?xed keyword con?ict
  • SCSI: ?xed occasional crashes on Win64
  • Serial: allow to redirect the serial port to a raw ?le (bug #1023)
  • VRDP: ?xed a rare incorrect screen update

This release’s most significant update is the bugfix for truncating your files to 300Kb when attempting to compact the hard-disk – damn annoying! Update mos def.

Download:

  • VirtualBox 2.2.4 for Windows hosts x86/amd64
  • VirtualBox 2.2.4 for Solaris and OpenSolaris hosts x86/amd64
  • VirtualBox 2.2.4 Software Developer Kit (SDK) All platforms (registration required)

Enjoy, oh btw did you know that OpenSolaris 2009.06 is coming tomorrow (Monday?)

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Bing Bing Bing Bing Bing: Microsoft launches Bing.

May 30th, 2009 1 comment

A few weeks ago saw the launch of Wolfram Research Alpha, a natural search engine which could do some funky things. Now Microsoft have stepped up from their previous attempts – Ms Dewey (Janina Gavankar, who’s quite a hottie! reminds me of Tiffany) and now we have the final release of Bing (aka codenamed Kumo) which is going to be a behemoth search engine.

Learn all about the new bling at DiscoverBing or learn the void that Bing will attempt to address, or see the video here.

Wonder why they decided on Bing?

Ding ding ding == bing bing bing?

“Just Bing It.”

“Dewd, just Bing the bastard”?

Bing is Not Google”?

Cashing in on the Lara Bingle’s ‘where the bloody hell are you?’ campaign, which btw was one of our clients at Vividas last year.

In either case, its an interesting take on the ‘aging’ way we search for what we want and seems to go onto the concepts that came with the Wolfram Alpha. When it actually comes out – still shows as coming soon for me, we’ll have to see.

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Microsoft releases Windows Vista SP2 and Windows 2008 Server SP2

May 27th, 2009 No comments

Quick note to let you know that Microsoft has released Service Pack 2 for Windows 2008 Server & Vista for the general public.

Download: Vista SP2 / Server 2008 SP2 x86Vista SP2 / Server 2008 SP2 x64
Download Size: 348.3 MB | 577.4 MB
Direct Downloads: Windows6.0-KB948465-x86.exe | Windows6.0-KB948465-X64.exe

KB Article: Microsoft KBQ948865

Service Pack 2 Details

x86

Build: 6002.18005.090410-1830
File Name: Windows6.0-KB948465-X86.exe
Size: 365,230,920 bytes
CRC: 3368C777
MD5: C9394FD32DB15619328AF4FF0315750A
SHA1: 106C0484D7449CC4B70353C21D0C0D63E4BA66C3

x64

Build: 6002.18005.090410-1830
File Name: Windows6.0-KB948465-X64.exe
Size: 605,410,472 bytes
CRC: 1737E14D
MD5: A3BCB1FFDB366397FA5FAB0898EB098D
SHA1: BE8D74ADC029FA7350FC1F0D32BEF853C0519A92

Enjoy! You can also slipstream this release into an existing SP1 installation media using vLite, just be weary of a couple of caveats.

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HOWTO: Importing Thunderbird contacts into GMail

May 25th, 2009 No comments

I’ve moved my entire mailbox over to Gmail now, previously I was a firm believer in IMAP and didnt move to Gmail fully sooner because of the lack of folders – unlike in real life where my life is usually a mess, I keep my mail quite organised. Whats more, the junk mail filters are second to none.

Whilst the mail trickled down via POP3 (thank god for IMAP!) I had to manually get the contacts to be updated in gmail. Here’s how to get your contacts into GMail from thunderbird – and possibly other clients.

  • Open your addressbook in Thunderbird.  Tools > Addressbook or {CTRL+2}
  • Goto Tools > Export menu item
  • We need a CSV file, change the default file type from LDF to ‘Comma Seperated’ and save it with an appropriate filename.
  • Once exported, open up the CSV file in OpenOffice or Microsoft Excel.
  • Heres where we get trippy. By default, when you export you will get these headers:
    • First Name
    • Last Name
    • Display Name
    • Nickname
    • Primary Email
  • We need to make sure that we have the four main columns that GMail looks for:
    • First Name
    • Last Name
    • Display Name
    • Email Address
  • Remove all the other columns (so Nickname, Secondary Email etc etc)
  • Save the file as something else so we can go back to it later if required.
  • Goto GMail, click Contacts and click ‘Import’ from the right panel header.
  • Point to the CSV file you  just saved and let it import, you will find that the Display names are automajically resolved, duplicates trimmed and others merged.

Enjoy.

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Server Upgrade!

May 25th, 2009 No comments

New servers are now hosting this domain and the WebSoftware Systems, HotHTML domain. There was a temporary hiccup with the DNS’s going a little crazy – my fault, last week but everythings back to norm 🙂 Hopefully with the additional RAM, faster CPU and move to 64bit things should be faster.

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Hot Booty: Visual Studio 2010 Beta Launches!

May 19th, 2009 No comments

Quick note from Somasegars blog that Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 along with .NET Framework 4.0 Beta 1 is shipping. Take a look at the Visual Studio 2010 Home Page for more information or if you have MSDN grab it from your subscriber downloads.


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Wolfram Alpha Launches!

May 19th, 2009 No comments

Steven Wolfram of Mathematica fame (and pure genius) has launched Wolfram Alpha, its a ‘computational knowledge engine’ and quite a cool tool too! Taking on the big giants Google and Yahoo, Live etc, this bit of kit allows you to search using natural language.

Let me demonstrate, suppose you want to know who the prime minister of Bulgaria is, it will not only give you the answer but also some background information on the person.

Not only can you ask formal questions, but you can even give it some mathematical problems to solve.

tan(x^2+sin(x))

Try some of the examples on the right hand menu.

Some cool things to try,

Ok I could waste a day on this, so instead I’ll let you do it for me.

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Dead and Gone: LTTE defeated, Prabhakaran has moved on.

May 18th, 2009 No comments

If you haven’t heard already, the vermon that has been infesting our country has been flushed to the depths of hell. The LTTE has been defeated.

Mission accomplished folks. Time to move on and hope that with one of the longest struggles in East Asia is behind us that Sri Lankans can co-exists peacefully with other Sri Lankans. First and foremost we need to weed out all the corrupted politicians and bring a fresh new outlook to the country that has been damaged with a pointless war – that has hurt both sides.

Ay, lemme kick it to you right quick man
Not on some gangsta stuff man on some real stuff
Anybody who been through the same thing
I’m sure you feel the same way

I guess now’s a good time to start looking at the PR-stunts pulled by the LTTE and the blatant manipulations of the media. See the images of the man who brought pain and suffering to thousands and learn about his background.

In three decades of ethnic conflict aimed at carving out a separate Tamil homeland in the north and east, Prabhakaran managed to consolidate a de facto state and – until now – outsmart successive government offensives.

He terrorised the island and even neighbouring India, perfecting the recruitment and use of suicide bombers before al-Qaeda existed.

His fighters usually took no prisoners and were notorious for assaults that left every single enemy soldier dead.

Funnily enough, the main Eelam home page is now Forbidden (pun there?), but it was alive and kicking for over 10 years.

Peace.

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UPDATE: Installing CentOS 5.x on ASUS P5WDH-Deluxe

May 15th, 2009 No comments

Earlier I mentioned that getting CentOS 5.x to install on the ASUS P5WDH-Deluxe motherboard wasn’t as easy as I first thought and suggested you disable a few things (mentioned in the previous post). However today I’ve got another solution thats less headachey.

Forget disabling ACPI and booting with irqpoll, instead you will need to disable the onboard JMicron controller (mine was always disabled!) and make sure if your using a PATA optical drive you use the ICHR7 port – thats the blue IDE port in the middle of the board at the bottom at the picture.

ASUS P5W DH Deluxe

Next in the Main tab

[IDE Configuration]

  • Configure SATA As [AHCI]
  • ALPE and ASP [Enabled]
  • IDE Detect Time Out (Sec) [0]

Then make sure that JMicron SATA/PATA Controller is disabled (in the Advanced -> Onboard Devices Configuration) and re-enable the   ACPI 2.0 Support and ACPI APIC support (in the Power tab).

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Booting CentOS 5.3 on ASUS P5WDH Deluxe

May 12th, 2009 No comments

As my journey to find the perfect setup for the new Zeus continues, I thought I’d try out CentOS 5.3. One of the many benefits of running on an open-setup, lots of HDDs, lots of room to move around, not much time though 🙁

If you find you get stuck during the installation for CentOS (and subsequently RHEL & Fedora) heres how to get things to boot.

In the BIOS:

Power

  • Suspend Mode [Auto]
  • ACPI 2.0 Support [No]
  • ACPI APIC Support [Disabled] *uhoh*

Then when you boot, press {F4} to get the kernel options, and at the end append:

$ boot: linux irqpoll

This will hopefully boot the installer for you.

No need to do all that, see the updated post which is simpler and less hassles.

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