Been a long time / Installing vmware tools in Ubuntu 8.04.1 JEOS Server

I’m sorry folks, I got wrapped up in the ways of the physical world and then was sick the past few days.

Recently I tried installing vmware tools in a Ubuntu 8.04.1 JEOS Server virtual machine with no success.  After a bit of googling, I came across the Peter Cooper’s blog that outlined the procedure rather well for VMware Fusion, but it works for VMware Server and VMware Workstation just fine.  Essentially:

  • download Open VM Tools from Sourceforge
  • Mount VMware tools (Host -> VM -> Install VMware Tools), mount /dev/cdrom
  • Extract the vmware tools to /tmp
  • Extract and compile Open VM Tools (./configure)
  • Tar up the compiled open vm tools and copy to the vmware tools directory
  • Run

See Peter’s blog for step by step instructions.

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Watch out! Adrian is posting about me ;-)

In his ZDnet blog, Adrian Bridgwater mentions my blog and the latest article I wrote for the ISUG Technical Journal.  This has totally made my month!  (Not counting the blue raspberry slushee zombie baby 😉

Perl in the shell

Posted by Adrian Bridgwater

Adrian Bridgwater
Adrian Bridgwater

Why doesn’t anyone talk about computer programming languages these days? I’ve just spent the last couple of days working with a great guy called Jason Froebe on a Perl tutorial that really digs deep into making sure developers know that it is a fully-featured language and yet – all I see on the IT news-o-meter is corporate shenanigans not exactly likely to set the average software engineer’s world on fire.

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RealNetworks releases RealDVD – waste of money?

On Twitter, Jim Louderback @louderb pointed out that RealNetworks released a controversial new product called RealDVD.  What is RealDVD?  It will copy your dvd movie, bit for bit, on to your harddrive with the CSS encryption intact.  For your enjoyment, it slaps on a DRM scheme as the dvd is being transferred to your computer.  That’s 4GB to 9GB of space taken up by a single movie.

Does this mean you can take the dvd copy you made and put it on your iPod or video player?  Nope.  The iPod and most portable mp4 players have no way to interpret the dvd copy.  So, what can you do with the dvd copy made by RealDVD?  Well, you can play it on your computer and possibly burn it to a dvd blank.  You can even play it on up to 4 other computers.  Forget about copying to other people even if you are able to strip the DRM, the dvd copy is watermarked with your information.

There are several FREE programs that will allow you to copy a dvd movie, bit for bit, without the DRM being added.  There are others, such as Handbreak, that will even rip the dvd and present you with a file ready to be uploaded to your iPod.

At this point, RealDVD doesn’t appear to be of any real value for us.  It does bring a lot of attention on to RealNetworks though.  Makes me wonder if this is nothing more than a marketing ploy.

The only way the MPAA will sanction this will be as direct competition to the iTunes movie Store.

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Report from the German American Festival in Lincoln Park (Chicago)

Stolen from my wife:

Yesterday we went to German Fest in Lincoln Square to meet up with some friends and enjoy what may be one of the last nice nice weekends.

We had a great time!  The brats were great, fresh yummy saurkraut, and Miriam loved the German Potato Salad.  We didn’t have any beer, I know, heresy, but I can’t these days and Jason was being supportive.

Baby says \"BRAINZZZ\"

He did however have a blue raspberry slushie, which certainly wins the Miriam Seal of Approval.

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Up in Lombard, Illinois and don’t know where to eat?

Since I work in Lombard, Illinois this is relevant 🙂

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Listen up City Slickers!

  1. Pull your droopy pants up. You look like an idiot.
  2. Turn your cap straight, your head isn’t crooked.
  3. Let’s get this straight; it’s called a ‘dirt road.’ I drive a pickup truck because I want to.
  4. No matter how slow you drive, you’re going to get dust on your Lexus. Drive it or get out of the way.
  5. They are cattle. They’re live steaks. That’s why they smell funny to you. But they smell like money to us. Get over it. Don’t like it? Hwy  1  &  2  goes east and west, Hwy 1 6  &  75  goes north and south. Pick one.
  6. So you have a $60,000 car. We’re impressed. We have $ 800,000 combines and hay balers that are driven only 3 weeks a year.
  7. So every person in rural  Manitoba  waves. It’s called ‘being friendly. Try to understand the concept.
  8. If that cell phone rings while an 8-point buck and 3 does are coming in, we WILL shoot it out of your hand. You better hope you don’t have it up to your ear at the time.
  9. Yeah, we eat meat and potatoes. You really want sushi & caviar? It’s available at the corner bait shop.
  10. The ‘Opener’ refers to the first day of deer hunting season. It’s a religious holiday held the closest Saturday to the first of November.
  11. We open doors for women. That is applied to all women, regardless of age.
  12. There’s little for ‘vegetarians’ on the menu. Order steak. Or you can order the Chef’s Salad and pick off the 2 pounds of ham & turkey.
  13. When we set a table, there are three main dishes: meats, vegetables and breads. We use three spices: salt, pepper, and ketchup.
  14. You bring ‘coke’ into my house, it better be brown, wet and served over ice.
  15. You bring ‘Mary Jane’ into my house, she better be cute, know how to shoot, drive a truck, and have long hair.
  16. Manitoba Junior  Hockey   League and Minor Hockey is as important here as the Maple Leafs and Montreal Habs, and more fun to watch.
  17. Yeah, we have golf courses. But don’t hit the water hazards — it spooks the fish.
  18. Colleges? We have them all over. We have Universities and Community Colleges. They come outta there with an education plus a love for God and country, and they still wave at everybody when they come for the holidays.
  19. We have a whole ton of folks in the Armed Forces. So don’t mess with us. If you do, you will get whipped by the best.
  20. Turn down that blasted car stereo! That thumpity-thump crap ain’t music, anyway. We don’t want to hear it anymore than we want to see your boxers. (Refer back to #1).
  21. 2 inches of snow & ice isn’t a blizzard – it’s a vacation. Drive like you got some sense in it, and DON’T take all our bread, milk, and bleach from the grocery stores. This ain’t Alaska , worst case you may have to live a whole day without croissants. The pickups with snow blades and tractors with snow blowers will have you out the next day.

A true Manitoban will send this on!!!

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FW (Slashdot): Freedom Fry — “Happy birthday to GNU”

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