Forcing a restart/shutdown using VMware

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VMware allows you to run additional operating systems, and virtual machines on your computer. I use it so that I can run Windows XP on my Macbook, which usually works a treat.

However when booting it up recently it got stuck on the loading screen and trying to force a shutdown or restart via the menu did nothing. As I had it set to automatically save the session, reopening the virtual machine just resulted in it opening up the frozen window.

Thanks to the kind folks at the local mac shop we managed to find a solution -

  1. Open up the virtual machine
  2. Select preferences from the VMware top menu
  3. Set it to turn off the machine on shutdown (instead of suspend)
  4. Shutdown VMware and open it up again

Hope this is helpful for anyone else who comes across the problem.

P.S. I think the reason that the machine froze in the first place was due to having an external hard drive or wireless modem plugged in when I booted up, to prevent it happening again I now unplug devices before booting up.

Pink for October

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Anyone who is a regular visitor to this site will have noticed a sudden brightness to the links in particular. For anyone who knows me, pink is not my colour of choice so it should be obvious something is up.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and in a small effort to help make a difference I am helping to promote Breast Cancer Awareness by going pink. Also all funds raised via my Google AdWords will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation here in Australia who are raising money to try and find a cure for breast cancer.

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OMG the IT Crowd Season Two

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If you haven’t heard of the IT Crowd it is a British sitcom which is absolutely hilarious. If you have a bit of technical background you will probably find it more entertaining then the standard viewer, however there is always something that everyone will get a laugh from.

I just found out that series two has just been released which is awesome seeing as though I thought it had been axed.

There are only 6 episodes per season which is a shame, but they are usually all quality episodes. Find our more at the official channel 4 site or do a search on YouTube.

Threadless – Nude no more

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I just received another shipment of tees from the good folk over at threadless.com. I highly recommend them for anyone who is looking for some fun tees designed by aspiring designers. Threadless Tees

The principle of threadless is that anyone can submit a design, visitors to the website vote for their favorite designs, and then each week the team at threadless release a batch of new t-shirts based on the most popular.

For designers its a great way to get your ideas out there, and for everyone else, its a great way to get some fresh original tees all at reasonable prices (mens tees start at $12US and ladies at $15US). You can also earn store credit by recommending designs, or submitting pictures of yourself wearing a threadless tee.