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Upgraded to VirtualBox 2.0.2 on Ubuntu

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I’ve just finished upgrading from VirtualBox 1.6.4 to VirtualBox 2.0.2 and I must say that the VirtualBox team has really done a great job in version 2.0.2. I still haven’t tried new support of VirtualBox for 64 bit guest machines because I am using the 32-bit version of Ubuntu.

One of the more obvious improvements that I readily found is in the seamless mode. Seamless mode in Virtualbox allows you to integrate you guest machine’s desktop into the host machines desktop. When I was using version 1.6.4, seamless mode was not too useful since my Windows guest machine would simply hang up.

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WordPress 2.6.2 released

Just to let you know if you’re using WordPress, version 2.6.2 has been released and available for download.

WordPress version 2.6.2 is a security release so it’s a good idea to update your site if you’re using WordPress. The security fix is specially required if you are allowing users to register on your WordPress blog.

Pentium 4 computer on wooden wheels

This morning, I was having a conversation with my sister via instant messaging using Pidgin (I wish Pidgin would have support for webcams). She was telling something about how slow her computer was and whether she could make some tweaks to make it faster.

She was a light computer user who uses it just for open office and a lot of Internet browsing. So I asked her to check the specs of her new computer.

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Windows XP eats a lot of CPU even when idle

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I’ve read a lot about Windows taking up a CPU resources even when it’s idle but I never really got to experience it first hand or never bothered looking into it. I’ve been using my new Compaq Presario notebook installed with Ubuntu for several weeks now. After installing Ubuntu I suddenly realized that I still need the Nokia PC suite and it runs only on Windows (Nokia will you please port the Nokia PC Suite to Linux, thank you.)

So, what did I do? I had to install my Windows XP on a VirtualBox machine under Linux. After installing Sun’s VirtualBox virtualization software, I configured a virtual machine with enough resources (1GB of memory …) for my Windows XP. The installation went fine and I was able to install Nokia’s PC Suite successfully too.

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How the floppy disc has evovled

This morning, while using a memory card to transfer some files from one computer to another a thought dawn unto me and smiled. I was thinking how the previously ubiquituous floppy disc has become obsolete.

Or has it? Maybe it has just evolved into something else. So I took my phone (eh, camera or camera phone, whatever) and took some photos of the “evolution of the ubiquituous floppy disk” just for kicks.

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