Fast, Free Virtualization Software…

13 בדצמבר 2006

I guess, like me, many developers in an MS shop with a casual need for running software in a Virtual Machine use MS Virtual PC 2004. I've been using it and have been satisfied with the fact that I don't have to use different physical machines. After VMWare's announcement that they are going to give away there server version for free I finally got to install it. It's been a while since the announcement and I'm sorry I didn't try it before because it rocks! I'm not going to try to write up a comparison. Mostly because I seriously don't think Virtual PC deserves...
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Streamline how you run applications – Launchy

7 בדצמבר 2006

I came across this utility on Scott Hanselman's blog. After trying out Launchy for a week I'm sold on it. Just brilliant! Launchy is a small utility that has only one purpose in life: Launch other applications. More specifically, those in your start menu (You can optionally index additional folders as well). Press a shortcut (Alt+Space) to get a skinable small window to type in and start to type the name of your application. If it can't figure out what to run it will present you with list of close matches. As you use it more, it will prioritize your choice...
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Replacing my Thinkpad – Part III

This is the last part of this 3 part post on purchasing a new notebook. In Part I and Part II I layed out some of the background work in order to know what to look for while shopping for the new computer. And finally it's shopping time... I spent a few hours at NotebookReview, CNet, NotebookForums.com and a few other sites. I rather quickly came up with a list of models that I would like. Alienware Area-51 DELL XPS M1710 Apple Macbook Pro IBM Thinkpad T60p Some brands are missing from this list because I don't like them. I've had two Toshiba notebooks...
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Replacing my Thinkpad – Part II

2 בדצמבר 2006

Part I can be found here   Local support When something goes wrong with a notebook you can't just open it and replace a bad graphics card, motherboard etc. I'm not taking the risk of being left with an unusable plastic box with a hypothetical value of 3-4K$.   Performance The components I considered here were the CPU, RAM speed and Hard disk speed. CPU – Despite the somewhat disappointing performance delta between Core Duo and the Core 2 Duo series, I ruled out the Core Duo mostly because the price difference was close to insignificant. It was a little harder to select which CPU in...
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Replacing my Thinkpad – Part I

In late June I wrote a post on optimizing the performance of my Thinkpad T43p. While the suggestions in that post are still relevant for optimizing the performance of any PC, time has come to move on and replace the Thinkpad. To buy a serious (read fast/expensive) notebook is a tough task and I spent more quality time than anticipated in selecting a new notebook. But then, I probably will have to spend more time with this fellow over the next two years than with anyone else, so it seems worth the hassle.   Since I already spent the time and made...
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