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vSphere 5.5 Client Integration Plug-In on Mac OSX Error

This took me quite a while to track this down so I decided to post a quick article on it.

Symptom:  Getting page cannot be displayed errors when attempting to access a virtual machine’s (VM) console while using Safari, Firefox, or Chrome on a mac.  This only applies for people using the VCSA (VMware vCenter Server Appliance) and running version 5.5.

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VMware Fusion 5.02 Linux VM Crashes During Login (Ubuntu)

After running an update on my Macbook Pro, my linux VMs stopped allowing me to login and would simply crash.  I contacted VMware support and they advised that the update, along with Fusion update 5.02, don’t play very well together due to a graphics driver issue.  See the short post: http://blogs.vmware.com/teamfusion/2012/11/macbook-air-and-macbook-pro-update-2-0-and-vmware-fusion-5.html.

The workaround requires that you go into Settings > Display and turn off “Accelerate 3D Graphics”.  While this fix works just fine, it hampers your ability to work in the Linux VM due to the fact that you can’t resize the VM’s work area.


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Enable Tap-Drag in OSX Mountain Lion

It took a few minutes to track down, but here’s a quick note on how to enable Tap-Drag in OSX Mountain Lion.  To use: tap once then tap again and drag without pulling your finger off the trackpad.

Go to System Preferences > Accessibility > select “Mouse & Trackpad” > “Trackpad Options” click the checkbox for “Enable dragging”.

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“With Drag Lock” means that if you need to take your finger off the trackpad, your next touch will allow you to continue dragging if it is a drag move.  To end Drag Lock, simply tap the trackpad.

“Without Drag Lock”, when you remove your finger from the trackpad the dragging will cease.

Download OSX Lion Again After It Has Been Installed

This is just a quick note on how to redownload OSX Lion.  I had a hard time finding this, maybe it’s common knowledge for everyone else, but…

There are tons of articles out there on how to create a bootable disk, or USB stick, etc., but all of them require you to have the original installer downloaded from the Mac App Store, which dissappears after you install it.  Don’t even bother looking, I at least haven’t been able to find it.

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OSX Lion – Brief Review

I’ve been running OSX Lion for a few weeks now and wanted to do a quick review since I’m really enjoying it.

I’ve installed it on a 2010 iMac and a 1st Gen Macbook Air.  My experience with the latest rendition of the Mac OS has been 99% joy, which I honestly can’t say about any other OS that I’ve started off with right off the bat.  For starters, the OS has been solid on both of the machines that I’m using it on.  To be specific, I’ve had to force quit twice, between both machines, since the GM release, one time Safari was the application and the second time it was Steam, and in each case I was pushing the box hard at the time.  Lots of applications running and lots of processing.  Steam restarted no problem… it’s just Steam.  Safari, when I restarted it, remembered every last window I had open, including tabs, sites, and window positions… as is mentioned in the features.  Force quit cost me about 30 seconds of time, and I had it all back.  Hiccup… no problem.

So before ranting about what I like about the software, I’ll jump right to something that seems to be missing…

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Now That’s Customer Service! Good Job Apple.

I love it when companies use technology to increase efficiency, and Apple has at least one part of customer service ‘down to a science’.

This isn’t the first time I’ve experienced this with an Apple Store, but it’s the third time which tells me the prior two times were not flukes.  The latest time, I happened to have an iPod Touch that bricked on me.  No good reason either, I hadn’t jailbroken it, or done anything actually except for activate it, sync it, play music on it, and test some in-house iOS apps.  The only other app I had installed on it was Pandora.  One afternoon, I plug it in to play some music and it won’t do anything, no power on, no reset, no nothing.

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The iPad, to wreak havoc on current tech?

Havoc Hav"oc, v. t. To devastate; to destroy; to lay waste. [1913 Webster]

I’ve seen some really negative reviews on the iPad and it’s potential and feature set. I’ve talked to some friends about it, mostly PC users, that are less than thrilled with what the iPad has to offer.  I can understand people potentially not wanting to go out and jump on the boat immediately due to costs, but the shortsightedness of the negative reviewers never ceases to amaze me.


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