• VMware Fusion cannot connect to the virtual machine

    After having a MacBook pro crash and subsequently get repaired with a new logic board, we found that the virtual machines on the computer would not start at all. This problem started happening just before the computer fatally crashed before needing repair, but persisted after the logic board was replaced. The exact error VMware Fusion 2 gave us was, “Make sure you have rights to run the program and to access all directories it uses and rights to access all directories for temporary files”. Many solutions to this problem involve removing and reinstalling VMware Fusion.

    After uninstalling, deleting the remaining files and rebooting then reinstalling the latest version a few times (even as different users) we found that we had the exact same problem. We even tried reinstalling again using an older version of Fusion (version 1). We ran the verify and repair on both the disk and permissions with no success either.

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  • WMV Playback on MAC

    There are many options for what to use to play WMV files on OS X. The first of these is Flip4Mac which is a plugin for Quicktime. With Windows Media® Components for QuickTime, by Flip4Mac™, you can play Windows Media files (.wma and .wmv) directly in QuickTime Player and view Windows Media content on the Internet using a Web browser. Here are 2 links
    Link #1
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    cellent option is VLC player for MAC (this is my favourite media player):
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  • Adjust What the History Command Shows

    By default on OS X, the history command (accessed via the terminal) shows the last 500 commands including multiple entries that are the exact same. Just to find an old useful command, you may have to sort through 100’s of ls and cd commands. Wouldn’t it be nice to show only unique commands, and remove the duplicates, or store a larger history? Well you can and it is very simple to set the variables to control what the history command shows on the MAC terminal.




    Launch a terminal, by default you should be put into your home directory. To make sure you are in your HOME, just type: Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Remote Control Windows XP from a MAC

    There are other ways to do this but this is the simplest and only requires installing 1 application.



    1. Download and install the Remote Desktop Connection application for MAC.
    2. On your XP machine, right click My Computer and select properties.
    3. Select ‘Allow users to connect remotely to this computer’
    4. Get the IP address of your XP machine, open a command prompt and type ipconfig)
    5. Back on your MAC, launch the Remote Desktop Connection program and connect using the IP found in step.

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  • Never Download a Codec Again

    Windows Media Player is a real pain since it will not play DIVX and XVID out of the box, you can get video but no audio or vice versa. There are so many codecs out there, that you end up installing more than you need in order to play most downloaded content, is it really quite annoying. Enter VLC player.

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