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Jul
17

Today, Windows Vista build 5472 was released to beta testers. I wasn’t actually around when it was released unfortunately, but I do have it downloaded and ready to be burnt to DVD. All data has been backed up that I need, so as soon as I can get to it, it will be installed. If you are looking for screenshots of build 5472, you should watch the PROnetworks Album as there should be a wealth of screenshots post there shortly. If you are in the Beta Program on Connect, head to the downloads section and get the build, which is about the same size as build 5456.

Another thing that you should do, if you haven’t done so already, is download VistaBootPRO 2.1 Beta. It features the following changes from 2.0:

  • Fixed bug which occurred on some systems when renaming entries.
  • Added advisement to backup bcd file before making any changes.
  • Adjusted font size on pages.
  • Refined Check for .net 2.0 framework prior to installation.
  • Updated backup file dialogs and default filename.
  • Added code to check for valid partition before creating new entry.
  • Updated Help File.
  • Updated Codebase.

The main reason for an updated release so soon after version 2.0 was the bug occuring on systems with renaming/reordering entries. Sorry for any inconvenience for people on this. It has also been confirmed to work on the latest build just released as well (build 5472), so you will be able to use it on all Vista builds that utilize bcdedit.exe for altering the boot menu.

Jul
15

I’ve been really busy with a variety of various different things this past week. Due to all the other randomness that has cropped up around here, I haven’t really had a chance to post as much as I have wanted to. The fact that I was so busy with a bunch of other stuff also sidetracked my fairly often and caused me to forget the topic I was going to write on. So, I’ll try to bring a bunch of the stuff that happened over the week here and comment on all of it in one nice post.

The one software release that I did find rather notable, I have already posted about. VMWare Server 1.0 was released this week, and was also opened up from being a relatively expensive application to being free to the public. The really nice thing about VMWare Server, at least in comparison to Microsoft’s Virtual Server 2005 which is currently in its beta stages, is the features of VMWare Server. Microsoft’s Virtual Server, while being compatible with Virtual PC (also free now), is not openly compatible outside of Microsoft’s own line of operating systems. So, where many people are running a Linux operating system on their server, seeing as Windows Server 2003 is likely out of the price range of many home consumers, people can still run this on their actual server computers. You also have much better virtualization technology and support with VMWare. You can use USB devices from within the virtual operating system, which many people see as a huge benefit. The virtual networks are also much more organized with VMWare. The other thing that it offers over Microsoft is performance, although this is only a slight benefit. The VMWare virtual machines will tend to run slightly closer to how the real operating system would run compared to Virtual Server 2005. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul
14

I’m sure this has happened to all of us. You’re browsing around the net and find this great deal on something that you really want. The only problem is that your short on cash and can’t use a credit card to buy it, so you end up missing the deal. I know that I’ve had this several times where there was something on sale at Newegg and other retailers, but I just couldn’t find the money to actually buy it at the time of the sale. There is a way around this at Dell, of all places. I have managed to find a way around missing out on the big sale at certain areas within the massive Dell online store.

About a month ago now, I mentioned that I found a great deal on Dell computers that they were offering to higher education students. It was a sale that was tremendous, about $5-600 off computer systems, and the upgrade parts were reduced in price as well. I’ve been wanting a laptop for a long time now, so I figured that this was my chance to actually get one. The problem with it was, though, that the sale ended on June 30, and there was no way I was going to be able to purchase it by then on my own. I configured a system as I wanted to though just to see how much I would need in the odd chance I could buy one, but there was no luck though. I even went as far as adding the system to my cart and then getting the shipping and handling, along with tax info. Basically, I knew how much this would cost down to the cent. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul
14

Recently, the VMWare team released the new VMWare Server product to the public. It has come out of its beta stages and the really nice thing about it is that it is free to the public, just register for a product key and you can now run virtual machines for free, or run a virtual machine server for free if you have an IIS capable operating system. I have tested out the product some while in its beta stages, but stuck mostly to my copy of VMWare Workstation 5.5, which I received for free last summer at a VMWare conference held close to the King of Prussia Mall.

However, anyone that is running the 64 bit version of Vista, be it Beta 2 or Build 5456, may have noticed that VMWare Workstation does not want to install on the 64 bit build, although it works fine in the 32 bit equivalent. This really disappointed me when I installed 5456 as I still had a bunch of Beta 2 testing that I wanted to accomplish, along with Server 2003 Beta 2 testing, upgrade installation testing, Linux operating system work. Basically, I had a ton of plans for VMWare that really fell through when I couldn’t get VMWare installed in 5456. It also never dawned on me to try and test out the server beta product. I figured that if Workstation wouldn’t install, why would VMWare Server Beta, they should be the same thing more or less. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul
10

FSUM, by Slavasoft, is a utility that can be used to verify the integrity of file downloads. Popularly used in the Linux world to verify the integrity of the downloaded cd or dvd images, it is a very useful thing to have. What makes FSUM different from other utilities though is that it can generate or check a number of different algorithms, beyond the standard MD5, SHA256, or CRC32 values that one normally finds. In fact, it is the most comprehensive checksum generator I have seen to date, and includes:

  • MD2
  • MD4
  • MD5
  • SHA1
  • SHA256
  • SHA384
  • SHA512
  • RMD
  • TIGER
  • PANAMA
  • ADLER
  • CRC32
  • EDONKEY

The one negative aspect of the program is that it is currently only command line, which may be a bit intimidating to less exeperienced users, but I will work on creating a GUI front-end to the program to make it easier for people to use. In the interim though, I have created an ‘installer‘ of sorts that will automatically extract the file to the System32 directory so that you can use the command directly from the command line.