Parallels, my new love

I got a copy of Parallels from work since I need to run some Windows-only (groan) software. Parallels is virtual machine software that lets you run other operating systems inside of OSX. I could care less about running XP, what’s really neat is the ability to run any Linux distro directly from the LiveCD ISO. So, yesterday I booted up and “installed” Ubuntu. Which I was surprised to find is as good as they say (despite me hating desktop environments; terminal isn’t an accessory to me).

“What’s with that screenshot? (click for biggie size) It doesn’t show Parallels.” Notice the OSX dock is on the right. The one on the left is ROX. I’ve used SSH with X forwarding to connect to the Ubuntu machine running in Parallels. Every window you see (besides the Finder) is an application running on the Ubuntu virtual machine and being displayed using OS X Doing this you can run your Mac and Linux applications side-by-side instead of inside a Parallels window. Very cool.

Lifehacker has a guide for setting up XP on a separate virtual desktop so you can page between the two systems.


LG VX9900

I’ve been waiting for the LG VX9900 to be released by Verizon. Engadget Mobile is getting fed up with the delay as well and is promising no more updates until it’s actually released. I can wait and will probably buy a TracPhone in the meantime. Well I thought I could wait till I saw that Motorola had gotten FCC approval on the E690. If sold, the E690 would be Moto’s first Linux based cellphone sold in the states. It looks really slick, but with only one US band, no mention of WiFi or HSDPA it probably won’t be very fun. That and I’ve already got enough embedded Linux systems that I don’t use. I can only hope that a US release boosts interest in the OpenEZX project which is opening up the operating system on these Linux phones.

Hardware, Linux, Mobile

Mobile Wireless Router

soekris development boardOriginally found on Slashdot. Some guy decided to to build a mobile WiFi access point. The box uses a PC Card to connect to Verizon’s network. It then passes that connection to a wireless card that provides internet access to anyone within range. My favorite thing about this project is the Soekris board that ties everything together; they offer several different embedded systems (with optional cases) and the prices don’t seem too bad for a really unique system.

Mom sent me a clipping about Seward County Recycling day. I’ll be throwing out a lot of the electro-junk in my closet: 4 monitors, 3 Pentiums, 1 gutted TRS-80. I’ll probably save a couple old I/O cards to practice soldering/de-soldering on, some old disk drives with the gigantor servos, and all of the hard drives (for security). I figure if I ever need a monitor I’ll just buy a new LCD instead of using the old crap.

Mandy recently sent a lot of people my way, which is great, but I feel I should apologize for this excessively geeky post. Here is a prize for reading the whole post: something stylish to help you beat up Vuitton enthusiasts.


Oil Computer

computer submerged in oilThis showed up in the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter. The site is in German, but here’s the Google translation. Which explains the situation like this:

  1. Don’t try this at home “leave the fingers of it better!”
  2. Completely immersed in vegetable oil, because it doesn’t conduct “oil no river leads”
  3. The computer was working before but was nothing special “computer eat nix special”
  4. People keep asking him questions: Why? He was drunk
  5. He researched it and found others with the same idea
  6. It seemed to work well so he tried it, and it worked “funtzt”
  7. The benefit is that the computer is really quiet
  8. He left the fans in to circulate the oil
  9. Someone has had one of these operating for over a year
  10. Capillary action will cause the oil to crawl out of the tank so watch out

Here are some more pictures. Ah, beer, lubricant of the mind; I’m sure that hookah sitting behind the tank played no small part, too.