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Sunday, 25 September 2011

Check hard drive SMART status on windows.

To check the hard drive SMART status on windows run the following

Open a command prompt (start > run > cmd)
Type
wmic
Press enter
Type
diskdrive get status
Press enter
If everything is ok it'll say OK

found at http://community.spiceworks.com/topic/108407-does-windows-have-a-built-in-method-for-checking-s-m-a-r-t-status-of-an-hd

Recreate Bootcamp virtual machine in VMware fusion

If your bootcamp virtual machine won't launch for whatever reason try going to ~/Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion/Virtual Machines and delete the Boot Camp folder.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Drupal 7 Anonymous Sessions

I recently upgraded a site from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 and the site uses the administration menu module which amongst other things shows the number of anonymous/logged in users in the top right. However on Drupal 7 the anonymous users always showed as 0, turns out the Drupal guys/gals set it so anonymous sessions are only created if data is actually put in them (this is a good idea since it improves performance). To fix this simply put a line of code that stores something in sessions in your theme template.php file something like the following:

function your_theme_name_preprocess_node(&$variables) {
  //set session so we can track anonymous users
  $_SESSION["anonymous-tracker"]=time();

}

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Comparison of Mac virtualisation software

I've been using VMware Fusion 3 for a while without too many issues. One niggling issue I've had is that vmware tools doesn't work on Debian 6 it brings up the error "Protocol Error" when mounting vmware shares. So I decided to try upgrading to fusion 4..and then the saga began.

VMware Fusion 4 has some problems...vmware tools segfaults on startup in Debian 6 and doesn't install on ubuntu reporting errors writing to /usr/lib/vmware bit weird so I decided to check out the competition.

Parallels Desktop 7 - Great software, the parallels tools install on everything I tried, one major caveat for me is that the shared file system doesn't support symlinks, I can't develop without those so that's a show stopper sadly.

VirtualBox 4 - Free (yay!) downsides no image convert i.e. can't import a parallels/vmware appliance. And cannot boot bootcamp partitions (so far as I know). Previously I switched from virtual box to vmware fusion 3 due to random crashes in virtual box.

So conclusion - I'm sticking with vmware fusion 3 for boot camp and my existing machines which are ubuntu, for debian I installed virtual box and going to give it a go.