Archive for December, 2008

Stop Auto-Signin to Messenger on Xbox360

December 31st, 2008 No comments

So I got asked a couple of days ago how to stop the xbox auto signing in to MSN Messenger.
Whilst its a handy feature (-I talk to a couple of people over MSN who don’t have a computer, just Live,) it’s also a great PITA1 to constantly get signed off from the computer and to have people trying to chat when you’re busy killing Horde or trying to complete a Rally.

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The Taste of Cock

December 31st, 2008 No comments
Grace's Cock Flavored Soup

Grace's Cock Flavored Soup

Its apoor choice of name, really. Lucky its so cheep!

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Little Hard Drive Info

December 31st, 2008 No comments

In the past, recovering data from laptops (or rather from 2.5″ IDE hard drives) has been a Pain in the Ass.

Due to their tiny size there is no chance in hell of connecting a standard IDE cable never mind a standard Molex power connector, so you’ve always had to use an adaptor cable (standard IDE & power on one end, laptop connector on the other), which is peachy-fine, except for when its lost, lent out or just damn hard to get hold of in the first place.

Later this evening I’m expecting a 2.5″ laptop SATA hard drive dropping off as it needs swapping out in a Sony Vaio -and I started worrying. What if I need special adapters/cables if I want to hook the old drive up to my PC to do some data recovery?

Not a problem. Turns out that the new Laptop Drives (probably because they’re also now used in enterprise RAID Arrays) all have standard SATA Power and Data connectors on them, which is fantastically handy :)
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vmware workstation (on linux)

December 5th, 2008 1 comment

Vmware’s Workstation (version is proving impossible to get running on my Gentoo-AMD64 box.

It seems to get installed without any bother, the kernel modules load fine, but then when I run workstation or player, it tells me it “Cannot initiate the installer DB” when trying to run it.

Currently going round in circles trying to get somewhere. -and I thought updating would be a good idea. 6.0 was really sweet.



Turns out, its actually quite simple. And it seems other gentoo users have been having problems((see gentoo bug ID 248813 and maybe this gentoo forums post))

The trick to getting it working, is very simple. Even if it did take me about a week of going round in circles to get anywhere. Delete (or atleast move) /etc/vmware. Then reinstall and you’re done.

However -Rather than downloading an illigal copy of vmware-workstation, or even worse paying for it, why not try VirtualBox as a direct replacement to workstation?

Its free, open source, and frankly, is preferable to vmware. Try it for a week, once you get past the fact its different, it becomes really quite sweet 😀

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