Tip #7: VMWare Unity View

 Oct 25th, 2009 

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I just found a really cool feature in VMWare Workstation 6.5.3. It is called “Unity View” and basically allows windows from a virtual machine to appear as windows in the host machine.

In the example pictures you can see that I have a host running Windows 7, a unity windows from a Windows Xp guest and two windows from a Fedora guest (Picture 1). The best part is that you can actually see those windows in your taskbar and manipulate them as regular windows – you can use the Aero switch to switch between applications (Picture 2 & 3). However I found a minor bug, the Aero Peek feature in Windows 7 is not working with the unity windows.

Least but not last you get access to the start menu of the guests (Picture 4).

Unity01 Unity02 Unity03 Unity04

Back to Vista

 Aug 9th, 2008 

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After 1 week of Windows Xp I decided to get back to Vista. Windows Xp is a bit faster but is misses some important features :(

Also I have found out that using the hibernate option, Windows Vista starts in ~ 20 seconds and all the applications are up and running – the huge startup time was because of some applications that automatically start with Windows.

One tweak for improving overall speed of Windows Vista is to disable the Desktop Manager and Themes services. You loose that eye-candy interface but Windows is faster.

So, the idea of this post is that now I am using Vista and, probably, I won’t change it anymore with another OS.

Why get back to Windows Xp?

 Jul 29th, 2008 

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After more than one and a half year of using Windows Vista Business I have decided to get back to Windows Xp.

Even though Windows Vista has some extremely cool features like the search box in the start menu, more intuitive and easy to use interface, sidebar, better firewall, hardware accelerated GUI, etc. it is quite slow. My laptop is not the ultimate power station but is not bad: Intel Core 2 Duo at 2 GHz, 2 GB RAM 667, 160GB HDD 5400 RPM and the video card is a GeForce 8400G Mobile and the producer recommended Vista for it – had this OS preinstalled.

I’ve decided that I want performance instead of an eye-candy interface. One of the main reasons that made me want this was the startup/shutdown time. Why is taking more that one and a half minute to shutdown Windows and almost 3 minutes to start it? Even after startup the desktop was freezing for 10-15 seconds until the wireless network connection was established and the Sidebar was loaded.

The HDD was constantly reading/writing even though I’ve stopped the indexing service, defrag, search and any other application that could do this. Now, on Xp, this problem disappeared.

I am still thinking that the HDD must be the slow part of my system because I am having another desktop computer that is having almost the same configuration – the only difference is the CPU that is AMD and the HDD is running at 7200RPM – and is having no problems running Vista.

Sad to say but no Vista for my laptop even though is such a great operating system :(

Windows Xp Service Pack 3 is here

 May 9th, 2008 

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Microsoft released Service Pack 3 for Windows Xp.

It can be downloaded from the following address: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=d811f258-c95f-479a-bdf1-0d1154d700a5&DisplayLang=en

No Windows Xp SP3, yet

 Apr 30th, 2008 

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Microsoft announced a few days ago that Windows Xp Service Pack 3 will be released on April 29, 2008. Yesterday, everybody was waiting for the final product to become available on Windows Update.

In a forum post, Chris Keroack told that they’ve found some problems in the final version and because of this they will delay the release. This post can be found here.

So, no Windows Xp SP3, yet.