Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Working Music

I have found that, while not neccessarily falling in the category of "have to use a computer for", I do REALLY like having music to work with.

I also rather enjoy having more channels to watch than my local over-the-air broadcast television stations.

That said, my local cable provider sends some digital music channels my way, and I personally really like either the techno/dance channel, or the classical channel. It depends on the coding involved on which I tune into.

What's really cool is that, through being a subscriber, I can get either channel over the internets, do research on track lists, etc.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Hey, ow. :)

I went and did something crazy.

I certainly hope to run this again next year - it was a blast. Good course, good friends, and rather nice weather compared to Virginia in early March!

Hope to see you there!

The website for next years race is found here

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


I am travelling this week, and won't be making a blog post.

In the meantime, you should go read this.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

How To Build A Virtual PC: The OS - Patch That Up!

Don't forget to force a patch session for your new VPC!

To do this, you'll need to configure Windows Update, and then force it to do a manual scan, if it doesn't automatically. In my case, I configured Windows Update for a daily scan, went to bed, and came back the next morning to patches waiting to be installed.

Hooray for automation! :)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

How To Build A Virtual PC: The OS

I wound up going with Windows 2008 Server Standard for this build, instead of my intended Windows 7. Let's get to building!

First up, you have to attach the ISO / DVD Drive to the virtual PC. In my case, I was able to attach it by clicking CD >> Capture ISO Image...

You'll get prompted for the .iso file you want to use. Find the file, and click Open.

I have to reset my VPC when I do this. To do that, click Action >> Reset.

Next comes the setup screens.

They are rather self-explanatory - for 2008 Server Standard, I accepted the defaults.

However, because this appears to the OS Wizard as a green fields system, it's going to only allow me to do a "Custom" install.

Finally, this is what I wanted to see! One thing worth noting - I put the ISO I built from on a USB drive, and loaded it to my hard drive. It kept my thrash down enough on my hard drive that I was able to surf the web, write some in Word, do email, etc. I don't think I would try playing World of Warcraft, though, while it loads. :)

Almost there....

Ah-ha! I have a server!

If you're playing along at home, don't forget to configure and install the available updates from MicroSoft, post-install!