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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tech Tip of the Day: How to make a Linux Virtual Machine using VMPlayer and Ubuntu

Description: Interested in what the Linux operating system is like? Don't want to affect your current system? Here is how to test a Linux OS in a virtual machine format without replacing your current operating system.
  1. First you will want to download VMPlayer, a virtual machine tool, which can be done from VMware's website:


  2. Once downloaded, you will want to download a Linux distribution file - we will be creating an Ubuntu virtual machine. Ubuntu can be downloaded via their site at the link below:


  3. Once the ISO (Image File) has been downloaded, we will want to open up VMPlayer and choose the option for Create a New Virtual Machine.

    Create a New Virtual Machine

  4. A new window will appear, choose the option for Installer Disc image file. Press the Browse option and locate your ISO file.


  5. Click Next; choose Linux as the Guest Operating System. Choose the version as Ubuntu.


  6. Give the virtual machine a name and choose where you want your virtual machine to be located.


  7. Choose the maximum disc space that you want to give the virtual machine - the virtual machine will actually grow, but will run out of space once you reach your maximum limit, so be sure to allow some room for it to grow.

    maximum disc space

  8. Click Next; verify your settings and Finish.


  9. VMware Player will now boot into Linux - if it asks to install VMware tools, click Yes and install all updates it requires.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tech News: Wii U release date and price announced

At a press conference in New York on Thursday, Nintendo’s North American president Reggie Fils-Aime announced that the follow up to the highly popular Wii console, the Wii U, will be available in North America starting Sunday November 18thAlmost six years to the date after the release of its predecessor, the Wii U will come in two different pricing variants. The base model, sporting 8GB of internal memory, will be available for $299.99. The “premium” version, bumped up to 32GB and a subscription to Nintendo's Premium Network will run you $349.99. Both versions come with the console, the unique tablet controller GamePad, as well as charging, play and console stands. Nintendo has already committed to releasing 50 games by March2013, but as of right now, Super Mario Brothers U and Nintendo Land are the only games confirmed to be launching alongside the console. More details are sure to come.

Are you excited for the Wii U? Let us know in the comments!

Source: WSJ

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Tech News: iOS 6 releasing on September 19th

Amidst all the hoopla of the iPhone 5 announcement yesterday, Apple gave a release date to its newest mobile OS, iOS 6. Starting September 19th, most users will be able to upgrade to the next iteration of “the most advanced operating system ever”. All current iPhone models (including the iPhone 5) all the way down to the 3GS will be able to upgrade. Furthermore, the new iPad and the iPad 2, as well the fourth and (just announced) fifth generation iPod touch are eligible as well. A few of the new features include Facebook integration, a completely reworked Maps application, smarter Siri, and plenty more. Most of the new features to iOS can be found on Apple's Website, but with under a week to go, it won’t be long until you’re able to try the changes out for yourself.

Which do you prefer? iOS 6 or Android 4.1: Jelly Bean? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Engadget