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VMWare Fusion 3.0 and the "file association" unintuitive ...

October 29, 2009 No comments

VMware has finally released the long-awaited new version of Fusion , came to 3.0, bringing many new features that finally make it one of the best virtualization software within the Mac

One of the biggest gaps I've always complained in Fusion was a lack in the ability to open files with a virtualized Windows application directly from Finderl (Ex: open an XLS file directly from the Finder and make sure that you opened with Microsoft Excel 2007 virtualized ). This is actually a file association, or associate extensions with a program of your choice.

Despite the efforts of VMWare, you still can not do this by default with Fusion, but with some little ingenuity you can not work around the problem.

  1. Position the Finder on the folder where your Virtual Machine (Windows for instance);
  2. Click with the right mouse button on the VM (Virtual Machine) and select "Show Package Contents" (Show Package Contents);
  3. At this point it opens a new window is located inside the folder "Applications" in which there are installed applications in a Windows environment;
  4. Open another Finder and navigate to the / Applications folder on your Mac and create a new folder called (for example) "Windows Applications";
  5. And copy inside your applications (from the Applications folder in the VM that you want to be indexed by Spotlight as native applications on Mac;
  6. Select a file with the extension you want to associate an application to Windows right-click and select "Get Info"
  7. Select the "Open With" and then "Other" (Open With - Other)
  8. At this point, choose the application you want to associate the file extension. You can find it easily in Windows Applications folder that you created previously in step 4!
  9. Give OK and then click "Change All" ("Change All" smileys . From now on it will open Fusion and its application when you open a file with that extension.



Now some screenshots to better follow the directions:



Have fun and good virtualization at all!


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Microsoft opens POP3 and SMTP Hotmail / Live

January 9, 2009 105 comments

It is a story passed very quietly ... you read here and there in some forums a few users who have tried and tested fact: Microsoft has finally opened POP3 and SMTP mail service Hotmail / Live.

Most likely the advent of gMail and many other services with POP3 first, and then IMAP, open access their mail through a common email client, did reflect the Redmond company.

What happens at this point? Just happens that if the situation were to remain so, do not make it necessary programs such as FreePOPs, MacFreePOPs and other services that allowed it to circumvent the problem of "closed POP3 server."

We come to the operative with the steps needed to configure our beloved Mac Mail to get mail Hotmail / Live ...

Parameters POP3 (Inbox):
Account Information

  • Description: Hotmail
  • Email Address: tuonome@hotmail.com (or. It)
  • Full Name: First Name Last Name
  • Incoming server: pop3.live.com
  • Username: tuonome@hotmail.com (or. It)
  • Password: tuapassword

Advanced

  • Port: 995
  • SSL: active
  • Authentication: Password


Parameters SMTP (outgoing mail):
Account Information:

  • Description: Hotmail
  • Server: smtp.live.com

Advanced

  • Use default port: 25
  • SSL: active
  • Authentication: Password
  • Username: tuonome@hotmail.com (or. It)
  • Password: tuapassword

To simplify things even carry screenshot examples ...

I hope this tip will be useful to someone!

First impressions "View"!

June 27, 2007 2 comments
Vista Home Basic Finally after a long time I was able to see and also I personally use Vista, the new operating system from Microsoft .

My father came home with a new laptop, specifically a Dell Inspiron 1501 , a low-end laptop price from 499 €!

Features of "relief" of the handset:

  • MK-36 ™ processor with AMD Turion ™ 64 Mobile Technology;
  • 896MB of RAM (I do not know how really, but it says Vista);
  • 120GB HD;
  • ATI Radeon ® Xpress 1150 HyperMemory (integrated up to 512 from system memory);
  • DVD + /-RW Double Layer.

Operating system pre-installed: Vista Home Basic.

As can be seen it is not one of the better performing computers on the market, but ... is a portable "low-end", at low cost.

Impressions of Use:
The operating system is relatively slow to "boot", or to load and present a graphical interface to the user, until it is kindly requested user's password with which you want to access the system.

Once inside loading Sidebar Gadgets greatly lengthens the waiting time before you can actually work with the computer (something like 30-40 seconds of waiting to login done).

The re-style icons is really pretty, is one of the first things that I was pleasantly surprised ... the interface is completely new (I mean compared to XP and earlier versions of Windows), and finally you can see the slides used by both MacOSX and WM various Linux ( Gnome and KDE in the first place) and windows with decent edge!
In fact surpass in beauty icons (in my humble opinion - imho) my love of small icons osx or ubuntu (but it could also just be the novelty effect).

The rest ... I open Roxio CD / DVD Creator Vista pre-installed and absolutely does not want to get it started. On the tenth attempt, mysteriously decides to run, after about 5 restarts "hopeful."

For each installation / removal of a program or management of "sensible things the system" kicks in a screen definitely worrying and alarming that we ask for confirmation of what we're doing ... at the beginning it is gratifying to know that there is a control, then it becomes so boring because it ALWAYS asks.

After about 30 minutes of use ... I install several updates that the update tool (thank God finally is no longer tied to Internet Explorer and Windows Update on the Microsoft site) and tells me to restart ...
I install a couple of programs and reboot ...
Off control that annoys me constantly with dramatic messages like "BUT YOU ARE quite sure?" And asks me to restart ...
The reactivated for security and re-asks me to restart!

At home Microsoft are obviously loyal to reboot ... it's a thing that they bring with them the good Windows 95: REBOOT NOW!

They spend about 10 minutes of normal use (look at the entries in the control panel) and then crashes Explorer ... everything. What should I do I point?
Yes exact: RESTART again.

Well, after about an hour I will have 7 installed programs, made some updates and rebooted 7-8 times. Productivity? Nothing more.

Apart from these "glitches" you may notice that the system seems stable enough even if it is decidedly non-responsive and bright. Surely this will be due from the computer not really "powerful", but it does not seem so outdated that I could not even manage to peacefully without the frills interface Aero.

Yes, yes ... because the version of Vista Home Basic as we know it lacks Aero and therefore should be greatly alleviated. I do not imagine the speed that would have this handset with Aero.

The positive note is that an usage after a few hours (or days for some utonto) once you get used and eventually it remains "more comfortable" than Windows XP (always my humble opinion - imho).

Another positive note: the function of instant search (shamelessly copied from spotlight) works well.

The gadgets ... fans definitely worth it. A part to be quite ugly are there: disturbing the right to occupy space. You can not just call them up if necessary as are used with the Dashboard on OSX . I wonder why they should stay there ... useless to the world and especially to me, the user. Mah!?

Now I look at my Powerbook running OSX 10.4 (Tiger) and is known as snappy despite having all the features of Vista ... indeed certainly more (and I only Exposé just to give an idea).
Then I move into the other room and watch the Pentium IV with 512MB of RAM and Ubuntu 7.04 installed and I see: Beryl me 1000 graphics effects (including those bogans like fire) with amazing speed; Beagle who works as a spotlight; a stable system that does not crash and that it is safe; speed using the system.

Nothing to say ... Vista has definitely made progress compared to XP. But if Microsoft took a step along a meter, Ubuntu has made ​​it one of 100 meters and Leopard (apparently from WWDC recently submitted) 50 meters.

First impressions "Vista."

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