VMware Converter for workstation to virtual pc and virtual machine migration: VMware – VMware

VMware Converter for workstation to virtual pc and virtual machine migration: VMware – VMware

Convert Physical Machines to Virtual Machines – Free!

Use the intuitive wizard-driven interface of VMware Converter to convert your physical machines to virtual machines. VMware Converter quickly converts Microsoft Windows based physical machines and third party image formats to VMware virtual machines. It also converts virtual machines between VMware platforms. Automate and simplify physical to virtual machine conversions as well as conversions between virtual machine formats with VMware Converter.

IE7, IE6 Problems, Fixes

First off, if you upgraded XP from Service Pack 1 (SP1) to Service Pack 2 (SP2) and did not start out with SP2, DO NOT UPGRADE TO IE7! It will not work! It will open, display “Connecting”, but go nowhere and, to add insult to injury, be unable to uninstall or roll back. The only two options if you have already installed IE7 in this situation is to use another browser instead such as Firefox or reinstall XP with SP2.

Like I mentioned before, if you want to use Roxio’s DVD Builder, it WILL NOT WORK with IE7. You have to uninstall it for Roxio to work, but once you do, some of the features of IE7 stick around like the much-hated clipboard paste dialog box. Also, the new version of Blogger does not work in IE6 after rolling back from IE7. However Firefox works with it and that is what I am using now. A caveat about Firefox though, I do not reccommend upgrading to 2.0 yet.

Long-term Data Storage Threatened by Anti-Virus Scans

Over time, data stored on writable media subject to virus scans will be deleted or moved regardless of the presence of a virus. This is due to the ever-expanding definition of what is a virus and through heuristic analysis. In other words, what was not considered a virus in the past may be considered one in the future despite its legitimacy.

So what can we do about it?

One way is to routinely back-up to an optical disk or some other write-once media. However, CDFS, the file system used on CDs and DVDs allows files up to 2GB. Large files have to be kept another way. There may be hope though. As file permissions and firewalls get safer in Vista it may be possible to set aside areas on your PC that do not get virus checked.