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How to Install Linux as a Virtual Machine Under Microsoft Windows

How to Install Linux as a Virtual Machine Under Microsoft Windows


Some people have taken the Linux ‘Text Drive’ using a Linux Live media. Now they want to go the next step further but are not comfortable with swapping out Windows completely yet. Well these people have the choose of keep using the Live media and or they can install Linux as a virtual machine under Microsoft Windows. That is to say, Linux will run as a Microsoft Windows’ application, an application that Windows gives complete control to. Linux, the Windows application, at install time, will create a file of a length set at install tie. This file will contain the Linux file system. A smaller file will be created to to be used as a swap file. With the Linux Windows application having complete control of the Windows system Linux runs effectively under Windows.

Some things should be note such as the Linux virtual machine runs a bit slower especially when accessing the hard disk drive. Note that this virtual machine then can run in the same partition as Windows.

For those who would like to install Linux as a virtual machine under Windows should follow the steps listed below.

1.Obtain a copy of the Linux Live media.

2.Burn that copy, usually in an ‘iso’ file onto the appropriate media (CD/DVD/USB Flashdrive).

3.On the Live media there will be a file that runs under Microsoft Windows. Execute this file while in Windows. This file will give you the option to install Linux under Windows. Choose that option.

4.Follow the prompts during the setup process.

5.Once the setup process has been completed and system has been restarted you will be present with a Boot Menu that allows you to choose the Windows or Linux.

At the time of this writing only the only Windows version tested was Microsoft Windows 7 and only Ubuntu and Linux Mint were the only Linux distribution tested.…

Movie Projectors for the Cell Phone

Movie Projectors for the Cell Phone


Isn’t it amazing the age we live in? We can download movies and television shows into our cell phones, and watch them no matter where we are! Of course, it’s all on a 2 inch screen! Portable Media Players may give us a few more inches, but still, you’re watching something designed for a big screen on a little one.

Well, there may be another outlet. At this year’s CTIA Wireless show, Texas Instruments (TI) demonstrated a Digital Light Processing (DLP) “pico” projector, a tiny movie projector that is able to fit inside the tip of a cell phone. This projector has three lasers, a DLP ship, and measures about 1.5 inches long. It is the same technology that is in projection TV sets, but miniaturized.

A company called Upstream Engineering in Finland is also attempting to create a projector in a cell phone. Only their projector uses a Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology, but still has the same problems. There are concerns whether the light will be bright enough, as projection technology requires quite a lot of lumens (units of brightness) to create a succinct image. The DLP, which uses lasers, could be the one that can produce quality images and still remain a small piece of hardware.

None of my sources say just how large an image the DLP can project. Apparently, the image will be “DVD quality”. Hopefully, they found a way to make it focus clearly, because the idea of holding it continuously in my hand for extended periods of time already makes my muscles sore. TI has not provided pictures of what the projected images look like, but then again, they probably are something that you would have to see in front of you in order to really appreciate.

TI has also not said when these cell phone/projectors will be available. Right now, the picture that I have is one that was released to the press about a week ago. The phone on it is fake, and I’m guessing that it will take a while before TI perfects how to integrate a cell and projector in the same little box. I also haven’t heard anything about sound quality, so I am assuming that any sound would be as good as what comes through the wearer’s headphones.

I’m not certain how this new technology will change mobile entertainment as we know it. Having a mini-movie projector probably won’t help if you want to watch it on a bus. Unless the bus happens to have a good section of white wall that it will let you use. That, or maybe the driver will let you lie down on the floor so you can project on the ceiling. That might work for mini-van passengers.

I also don’t know if this would work on an airplane, because don’t they ask you to turn your cell phones off? Still, assuming they let you use the projector, you could project your own in-flight movie on …

Sony Ericsson S500i Phone: Brings New Light and Color

Sony Ericsson S500i Phone: Brings New Light and Color


The phone is design to copy nature, a thin slider, that when opened revealing the colorful features an different theme displays. The user can chose to change the internal themes and light effects any time he wishes, once the seasons change, when a day passes, or when a weekend starts.

“The details make these phones different. Our designers have been inspired by nature and the northern light when creating priceless living phones. They address people with a strong personality, that think well before picking a phone.”, explains Steve Walker, Head of Product Marketing at Sony Ericsson.

The Mysterious Green and Spring Yellow colors offer the S500i a living design. The hidden lighting is added to attract attention about an important event, and the keyboard delivers energy when the thin slider opens.

The 2.0 Mega-pixel camera offers the possibility of taking high quality photos, that can be immediately posted on the Internet. The photos or the short movies can be sent to any other mobile phone or e-mail address.

S500i also contains a media player, and a Memory Stick slot. The device allows attaching a media device such as the Music Bluetooth Receiver MBR-100, also the music on the phone can be played using your home stereo. The phone contains 3D games and allows a comfortable Internet experience.

S500i has everything you need in order to connect to a Personal Computer of Laptop, this way your favorite music can be transfered from your computer directly to the mobile phone using the Sony Ericsson Disc2Phone software.

The images can be downloaded from the mobile phone to a computer with out the need of any software, the mobile phone shows up as a drive on your computer when connected.

Finally, the device has a Bluetooth 2.0 port, offering a fast connection to other Bluetooth devices, such as the T650.…

Personal Favorite Linux Applications

Personal Favorite Linux Applications


I decided that I should probably list some of my favorite Linux applications. I will try and include ones that you don’t by default, but some of them will be in many Linux distributions no matter what.

Internet

Web Browser – Firefox

I love Firefox. As soon as I found it I immediately switched from Internet Explorer, but those were back when I used Windows. I love how it has themes and many of the plug-ins are very useful. The newer Firefox Personas feature is very nice. It may not always be the fastest browser, but it renders things nicely and has many usable features. You can also find plenty of help for it when you need it. It is cross-platform and runs most operating systems.

IM Client – Pidgin

Pidgin is the client I switched to after using Trillian in Windows. It serves me well most of the time, though it can throw fits every now and again. Again it has plug-ins, which is nice though I don’t use them as much. It supports more IM services than I know to use. Some of them I have never heard of. If you have aspell installed then it will also let you correct your spelling. It is cross-platform and will run on most operating systems.

Multimedia

Music & Video – VLC

I love VLC, and I don’t plan to use anything else for a very long time. It plays tons of formats, it is light-weight, and doesn’t have much extra junk to hold you down. VLC also runs on most operating systems. Oh and apparently VLC is also skinnable, but I don’t bother with that.

Music Editing – Audacity

I don’t do a lot of music editing, but when I do it I love audacity. I still don’t have a handle on the whole thing but I know it well enough to cut and splice clips together. It is fairly simple and again, available for many operating systems, though I don’t think this one has themes or skins.

Images

Image Editing – GIMP

GIMP takes a little getting used to when you come from Photoshop or Painshop Pro, but once you get used to it you don’t mind so much. And I don’t suggest complaining that it isn’t like Photoshop to the people that make it. They know it isn’t and that is on purpose. To be honest it is nice to see something that isn’t a Photoshop clone. There are a few things that are done differently, but you can do just about anything you can in Photoshop with GIMP. GIMP will open just about any image type you find, so it is very useful for converting. And again, it runs on multiple operating systems.

Office Software

Office Suite – OpenOffice

OpenOffice is a very nice set of programs. It runs well, especially once you get to OpenOffice 3. It is basically a Microsoft Office clone, with enough changed to avoid copyright problems. Oh and …

How to Install Linux as a Virtual Machine Under Microsoft Windows

How to Install Linux as a Virtual Machine Under Microsoft Windows


Some people have taken the Linux ‘Text Drive’ using a Linux Live media. Now they want to go the next step further but are not comfortable with swapping out Windows completely yet. Well these people have the choose of keep using the Live media and or they can install Linux as a virtual machine under Microsoft Windows. That is to say, Linux will run as a Microsoft Windows’ application, an application that Windows gives complete control to. Linux, the Windows application, at install time, will create a file of a length set at install tie. This file will contain the Linux file system. A smaller file will be created to to be used as a swap file. With the Linux Windows application having complete control of the Windows system Linux runs effectively under Windows.

Some things should be note such as the Linux virtual machine runs a bit slower especially when accessing the hard disk drive. Note that this virtual machine then can run in the same partition as Windows.

For those who would like to install Linux as a virtual machine under Windows should follow the steps listed below.

1.Obtain a copy of the Linux Live media.

2.Burn that copy, usually in an ‘iso’ file onto the appropriate media (CD/DVD/USB Flashdrive).

3.On the Live media there will be a file that runs under Microsoft Windows. Execute this file while in Windows. This file will give you the option to install Linux under Windows. Choose that option.

4.Follow the prompts during the setup process.

5.Once the setup process has been completed and system has been restarted you will be present with a Boot Menu that allows you to choose the Windows or Linux.

At the time of this writing only the only Windows version tested was Microsoft Windows 7 and only Ubuntu and Linux Mint were the only Linux distribution tested.…

Extending Battery Life of Your Android Phone

Extending Battery Life of Your Android Phone


Power-hungry GPS, large and brighter screens, thinner designs, faster dual-core processors are just but a few of the modern Android phone`s designs that make its battery deplete so quickly. However, with a few tips and tricks, you can succeed in extending battery life of your Android phone.

1. Automatic brightness 
Setting the display brightness to adjust automatically will allow the operating system to dim in darker environment thus saving on energy.

2. Switch off extra features

Keep unnecessary hardware features off while not in use. Features such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and more, consumes extra power that can be saved.

3. Disable widgets

Dump unnecessary live wallpapers and widgets. Some of these constantly pull updates from the background and keep consuming power.

4. Reduce applications that pull information regularly

Reduce applications that consistently pull information such as Facebook, email, twitter and the rest. You can change the settings to manual and always activate them when necessary or when there is a new message in the inbox.

5. Stay up to date

Keep applications updated. Up to date application use less power. Check to always confirm that all get automatic updating from the internet.

6. Disable flash

Adobe Flash is set to load flash content from the web and therefore keeps connecting to the internet which consumes power for no reason. You can adjust the settings from the Internet browser`s menu.

7. Adjust RSS feeds frequency

Default settings of some third-party application keeps checking for updates constantly in the background without indicating the cost on the battery life.

8. Check the signal strength 
Stationing in an area with low signal strength will over work the phone as it keeps trying to latch onto enough cellular signal which will cost extra power.

These are some of realistic ways of extending battery life of your Android phone rather than putting it off or charging it multiple times a day.…

The Wrong Phone in the Wrong Place

The Wrong Phone in the Wrong Place


An official of importance wished to make a contribution
When he went to visit someone in a mental institution.
While there he used the telephone to try to make a call,
But it seemed there was a problem, he could not connect at all.
The operator took the brunt of his exasperation,
He shouted at, and blamed her for all his aggravation.
“Do you know who I am?”, he asked, and gave the phone a jar,
“No”, she told him calmly, “But I do know WHERE you are!”…

LG KF900 Prada II Phone – Product Review

LG KF900 Prada II Phone – Product Review


LG Electronics is considered as one of the leading manufacturers in the mobile phone industry and has introduced a number of advanced handsets that can compete with the best models available today. The company undoubtedly has proven their competitive edge when they partnered with premier fashion house Prada to produce an iconic phone. Following the success of its first designer handset, LG now has unveiled the sexy and fashionable LG KF900 Prada II.

The LG KF900 Prada II, or simply called LG Prada 2, is a touchscreen mobile phone boasting a slide-out QWERTY keypad. The physical appearance is stylish and gorgeous enough to amaze potential buyers. It has a pretty huge screen of superb quality that combines well with the touchscreen functionality. In addition to its attractive looks, the LG KF900 Prada II also has many substantial features, including a built-in 5 mega-pixel camera. However, the image quality of the camera is only average. The LG KF900 is a Quad-band GSM phone which means it supports all GSM frequencies.

In terms of connectivity, the LG KF900 Prada II supports Wi-Fi and HSDPA for high-speed web browsing. Users will find the browser easy to use and locate in the phone menu. The Internet functionality is also highly-rated. The LG KF900 Prada II also comes with a music player with high quality sound and excellent radio feature. The touchscreen application makes it easy to scroll through the play-list and choose one’s favorite tunes.

There are some disadvantages to the LG KF900 Prada II. For instance, the QWERTY keyboard is immensely usable but the pads could have been more defined, while the phone casing is susceptible to fingerprints which can really be annoying to some users. The LG KF900 Prada II also does not include a headphone jack but users will be given a free adapter. Another drawback is that it does not have a GPS. Also, if you are browsing on the and you will be not able to access flash site because the phone does not have a flash supported browser.

Overall, the LG KF900 Prada II is highly recommended for those who want the best and most of up-to-date mobile technology, along with functionality. The provider has obviously acknowledged the issues on their first designer model and made improvements. The new fashionable handset is believed to be one of the best touch-enabled phones in the market, so it is worthy of consideration.…

How to Increase the Battery Life of Your Phone

How to Increase the Battery Life of Your Phone


Are you sick of your phone running out of battery when you need it most? Ready to make an important phone call, but can’t because your phone screen is blank and you’re not even able to turn it on?

I’ve had this problem, as I’ve been working with a Razr V3m.

As with most razrs, the v3m has horrible battery life. I can typically expect to talk on my phone for about an hour before the battery goes completely dead. Of course the manufaturer doesn’t recognize this and claims that the phone has 2-4 hours battery life as far as talk-time goes. However, I have never seen this and don’t plan on the phone ever meeting this standard.

Anyways, you have to know that there really are a few ways to fix this. Battery life can really get you down. Don’t let it, fix it!

Get a New Phone 
This is definitely not the best option as far as extended your battery life goes, but it’s definitely an option. Some phones just plain-out stink for battery life. There isn’t much of an alternative but to either buy more batteries, or buy a more battery efficient phone.

Update Phone Software 
Often times, phone software is updated. My Razr v3m battery life greatly increased with a new update recently. You can usually find phone software updates somewhere within the settings menu of your phone. If you need more help with updating the software of your phone, I recommend calling the manufaturer or servicde provider.

Update Service Towers 
Sometimes finding service is horrible on the battery. Turning your phone off and then on in sequence can re establish a better connection with towers, as well as update the connection. Different service providers have different methods of resetting the tower updates. I’d recommend calling your service provider for the best answer possible.

Get New or Extended Batteries 
You’ll find that when you go to buy a phone battery from your manufacturer or your service provider, the prices are huge. They’ll range anywhere from 30-60 bucks. 
Online, you can get extended life batteries, which can even hold twice the charge that the manufacturer-grade batteries do, for around 10 bucks.

Ebay is a great place to do this. Buy off brand batteries. They function, charge, and hold charges the same. They typically are just bigger and will last much longer, for a fraction of the original cost. This is a great way to go!…

I Need a Phone Number for Amazon.com: Help Me with My Moral Dilemna, Please!

I Need a Phone Number for Amazon.com: Help Me with My Moral Dilemna, Please!


I am facing a moral dilemma. I bought my boyfriend an Izzy booklight for Christmas. I ordered it at Amazon.com on December 18 and it never arrived. I decided someone must have stolen if from our porch or it was simply lost in the mail.

I logged in to Amazon in early January, found a phone number listed in the My Account section and called to explain the situation. They said they would send me another one, no questions asked. It arrived a few days later.

Now, this is where the dilemma comes into play. Last week the original Izzy turned up! Apparently, our usual mail person was away during the holidays and her sub was horrible. As a result, the Amazon box was misplaced.

I went back on Amazon, but I can’t find the phone number for the life of me. I’m afraid that if I just keep the light, the guilt will tear me to pieces. At the same time, I don’t know how to give it back or pay for it if I can’t contact Amazon.

So, I leave it in your hands. Post your comments below. What should I do?…