Android Market and the Zenithink ZT-180

You’re probably scratching your head: What the heck is a Zenithink ZT-180? Well, the ZT-180 is a 10.2″ Touch Tablet running Android 2.1 (details here). I purchased mine directly from China (via eBay), but I hear rumors that it is starting to sell domestically in the US. You may run into one eventually.

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Welcome to Snow Leopard: Mac OS X 10.6 and VMware Workstation 7

You know how things get easier with practice? Well, there wasn’t much required for this feat: Installing Mac OS X 10.6 (a.k.a. Snow Leopard) into a VMware Workstation 7 virtual machine. Workstation 7 appears to have greatly improved support for the Mac operating systems to the point that installing Snow Leopard into a virtual machine is much easier than it was with Mac OS X 10.5.6 under VMware 6.5.2. In fact, in this version (I’m using 7.0.0 build-203739), you can install VMware Tools yourself, and enable sound!

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Adding builder priority to Buildbot 0.7.10

I’m currently managing the automated build/test system for my project (the most recent of many hats that I’ve been required to wear during my tenure). We are using Buildbot to manage the builds for three platforms (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X), two architectures (32-bit and 64-bit), and four branches of development (one new product, two branches of a legacy product, and N-number of growing private developer branches). Doing the numbers, and trying to apply the result to six available machines for performing automated builds and test cases, it becomes clear that some level of priority management is needed to ensure the higher-priority builds complete before the lower-priority are serviced.

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Installing Mac OS X 10.5.6 under VMware 6.5.2

One of the current “Holy Grails” of virtual machinery is getting a functional installation of Mac OS X into a VMware virtual machine.   There’s a lot of Google talk out there about how to do it, but not everybody seems to be successful.  I certainly wasn’t for quiet some time.  However, I sat down today and decided to give it my best shot again, and this time I succeeded!  Not only did I succeed with iDeneb 1.4 (which installs Mac OS X 10.5.6), I successfully upgraded that release to 10.5.7.  Cool.  🙂

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CentOS and the annoying login BEEP!

CentOS (a Linux distribution based upon RedHat Enterprise Linux) has this rather annoying overuse of the PC speaker.  It beeps incredibly loudly when the login prompt is available, as well as whenever you do something within the operating system that it doesn’t care for.  It is noticeably excessive, however, is becomes rather embarrassing when you are in a room full of people and your computer is continuously beeping.

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Should the Devil turn upon you

I recently read an editorial piece by Timothy Shriver, Chairman of the Special Olympics, about the harm that the movie “Tropic Thunder” is “sure to visit upon people with intellectual disabilities.”  The movie reportedly uses the term “retard” several times within the context of its story, and Timothy Shriver is campaigning against the use of the “R-word” by calling for a boycott of the movie.

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