Inasmuch as it’s annoying when the VMware guest’s screensaver controls screen blanking only up until your mouse strays off the guest’s window and then the host’s screensaver kicks in and blanks the screen again, you can add this to
/etc/vmware/config on a Linux host:
mks.fullscreen.allowScreenSaver = "yes"
mks.windowed.allowScreenSaver = "yes"
mks.x.screenSaverTimeout = 590
From Setting Linux Host Screensaver Options in the Workstation Global Configuration File,
mks.windowed.allowScreenSaver enable the host screensaver in full screen and windowed modes, respectively, and a
mks.x.screenSaverTimeout of 590 seconds sets VMware to ‘ungrab’ the keyboard and mouse shortly before the host screensaver kicks in after 10 minutes of inactivity.
No more competing screensavers, but after VMware ‘ungrabs’ the keyboard and mouse, you do need to click the mouse in the VMware guest’s window so it will ‘grab’ them again, and you can then use the guest as normal.
Inasmuch as I was losing mine, I needed theirs to get back to having a functioning Linux Mint desktop. Continue reading
Inasmuch as I’m now with Antenna House, I’ve been changing over to new usernames for Skype, etc. That seemed straightforward enough when I picked tgraham.antenna for Skype, but then I found that GitHub doesn’t allow “.” in usernames, so on GitHub, I’m tgraham-antenna. Which has left me wondering, what are the allowed non-alphabetic characters in the networks of interest? Continue reading
Inasmuch as an upgrade from Ubuntu 12.04 to Ubuntu 14.04.1 left me fighting the user interface rather than using it, I installed Linux Mint 17 and am much better off. The only problem was that, as with Ubuntu 14.04.1, I couldn’t use all five buttons on my Evoluent 3 mouse properly, so I had to configure X to remap the mouse buttons. Continue reading
Inasmuch as I’ve been using it for a while, here’s a shot of a Wiki that’s been in use around the world for making decisions about weighty subjects and that’s being used a lot now that I’m changing countries again: Continue reading
Inasmuch as a Windows partition that wouldn’t boot frustrated and inconvenienced me for nearly a week, and the solution, when I found it, took only a couple of minutes, I’m writing it up here.
The symptom when trying to boot into Windows was a black-and-white screen of death containing:
File: \Boot\BCD Status: 0xc0000034 Info: The Windows Boot Configuration Data file is missing required information
The official Microsoft advice at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927391/en-us didn’t help. What did work was the second option, “Manually Repairing the Windows Bootloader”, from http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EBCD/Recovering+the+Windows+Bootloader+from+the+DVD:
attrib -h -s C:\boot\BCD del C:\boot\BCD bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd
Happily, I didn’t need to do the third, “Nuclear Holocaust” option from that page.
Inasmuch as there’s nothing quite like the warranty expiring to turn a person’s thoughts to tinkering with the insides of their computer, I recently upgraded the 1.8-inch solid-state drive of my Fujitsu P1630. Continue reading