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Starting a VM on login in Workstation


Whilst I’ve been considering getting a VPS, I’ve been playing around with Debian in a VM, and I’ve also been using an Ubuntu Server VM to tunnel IRC when I’m at school. Sometimes though, I forget to start the VM before I leave, and a boring lecture becomes even more boring with nothing else to do.

After some searching though, I found a way to start a VM from the command-line, and then threw that in HKCU\….\Run to start up when I log in. It’s surprisingly simple:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Workstation\vmrun.exe" -T ws start "D:\Virtual Machines\Debian\Debian.vmx" nogui

Since I autologin, now I only need to worry about not turning my computer on.

Pushing applications between systems


Personal Area Networks seem to be increasing¬†nowadays. Whether you’re sending that hilarious video over Bluetooth to a friend’s mobile phone, synchronising your contacts and calendar between your computer and smartphone, or just tethering to get internet-on-the-go, there are definitely a lot more PANs than there were several years ago.¬†With multiple computers or similar devices in a single household, or even in one persons possession, it’s easy to see why. Most people have a desktop, laptop or netbook (or more than one,) and a mobile phone or smartphone. With the introduction of Apple’s iPad to ‘fill’ the gap in their product line between the iPhone and Macbook, there will probably be some people who will own all three.

Yet all of these systems stand alone. There has been no integration between the different systems. While mobile devices are now suddenly able to do many tasks which would traditionally be performed by a computer – for example, iWork on the iPad, or even just IRC on a smartphone – there should be a way to seamlessly move between the different platforms.

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