Archive for April, 2009

I Still Got It

Posted in Technology and Software on April 11, 2009 by Mike Procario

I installed Virtualbox virtualization software today on my PC. It allows me to run Linux inside of Windows. I did an install of Ubuntu 8.10 and it is working fine. I have a dual core processor which helps a lot. I can see that one processor is busy almost constantly.

VirtualBox has a feature that lets you share folders between the guest OS, Ubuntu in this case, and the host OS, Windows in this case. I had trouble getting it to run. After some serious poking around, I discovered that VirtualBox provides linux kernel modules to support this feature, although they call them Linux guest additions.

I had upgraded my linux kernel with the automatic updates feature of Ubuntu after I had added the Linux guest additions. When I then tried to turn on faolder sharing, it did not work. I discovered that I had the needed kernel modules for version 2.6.27-07, but I was running 2.6.27-11. The fix was simple, and I might have stumbled on it even if I did not understand it. Reinstall the Linux guest additions. I looked, and I saw that I had the correct kernel modules now.  Folder sharing is now working.

I think that I am happier that I figured out what was really wrong than that I have a properly working system.


Ancient Roman Joke Book

Posted in humor on April 9, 2009 by Mike Procario

Beard’s favourite joke is a version of the Englishman, Irishman, Scotsman variety, with a barber, a bald man and an absent-minded professor taking a journey together. They have to camp overnight, so decide to take turns watching the luggage. When it’s the barber’s turn, he gets bored, so amuses himself by shaving the head of the professor. When the professor is woken up for his shift, he feels his head, and says “How stupid is that barber? He’s woken up the bald man instead of me.”

from an article in the Guardian, hence the English spelling of favorite,