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Running Win7 On MacBook Pro With Parallels Desktop 6 Or VMware Fusion3

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Today I want to take about my experience with Parallels Desktop 6. Just a few short days ago upon purchasing a MacBook Pro, I installed VirtualBox in order to run Windows 7 and the development tools that I need to do my job. While VirtualBox worked, it just seemed a little clunky in my opinion. My biggest complaint was full screen mode well was not entirely full screen. Other than this issue everything else seemed to operate as I expected, but it just was not an ideal solution for me. What I was really seeking was the experience that I … Continue reading

Easily Capture Streaming Media

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Are you looking to add your favorite television show or movie to your collection? If so, then I have a solution that you may be interested in. Now it is important to say that I do not advocate violating copyright laws, so be sure what content you are interested in capturing is legal to do so. During my search for a product that would capture media content that I was interested in many came at a cost and did not allow a trial run. I for one typically do not pay up front for something that I am not entirely … Continue reading

VMware Player Makes It Possible To Stand Up Sandboxes

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As a software engineer I find that I want the capability to run several operating systems such as Windows XP , Windows 7 , Windows Server 2008, Ubuntu and others. The problems from my point of view is I do not want to dual boot into any operating system and I want to keep my primary host operating system as clean as possible. Typically I use my host operating system for task such as email, document generation, and web browsing. By doing so, I am able to prevent many issues that could arise from installing the latest and greatest software … Continue reading

Free Windows Active Directory Tools

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An Active Directory structure is a hierarchical framework of objects. The objects fall into two broad categories: resources and security principals (user or computer accounts and groups). Security principals are Active Directory objects that are assigned unique security identifiers (SIDs) used to control access and set security. Each object represents a single entity — whether a user, a computer, a printer, or a group — and its attributes. Certain objects can also be containers of other objects. An object is uniquely identified by its name and has a set of attributes — the characteristics and information that the object can … Continue reading

Accessibility Benefits Everyone

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A very common misconception when talking about accessibility is accessibility is meant only designing for users with disabilities. Nothing could be further from the truth, in fact accessibility is relevant to everyone. More often than not when accessibility is addressed early the outcome it usability increases for everyone. More often than not designers to not fully account for the disabled community and for persons using an assistive technology or facing situational constraints, accessible design becomes much more essential. For example, let me outline limitations, constraints, and accommodations. Accessibility limitations, constraints, and accommodations Limitation Constraint Accommodation Blindness; low vision Poor lighting; … Continue reading

Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack Savings

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Don’t miss this great deal! Get Windows 7 for the whole family. Purchase a Family Pack and upgrade three PCs to Windows 7 Home Premium for $149.99 and Amazon has it for 132.99 Enjoy whatever you want, wherever you are. Record TV1 and take it with you, along with your music, videos, and photos. Share media around your home. Or, stream everything from your home PC to your laptop. With Windows 7 Home Premium, you can enjoy all your entertainment, anywhere. The Family Pack includes three licenses of Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade. The package contains one disc with a … Continue reading

Static Code Analysis Toolsets

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In keeping with my last couple of post on Security Development Lifecycle I thought I would put together a list of free and commercial products. While there are many other products out there this should be enough to get you thinking about how you can analyze your code before shipping. .NET FxCop is an application that analyzes managed code assemblies (code that targets the .NET Framework common language runtime) and reports information about the assemblies, such as possible design, localization, performance, and security improvements. Many of the issues concern violations of the programming and design rules set forth in the … Continue reading