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Set a Static IP Address in VMware Fusion 7


Update: This technique also works in VMware Fusion 8!

I am an OSX user, and I run a lot of VMs using VMware Fusion 7 which I have been very happy with since I purchased it. One thing that always bugged me is that Fusion allocated a different IP address to each VM every time it started up, or resumed from a suspend. Applications that I use that have references to those IP addresses always had to be reconfigured each time I wanted to use them.

More recently, I’ve been testing out lot of different type 1 Hypervisors (ESXi/vSphere, Proxmox, XenServer etc) which usually make the assumption that they will be given a static IP (which they should in the real world).

So imagine my delight when I discovered that you can indeed allocate static IP addresses to VMs simply by editing a single config file.

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Tags: discoveries, sysadmin

A working day's worth of mouse movement


I recently came across a neat piece of software that maps out your mouse movements and creates artwork out of them. Check out the image below - it’s a graph of my mouse movements on my left monitor over a 9 - 5 working day. Click to see full resolution.

The black circles represent times when the mouse did not move - the huge black circle was when I went for a 2 hour meeting.

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Tags: discoveries

Awesome Database Design Tool: wwwsqldesigner


I stumbled across this software while trawling the internet looking for good design tools. It’s super simple to use and looks great. Because it’s web based (written almost entirely in Javascript), you can design without having to have any gigantic software packages installed. Also it’s free and open-source which I’m always a fan of!

Screenshot of WWW SQL Designer

Example of WWW SQL Designer

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Tags: database, discoveries

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