Programming, Windows

Virtual Hard Drive resizing

VirtualBox is one of the most useful virtualization software available for free.

Creating virtual machine is easy, just a few clicks and we are able to explore new operating system. What we need to sacrifice is some processor time, RAM memory and a few GBof hard drive. These resources can be dynamically allocated, even the hard drive.


Recently, I had set up a developement environment on a virtual machine running Windows 7. Hard disk has been dynamically allocated at 30 GB. I was running GlassFish server with MySQL database and Eclipse IDE. I also had installed ruby with rails framework along and Aptana Studio. As you can imagine VHD become insufficient. As I couldn’t afford to install everything from scratch again, I decided to extend virtual disk.

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Java, Java EE, Liferay, Windows

Tomcat Server running as Windows service

English: Logo of Русский: Логотип Apache Tomcat

How to install service for Tomcat 6.x/7.x to start automatically after reboot on Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008?

First of all, you will need administrator privileges to install service. This step by step guide is for standalone zip version of Tomcat Server.

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Windows 8 Developer Preview

As we can read and hear Microsoft is working on next version of Windows OS  which will be, as it is speculated, ready to release in mid 2012. For curious users (read geeks ;)) Microsoft released a developer preview version. This is definitely smart move as they would get feedback from users and chance to redesign things before is too late.

If we have car hybrids why couldn’t we have OS hybrids and new Windows is the first memebr. Microsoft decided to merge desktop OS with tablet OS.

Installing Windows on VirtualBox disk was a routine procedure after enabling IO APIC feature. On first run a next generation user interface Metro comes up with hyperlinks to games, social networks and programs. There is also a link to Windows desktop. Hyperlinks are represented as boxes and organized on grid in 4 stacks. Each box have large and small view and can be sorted or moved from one stack to another. Application hyperlinks can be removed or installed.

I agree, Metro is really nice design for tablets with touch screen, but on a personal computer or developement machines could be annoying to switch between both desktops. Also this application hyperlinks are not so convenient for mouse navigation.

It seems that Metro is build on top of windows desktop and for now is very badly implemented within. We can only hope that Microsoft will allow to disable Metro front and make more developer friendly OS.