So I am writing some code in Python and I was curious if there was a simple function or method to print a successive element in a list, so I pull up the Python shell and run the help() command. Can’t say I was really impressed with the result.
So part of my job requires me to install VPN software and a number of things which when active makes for a very uncomfortable feeling my employer might be watching my activity on the clock. I get around this by creating a virtual machine with Windows XP SP3 on it and install their software on that guest operating system. For a long time I had been using an earlier pirated version of vmWare Workstation to manage that virtual machine, but found there were some hiccups in its use sometimes making my virtual machine unstable for work. Recently I decided to do away with any pirated software I still had left and make sure anything I ran was run legit so I could safely ensure the security of my machine and on more ethical level ensure I wasn’t telling other clients to do one thing while I did another. I tried using an open-source solution called VirtualBox to handle this need, but found it had a rather shitty integration with almost ANY USB functionality and I couldn’t depend on these oddball issues coming up. I did find out vmWare had a free version of their software called vmWare Player which allowed you to create virtual machines, use them and manage most of their settings with no hiccups. One thing it didn’t let me do was make snapshots. Snapshots are important because it would allow me to experiment with new software and potentially malware-ridden software without compromising my host operating system as a whole and not have to reinstall the guest operating system each time I threw a piece of software onto it. I decided that I would get a legit copy of vmWare Workstation so I could get that needed functionality until I saw the price. I wish I could afford it, but doing so meant a $250.00 hit to my wallet which I just can not afford so I will be making due without that for the mean time. This really kind of bothers me, because if the pricing was a little bit lower I could have afforded this and the company would have profited from me, but because it was outside my range, I opted for their free version which gave the stability of what I needed for work, but not what I needed to test programming work easily.
Not that I want to hint this to my family, but if you’re ever feeling extra generous and want to help me immensely, I would love to have a license for vmWare Workstation.
After sitting on the mail issue for awhile it turns out my host missed a minor detail that I sent him during the TXT record updates that were being made. Once it was fixed Gmail for my domain was all cleared up. I’ve got a good momentum going with this site, which feels great since the site has been behind for some time now.
There is a lot of work to go before this website is where I really want it to be, but better something up than nothing at all. I’m looking forward to providing more content as time allows me to. The website should be housing the following in the future:
- Current projects that I am working on as well as archives of older projects for potential employers to check out. I want it to also to be a repository for anyone to enjoy. :-)
- A resume for employers to get idea of what I am.
- Tools that are commonly used by myself and any completed software I created.