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Installation of Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) on VMWare Workstation

About two years since my second post on installing a Linux distro on VMWare Workstation, I think it's time for a new update. Today, I got hold of an ISO image of Zesty Zapus (Ubuntu 17.04 64-bit) on the cover disk of Linux Format (June '17) and went immediately to "work"...What follows is my latest "recipe":Ingredientsa downloaded ISO image of your favourite distroa newly created virtual machine with 4-8GB of RAM, a 40-60GB disk and a couple of CPU coresInstallationMount the ISO image to your VM's optical drive and boot it up, then follow the instructions to install your distro selecting your preferences (timezone, keyboard layout, etc.). For accessing your VM via ssh from your host, it helps if your Linux account has the same username as the one on your host OS (Windows, OS X).Once the installation finishes and the VM boots up, log in with your newly created user account and password and admire the new clean desktop. It won't last long.Change the S…

Switching iPhone visibility in Windows 10

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It's been now several times that I plugged in my iPhone to download my pictures into Lightroom and the device is not showing up on "My Computer". When launching iTunes the iPhone is there, fully operational, sync-able, etc. I've got the latest iTunes, the latest update on the phone, everything! What's going on?

The iPhone simply seems to either operate as an MTP USB Device which makes it visible under "My Computer" or as an Apple Mobile Device which makes it visible in iTunes. Switching between the two modes is simple:

iPhone working in iTunes, not visible in "My Computer"
Device Manager -> Portable Devices -> right-click on Apple iPhone -> Update Driver Software... -> Browse my computer for driver software ->  Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer -> MTP USB Device -> click Next.


iPhone visible in "My Computer", not visible in iTunes
Device Manager -> Universal Serial Bus controllers -> A…

The Witness - a screenshot photographer's paradise!

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I'm not an avid PC gamer, these days I mostly play puzzle games on my mobile phone during my commute. In terms of PC/console games I play probably one game a year and in the last few years I don't even remember staying true to that rule. This year however, a game that I have been anticipating for a while is already out and it's a marvel called "The Witness" by Thekla Inc. and the iconic designer of Braid, Jonathan Blow.

I have managed to finish the game in just over 21 hours (over a period of around 2 weeks - parents don't get that much consecutive time you see) and I must say that the puzzles are a joy to play. The variety of rules and combinations around a simple path-in-a-maze concept are unbelievable. Jonathan & friends are clever blokes, no question about that.

What struck me most though is the ability to explore the island pretty much unconstrained and the sheer beauty of the environment. As an amateur photographer, my eye was caught almost immedia…

Installation of Mint 17.1 Cinnamon on VMWare

It's been 2.5 years since I posted an installation guide of installing Ubuntu 12.10 on VMWare Workstation but the release of Linux Mint 17.1 has prompted me to write an updated guide. This is the third of my guides, acting mostly as a memo for a quick install of new distros on VMWare, my first one written in 2009 (Linux on VMWare with later additions of other posts full of little hints and reminders (e.g. fonts, keymaps)).IngredientsPlease note that these instructions work for most distros, although this post focuses on Mint 17.1A downloaded ISO image of your favourite distro (Mint, Mint LMDE, Ubuntu, Debian)A newly created virtual machine with 2-8GB of RAM, a 40-60GB disk and a couple of CPU cores.InstallationMount the ISO image to your VM's optical drive and boot it up, then follow the instructions to install your distro selecting your preferences (timezone, keyboard layout, etc.). For accessing your VM via ssh from your host, it helps if your Linux account has the same user…