Run a guest OS on your PC with VMware Workstation

vmware-workstation-logoRunning the application you need on your computer isn’t always as easy as you might think. Yes, a native app may exist for your OS of choice, but if it doesn’t or if you need to keep your OS free of clutter, things get complicated. Getting access to the cloud can also be challenging. This is one reason why I like VMWare Workstation. It’s a virtual workstation manager for Windows.

VMware Workstation is cloud capable and cloud aware. VMware Workstation’s operating system support, user experience, feature set and performance will dramatically change the way you work with virtual machines. It’s one of the best companion apps for any technical professional as they move to the cloud.


One of the most popular reasons why corporate customers use a virtual machine is to evaluate the next generation operating system.  With VMware, you can install, say, Windows 8 and give users access to it, without actually upgrading a specific machine or risking introducing an undesirable user experience into the enterprise.  The latest version of VMware Workstation is optimized for running Windows 8 on Windows PCs. Its Easy Install feature simplifies the task of creating Windows 8 virtual machines. Its Unity mode will intelligently scale windows with Metro applications and multi-touch support will ensure you get the true Windows 8 experience in a virtual machine.


One of the BEST reasons why you’d use VMware Workstation is its new web interface. It allows you to access your virtual machines from a tablet, smart phone, PC or any device with a modern browser. No plugins or special add-ins are necessary. Now you can power on, off, or suspend your virtual machines and interact with them from almost anywhere.

Using a virtual machine on your computer is one of the best ways to use incompatible applications. It also makes it easy to keep your PC free from poorly written apps or apps that don’t uninstall cleanly. VMware wrote the book on virtual machines and is one of the BEST ways to accomplish these tasks.

The biggest problems with VMware are that it’s expensive and complicated to setup and use. At $250 for a single workstation license, you need to make sure you take advantage of its 30 day trial before you buy.  It’s also a very complicated application to setup and configure. Many consumer users will need to either seek assistance from the help file, printed documentation or support forums to insure that they get the best performance out of the app. Please note that I’ve given this app a low usability rating because of its level of complexity.

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FL Studio heads to iOS with FL Studio Mobile

If you’re one of those guys who like to create their own music (or remixes), then you have probably heard about FL Studio (formerly known as FruityLoops) – the digital audio workstation developed by Belgian company Image-Line Software. Well, great news guys, FruityLoops heads now to iOS with FL Studio Mobile. Well, don’t think that FL Studio Mobile is a port of the Windows version of FL Studio, it is actually a product of a completely separate development team and code.

What I would like to add is that the Mobile version of FL Studio does not support VSTs. This due to the fact that mobile devices don’t have the CPU power to perform the synthesis of VSTs.

To get FL Studio Mobile, just go to the App Store and you can find the proper version for your device:

  • FL Studio Mobile if you have an iPhone/iPod Touch
  • FL Studio Mobile HD if you have an iPad.

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Boston Limited unveil the ‘Ultimate Workstation for Professionals’ with total submersion technology

Boston Limited, now in their 20th year as system integrators and distributors of high end computer appliances, are proud to be showcasing Hardcore Computer’s high performance Detonator workstation and Liquid Blade at this year’s Data Centre World.

In keeping with their tradition of producing first-to-market, groundbreaking technologies, Boston Limited recently affirmed their commitment to top of the range hardware by announcing a manufacturing deal with Hardcore Computer’s that will see the company’s machines built for the first time in the UK. As a specialist in large scale, high profile, OEM build and manufacture, Boston will locally handle the manufacturing and distribution of Hardcore branded solutions for the UK and Europe.

The Hardcore Detonator has been designed to be the highest performing, most reliable workstation for professionals demanding maximum speed, power and versatility. It has been engineered to perfection; with every intricate detail of the purpose-built design being hand selected to deliver the kind of quality and reliability you expect in a professional grade workstation.

The Detonator workstation platform is powered by up to two Intel® 5600 series Xeon processors and features a purpose-built motherboard that includes the Intel® 5520 chip set and optimized data pathways.

Manoj Nayee, Managing Director at Boston Limited said, “Hardcore machines offer relentless performance through liquid submersion; giving a user experience of unrivalled reliability for professionals demanding maximum power, speed and stability. As innovators of technology ourselves, Boston are delighted to be associated with the groundbreaking Detonator: the ultimate workstation!”

Boston will also be introducing, the Liquid Blade by Hardcore Computer, the world’s first liquid blade server, that employs patented total liquid submersion cooling technology. With 1,350 times greater heat rejection capacity by volume than air, Liquid Blade is the first and only product of its kind in the industry.

Heat-generating components including CPU, GPU and power supply are submerged CoreCoolant, providing outstanding performance, while keeping components cooler and providing greater reliability and sustained optimal performance.

Liquid Blade offers the latest generation of intelligent high performance 64-bit Intel Xeon 5600 processors, up to 12 computational cores, 24 threads and memory configurations as large as 192 GB. Liquid Blade is engineered to support up to 6 memory modules per processor and offers a wide menu of DDR3 fully buffered RDIMM and ECC memory configurations with memory speeds ranging from 1066 MHz to 1333MHz.

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