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How to get Netflix to run in VirtualBox on Ubuntu 12.04 without freezing!

First, do this.

So, my latest project has been to get Netflix! Well, I moved to Ubuntu a few weeks ago and alas Netflix has no Linux client. WTF!?

Well, I thought to myself, as I always do, “I should be able to get it running in a Virtual Machine!” And, once I got it up on Windowz XP, it loaded, then froze..and then again…and again.

So, after some Googling I found this solution. I tried it, and it worked for awhile, but then it froze…again. It basically has you set your DNS servers to Google’s (on the VM).

OpenDNS

I use OpenDNS, not Google. So, I thought that maybe I should give OpenDNS a try and changed my VM’s DNS to OpenDNS’s.

Now, I don’t know if this works because my host machine is with OpenDNS and my VM is on OpenDNS too, but it’s working right now.

Other Notes: Using Chrome on the VM, 3D hardware acceleration on the host, VM has 3 GB RAM and super-dooper tweaks I can’t remember. 

Smooth Ride for Windows 7 on Acer Aspire One

So, the other day I threatened to upgrade from Vista to Windows 7. Since, it’s been the smoothest and most rewarding upgrade I’ve done so far.

I’m not trying to glorify Windows or Microsoft, anyone regular around here knows I love Linux and OSx. But,  I honestly have to give Microsoft some credit with Windows 7. It’s faster, I can use Aero, and common tasks that really bugged me in Windows XP/Vista aren’t that problamatic.

For instance, connecting to wireless networks. It was a little clunky in XP and Vista, but it’s just a click away in Seven – something Linux desktops have been doing for years though. But, it’s been the clunkiness of actions like these that have really put a bad taste in my mouth about Windows, say versus Linux or OSx.

Other activities like using the taskbar, like pinning websites from Chrome, the security warnings, and libraries all made me smile. Even the control panel is easier to use. But the overall thing I’ve noticed is it’s speed. It’s a lot faster, even with resource heavy apps running with Aero enabled. It’s pretty easy to disable Aero, and it’s even snappier. I even noticed using the search in the taskbar was quicker too. Some of my favorite Windows apps are even better too, like Media Player and Paint; the Snipping tool isn’t that bad either. Media Player also recognizes more of my formats than it ever has and has a photo gallery integrated.

So far, using Windows has had me saying, “this is the way it should have been all this time.” And, the only one problem I have been having is not seeing all three power plans when I click the little icon in the taskbar. That seems kind of typical Microsoft oops-ish to me.

Ubuntu Itch Returns

Ubuntu 10.04-LTS

Ubuntu 10.04-LTS Screenshot

Today I got bored, and like always, like going back to a drug, I installed Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on a virtual machine. Big mistake! Well, given Ubuntu’s history with me, it may be a mistake. I always have to deal with these itches to install Ubuntu; I love love love the idea of free software and Linux in general. But, if history has proven itself, then I probably shouldn’t install it on my Acer Aspire One. I have tried 8.04, 9.04, and 9.10 on all flavors of laptops, most recently 9.10 on my Acer Aspire One, in which I ended up installing XP so I could get my work done.

Ubuntu just always has “the problems,” maybe I will go through my old posts (not on this site yet) and count all those problems. I just remember it being slow and giving me enough problems that I went back to something that worked: Windows. And, it’s always about doing my work and not having to deal with fixing, hacking or customizing Linux-based OS’s all the time. But, the itch (as I have termed it over the years) is there, and I really really want to try it out. But, this time I am going to be patient and maybe Virtual Box it or something on my Acer and see how it works, maybe spend a couple days trying to use it and see if it slows down at all or just gives me hell.

Oh, Ubuntu, it’s like a bad romance…

Ubuntu 9.04 NR Suspend/SD Card Problem on Dell Mini 9

So, I decided to install Ubuntu 9.04 NR after starting my semester as a Computer Science Major, main reason, gcc. Plus, the Linux itch was getting to me, thought I’d give it a try again, give it another go.

But, right away, Ubuntu was running fine, of course with some of the usual drop in experience from XP: slow video, slow Firefox, etc. Even thought I still feel bad for grandma and still have no hope of her enjoying the Linux experience, I found a few tweaks to help:

But, other than that, Ubuntu is still not quite running well enough to give it even a B+, you get a C+. As we speak last.fm in Rhythmbox is skipping once in a while! But, that’s not what this post is about.

This is about when you close your lid on your Dell Mini 9, nothing comes up when you open it up except a cursor. After thinking for just a few hours, I figured it out, if you have an SD card in the slot, and sleep it, you are going to keep getting that. So, now, you have to remove the SD card before suspending the computer! Annoying, still wondering why I let the Linux itch get to me (as Last.fm keeps skipping and typing is freaking out, writing this post).

Bah!

Fixed: I had recently tried installing Ubuntu UNR on the SD card and had not formatted it since. After formatting the card (FAT16), it sleeps! Check out http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=208980 on how to format your card.