VMware Fusion 11.0.1 Release Notes

2018/11/12

Finally.

Fusion patches for the vmxnet3 VM escape exploit and the problem where Fusion fails to start if another virtualisation tool was running before Fusion starts.

via VMware Fusion 11.0.1 Release Notes


A legend reborn: Microsoft brings back the iconic mouse, the Classic IntelliMouse

2018/06/28

My first ever optical mouse was one of these and it was awesome. Nice to see it get a comeback.

Microsoft IntelliMouse. Originally launched in 1996, it became instantly famous with gamers and highly regarded as a great gaming mouse. The IntelliMouse 3.0 had exceptional ergonomics due to its the asymmetric from, and sculpted buttons and finger rests, making it fit perfectly into your hand.

Source: A legend reborn: Microsoft brings back the iconic mouse, the Classic IntelliMouse


Spectre 2.0

2018/05/08

More Spectre like goodness in the pipeline. I suspect the Cloud platforms are madly patching their millions of servers as we speak.

And to think, people still like to run their own tin.

If your patching processes haven’t matured this FY (WannaCry, Spectre v1 and now v2) then you’re doing it wrong.

Despite positive first quarter results for 2018, Intel faces continuing issues with its foundries, both with the oft-delayed 10nm, as well as its own modem production in 14nm. Intel revealed in the earnings conference call that volume 10nm manufacturing had been delayed to 2019, without specifying which part of the year.

Source: Intel Foundries Continue to Face Issues and Another Spectre-Like Vulnerability Disclosure May Be Looming


Interesting Railways Documents

2018/01/17

Putting this information up here for future keeping. I seem to need to keep referring to these from time to time and it will be handy to have them saved somewhere.

PIR for RailCorp (Now SydneyTrains) Sydenham Signal Box Failure on April 12th.

110429-Signal_System_Report

Presentation on the Stabilisation of the Melbourne Train Control System

Legacy Train Control System Stabilisation


Missing Instant Hotspot on MacOS

2017/12/21

One problem that keeps coming back on my MacBook Pro is that the Instant Hotspot option in the WiFi menu (in the menu bar) disappears.

Don’t confuse this with the Personal Hotspot feature of your phone. Instant Hotspot is part of the Continuity suite that uses your AppleID to make your iPhone’s hotspot feature available to your Mac even if the iPhone has the Personal Hotspot turned off.

After spending some time googling around for solutions to the missing option I worked out that I had to be searching for “Instant Hotspot” instead. I then started to get somewhere.

The fix that worked for me was step three from here.

I had to sign out of iCloud on my Mac and then sign back in. I didn’t have to do it on the iPhone.

Ive hit this issue three times now. No idea what the cause was tbh.


Cat5 vs Cat6 Cable: What Are The Differences – FireFold

2016/11/11

Saving this one for posterity. I’ve always meant to find something that quickly and easily lets me see the difference. Here it is.

Learn the difference between Cat5 vs Cat6 cables at FireFold Blog. Which cable should you choose for your network? Tested speeds and crosstalk details.

Source: Cat5 vs Cat6 Cable: What Are The Differences – FireFold


Home Internet Monitoring Appliance

2013/07/02

My home internet has been pretty flakey of late and I needed a way to monitor the performance of the connection over long periods of time so that I could gather evidence to escalate to my ISP for support and troubleshooting.

Due to the absence of a suitable machine at home to run the tools on I decided to build an Ubuntu VM with smokeping and Cacti. This would allow me to build the environment quickly and then move the VM to a temporary laptop running VMware Workstation at home.

The following steps describe the sequence of events and references I used to complete the work.