xyourfacekillerx writes "After a long hiatus of developing (ASP.NET), I decided to pick it up again. I need to learn.NET and SQL for my new job (GIS tech using ESRI software). Down the road they need a PHP website, tons of automation tasks, some serious data consolidation, they want mobile apps in theory. This is not my job description, but I'm sure I can do it. Long story short, I need to setup a development environment on my home desktop, so I can do all this in my spare time. Trouble is, I share the machine (Win 8.1, 2.7 dual core pentium something or other, with virtualization support.) I want to avoid affecting the other users profiles. I currently use my profile for music production (Reason) and photography (Photoshop, et al) so it's already resource intensive with ram, cpu and vmm. I'll be needing to install all of your basic Microsoft developer suites, IIS, SQl Server, ANdroid SDK, Java SDK, device emulators, etc. etc. Plus AMP and finally GIS software. There will obviously be a lot of services running, long build times, and so on. To wit, I wouldn't be able to use my desktop for my other purposes like the music editing. So I need some advice. Would it help to setup all these tools under a different account on the same Win 8.1 install? Or should I virtualize my development environment (and how?), and run the virtual machine side by side? Or should I add a hdd or secondary partition and boot to that when I intend to develop? I am poor atm, but is there a cheap very mini PC I can place next to my desktop and run all my development software off that, remote desktop into it? I've done a lot of googling the last week and haven't turned up anything, so I turn to Slashdot. Please help me get organized so I can start coding again." top
Ask Slashdot: Free and Portable Virtualization for Dummies
xyourfacekillerx writes "I do contract work as a developer, and I work from home when I can. I run Windows 8.1 natively on a fine computer, Virtual PC and VirtualBox/QEMU when the time calls for it. There have been times when I had to pull out my server and use LAN for SQL Server, but enough of that. Recent clients like me to be present more often than not. So, I bought a 2TB external hdd 3.0 usb and started loading it up with portable versions of my favorite apps. Then I ran into a problem when I had to bring my virtualized disks to the unmounted volumes where I hide that stuff. The problem is this: If the machine I work on, on site, cannot virtualize, I cannot run my solutions. So I am forced to boot straight to the desired Linux install. Except I don't have Linux partitions per se. and if I did, how can I make my virtual installs identical to my physical installs? Does that make sense? Basically, I want to set it up so I can say "Can this machine virtualize? No, then I will boot straight to the Linux I need, and that Linux needs exactly the same resources I configured it to use when it was virtualize.". If the machine CAN virtualize, then I get my portableapps loader and all the windows fix-ins and specialized programs I'm used to with my portable drive. Has anyone come to an elegant solution or should I just admit to defeat and reserve some portion of the external hdd for Linux only non-virtualized work?" top
Ask Slashdot: F/FOSS Personal Information Tool "Captain's Log" for Windows?
xyourfacekillerx writes "I try hard to keep track of work I do on my computer. For example, if I'm making changes as Admin that affect the system, I keep a folder in MyDocs with.TXT's, each named by the date they were created, each containing entries remarking the changes I've made. For example, "Turned off services XYZ see TodaysDate\PRE.TXT for last services state, POST.TXT for updated services state." I'm finding I need more and more to make notes about what I'm doing on the computer at all times. Like, if I'm coding, I'd like a little note that says "Remember to research blank". If I'm streaming music, I'd like a note that says "Look up this song I just heard". Keeping a hundred.TXT's to cover these whimsical notes is just too cumbersome. So, I'm looking for suggestions, I want a general purpose Note system to help me keep track of my activities on the computer. OneNote is overkill for small thoughts, and most PIM's are based around some kind of calendar system. Any ideas?" top
Ask slashdot: Wireless printing to a wired printer
xyourfacekillerx writes "I have two computers in separate rooms and multiple mobile devices (Win vista laptop, android phones) which all gain internet access wirelessly through my landlord's router, a network which I have no control over. I have a wired (usb) printer attached to an old WinXP desktop workstation in a room rarely used, and so in order to print I either remote desktop or physically bring the files to that room. Obviously this setup is not practical; I can't have the computer on 24/7, and I don't care to RD over a network I cannot manage. I would like to take the workstation out of the picture (as in, turn it off), but still print wirelessly and even remotely. Now, I have a few old wireless enabled DSL routers which I can SSH into and configure as I please, and I also have an old droid I was considering using to create a separate private network for the house (the droid's purpose is something like a server perhaps, idk). The printer would somehow connect either to the router or to the droid. My question is this: Is there any way for all my devices to maintain their wireless connection to the landlord wifi, and somehow simultaneously connect to the private network in order to print on demand wirelessly if not remotely? Or perhaps have all my devices connect first to my personal router, and configure THAT to connect to the landlord's wifi (like when you use your droid as a hotspot) ? Ultimately the goal is to leave my priner on 24/7 and always have access to it anywhere in the house or sometimes away from the house. It would also be nice finally to share media and files over my own network. Obviously networking was a subject I avoided. Advice is much appreciated. Feel free to suggest any other creative ideas for repurposing this hardware."