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VMworkstation 5.5 locks up on openSUSE 10.2 and 10.3

I have found out that my VMworkstation locks up on me about every 5 minutes and nothing works.  Not only does the virtual machine lock up, but the WHOLE computer (host and all) locks up and nothing works (i.e. the mouse, keyboard, etc).  I have done some research and found out that if I add hpet=disable to my boot options on grub that my virtual machine and physical machine do not lock up anymore.  I am using a Dell Inspiron E1705, and if you have the same problem as I did.  Try this fix, it might work.

Happy New Year!


01/01/2008 Posted by | opensuse, VMware | | Leave a comment

Happy New Year All!!!!

Happy New Year to you all!  Don’t party too much!

01/01/2008 Posted by | Random | Leave a comment

Eavesdropping on Bluetooth headsets…

I found this article over at in which Joshua Wright demonstrates how a Bluetooth headset can be hijacked, allowing audio to be sent or received on the device.  All that is necessary is to sniff the device address and use the default pin, and after this the device can be “tapped” (while not in a call) and all audio around the mic can be listened to remotely.

 Here’s the link.

01/01/2008 Posted by | Security | , | Leave a comment