VirtualPC Spanks The Monkey’s Hiney

Today I was working from home when my friend got peeved that I kept dropping off of IM to VPN in to the office, because the Nortel VPN client shuts down all non-VPN network routes on your computer while you are connected. It’s annoying, but what are you going to do? The answer is VirtualPC, formerly from Connectix, now from Microsoft. I installed the 45 day trial version, loaded Windows98 (blech!) on to it, then the VPN client, Microsoft LookOut and GAIM. Now I can fire up the virtual PC and stay connected to the office all day through the VPN with access to our Exchange server and the Jabber server that I maintain for the team. This is seriously cool since it leaves me free to get to the Internet while connected to the VPN, which I couldn’t do before. I don’t know how much Microsoft is going to charge for it, but whatever it is, I’m willing to pay it. This is going to make my life a whole lot easier.

But wait! There’s more! At this precise moment I am installing Red Hat Linux 9 on another virtual machine. This will save me from needing to buy another computer just for Linux testing of my JRuby work.

How Cool Is This?

Today my son, Thomas, turned five years old!!! I can’t believe it. He’s getting so big. And so incredibly cool. For his birthday, among other things, we got him (and me) two pre-constructed decks of