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VmSphere – Copy files from datastore to guest OS

I currently have a minecraft server running on one of my virtual machines on my server. This requires me to move a decent amount of data whenever I update the mods to newer versions. Normally this is only a couple mods that I will push the Jars to dropbox and use wget to download them onto the server. This last weekend however I updated close to 50% of the mods and it was going to be easier to just copy the entire mods folder from my test server (on my desktop) then individually moving each Jar and deleting the older version. This however left me needing to move over 100 MB of data.

The VmSphere client has an easy way to upload files to the hosts datastore. Nothing hard there, push the button and choose the file. The problem I was having was figuring out how to get the file from the datastore into the VMs local filesystem. I found an easy solution of setting up SSH on the host and using scp from the guests console. Setting up SSH from the VmSphere client was easy once I knew where to look. Here is an article with how to turn on SSH and here is the article with using scp. 

TL;DR ssh is turned on in the security profiles configuration and then run scp root@hostserver:/vmfs/volumes/datastorename/path/to/files/*

Making beef jerkey

This past weekend I purchased a dehydrator. I have been wanting to try this for some time. I consume large amounts while traveling for work and I thought this would be a way to cut back some of that spending. I started looking for recipes and didn’t have to look far until coming across Alton Browns recipe. Back in the day I use to watch his Good Eats show and he is one of the few TV hosts that really gets me excited about cooking.  I plan to start out with his recipe as a base and start my experimenting from there.

Based on a few reviews I bought the Nesco American Harvest Snackmaster. The main points from the review (espicially related to their Pro version) was that the handle on this one was much sturdier and properly centered. This keeps the lid from tilting too much allowing an easier time getting it back on. Also that it is an “All in One” kit which provides some nice extras that the pro does not.

I will report back how it all goes!

Premiere Pro CC hangup-not responding

I recently have been recording my gaming sessions because why not? This has finally given me a reason to play around with Premiere Pro. I originally was just looking at live streaming and taking highlights from that footage but due to where I spend half my life for work I can’t get a decent internet upload speed. This has led me to locally recording which therefore has led to needing to edit the footage into something more interesting.

I was starting through the first few tutorials and in one it shows you how to import a folder of files into your project. I had chosen the folder with my footage (which there was quite a bit) and part way in the program would stop responding. I figured I would let it sit since it was probably just taking a long time to import and make previews for such a large amount of data. Coming back a few hours later and it still in the same spot I closed the program and tried it again. Again I got the same behavior.

After going through all the files in the folder I realized there was one I couldn’t open in my video player. This was certainly caused by the crashes with OSB that I described in an earlier post. I thought I had cleared all the bad files out but I guess I had missed one. With that file removed the process ran without problem.

TL;DR make sure you don’t have any corrupted/unplayable files in the folder you are importing.


While trying to import a folder of game footage the program stopped responding. This was due to a corrupted video file it was trying to import from one of the crashes posted about before.

Open Source Broadcaster Crash

Ran into a problem today where no matter what I tried Open Source Broadcaster (OSB) would crash when trying to record anything in Kerbal Space Program (KSP). As soon as either I would alt-tab into KSP or start it up (both 32 and 64 bit versions of both) OSB would crash. It had worked for the past few days without any problem.

I finally read on of the crash reports and it seemed to be stemming from an unhandled exception in the graphics driver. I finally checked through my OSB settings and noticed that I had the resolution set for something larger then what my laptop screen was running at. Once I matched the currently running resolution everything seems to be working again.

TL;DR Check to make sure OSB isn’t trying to pull a larger resolution then what your monitor is running at.

VmSphere – Free hypervisor, setup and first thoughts

Over the past weekend I got around to setting up my server. The physical machine has two sides which are each their own computer. For the last year I have only been using one of them. While talking with the IT guy at work, he mentioned that Vmware has a barebones free hypervisor. So I decided I would load it on the other half of my server.

Install was quite easy. After registering on Vmwares site, I downloaded the ISO to create a boot disk from. I don’t have a disk drive on the server so I wanted to boot from a USB flash drive. After reading a few articles I went with unetbootin and couldn’t have been happier. Downloaded, ran, selected Ubuntu for the planned OS (I read somewhere that was the one to use) and selected my flash drive and the VmSphere ISO file. This I then plugged into the server and booted it up. Just left all the defaults during install, choose a root user password and that was it! Once it booted up I did change some settings (static IP, etc) but there wasn’t much more. So easy!

Back on my desktop I first navigated to the machines IP in my web browser as I had read that Vmware had a web interface. Apparently that is  for a more complex (paid) setup but there was a nice little webpage shown explaining that I should go get the Vmsphere client.

The client asks for the machines IP and your login info that you set during install. This then presented a screen with some info about the machine and resources available. I was planning on moving a minecraft server I have been running on my desktop over and have some experience with Ubuntu so I went and got the latest ISO for the server edition. You could use a desktop edition too as the Vmsphere client gives you a “console” into the virtual machine that is graphical. Last time I tried installing Ubuntu without a CD I had a horrible time (12.04 had some known bug with installing from a USB flash drive) so I was a little anxious to see how it would go now.

new virtual machines are incredibly easy to spin up. The best part in my opinion is that the Vmsphere client can load ISO (from the computer running the client) into a virtual drive on the VM. This made installing Ubuntu very trivial. The only problem I faced was that I couldn’t seem to see any USB flash drives I stuck into the server. It took me a while to figure out that I never selected that I wanted any USB hardware available to the VM. This was fixed by shutting down the VM and adding in USBs in its properties (make sure you add the real ones and not vmwares virtual ones). When I started up the VM and Ubuntu the USB drive showed up under /dev as it was supposed to.

All in all it was a very strait forward process and setting up the host hypervisor was actually the easiest and least time consuming part. I am very happy so far with it.

First Departure – Day Eight

I can’t believe it has been a week. A week of being apart. Of not being there for her. Of not talking.

She did text me this morning reminding me of a wedding I need to RSVP for. She also asked how I was doing. It was weird trying to rehash my week as if she hadn’t heard already. I wanted to ask all about her week, her weekend. About if she has enough support around her since I am no longer there.

It was hard trying not to explode into a thousand questions. I am not her boyfriend anymore. I do not get that privilege. I liked hearing about her week but I don’t know if it helped either of us. For a split second I felt like I have the past couple years which is probably not going to help me disconnect from her. I hate saying that. I don’t want to disconnect from her. But this was decided as the best thing for us so I must press on.

I still don’t tell people that we have broken up. Only my two new roommates know. When people ask when she is coming out or how we are doing I just answer the question and don’t bring up the fact that we aren’t together anymore. I still refer to her as my girlfriend when people ask about things. As in “why did you move to KY?”, and I’ll still respond “My girlfriend started going to school out there”. Which I guess if you are placing it in the past it would still be correct. As if i had moved out to Ky for an ex girlfriend that would be very creepy. But I really do it so that I don’t have to talk about it. It is still too raw. The only people I feel bad about are my family. They ask about her and I know they genuinely care but they are also the ones who would then ask the most questions. So for now I will keep it to myself.

First time in the field with my new job. The accommodations are nice. I want to show her where I am. I would normally talk with her before bed. It is weird being up here and not sharing it with her. There are a lot more things here that remind me of her. She would always send me care packages and I have all those here with me now.

First Departure – Day Seven

Finally slept in a bed, even if only a blowup one.  I also got to sleep in which was good. Woke up and got a report out for work and headed into town for lunch and a haircut.

For the first time since getting here I think I felt a twinge of feeling at home. There was a little traffic and so I happened to stop on the bridge over the main creek. It was running quite high and I dont really know what it was but I just felt this calmness or something similar that reminded me of home. It was a nice feeling. I think one of the first I have had all week.

I then got to have a breakfast burrito from my favorite place. I didn’t eat anything all morning just so I could have it. And it was soo good. After that I got my haircut and a shave. I normally dont pay for shaves as I have my own straight razor at home but about once a year I treat myself to it. It was really relaxing and was nice to get cleaned up some.

After that I went and saw Godzilla with a friend. I didn’t think it was that good but it also wasnt horrible. Kinda meh like most my week has been.

Overall it was a pretty good day. I still had plenty reminding me of her. I drove by the pumpkin patch we would go to every fall. The burrito place and our favorite burger place are right across from each other. I miss her. I love her. I think I will always love her which just makes everything so much harder. I don’t like hurting others, especially the ones I love. I missed even just having her in the car while doing errands. I want to call her. See how she is doing. How did the bachelorette party go? I miss hearing about her day. And I don’t really know what to do about it.

First Departure – Day Six

Office has off every other friday. Got to sleep in a little. Some paperwork to do from home.

Signed a lease today. Will be living with some friends from college. I think that will be good for me. It doesnt feel like home though. Not like our place did when we moved in. At least now I don’t have to feel so bad about staying here.

Went up to the local casino and did some gambling with one of the roommates who also had off today. I remember bringing her there last time.  It reminded me of all the good times we had in Vegas. And most recently the casino we went to two days before I left.

Had to go downtown to do my drug screen. I almost forgot with everything going on this week. I was wearing my jeans which I havent worn since leaving. At the clinic you have to empty your pockets when you go to give the sample. In the back I found the tickets to the Princess Dianna exhibit we went to and the voucher I saved from our trip to the casino. She is entwined in everything and I can’t decide if I like all the reminders or not.

Earlier this week I was talking with HR and she told me the company handles phones differently then my last job. At my new job they will buy your phone and pay for the plan. At then end you still get to keep the phone. I thought this was very weird for the company to pay for the phone and keep it so I clarified that the company will pay for the phone. She said yes and that you buy it and expense it back to the company.  Long story short, I was really excited that I would get to upgrade to the new galaxy S5 but found out that they actually won’t pay for it and I “misunderstood” the HR person (they only pay for the plans). This kind of thing really pisses me off at companies. If I hadn’t found out till later I would have been stuck with the bill.

Well as my day was just getting worse I just wandered around the store for a bit much like a few days ago at walmart. When I finally left I was quite hungry and seeing a Qdoba I quickly checked my weight watchers app to see how many points a burrito would be and if I had enough points left in the day. It was quite a lot of points (as expected) but since I hadn’t eaten much earlier to treat myself at dinner I had enough. I have never seen a smaller burrito made (or at chipotle).. It was yet just another disappointment for the day.

Then of course I was browsing facebook when I came across this youTube video that just screamed Theresa so much (its about the market dividing things up for girls in pink and boys in blue) that I had actually copied the URL and was headed to gmail to email her the link. Why can’t I send her links I think she will like? Is that giving off too friendly and comfortable an association?  I don’t like it.

First Departure – Day Five

Uhh I hate sleeping on couches..

First text message from her. Just asking about some mail to be forwarded. I wasn’t sure how friendly it is acceptable to be. Normally I would ask how the person is doing, etc.

Went to sushi tonight. Reminds me so much of her. I even got her favorite. It would have been nice if she was there. Just to talk to.

Birthday cakes came up today, German chocolate, the matching coconut icing. sigh…


First Departure – Day Four

It is weird that 4 days have gone by. I dont think it has really hit me yet. It feels more still like it normally does when I leave for my hitch, my brain hasn’t fully realized the truth. I think subconsciously I am either lonely or sad and that I get little glimpses of that during the day.
Realized my weather app was still set to my old home.. yet another weird feeling of leaving my life behind, of wandering..
I got up to go to lunch today and as I picked up my phone my instinct was to think “oh I need to text her”, it is weird the small habits you form.

Why does our culture press the need to be with someone else? I don’t feel like being with anyone or doing anything. I hope I can just dig into these next two weeks in the field and try not to think about it. At least it should keep me busy..

Still sitting in the office and the energy saving set of lights have gone off.. guess I should go at some point.

Drove by her college she graduated from on the way home. I’m so proud of her. She was so excited that day. The only physical picture I have of her is from that day.
I hope she is well.