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You probably know that you can run a desktop operating system in a virtual machine for testing. You can do the same thing for Android, and it’s a great way to test out a phone before you buy it. Here’s how to set it up.
Game of Thrones: The Exhibition kicked off at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney today, prompting hundreds of GoT fans to flock to Circular Quay for a secondhand tour of Westeros. Among the TV props, costumes and weapons on display was a mysterious booth containing a strange new sorcery. This is the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset — and we think it has the power to resurrect the arcade palours of old.
So last week I took a quick trip to Magnetic Island off Townsville for a test drive of the IT Survivor challenge we’re running with VMware, where one reader will get to spend 6 nights staying on the tropical island while testing out the capabilities of Horizon 6. This is what I learned from the experience — lessons you can use even if you’re not lounging around enjoying an ocean view.
It’s the end of the week and it’s time to relax. In the IT Survivor context, that can only mean one thing: using my virtual desktop in the bath.
Sure, I’m on Magnetic Island to demonstrate how to work remotely using VMware Horizon 6, but it would be foolish not to take advantage of the location as well. And what better way to do that than with a brisk 5km walk?
Thanks to reader Daniel for pointing out a really obvious way to enhance my experience of running Windows 7 on a Chromebook via VMware Horizon View: using Chrome’s full-screen presentation view to get rid of the ChromeOS toolbar.
It’s one thing for a virtual desktop like VMware Horizon to handle a relatively low-powered application like Word. What happens with something that’s more graphically intensive and needs more data — like Google Earth? As part of our IT Survivor challenge, I decided to find out.
So I can see the ocean from my window and I want to go for a long bushwalk to explore Magnetic Island, but I am supposed to be testing out how easily our IT Survivor competition winner can work remotely. The central technology involved there is VMware’s Horizon 6 virtual desktop. This is how I’m using it.