Feb 152013

A very quick post today to tell you how to force an update to your Nexus 7 tablet if you have been checking for software updates unsuccessfully.

1. Stop the Google Services Framework application by choosing settings > Apps > All > Google Services Framework. Click “Force Stop” then “Clear Data”
2. Choose Settings > About Tablet > System Update.
   It should say last checked 01/01/1970
3. Click “Check Now” and your update should start to load.

The download is 47mb and takes about 10 minutes to install. You will need to reboot the tablet to complete the installation.

Hope this helps!

Sep 252010

VMWare make their vSphere Hypervisor free to download and use which is an amazing deal, they also offer a free evaluation of VMWare vSphere which adds extra bells and whistles for enterprise level virtualisation. If you take the evaluation version, you have 60 days until the vSphere client locks down and stops you powering on your virtual machines. At that point, you will either have to pay for a full vSphere licence, or downgrade to the free version again. Of course, they haven’t made it very easy to find out how to do the downgrade!

If your evaluation has expired, your vSphere client should look something like this.

vSphere Client showing expired license

vSphere Client showing expired license

To downgrade to the free version and regain control of your virtual machines, you need to get a new licence number – its free. I have heard reports that the licence key would have been sent to you in the initial email which you received from VMWare when you registered for the evaluation, but I couldn’t find it in any of the emails I had received. The best bet is probably to go ahead and reregister at the download page for ESXi – From the VMWare home page, open the ‘Products’ menu and choose VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) then click the download button on the left side. Login, or hit the continue button and fill out your information. Once you have completed the registration process you should receive an email with an ‘Activate your VMware ESXi 4.1 License’ link. Click that and you should be presented with your new license number.

New VmWare license number

New VmWare license number

Copy the license number and go into your vSphere client. At the top of the list of virtual machines, highlight your host machine. Go to the configuration tab and choose ‘Licensed Features’ under the software section. Click the small ‘edit’ link at the top right corner.

You should now see your current evaluation license with no license key. Click the ‘Assign a new license to this host’ radio button, click the ‘Enter Key’ button and paste in your new license number. Click ‘OK’

New License entered

New License entered

Check that the new licence key is valid and shows ‘Expires: Never’

You’re done. You should now be able to administer your virtual servers as before. I’m yet to find out what features are missing from the free version compared to the full vSphere version.

Let me know if this works for you!

Jul 202009

WordPress 2.8.2 has been released. It fixes an XSS vulnerability where commenter’s URLs were not properly sanitized before being displayed to the Admin in the moderation queue. This could be exploited to redirect you away from the current site to a malicious page.

WordPress recommend you upgrade.

Jul 142009

WordPress have released a bug-fix update to WordPress which fixes many bugs and tightens up security which was allowing certain plug-ins to leak information to unprivaleged users. Not all plugins were affected, but it is recommended that all WordPress users upgrade at their earliest opportunity.

There are reports that the dashboard in the new version is much faster than in 2.8.0, but I haven’t noticed a huge difference. I used the automatic upgrade path without any problem – all my plugins worked fine after the upgrade and the theme is unchanged.