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1419271200 Tech News Today
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1419357600 Tech News Today
1419361200 MacBreak Weekly
1419368400 Security Now
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1419379200 Tech News 2Night
1419382800 All About Android
1419391800 Padre's Corner

Wednesday, December 24

1419444000 Tech News Today
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1419454800 This Week in Google
1419465600 Tech News 2Night

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1419530400 Tech News Today
1419534000 Know How...
1419537600 Marketing Mavericks
1419543000 Coding 101
1419546600 Home Theater Geeks
1419553800 The Giz Wiz

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1419706800 The Tech Guy

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1419793200 The Tech Guy
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1419876000 Tech News Today
1419879600 Triangulation
1419885000 iPad Today
1419897600 Tech News 2Night

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1419962400 Tech News Today
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1419973200 Security Now
1419980400 Before You Buy
1419984000 Tech News 2Night
1419987600 All About Android
1419996600 Padre's Corner

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In case you didn't know this is Episode 123

Know How... 9

Build a Virtual Machine

August 30 2012

Virtual machines allow you to try out all kinds of operating systems without having to muck with your hard drive or setting up a multi-boot system. Today you’ll know how to run virtual machines for free.

Instructions for installing ChromeOS in VirtualBox
- Download VirtualBox. It’s free and runs on Windows, OS X, Linux and Solaris.
- We're going to try out Chrome OS. Normally, Chrome OS is available on Chromebooks and Chrome boxes, but you can run it in your VM.
- Hexxeh put together a premade VM of Chrome OS so you can try it out really easily.
- Scroll down for the nightly build links.
- Download the Virtual Box build then open the .zip file.
- Open up Virtual Box and select “New.”
- Name your machine whatever you want and choose your OS and Version.
- Select Linux and Ubuntu .
- Choose how much RAM you want to allocate to the VM.
- We’ll select “Use existing hard disk” and then pick the ChromeOS.vdi.
- Then hit create. You’ll see your new VM on the left pane.
- On this laptop, we’re going to tweak the VM before we launch it.
- Select your VM and click Settings, then Network.
- Under Attached to: select “Bridged Adapter.”
- Under Advanced > Adapter Type select “Intel Pro/1000 MT Desktop.”
- Start the VM.
- In the menu bar select Machines then click “Disable Mouse Integration.”
- Enjoy your ChromeOS experience.

Instructions for installing other operating systems in VirtualBox
- After downloading VirtualBox, create a New VM.
- Allocate RAM.
- Create new hard disk.
- Select your file type, VDI is fine for VirtualBox.
- For the Virtual Disk storage details, either select dynamically allocated or fixed size.
- Decide how large you want your virtual disk to be. For something like Ubuntu, 6-8GB is a good start.
- Hit Create.
- Start the VM and run through the First Run Wizard.
- Select your disc or ISO as your source.

VirtualBox allows you take snapshots of your VM so you can save the state of your machine. If you wanted to experiment with applications you can always restore your VM if you took a snapshot. That option is located under the “Machines” option.
If you’d like to try out other VMs, you can get pre-made VMs from Oracle. Have fun with your virtual machines!

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Running time: 29:26

People: Leo Laporte