I just found the reason why I’m going to slap down almost $200 bucks for VMWare Workstation over Virtual PC: Unity. I am using a coworkers VM to help on a project he’s been working on, but he uses VMWare and I use Virtual PC. Instead of buy a license I’m using VMWare Player. Well I found option under VMWare called Unity so of course I clicked it. Well it’s possibly the coolest thing I’ve seen ever.
Here is my desktop with VMWare running as normal:
and here it is with Unity:
All of the windows/applications that were active inside the VM are now native windows in my host. Also, when you go down to the start button, a second Start Button with the name of the VM becomes visible that allows you to start other apps in this same mode. I don’t care what you say, that’s just awesome.
People give Microsoft Outlook a lot of crap, but if you’re willing to think outside the box, you’ll realize they did all the little things that make life easy. For instance, I rarely use the calendar popup for creating new appointments. No, if I have a meeting next Wednesday, I type “next wed” and hit tab. It’s at 1pm, well, type 1 and hit tab.
I found this tool about 5 years ago and then lost it during a job move. I’ve been looking for it ever since and finally found it through StumbleUpon today. Most will find it a little annoying and kind of stupid, but it was great when I stuck with it.
WorkRave is a little status tray application that tells you when to take a break, gives you exercises to do, and locks your computer so you do them. These aren’t “Pump you up!” exercises, but instead blink every-once-in-a-while, keep-your-body-from-atrophy exercises.
You might feel like your doing less at first, but I guarantee you’ll feel much better throughout the day and, in the end, be more productive. Over time, I learned to do some of these things on my own, but this is just a gentle tap on the shoulder.