This time on the show Jason joins with a touchscreen LCD mod that’s a lot easier than one might think. Then Darren and Matt pit their desktop virtualization platforms, Virtual Box and VMware Workstation, against eachother over a game of Halo.

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Adding a touch screen to a LCD is pretty straight forward and fairy inexpensive. There are a few different places to get the touch screen kit, we got ours from ebay for around 80 bucks + shipping. Dealextreme.com has a small selection of smaller touch screen kit perfect for netbooks, because they come with a controller made to connect internally instead of external usb. When buying a kit to make sure it comes with the matching controller to avoid any head aches.

When it comes to desktop virtualization Matt and I think very differently. While I agree that VMware’s ESX and (free) ESXi solutions are killer, I can’t seem to justify the price of target=”_blank”>VMware Workstation when Sun’s Virtual Box is free, open source, full featured, super speedy and rock solid. Matt doesn’t agree.

Matt wouldn’t agree with my assessment, but he doesn’t write the show notes so I’ll just go ahead and link to this totally unbiased comparison.

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30 Comments

  • Biggie 5 years ago

    No Offence but the Rev3 Flash Player sucks! It’s really really slow

  • It is easier to monitor hak5 with a rss feed and download the small quicktime file.

  • qwerty 5 years ago

    awesome! touch screen mod!

  • chA1nBull3t 5 years ago

    “Freeze pop cool”~~~ :3

  • http://www.freezepopdiet.com — it’s a real thing. You can lose up to 17 lbs a month eating nothing but freezepops!

  • Hexskrew 5 years ago

    dude… yah.. you can lose 17lbs in a month eating freeze pops.. Well that is if you are not hospitalized for Malnutrition…

    So what is in a freeze pop?

    Water
    Color
    Flavor
    Calories 45
    Total Carbs 11g 4%
    (From sugars) 8g
    Vitamin C 10%
    (mind you % = % of the recommended daily value of said chemicals)

    Therefore, you want to basically waste your body to death @ the idea of loosing 17 lbs be my guest.. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya.

    BTW, I have loved this show from my start of watching it, but I must say… this one was total fail. Like I said I love the show and it’s hard to even say this, but seriously. There was nothing educational on this ep. I know you might have been stressed for time, but cmon.. Even just a boot up benchmark between VirtualBox and ESXI would have been SOMETHING..

    Hope the next one is better.

  • When I saw touch screen I was expecting to see a segment on things like the NUI Group (http://www.nuigroup.com/), opensource home made multi-touch screens.

    This one was interesting, looks pretty simple to set up, but IMO not as cool as actually building one (with multi-touch support too!).

  • Mnemonic 5 years ago

    Touch screen mod = WIN
    Rest of the show looked hastily put together and held my attention for no more than 2 mins.

    Piss poor effort.

  • Love the episode, espically the Touch Screen Mode. Apple Tanabom… I hope I wrote his name correctly, has exploded. Why?

    :-)

  • Eble Evans 5 years ago

    One Word:
    HILLBILLY!

  • iradi8 5 years ago

    Queerest episode ever. If I wanted to watch people play Halo I’d, wait… I NEVER want to watch people play Halo. I appreciate you guys do this in your “Free time” but please stop wasting our time.

  • Steptoe 5 years ago

    I agree with iradi8, This was lame and the shows seem to get lamer.
    and yes this is becoming Hillbilly. Ideas seem to be scarce for hak5. I would rather watch re-runs from the “way Back” episodes. And for those out there that get angry or disagree with me for expressing my feelings, well to bad in my eyes it is true to form and I’m calling it like I see it. So deal with it. I can contest there are others who agree with me on this matter. Hak5 you want constructive criticism well here it is.
    Anyway I’m now looking for another tech show.

  • James 5 years ago

    Everyone is in titled to their own opinion but, here is the problem.

    iradi8
    Queerest episode ever. If I wanted to watch people play Halo I’d, wait… I NEVER want to watch people play Halo. I appreciate you guys do this in your “Free time” but please stop wasting our time.

    You are allowed to voice your own opinion like everyone else but, here is the problem. You said ” I appreciate you guys do this in your “Free time” but please stop wasting our time.” This is a issue because you are acting as if they are wasting your time. First of all, if anyone is wasting their time it is the Hak5 team. They are wasting their time putting put videos for ungrateful people like you. If you don’t like you can voice your opinion but, don’t be a complete jerk about it. If you gonna act that way then go somewhere else. They didn’t waste their time , many people enjoy their show but, if you don’t like it and feel that your wasting your time watching it then quit that simple. It is people like you that be rude or disrespectful toward the Hak5 team that make them feel as if nobody appreciate whats they do for people. I would be the first person to say I appreciate everything they do with the podcasts I admit I don’t like every episode they put up (no offense) but, acting the way you do was just rude. Try to help them improve.

  • James 5 years ago

    PS : I do realize you said “I appreciate you guys do this in your “Free time” but please stop wasting our time”. but, if you truly did then you never would have said ” please stop wasting our time”.

  • Mnemonic 5 years ago

    James, I’m sure the hak5 crew are big and ugly enough to handle their own PR without your assistance.

    As for the other dude… “Anyway I’m now looking for another tech show.”

    You got your wish.

    As for advice to help them improve…the community has always been forthcoming in advice, even more so after they joined Rev3.
    If they (hak5) choose to not take that on board for what ever reasons or Rev3’s for that matter, then they’re going to have to accept criticism in what ever form it takes.

    My only hope is, if or when Rev3 decides to shitcan the show they guys keep on producing the show.

  • This show use to be both informative and entertaining. I remember waiting for new episodes to find out about some new tool or program and crack up over the noob blender. There would be some cool tweaks I could try or project I could build. As the show has progressed it has become less informative and just more about entertainment. I just watched this episode and was like…really?…why am I watching Darren and Lestock play xbox while talking about vm vs vbox?

    My second point is Lestock is a tool. Well to be more nice…He doesn’t fit in with the show. He forces to much on enterprise which is nice …but this is Hak5 not the admin show.

  • J_Rollingstone 5 years ago

    I have to agree the episodes seem to be diminishing at a great magnitude. Their luster seems to be gone.
    wait… did I need a special First amendment license to say that?

  • Sitwon 5 years ago

    I liked the touchscreen discussion, but it would have been nice to see it actually being put together…

  • The shows used to very informative but now its just a pile of junk thrown together, go back to your old shooting schedule and stop trying to rush stuff out. Take the time to quantify the quality of the episode you are putting together and maybe adopt a policy of having at least 1 educational and 1 mod segment per episode or something.

  • Peebs 4 years ago

    I am grateful for what the hak5 team have shown me.

    I thought that argument about the virtualization software was both educational and entertaining. I thought it was worth watching the show just to find out that virtualbox doesn’t support newer directx. If you listen closely they always throw in “key words” that spark interest to learn more, on my own time. If they didn’t say anything at all about vm’s I would be months behind others, but now I’m months ahead of the best “computer tech in town,” concerning Virtualization anyway.

    These people actually have a passion for IT and they know the value of information. Without someone to say at least something, some specific word, then all your left with is ” I dunno,” go to the vmware website and try and learn something. It may take a while just to understand what the software is!! NOt with Matt and Darren, and when I see there faces, I know their passionate about computers, so I trust them. And if they just wanna goof off and say, “that’s sweet,” then I can relate to them because I’ve been there, using that software, and I said, That’s Sweet, I didn’t know anyone to verify that for me and make it real at the time, just as soon as they say “that’s cool,” it’s a million words of education, and of infinite value. What they do is an art, they are humans.

    After releasing the amount of information that Matt and Darren presented in the VmWare Segment. I think it’s time to dumb it down a little because it isn’t worth “their” time in world full of idiots. And I mean idiots not because of lack of education, but lack of care. If you don’t care about computers, and I’m trying to teach you, I get mad really fast. Because it’s a waste of time and turns a beautiful mind into a pile of garbage. Lay off of the Hak5 team or give them a reason to care. I could have edited this to be proper and all, but I need to get back to the show. “trust your technolust”

  • Peebs 4 years ago

    Ok that may have been a little harsh, I apologize.

    After watching the new show with ssl strip i can definately see the difference in educational value. Darren, Matt, make the show how you want, great job. I will always find value in your shows, as long as there is sound and a little video.

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  • What about the 50% off for VMware Matt mentioned? I can’t find any promo codes for the new Workstation 7…anybody know what the discount code Matt was referring to is?

  • VoodooTorture 4 years ago

    I liked this show. Sometimes it’s nice to watch an episode that’s more off the cuff and not so serious. It’s nice to have variety from time to time. Loved the different camera angles of the hak house. I also like the two different tech perspectives (corporate vs. personal) that Matt & Darren bring to the show.

    Going to eat my freeze pop now and since there are pictures of snow cones on the site I think I will have one of those too.

  • Virtual Box v VMware!?

    I’d like to see a full in depth comparison with Citrix XenServer, functionality et al.

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