This time on the show Jason Appelbaum 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.
Put together by a band of IT ninjas, security professionals and hardcore gamers, Hak5 isn't your typical tech show. We take on hacking in the old-school sense, covering everything from network security, open source and forensics, to DIY modding and the homebrew scene. Then we wrap it all up with a healthy dose of cocktails and geek comedy. Damn the warranties, it's time to Trust your Technolust.
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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.