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 PostPost subject: Desktop cube, Windows style        Posted: Fri Mar 21, 2008 5:40 pm 
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I use a lot of VMs and I began to realise it was a little inconvenient having windows and tabs all over the place to access them. I though about switching to Linux, using compiz-fusion and getting the 3D cube thing going but I wanted to stay with Windows, I had all my stuff set up how I liked it...

I remembered that there had been attempts at doing the whole 3D cube on Windows before, so a little googling gave me YODM (Yet anOther Desktop Manager, it was bought by a company and rebranded but if you look hard enough you can still find the freeware 1.4 version). So, downloaded it, installed it, threw up a couple of virtual machines in VMWare, full screened them on each of the cube faces. The outcome I think is awesome, see below:

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Vista as the host OS, VMWare 6 running OSX 10.4.9, Windows XP SP3, Ubuntu 7.10 full screened (1600x1200x32@85) with 512MB each on an Intel E2180 @2x2GHz, 2GB DDR2 @800MHz, 8600GT w/256MB. Usable speeds on each VM and the host OS, the box is pretty much idle when the cube, the VMs and Vista w/Aero are all sitting doing not much so it doesn't really cost much in the way of performance unless the VMs are actively processing rather than idling/showing basic screensavers/etc.

Overall I think the experiment was a success and I'd recommend the same to anyone who uses a lot of different virtual machines/OSs at once.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Mar 21, 2008 6:10 pm 
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Looks very good, i've seen similar on Youtube.

Do you have a link to YODM 1.4?

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Mar 21, 2008 6:29 pm 
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Here you are:

http://yodm-3d.uptodown.com/en/


and btw:

Looks great moonlit! :D :D :D


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Mar 21, 2008 7:31 pm 
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Lol I did this with one of the Vista Betas back in't day.

Nice, but slows the machine down a lot.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Mar 21, 2008 7:43 pm 
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m4rkuz wrote:
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http://yodm-3d.uptodown.com/en/


and btw:

Looks great moonlit! :D :D :D


Thanks but doesnt work :cry:

Found it

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Mar 21, 2008 7:51 pm 
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KCLiVES wrote:
m4rkuz wrote:
Here you are:

http://yodm-3d.uptodown.com/en/


and btw:

Looks great moonlit! :D :D :D


Thanks but doesnt work :cry:

Found it


First link was an 404 - File not Found
Second is copy, past otherwise a 403 Forbidden.
Thanks for supplying.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Mar 21, 2008 8:24 pm 
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Also http://rapidshare.com/files/26524705/yodm3D.zip.html.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 3:01 pm 
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http://youtube.com/watch?v=A_6VhK5gwHk Yod'm on XP
http://youtube.com/watch?v=PQkOj9jC9HA Yod'm on Vista

Two videos of Yod'm running on my machine.


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