VMware Fusion and MacOS Big Sur

While doing some work tonight I received an update notification from VMware Fusion, which I use to run Windows 10 inside Mac OS.

• Fusion 11 can not run on macOS 11 Big Sur because it depends on Kernel Extensions which can no longer be used on macOS 11. 

Never fear there is a new version with newer pricing. Ugh!!

Finally, with this new version of Fusion, VMware is also shaking up its pricing with a new Fusion 12 Player licensing structure that is free for personal use. Fusion 12 Player users who want to use the software for commercial use will be able to purchase a license for $149, with an upgrade license available for $89 to those currently running Fusion 10 or 11.

A professional-level Fusion 12 Pro offers some additional power-user features and allows you to run on up to three devices (including Windows or Linux PCs running VMware’s Workstation Pro), with pricing set at $199 for a new license or $99 as an upgrade. Discounted educational pricing will also be available for Fusion 12, although many students will also be able to take advantage of the free personal use license.

Users who purchased Fusion 11.5 or Fusion 11.5 Pro after June 15 will be eligible for a free upgrade to Fusion 12 Player (commercial license) or Fusion 12 Pro.

https://www.macrumors.com/2020/08/20/vmware-fusion-12/

So why is the upgrade needed? Fusion 12 phases out VMWare’s use of kernel extensions by using new Apple APIs to support its containers and virtual machines.

Bad news? It is not available yet. https://blogs.vmware.com/teamfusion/2020/08/announcing-fusion-12-and-workstation-16.html

Apple adds Back Tap

Back Tap turns the entire back of your iPhone into a giant touch-sensitive button that you can double or triple tap to trigger specific functions on your phone. There’s a good chance that you haven’t noticed it yet. Apple slipped the settings for Back Tap into its Accessibility menu.


https://www.theverge.com/21540028/apple-iphone-ios-14-back-tap-hidden-secret-button-gesture

Mounting old file system CDs on MacOS Catalina

Recently I had an issue with mounting older CD-Roms of backup files and such on MacOSX Catalina. Apparently, Apple dropped support for HFS volumes. In order to fix this it is pretty easy.

You will need HomeBrew. Being a network geek I already have this installed. If you need to install this here is a link..

With HomeBrew installed run the following command from terminal

brew install hfsutils

After a minute or so it will complete. Insert your cd/dvd and open up disk utility.You will see your cd/dvd greyed out because it is not mounted.

Click on the info in the upper right. You are looking for the device node. In my case it is disk2s1s2.

Once you have this info go back to terminal and run the following command

sudo hmount /dev/disk2s1s2

If you have the proper path you will get something similar to this

Volume name is “Photos/Sounds/Etc” (locked)
Volume was created on Thu Sep 16 15:34:21 1999
Volume was last modified on Fri Feb 16 10:58:16 2001
Volume has 0 bytes free

To do a listing of the volume:

sudo hls

From this point I simply create a directory on my desktop and copy each directory to it. I have found the best way is to copy each directory independently. I do this with the following command

sudo hcopy -r ":Directory_to_be_Copied:*.*" /Volumes/MacintoshHD/Users/YOU/Desktop/CD/

The trailing slash is important.

MacOS Catalina RIP 32-bit programs

As many of you, Mac users may know the new Mac OS version, codenamed “Catalina” has dropped support for 32-bit programs.  Some of the programs I use on a regular basis are listed below.  If they have an update I will note it, and if they do not I list an alternative.

Zterm – Terminal Emulator.  I now use Serial https://www.decisivetactics.com/products/serial/.
TFTP – https://www.decisivetactics.com/products/trivial/
Textwrangler – BBedit https://www.barebones.com/products/bbedit/index.html
Dragthing – Icollections https://naarakstudio.com/icollections/