Monthly Archives: March 2012

Importing MH email archives into Thunderbird

I recently decided to resurrect some personal email archives from the 1990s. Back then I used an email client that saved messages in the ‘MH’ mail box format. Today I use Thunderbird under FreeBSD. Inspired by this page, I’m summarising here how I imported my old MH emails into Thunderbird. (This is of archival value to […]

Growing existing virtual disks with VirtualBox

I’ve upgraded my home FreeBSD 8 server’s instance of VirtualBox to 4.1.8_OSE, and ran across an issue with my Windows 7 VM. The VM’s primary virtual hard drive (C:) was initially created as 20GB, and I was running out of space to install new applications. This post notes the VirtualBox magic required to resize a […]

Using USB 2.0 devices under FreeBSD / VirtualBox

I’ve upgraded my home FreeBSD 8 server’s instance of VirtualBox to 4.1.8, and wanted to play with passing USB devices through from the FreeBSD host to VirtualBox guests. This turns out to be supported in only a limited manner — information here shows how we can ensure USB 1.1 and 1.0 works properly, even though […]

Adding Intel PXE Boot under FreeBSD/VirtualBox

I’ve upgraded my home FreeBSD 8 server’s instance of VirtualBox to 4.1.8, and wanted to play with PXE booting inside VMs using the virtual Intel NICs. By default this isn’t supported. But information here shows it can be turned on by using the PXE-Intel.rom image from Oracle’s “Extension Pack”.

Using VNC with headless VirtualBox VMs

The OSE edition of VirtualBox 4.1.8 under FreeBSD includes support for VNC when running in headless mode. This short note documents the fact for my own records.