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Oracle’s Virtual Box – virtual machine for windows

There are times when being able to run a virtual machine on your windows box could come in very handy.

For example, I was testing a website. I wanted to clear the cookies from my chrome browser but that would have caused problems with other work that was in process. I was able to fire up an Oracle  VM VirtualBox machine and test the site with firefox.

You can download the VM VirtualBox at https://www.virtualbox.org/ . Installing and configuring it is relatively straightforward. Once the app is installed, you need to configure a virtual machine or machines.

Right now, I have pretty much of a default configuration for my virtual machine. There is an add on that will allow communication with network shares on my network but I haven’t done that yet. I have a box running Ubuntu and some basic tools such as Firefox and an Office work-alike.

In summary, a virtual machine is extremely handy when you want to test a site from a clean browser. It is also handy for more secure browsing where traces of your browsing history will be much harder to find.

The machine I am using is a newer quad core HP with 8GB of ram running Windows Home Premium.

 

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