VMWare Guest Consoles over a WAN with Latency

Have you ever used the VMWare console over a WAN with latency and it enters multiple key strokes into the console and makes using the console super annoying! It makes me HATE VMWare and want to smash it into 10000 pieces with a baseball bat.

Well the answer is to add a line to your VMs VMX file to allow it to be ‘laggier’. For example the following will give you 2 second between key strokes:

  • keyboard.typematicMinDelay = “2000000”

For more information: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=196

Telstra 3g vs. Vodaphone 3g Latency

Ever wondered why 3G from Vodaphone is so crap? I did, so from Central station I did a ping test on each network one after another. Here is the difference between the latency to an AARNET connected host @ ANSTO. The results speak for themselves.

Vodaphone:

— 137.157.8.5 ping statistics —10 packets transmitted, 10 packets received, 0.0% packet lossround-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 97.773/663.878/1901.235/612.384 ms

Telstra:

— 137.157.8.5 ping statistics —10 packets transmitted, 10 packets received, 0.0% packet lossround-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 88.699/96.234/141.846/15.256 ms

I think Telstra is worth the extra money …