Disable the auto popup toolbar during full screen mode in VMWare Workstation 8

I frequently develop in a guest OS which I run on VMWare Workstation. I usually run the guest OS in full screen mode in one of my monitors. However, when I move the mouse to the top corner the monitor VMWare's toolbar pops up. Sometimes this can be very annoying because the application menu under it is not accessible and you have to wait until the toolbar hides again. I always wanted to disable the toolbar at all. However, I could not find any way to disable and remove it – as I understand there is not such functionality in VMWare Workstation 8.

Luckily I found a workaround for it. I used special configuration parameters to delay the popup of the toolbar with arbitrary time. What you need to do is add the following lines (colored in green) in VMware's preferences.ini file.


pref.fullscreen.showDelay = "5000" — delay the showing of the toolbar 5000ms (5 seconds) 

pref.fullscreen.hideDelay = "1000" — hide the toolbar after 1000ms (1 second)

In Win7 the preferences.ini file is located at




10 lessons about life from Albert Einstein

1.       Follow your curiosity.

“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”

2.       Perseverance is priceless.

 “It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”

3.       Focus on the present.

“Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.”

4.       The imagination is powerful.

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

5.       Make mistakes.

 “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”

6.       Live in the moment.

“I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.”

7.       Create value.

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”

8.       Don’t be repetitive.

 “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

9.       Knowledge comes from experience.

“Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience.”

10.   Learn the rules and then play better.

“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”

How much tax do we pay?

In 2011 every Spaniard who has an income pays on average 1000 Euros tax per month. In other words, to pay his/her taxes to the government an average Spaniard works:

  • 2.17 days a week; or
  • 13 days a month; or
  • 5.2 months during the year.

How was this tax calculated?

The average gross salary per month for 2011 in Spain is calculated to be 2292 Euros.

The tax to be paid for 2292 Euros is 711 Euros with average tax rate of 30.03%.

Then the net income for 2292 Euros becomes 1581 Euros. But the story about the taxes did not end.

Every time when we buy something we pay value added tax (VAT). The base VAT rate in Spain is 18%. If we assume that we spend all our income (we eventually spend it by buying car or house). When calculate the 18% VAT on the net salary of 1581, the additional tax paid for VAT is 285 Euros. Now the total amount paid in tax sums up to 996 Euros which I have rounded to 1000 at the beginning.

Where does this money go?

The money paid in tax goes directly to the government’s budged. Then they are distributed to the public sector and services such as:

  • Free healthcare
  • Free/subsidized education
  • Police
  • Military/Army
  • Church
  • Public administration – such as people working at the town hall
  • Etc.

All of us pay tremendous amount of money to the government and to pay this money we essentially work for the government. Therefore, all of us should be acknowledged that when it comes time to use the services from the government we should insist for the best quality possible because we already paid a lot for it. It is pity that most civil servants do not realize their responsibilities to the people (tax payers) and abuse with their money as if they are nobody's and magically appeared from somewhere.


Colosseum by feradz
Colosseum a photo by feradz on Flickr.

View to the Colosseum

View to the Colosseum by feradz
View to the Colosseum a photo by feradz on Flickr.

Minimum warranty period for consumer goods in Spain is 2 years

The minimum warranty period for consumer goods in Spain is set by law to be 2 years (for new products). In case of second hand products it is minimum 1 year.

Consumer goods are defined to be movable goods for private consumption/use such as:


  • Optical instruments and equipment, photography, watches and music
  • Tools, knives, cutlery and other common metal manufacturing
  • Furniture, home furnishings, accessories and household goods
  • Appliances, electrical, electronic and computer and software
  • Vehicles and spare parts
  • Toys, games for recreation and sport
  • Dwelling

For reference http://cec.consumo-inc.es/cec/secciones/ayuda/Derechos/Espana/Derechos/Garantias_es.asp

The problem is that many companies for example, Dell, HP, Apple, Canon and many others write in the warranty card of the warranty period of the purchased items is 1 year which violates the already set law buy the state. If your purchased item breaks between the 1st and 2d year after you have bought it and the seller refuses to repair it for free  then you should show the seller the text from the link above.


Sunrays over Barcelona

Sunrays over Barcelona by feradz
Sunrays over Barcelona a photo by feradz on Flickr.

Golden sunset over Florence

Golden sunset over Florence by feradz
Golden sunset over Florence a photo by feradz on Flickr.

Florence – View from Piazza Michelangelo

Florence Cityscape

Florence Cityscape by feradz
Florence Cityscape a photo by feradz on Flickr.