A note to myself

May 1, 2008

http://www.vandomburg.net/installing-windows-xp-from-usb/

Why this note? It turns out that my wife’s laptop, a cheapie no-name, has a dying intallation of WindowsXP and it turns out that the CD/DVD drive crapped out about 6 months ago. It’s time to do a reinstall of Windows and this is how I’ll try doing it.

Why am I posting it here? Because I am in Ubuntu and will have to boot back to Windows to make this work. Sadly I say this booting thing because happily I have not booted into Windows in at least 6 months on this machine. Oh well, sometimes one has to make sacrifices. And I don’t want to loose the link.

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Catching Up

February 18, 2008

Well, hmmm… I guess it’s been a while. The holidays always get hectic and I had the distinc pleasure of following them up with a month long gig doing the Army Reservist thing. FWIW I teach Psychological Operations (I’ll let you do your own web search on that one!) at lovely Fort Hunter Liggett, Jolon, California.

Well, I’m back now and thought I’d post a little update.

Consider yourselves updated!

300 (The Movie) is absolutely outstanding! Why am I telling you this now, a year later? Because I’m a little slow on the uptake I guess.

Knight Rider, The Movie was absolutely horrible. I know they’ll make a series out of it only because they already paid the writers for it I’m sure. Even with the writers strike over it’s going to take some time to get things going again for the studios. If you want a recap without actually harming your psyche in the process, check out the Autoblog blog on the subject.

I want to aplogize for my rather unprofessional rant on my iPod Mini from last November. It was uncalled for (though it DID feel really good). I find it really funny that at this point most of the music publishers have moved away from DRM and I’ll be willing to bet that Steve Jobs is getting a little nervous about future revenue streams. If only they would make a Linux compatable version of iTunes. Really Steve-O, Your new-ish OS is based on BSD which is an open source variant of Unix on which Linux is closely based. It can’t be that hard to port it over… And all the necessary tools for Linux are already there for you to use, without cost to a single one of your Dev’s.

Lessee, what else?

I’ve been playing a lot with the recently refreshed Screenlets for Linux. Don’t follow that link though. It’s kind-a good, and sorta not good. I’ll make a new post all about Screenlets and hopefully drive some traffic their way.

I also bucked the trend by using Cairo-Dock rather than the ever popular Avant Window Navigator. I don’t know why but AWN was just difficult for me to use and configure, but Cairo-Dock went right together for me. I’ll post up a different entry on this as well.

Interestingly I am rolling up on 9 months my primary computer usage being with Linux. Come April it’ll be a year and I’ll actually screw up the courage to upgrade to Hardy Heron from Feisty Fawn. Maybe this is worthy of a new post also – Psyoppers Fears of Upgrading Ubuntu.

I’m trying to talk the wife into letting me use our tax return to buy a new machine to replace the aging Compaq that she bought when she burned up my machine in 2004 while I was in Iraq. So far it’s looking like I can make a decent quad core machine (Q6600) with 2 gigs of RAM, an 8800 GT and a 24″ Samsung monitor for under $1200 if I make a few concessions like reusing my current case and only upgrading the power supply.