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Thursday, August 10, 2006
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Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Wordpress transition complete
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Wednesday, June 21, 2006
It's official - I'm moving to WordPress
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There are a few teething problems at the moment; not all of the sidebar links etc. have been migrated, but in time, this URL will become deserted, as all new posts will be on the new URL.
So please visit now and wish me luck for success in the final stages of the move!
Monday, June 19, 2006
Fear, uncertainty and doubt about Linux - no longer
I'm not trying to say 'Linux is for everybody and does everything' here. It's not and it doesn't. However, for a basic web/email/office suite workstation, Linux will suffice. And servers... don't get me started. Linux (or in fact any Unix-based platform) is awesome for servers, in my opinion. But that is only my opinion. Draw your own conclusions.
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Vista, exams and GRUB woes
Exams are finally beginning to come towards the end, just three more to go and I'll be able to get on with a bigger project that should contribute significantly to my MacBook. More on that story as it happens...
And finally, to GRUB. So I installed Windows Vista Beta 2 over XP on my main system. You know that much. Well, as I said, Vista very diligently destroyed my previous dual-boot configuration when it installed.
So I needed to run Fedora again so I could reinstall the bootloader and get dual-boot wonderness back and running. So I tried booting from the Fedora disc. It detected the installation, but wouldn't let me boot into it, only upgrade or reinstall.
I tried the SUSE 9.0 disc, which I know lets you boot an existing Linux system, to no avail. I was just left with a blank screen. So I gave up on that and decided I would need to run GRUB manually to kick Fedora into action. I found this tutorial about putting GRUB on a USB stick, but unfortunately it was written for Solaris and I'm not quite geeky enough yet to be bothered to modify it to my needs.
Then I found the official page on how to put GRUB on a CD-R. So I booted a Live Linux distro, followed the instructions and made an .iso, which I saved to a FAT partition. But, being in a Live distro, I couldn't burn the disc, because obviously the OS had to be run from there. And I only have one optical drive...
So I rebooted into Vista. Vista didn't have a built-in option for burning CDs, so I tried the freeware CDBurnerXP (that's free not Free), which didn't like Vista and couldn't detect my DVD-+RW drive.
So eventually, I used another computer to burn the disc. I booted and entered the commands GRUB needed to boot Fedora, and found it wouldn't work. It had some problem and then the kernel refused to continue.
Finally, after some Googling I found that you needed to use a Fedora-specific kernel argument to kick the kernel into action, and I booted in. After which, I had an exam to go to...
And if you're interested, I needed to use:
kernel /boot/vmlinuz ro root=LABEL=/
Don't be fooled - I symlinked vmlinuz and initrd so you'll probably need to press tab to see the list of possibilities and choose the appropriate and matching kernel and initrd. And don't forget to substitute (hd0,6) with your disk and partition number.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
My Vista Aero article on Digg
I'll even give you a screenshot.
More Vista Beta experiences
Of course, Vista drove right over my dual-boot configuration as usual, so I'm going to have to resurrect that at some point.
The Aero UI is beautiful especially with my Geforce 6600 GT, but I did run into a bit of a problem. My monitor is a CTX VL950 19" CRT. No OS I've yet used automatically recognises the monitor settings, except Fedora Core 5 Linux if you give it some help identifying the model.
For XP, I had to get the monitor drivers from CTX to run at above 60 Hz, which is important on a CRT. Unfortunately, these drivers failed to install on Vista.
To cut a long story short, I needed a way to override the refresh rate for the monitor but I kept being greeted with a greyed-out tickbox to allow override. The solution was this:
- Create a shortcut to control.exe on the desktop.
- Right-click and choose Run as administrator.
- Now browse through Appearance and Personalisation and choose Adjust Screen Resolution.
- Choose Advanced Settings and on the Monitor tab you can untick Hide modes... and select your desired refresh rate.
Hope this helps someone...
Monday, June 12, 2006
First look at Windows Vista Beta 2
Read it now.