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Craig Sanders

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May
5
comment Periodic “mirroring” of boot disk in Windows 7
actually, a raid-1 one would NOT need its failed drive replaced before it became operational. it can run just fine with only one drive remaining - that's the whole point of R1. otherwise implementing R1 would increase the risk of filesystem failure rather than reduce it. you asked about mirroring, and RAID-1 is the answer. on a unix or linux box, you could make do with rsyncing (or cp or even tar cf - | tar xf -) all the files to another drive, but windows just won't boot when you mirror at the file level like that....it's persnickety about where exactly on the disk its system files are.
Aug
28
comment Is an EULA enforceable?
@troggy: if you buy a CD or a DVD, you get to use it. the manufacturer doesn't get to say "you can only use this CD/DVD in our brand of player" (IANAL, but IMO attempting to do that constitutes an illegal monopoly). copyright does not allow that kind of control by the copyright owner - copyright controls copying and distribution of copies.
Aug
28
comment How to virtualize OSX on Linux
@TFM: even if the OP lives in a jurisdiction where Apple's EULA is enforcable, breaking the terms of the EULA is NOT a crime. at worst, it is a breach of a civil contract - a matter dealt with by civil courts, not criminal courts.
Aug
24
comment What is the smallest quad-core system that I can build?
one more thing - with a nice machine like that, it's worthwhile using linux w/ KVM as the host OS, then you can run Solaris or Freebsd or whatever as guests. without spending a cent on vmware.
Aug
24
comment What is the smallest quad-core system that I can build?
another thing you can do to control heat and power usage is (if using linux) to use the cpufreq tools. set up the system to use the "ondemand" governer. that sets the CPU freq on each core to it's slowest setting until there's significant demand, then it bumps up the frequency as needed.
Aug
23
comment Quickest way to upgrade Ubuntu Hardy Heron to latest version
nagul's answer has a good link describing the upgrade process.
Aug
23
comment How to protect the keyboard from your cat
note: this probably won't stop them interrupting your concentration. cats have claws, and you have legs. my cats figured out long ago that standing up on their back legs and "accidentally" digging their claws into my leg will get my attention if i have been rudely ignoring them for too long.
Aug
14
comment Is 4GB Ram sufficient for a 64 bit OS
my current firefox (actually, iceweasel which is what ff is called on debian) is using 857MB of ram. 12 windows open, average of about 8 tabs per window. i just closed down about 10 windows that i hadn't looked at for a few days. firefox is 3.5.1
Aug
13
comment How do I move a Linux installation between partitions?
or use rsync. it has the advantage that if anything interrupts the copy, you can just run rsync again and it will pick up from where it left off rather than starting over from the beginning. in order of preference, the right tools for this job are: rsync, tar, cp -a
Aug
13
comment How do I move a Linux installation between partitions?
you missed the step of actually copying the files from the old partition to the new one. some might say that was fairly important :)
Aug
13
comment Is 4GB Ram sufficient for a 64 bit OS
4GB is plenty for a desktop until you run IE or firefox or flash or other modern bloatware on it. then you'll find that such programs want a GB or two each, all to themselves. plus it's nice to have extra RAM in a desktop for VirtualBox.
Aug
10
comment Could you have a hard drive imaging option in Grub?
if you mostly want to repeat the same image save/restore operations, then this might help - clonezilla will tell you what command it is about to execute so you can run it directly from the command line rather than by navigating the menus. you could cut and paste them (one for save, one for restore) into scripts and then add options to the clonezilla main menu.