Posted by anjilslaire on May 20, 2012
So a couple months back I repartitioned my desktop to give more drive space to Windows 7, and also to boot first. I’ve also got Ubuntu 12.04 on the secondary partition still in use. I’ve also added a 1TB drive for my media storage.
After much thought I came to the conclusion that Windows made more sense as a daily driver in my house for a few reasons:
I run Xbox 360s on my TVs for gaming and media playback (netflix, youtube, streaming client for my M4Vs, etc). It only makes sense to take advantage of the native compatibility between the two. I’m eventually going set up DVR functionality on my Win7 box so using the 360 as a set top box is natural.
I like to play PC games occasionally. Hooked to my 42″ HDTV makes my PC much more fun, including gaming thats not on the console.
Now, I still use Linux for many uses, including exclusively on my netbook, which lives next to my chair in the living room. I love the ease of updating, raw speed and lack of malware on linux. But I think it’s ridiculous to ignore the advantages of certain platforms for no good reason. Many people will have good reasons. In this case, I don’t anymore.
Huge Disclaimer: I work for Microsoft, so I guess I have no credibility. Think what you will.
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Posted by anjilslaire on July 8, 2010
So I packaged up the Windows A06 bios for the Dell Mini 9 in a dos-bootable form, available on Olylug.org here: http://olylug.org/read.php?1,20142.
Just extract the zip onto a dos-bootable usb drive, and from a DOS prompt, cd to \910A06\ and run 910A06.BAT.
I’ve been waiting to update my linux netbook, and finally got around to it. Too bad Dell doesn’t make it easy 😦
Posted in linux, mobile, netbook, rants, ubuntu | Tagged: A06, bios, dell, DOS, linux, mini 9, ubuntu, update | 3 Comments »
Posted by anjilslaire on February 19, 2010
So it appears that the ability to right-click a file and easily encrypt it has removed from Karmic.
Luckily, it’s easy enough to restore with seahorse-plugins:
sudo apt-get install seahorse-plugins
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Posted by anjilslaire on December 8, 2009
So, I became a fan of GridWars in no small part to RedDead’s article on Ubuntumini.com.
However, under Karmic Koala, GridWars refuses to launch, even with the changes to the config file. This is due to the game requiring libstdc++.so.5, which simply is not available in Ubuntu 9.10 When running the game, you get:
./gridwars: error while loading shared libraries: libstdc++.so.5: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
Also, if you use a deb from getdeb.net built for Intrepid or Jaunty, the installer reports an unresolveable dependency.
The solution is to install libstdc++.so.5. From where? Get a handy .deb from packages.debian.org. It installs perfectly on Ubuntu 9.10, and then you can install Gridwars from the official page here.
I’ve had issues getting the gridwars .debs to run properly on the netbook remix due to the resolution even after setting the config, so I just get the archive & run it after installing the libstdc++.so.5. Works great.
Give it a whirl.
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Posted by anjilslaire on November 26, 2009
So I finally got UNR 9.10 installed cleanly on the Mini 9. It runs beautifully, with noticeably faster boot times and a generally smoother experience in the GUI. Also, i notice that the wireless connects much more quickly this time around. I suspect that there has been some improvements to network-manager. Either way, it’s great.
Also, the /home partition is easily encrypted with just a simple checkbox during install. Security & speed. Can’t ask for much more than that 🙂
Posted in linux, mobile, netbook, ubuntu | Tagged: 9.10, dell mini 9, encryption, linux, network manager, ubuntu netbook remix | Leave a Comment »
Posted by anjilslaire on November 2, 2009
I installed the UNR 9.10 the other day, as an in-place upgrade, as 9.10 didn’t want to get to a full desktop on my Mini 9. It does boot up with acpi off and a couple of other incantations, however.
It’s snazzy, but I’ll hold off on opinions until after I’ve done a clean install this week. Stay tuned.
Posted in linux, netbook, ubuntu | Tagged: dell mini 9, karmic koala, linux, netbook, ubuntu, UNR | 1 Comment »
Posted by anjilslaire on July 18, 2009
I started a new job a month ago, doing security operations on firewalls for a Fortune 100 company. It’s appears to be a good place to work, and as I start getting the hang of things I think I’ll enjoy it. The new responsibilities have slowed my free time quite a bit as I ramp up, so my online presence has tapered off a bit the last few weeks or so.
The nice part is I get to spend part of my day SSH’ed into Unix systems, forcing my command-fu to improve, which I’ve always wanted to sharpen. Firewalls: another great addition to my repertoire!
Posted in linux, stuff | Tagged: firewalls, linux, new job, ssh, unix | 2 Comments »