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Wubi – The Easiest Way to Linux

Wubi – The Easiest Way to Linux
Wubi is a Ubuntu installer for Windows users that will bring you into the Linux world with a single click. Wubi allows you to install and uninstall Ubuntu as any other application. If you heard about Linux and Ubuntu, if you wanted to try them but you were afraid, Wubi is for you.

I’m not afraid, that’s for sure.  I haven’t managed to get this working, yet, although I only really gave it a cursory try.  It didn’t work the first time, but I think that may be my fault somehow, and then I had to get back to another project.

I did get far enough in the process, though, to realize that it’s got serious potential.  It used a disk image and the Windows boot file instead of having to repartition my drive and install a bootloader.  When it failed, I just uninstalled it, and everything went back to the way it had been before I started.

Has anyone else tried this?  Does anyone else want to try this?

Refactoring – Part 2

When I was at TigerDirect, buying the two 500GB drives, the guy behind me in line couldn’t believe that I’d need that much space.  However, I am vindicated: after copying all the old servers’ hard drives, I’ve just about filled one of the drives.  Granted, the second drive is nearly empty, but I’m going to need someplace to put new files.

I’m also going to have to make up for the lost sleep, I fear.

Now I have to sort through 500GB of files.  And it would be nice to get Fuppes back up and working so I can stream media to the XB360.  And I should get enough of my home directory restored on the new server that I can use it for voice chat.  Thank goodness that the mail, web and chat servers are offsite now.

(A quick note to those who may be considering installing Ubuntu on a Mac Mini:  It’s not quite as straightforward as installing Ubuntu on another computer.  I have it set up to automatically boot into Ubuntu, and it’s working great, but it took some work, some extra software, and plenty of failed boots before I got to this point.  And, of course, editing some configuration text files, which I understand can be a turn-off for some people.  I also can’t freely boot into Mac OS, lest I have to disable the ext3-formatted USB drives.  That’s okay by me, though – I don’t plan on booting into Mac OS. If you’re considering duplicating my project, we can discuss it in the comments!)

Stupid Forum Tricks

An Open Bug Report To The Software Development Community:

Product: Forum Software (any)
Area: Registration
Category: Bug
Priority: 1-Security Failure

Forum registration software is sending user-entered passwords (in plaintext, over unencrypted channels, through unaudited networks!) in registration confirmation emails.

Does this seem like unfortunate design to anyone else? It’s too much effort to come up with unguessable, memorable passwords to waste the products on thoughtless security breaches.

Brand New, Really Old, Laptop

 Why do I love to see people doing things like this?

Atari 1500XL laptop mod: the best of 80’s tech in a convenient modern form factor – Engadget
No expense was spared to give this thing an authentic look and feel, including the guts of three Ataris, a 1050 disk drive, 1027 printer, 1010 cassette player and a PC keyboard.

Tiger Tiger Burning Bright

You’re Almost In Line-Of-Sight

It looks like Tiger Direct has now opened one of their retail outlets LESS THAN TWO MILES FROM MY APARTMENT.  Must stay calm… Must breathe… Must hide all the credit cards…