MBRs (Master Boot Records) can be a pain in the butt when it comes to Windows, Ubuntu, and switching between the two. If you delete the Linux partition whilst using GRUB, you have lost your ability to boot. I did that a couple days ago and it took me about 8 hours to fix my laptop (Alright, I could of done it in 1 but I wasn’t interested in reinstalling Ubuntu). Turns out Super Grub Disk isn’t all it ought to be (Still having to do with the fact my computer was having errors burning CDs with InfraRecorder, and it wreaked the disk to the point where I stuck it in the drive and nothing would open -> CD DoS Attack?) and I eventually had to give in and use UNetbootin to try it. I tried a bunch of the bootloaders that UNetbootin had to offer, still little luck. They either locked, or said they were booting and weren’t. After a while, I just gave up, installed Ubuntu, and fixed the problem from inside Vista (Fixmbr anyone?). After all this I realized, all it takes is some idiot to run that program wrong, and that computer is unbootable until you want to pay to fix it and really, who has that Microsoft restore CD, manufacturers just include that annoying restore program with no repair functionality?

So if someone were to buffer overflow something, they could run a program with similar functionality that wipes the mbr. I actually think that program can do that! So is there a solution to this problem? I say smarter bios that can read partitions and boot them without a pesky MBR. Or a MBR that can only be overwritten by a program made by the HDD manufacturer (Trustworthy people I say!).

With this comes a bigger issue. With a ruined MBR, your computer is still there somewhere, waiting to be awoke. If you destory the file tables, you’ve lost data. Hmm, couldn’t we implent these in a way that can’t be easily exploited? Come on Micrsoft, people hate you. When they read this, you may have an issue.

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1. When you import CD’s, MD5sum it to the songs on the server… too many scratches? Just give the people a clean copy of the song.

2. DVD import. Handbrake is a wonderful program, but iTunes can handle videos quite well.

3. No DRM. Come on, I just requiem my DRM’d music anyways. It’s a stupid waste of resources.

Yea, so I bought 5 tv episodes on trains yesterday, hmm, where did all the HD download options go? I could have sworn you could get things in HD on itunes before, did they downgrade? Come on, my screen is 1280×800 not 320×240 people.

Shipping is slow.

September 27, 2008

So most normal people ship stuff to their houses, because the local stores don’t always have what we want. Like I just ordered a laptop, becuase Best Buy is trying to get rid of it.

So I paid $20 for shipping, but it will still take a few days to come… why can’t they make one fast shipping option for one low price?

GE Hybrid Locomotive

September 21, 2008

GE is my favorite train company out of all the rest. Mostly because I already see their products on a day-to-day basis. They are currently developing a hybrid train that captures extra energy from the heat of the brakes and stores in a battery, as demonstrated in the video below:

 

GE is currently testing technology on buses to make rail transport even more efficient then it is by capturing the heat released by the brakes to charge a battery to help fuel the engines.

 

What if we did this with trucks? Like when they are traveling downhill they make some heat with their brakes. Well, it may not happen soon, but the effort to save gas gets an A+ from me!

Well here is an idea the goverment can benefit from, and get away without major costs: public access messages to your phones. Kind of like SMS except free becuase it is information everyone needs to know. I mean all they would have to do to implent it is give local governments an email to the cell phone providers, who will send the message out to all the phones within the area. Like a broadcast message. To implent it in cell phones is just like an extension to SMS. Sounds easy to me, but it must not be becuase they haven’t done it yet. Oh well, I mean it would benefit us all because most people know how to use phones and not everyone watches TV or checks the computer for their impending doom – which this system could help with!