Burning CDs is HOT now!

December 30, 2008

Isn’t InfraRecorder cool?

Look at my CD burning!?! It's on FIRE!

Look at my CD burning!?! It's on FIRE!

OK, so maybe that program can wreak a CD until it’s nothing but trash, but using it in vista is fun!

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.

What’s up!

December 20, 2008

Ok so I’ve realized that blogging isn’t a daily hobby of mine now. So I won’t make promices 🙂

I am taking linux off of my laptop. I need the space for music, and if there was iTunes for linux, screw windows! So I can’t try kde 4.1, amarok 2 (i will for windows, sounds exciting), and kdenlive (I wish vmware was faster!)

Swim team website is going well, I want my own now!

Partitioning management in vista is alright (compared to nonexsitant in xp). Not useful yet. Delete partitions? yea, move partitions? Nope. I need to fix my MBR too… but you can only do that with a vista disk… WTF? the program is prolly 355kb why can’t msoft include it?

I hope that apple will come to macworld and say “PRESENTING SNOW LEAPORD… COMPATIBLE WITH PC’S!” Belive me, I would ditch windows that instant. I won’t pirate osx (with osx86) cause apple has mean lawyers. But really, I want OS X!

Grr… Windows time sync.

November 6, 2008

Wanna talk about not working? Yea, for the last few years I have always tried to get windows to update it’s time from the internet, which could be important for such things as i don’t know, their server operating system! Maybe they should 1) remove it, 2) fix it. Leaving a feature there that does nothing… for years… isn’t bringing windows up on my map. Linux can do NTP good though!

TCP/IP over 1394 in Vista!

November 6, 2008

Microsoft, for whatever reason, decided to take 1394 networking out of vista. I have no clue why they thought that was a smart move, because with some computers 1394 Ad Hoc networking is 300MB/s faster! Well I found an alternate driver (it must be on both PCs) that makes it possible to use that functionality. Here are the drivers. Just give some fake information and click the correct ubCore driver for your system (32/64 bit). Now you may see this Firenet thing costing $20 and thinking you have to pay it, but afaic you don’t, just get the ubCore driver and you’re set. Now this thing looks like a pain to install (Click continue installation for all those pesky windows certification who-cares-what-it-is-windows.). Then you need bonjour/avahi to make sure your PCs recieve IP addresses over the cable. Now the possibilities of this are seeming limited because I couldn’t really get filesharing to work over it, sometimes they say they connect and don’t, etc. I got a BF2 Server/client model over it and it worked well, but as for other uses you may have to figure it out yourself. If you find something cool, let me know! I still kinda want to see what happens when you hook it up to linux, etc. Honestly, I haven’t really got around to the ethernet ad hoc network yet!

Chrome on Vista

October 11, 2008

I just installed chrome to see what it’s like on vista. I like how it intgrates with my theme better!

 

Google Chrome on Vista

Google Chrome on Vista

Then again, I might stick with it!

My Stuff

October 5, 2008

Now that I finally got my laptop, I had to take a picture of all my computers and other random gadgets. Ok, so there isn’t that many, but for a 16 year old, more then a fair share!

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Ok, so here is what I have:

  • HP Pavilion a808x – this is my first computer for myself, it really still works nice too. It has 512MiB ram (I never felt like paying $20 to upgrade), a nvidia 6200 with 128MiB ram (I only got it for ubuntu’s desktop effects…), and a single core 2.2GHZ processor by AMD. It is currently running ubuntu. My brother kind of shares this one with me, so it runs Windows XP as well.
  • Dell Inspiron 6250 – This laptop is 7 years old and S-L-O-W! My parents pretty much let it go to me. It has a 20GIB super slow hard drive to begin with, so it already has problems. Then it’s a slap in the face with 1.6GHZ single core processor, and 256MiB of ram. But on the bright side has a nvidia 2 go and an Ethernet port. So what do I do with it? Nothing. The batteries shot. It runs XP and occasionally ubuntu, if I feel like running ubuntu on 5GiB of space.
  • HP Pavilion DV6885SE – My new laptop. I love it! It has a dual core 2.1GHZ processor, 3GiB of ram, 250GiB of hard drive, a nvidia 8400, a 12 cell battery, and just plain looks awesome being a “special edition”. It has WiFi too, something I had never gotten to play with. This is my favorite and newest computer. It runs Vista, which is new as well to me. It’s what I am writing this post in right now! I highly recommend HPs now that I have two.
  • Sony Handycam DCR-HC38 – My camcorder I don’t use much. I am not really inspired to use it at the second, but it’s nice to have around, because you never know when you need to video document something without a digital camera, laptop, or phone. Yes people, a device that only records video.
  • Apple iPod Nano (3rd Gen) – Had it for a year now, 4GiB of space, it’s cool with a case, I use it every day and charge it every two weeks. I don’t have a cable for it anymore, so it has only 400 songs I am getting sick of. But I probably won’t upgrade, with a case it’s fine.
  • LG Voyager (VX10000) – My phone, and I like it! With the newest software update it’s fine. I always use it for texting, I don’t have the money to activate all the other programs. It can do it all though. With the case, I dropped it 6+ feet onto a road, and it only left a scratch. I have a train as a background! I know hacks for it because I really get sick of the locked-ness of the whole thing.

Well I have a old calculator too, It’s buried in my bookbag though. Being HP it deserves to make it to the list. As do the pile of cables I have. But as I said, I am good computer wise. I just try really hard to keep my stuff nice!