Dual Booting Linux Mint and Windows

There are many reasons to consider dual booting Linux and Windows.

For example:
If you like using Linux, but still need Windows to run some property software, to which you can’t find Linux alternates.
Or if you like to use Linux, but your job/school sometimes requires you use a Windows PC.
Or even if you prefer using Windows, but like to play around with Linux every once in a while. (The opposite can also be true.)

In any case, I’ve written some step-by-step instructions which will hopefully help you dual-boot Linux Mint, and Windows.
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Firefox 7 tip

Firefox 7 has been released, and it’s fast, uses a lot less memory, and it’s totally awesome. If you haven’t yet, I strongly suggest you upgrade. However, I found only one thing I don’t like. They removed the “http://” prefix in the URL bar! I don’t know about you, but that annoys me. So here is a customization tip to “fix” the URL bar:

  1. Type “about:config” in the URL bar, and press ENTER
  2. Tell Firefox you’ll be careful
  3. Search for “browser.urlbar.trimURLs”
  4. Double-click it’s value to set it to false
  5. You’re done!

Now the only thing I don’t like about Firefox is the new version numbering system.

Javascript port of my PrimeFactors script

I have been trying to learn JavaScript (finally), and I decided to see if I could re-write one of my bash scripts into JavaScript.

So I decided to use my PrimeFactors script, and when I was done porting, I found it turned out really well. BTW this is my first full JavaScript program.

To see the script in action, go here: http://www.isaacmedia.net/scripts-and-software/primefactors/jsPrimeFactors.html

Dropbox Vs. SpiderOak Part 1

A while back I had used Microsoft’s Live Mesh to sync data between my Windows netbook and our server. The problem with that was the only way I could get to my synced data using my Linux PC was to use the web interface. So a few days ago I tried out SpiderOak because it does support Linux. But then my dad started using Dropbox. When I found out about that I decided I would find out which of the two services where best for me, so I got a Dropbox account and installed the client on both my Linux PC and my Windows PC. After trying out these two online storage services I decided to write a comparison of the two on this blog, so here it is.

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Gadget Sidebars

I recently installed some gadget sidebars onto both of my PCs:

For my Windows 7 netbook I installed the Windows 7 sidebar gadget: http://nes.bplaced.net/sidebar7.html

The install was very easy, just follow the instructions on the gadget’s website.

For my Fedora 14 Linux notebook I installed Google Gadgets for Linux: http://code.google.com/p/google-gadgets-for-linux/

See my earlier post about Google Gadgets for Linux here: http://blog.isaacmedia.net/2011/01/google-gadgets-for-linux/

To install get the google repository: http://www.google.com/linuxrepositories/yum.html

And run as root:

root@computer:# yum install google-gadgets-gtk

To start Google Gadgets for Linux (with sidebar) run the command:

user@computer:$ ggl-gtk

Or click Google Gadgets (GTK) under Internet in the main menu

I also suggest running compiz, as compiz provides nice transparency for the gadgets. Otherwise you get ugly gray boxes around all the gadgets. Continue reading Gadget Sidebars

Windows 7 on an Acer Aspire One netbook

For my birthday my Dad gave me a copy of MS Windows 7 Pro.

First thing I did was to buy an extra GB of Kingston ram (KAC-MEME/1G) and install it in the netbook. (The slot is on the bottom of the mother board.)

At first I tried installing to my netbook via USB flash drive, but I kept getting an error saying:

Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition.

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Cygwin: Get that Linux feeling – on Windows!

Cygwin is a collection of tools which provide a Linux look and feel environment for Windows. It contains a DLL wich acts as as a Linux API layer providing Linux API functionality for apps compiled with it.

I use Cygwin to host a SSH server on my Windows netbook and server.

Cygwin also has an X server, so I can forward X via SSH to Windows PCs.

You can run some of my bash scripts on Cygwin.

Download Cygwin Here!