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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Bash Script: KeepCool

For a while I had been wanting to write a script that would keep my Linux Laptop from over-heating when I would run programs that would use a ton of CPU. Well, finally I have written it, and it is now stable. (At least from what I can see.)

It works by constantly checking if the temperature is too high, and if so then it sets the CPU frequency to something lower, allowing the CPU to cool off. Then after it’s cooled off, it then sets the CPU back to it’s normal mode.

Of course this requires you to have CPU frequency scalingĀ  compiled with your kernel, so this will not work with Cygwin on Windows.

I’ve tested this script, and it works on Fedora. If you can get it to work on another distribution, please say so in the comments!

 

You can get the script’s source here: http://www.isaacmedia.net/scripts-and-software/keepcool/

 

Please note: As with any of my software, using this script is at your own risk.
I can't think of any reason why it would, but there is the possibility that it will "mess up" your computer.

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