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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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!

Crazy Christmas and New Year

These last fue days have been very crazy for me.

First of all, I was trying to make my flash drive bootable, and it messed up my boot selector so I couldn’t boot fedora! I tryed to fix it, but whatever I did, did not work. So I reinstalled fedora.

Then, I tryed to get my backup off our desktop PC and I kept getting “Access Denied” while trying to decrypt my files. I finaly got most of my files restored.

Next, Fedora suddenly said that my hard drive was falling! I still have not gotten a new hard drive that is the right type. 🙁

Now today, I was working on my website when I lost a lot of my public_html files! Good thing I have a backup.

And this entire time, I have been sick! I am starting to get better now…