The Story Behind Tux the Penguin

Found this article on Wired.com about Tux the Penguin. Not really a long read, but one part from it caught my eye:

Still, variations of the story that “Linus was assaulted by a huge, rabid man-eating penguin that was running amok and was moving at more than a 100 miles per hour when it attacked him” are still happily told in the Linux community, but few take it seriously.

Seriously, what more can I say?

Some dull stuff on partitioning and some other dull stuff regarding my stupidity

OK, so I managed to break Linux … twice. In a day. The first time was trying to uninstall some fussy sound drivers. The second time I did something with the Terminal which I wasn’t supposed to do.

Then I accidentally deleted the partition while trying to fix it. Aren’t I bright?

Then I had to restore the Windows bootloader using the Windows Recovery Enviroment. It’s included on the Vista disk but if you don’t have it you can still grab it here.

For now, I’m sticking for a virtual machine. But now I know how to partition hard drives, I’ve been looking on creating a recovery partition with some basic apps on it (just ’cause it’s a pain to reinstall Vista when things go wrong.) And somebody told me to try SelfImage. Although I haven’t tried it yet, looks like a nifty tool.

Also, some other things I learned:

There’s a built-in partitioner in Vista. This is very useful. There’s also one on the Windows Vista disc, when you’re installing.

Another trick I learned: You can create a data partition to seperate your files from your system. If you’re really looking at seperation, you can get a second hard drive. An advantage of this is that if your Windows decides its had enough of you, you’ll (hopefully) not lose all your stuff. But make sure to do your backups, folks. If your hard drive bursts into a ball of flames, a second partition isn’t going to help much.

I’m proud of myself.

I just created a dual-boot system (Vista Home Premium and Ubuntu 9.04) which actually works. I messed a couple things up and had to reinstall Ubuntu a couple times but it works and isn’t that the main thing?

Vista Recovery Disc Download

For those who don’t have a retail disc, you can download a free (and legal) recovery disc here. At least Microsoft’s done one thing right for once.

Extremely strange Windows promo

It’s for Windows 386, I think the video’s from 1988. Either way, it’s incredibly weird and a little painful to watch. Everyone I showed it to agreed.

The first part is boring, to get to the interesting part skip ahead to 7:00.

Add Programs to the “Open With…” List (Vista)

Can you believe I had to ask to figure this out??

So, you have a file that the Open With submenu has several programs. You want to add another.

What you do is click Choose Default Program. Browse for the program you want, and DE-SELECT “Always use the selected program to open this kind of file.” And it should appear.

explorer.exe has stopped working? I found something out.

Recently, I tried opening a folder with a few videos on it. explorer.exe stopped working. Luckily, it started right back up again. But when I tried to open the folder again… oops. explorer.exe has stopped working. Again.

So, I remembered back on my XP machine, sometimes it would crash if there was a corrupted video file in there. I knew it wasn’t any video, because the “Videos” folder opened up just fine.

So all I would have to do is delete the videos. (They weren’t of much importance anyways.) But how can you do that if explorer.exe won’t let you in?

Well, I thought for a bit. I knew VLC had a different open dialog, it didn’t use the standard Windows one. So maybe I could use that? So I opened up VLC, Media>Open File. Browsed to the offending folder. Yay, it didn’t crash! So I right-clicked and deleted all the videos.

Then I went to open up the folder again — no crashes. Hooray! (And the recycle bin? Right click, Empty Recycle Bin. No need to even open it.)

I imagine any program that doesn’t use the standard Windows dialog could do the same thing.