I briefly had a dual boot setup a few years ago. Booting between Linux (I can’t remember which distro) and Windows XP was always clunky. Two problems normally come up:

  • With each subsequent kernel upgrade in Ubuntu, you get an extra two lines of boot options. Eventually, it becomes hard to find the Windows option, which is inevitably at the bottom of this endless list of kernel options.
  • When you’re using Windows XP as the primary OS, you want it to be the default Operating System rather than Ubuntu. Another possible option is having the computer automatically boot into the last used OS.

A bit of history. Back in the day, you had to manually edit the /boot/grub/menu.lst file. This was – as much old-school Linux was – archaic, confusing and dangerous. Who knows what you’d mess up by deleting an option or screwing something up.Continue reading

In deciding to run Ubuntu in a Windows environment (I run a Windows server as well as a couple of Windows XP machines), one of my key concerns was being able to connect to those Windows machines.

Now, looking around Ubuntu, you might come across an application called Remote Desktop Viewer. This will happily connect between Ubuntu machines and computers running VNC servers. But it doesn’t do RDP (Remote desltop protocol) which you need to connect to Windows.

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Drupal logoAt the current time, I’ve been a member of the Drupal.org website for 4 weeks shy of 3 years. I mention this because I had an awkward moment on the Drupal forum when an (obviously long-term) Drupaller showed his disdain for me for not contributing in all the time I’d been using Drupal.

Well, naturally said person was a bit of an asshole. One of those blinkered types who believes that everybody has the time or ability to contibute equally to the Drupal project. I’m not a PHP programmer, I’ve only just managed to work out how to theme in Drupal 6. I run a small ship of a few websites, and running them takes up all my time.

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A few years ago, it seemed that there was an endless supply of new and exciting online RSS readers. I started off on Bloglines, then moved with the herd to Google Reader, where I’ve been happily using their freebie product ever since. Somewhere along the line I had a brief flirtation with the clever hybrid RSS/Digg-style Rojo.com.

Sadly, Rojo got acquired by Six Apart and no longer exists.

Why am I looking around for alternative RSS readers? Well, I’m going through one of those anti-Google phases. I’m getting a teeny bit concerned about the amount of information I’m feeding the company. And so I’ve started looking around for an alternative.

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