Archive for the ‘Laptop’ Category

Why Mac might be better than Linux


why mac might be better than Linux

This article sums it up nicely.

A lifetime PC user quietly, then publicly, converts to MacOS.


Microsoft automatic updates considered evil


Here is the exchange in the office about Microsoft automatic updates and a cartoon funny to go with it:

That will *almost* work.  That will prevent it from rebooting on you, but instead it will automagically begin installing updates when you try to shutdown.  Murphy’s law dictates that this will occur when boarding is complete, and the flight attendant is walking down the aisle to ensure that all electronics are turned off.  Not to mention that it will almost certainly choose to do the download when you are in the terminal, on your cellular modem, and roaming, just to maximize the cost of the download and ensure that you have as little bandwidth for YOU as is possible.

Select “Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them” instead.


I find this state of affairs to be a very disheartening statement on the concept of “computer ownership”.  It’s really not any different than if your auto dealer had the keys to your car, and could tow it out of your garage or anywhere else it was parked at any time of their choosing for some unspecified maintenance:

Me (at train station): “My car’s been stolen!”

Passer-by: “Oh probably not, it’s “Patch Tuesday”, so it’s more likely that Ford has just towed it in for an oil change – call a taxi, Ford will return it when it’s done.”



I was in the middle of a demonstration when Windows rebooted without warning to apply an update–END OF DEMO!

I’m hoping by changing to

“Download updates but let me choose when to install them”


Rudy’s reputation is intact – my BlackJack II is now tethered under Windows7, here is how


Rudy moved in tonight.

The challenge. Get tethering running. The result – success.

0) first show it does not work on my phone – Internet sharing message “remote party has ended this connection”.

1) Rudy showed his phone (HTC on Sprint running windows mobile 6.1) worked on my Windows 7 machine – without any windows alterations.

2) modify Connections -> AT&T ISP Access to wap.cingular from isp.cingular. As outlined in

3) Start “Internet sharing”, select USB and then “connect”.

The connection speed on my AT&T connection 0.93/.06 megabytes download/upload speed. With Rudy’s Sprint phone, 1.06/.37 megabytes download/upload speed.

Explaining why Ubuntu (and Linux) can reboot faster


Want to reboot your machine faster? Don’t redo the firmware portion of the boot sequence and use the same memory already in the system.

This IBM article explains the details of how the fast reboot is done.

Sound works on ubuntu now that pulseaudio configured correctly


Pulseaudio was taking over my Ubuntu machine.

I keep killing it and it would return.

I could not get laptop sound to work, only HDMI sound.

Now I found out these two are related.

After googling how to fix pulseaudio I found this link which fixed pulseaudio and my laptop speakers.

Day 14, repartioned hard drive and yahoo messanger in Virtual Windows7 VM


Redid the hard drive with a data1 300GB ntfs hard drive partition. It can be read and written to when booted under Ubuntu or Windows.

Now have a Ubuntu Windows7 VM with yahoo messenger running. See attached screen capture.Window7UsingVirtualBox

Day six, ubuntu from hard disk booted and Virtual Box ubuntu up and running


I gave up trying to configure with deleting something from HP. Took the tools partition and loaded Ubuntu. Updated all the patches. Added Virtual Box and VMed the original xubuntu iso I download. Had to adjust the VM setting to match my laptop. Everything is now working great. Am typing this an a VM. Now to see if I can get Windows 7 up in a VM!

One week of work to get this far!

Time me to my post for Windows 7 working as a VM.

Day three, Xubutnu 64-bit boot from a USB stick


Downloaded xubuntu 9.10 AMD 64-bit and created a bootable USB memory stick. Quick and easy operation other than the time for the download from the internet and to the USB stick.

The problem is all four partitions on the Laptop are predefined on the HP distribution. A hibernate partition, a Window 7 partition, a recovery partition which I have now place on DVD and a partition with the HP tools. I need a partition for the Ubuntu install!

Night two project, making a Windows 7 backup


So I open the package and sure enough, there is no Windows 7 DVD for installing the OS.

After going back to the store and asking why – I find the Window 7 backup disks are a partition on the hard drive. I buy DVD and have the 4 DVDs made which are my Windows 7 system disks made by the end of the evening.

New Laptop HP DV7-3060us with AMD turion II Ultra CPU


Pulled the trigger and bought a new Laptop. Goal – single machine to run Windows, Linux, Mac and Solaris using VM (Virtual Box). Base OS will be Ubuntu 9.10

First night was configuring windows 7. I want to keep the original OS on it as a reference in case I need to boot from it to see how something worked under the original Windows 7 OS.

Decisions like do I really need Norton for 60 days? (NO!)