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How many different kinds of OS do you want to run? July 27, 2007

Posted by mikiss528 in Tools.
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In these days, there are so many operating systems (a.k.a OS) are available.

We can devide those OS in 4 different systems, as MS Windows, Mac, Linux, and Unix.

As you know, MS Windows is the major operating system in the world and many different versions are in the market. (Vista, XP, ME, Win2000, Win2003 Servers, and 98/NT.)

And second most used OS is Mac, I believe, and Mac OS X is the main OS.

At this point, let’s assume that you are using Windows XP and you are a power user, who does so many stuffs with computer such as programming, photoshop, high graphic 3D game, and run many other programs.

One day, if you do need to do all those task above at the same time, then does your Windows XP system can handle?

Probably not at all. In the middle of your task, your machine will be freezed or fail.

Sometimes, Windows OS is not capable with what you really want to do. ( you might have to use different OS to finish your task.)

Then, here is my question though. Can you run different OS in the same machine at the same time?

The answer is YES. The solution is VM-Ware Server Software with little bit of your investment on your machine to upgrade to run better.

If you go online, you can buy 500GB HDD about $150 and you can upgrade your RAM with little cost.

Since VM-Ware Server is freeware version of virtual machine. As long as you have enough space of HDD and powerful hardware in your machine, you can run many other OS systems in your machine at the same time.

VM-Ware Server allows you to install all different kinds of OS as virtual machine. Another words, even though your base OS is Windows XP, you can run Mac OS X, Linux-Ubuntu, Windows 2003 server, and Unix in Windows XP at the same time. That means, you can work on Mac for Graphinc work, Linux for programming, Win2003 for test or setup server environment, and Unix for other stuff, and Windows XP will be used for basic task such as internet, word processing, and wrap-up the work.

If you want multiple OS in your machine, then I highly recommand VM-Ware Server


Knoppix July 27, 2007

Posted by mathewwillis in Linux, Tools.
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Things you can do….

Blast data from an old drive to before de-inventorying a machine.

shred –n 10 /dev/hda

USB thumb drive – an all around tool July 25, 2007

Posted by edutechies in Tools.
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USB drives are getting cheaper and bigger day by day. Everyone is using one as their mobile storage media. Throw away those floppy’s, Zips and CD-R’s get yourself a 2GB USB thumb drive to help with troubleshooting and support. They are one of the most useful and versitile tools in any kit. Not only can they hold a bunch of software troubleshooting items, but you can boot from them too! At the ACCC Micro Repair Office, we use them at our Res-Net and Wireless helpdesk otherwise know as ACCCeSS. There is a gambit of tools that you can stick on it. Here are some that we use:

Process Explorer for Windows – http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/Utilities/ProcessExplorer.mspx

Toolbarcop – http://windowsxp.mvps.org/toolbarcop.htm

Winsockfix – http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/Network-Tweak/WinSockFix.shtml

And many many others. These programs along with your favorite Antivirus program, Spyware and Adware remover will help you resolve those pesky problems with slowness, filtered computers, zombies, and clear up the computer ailments.

Though to really clean the computer the best course of action is to reinstall….yea ouch~!


Google – “The Tech Tool” July 24, 2007

Posted by edutechies in Tools.
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Well, to start off the first post, I figured I would start with the most widely used tech tool, Google.  We all use it to find out what the annoying "blue screen of death’s" code means.  Why we are getting that error in such and such program.  So Google is straight forward and easy to use for standard searching.  But did you know that there are way to hone your searches?  The first being "advanced " and "boolean" searching.  Using these methods which you can find below, will help to scale down your searches and to refine them to find that elusive tech info you are looking for and need.  There is also a really cool Google search feature call "Google Code Search".  As mentioned on CNET, "The service, conceived by the Google Labs early technology group, will crawl publicly available code, most of which is made available through open-source projects. The search and indexing covers code on Web pages and code that resides in compressed files, said Tom Stocky, a product manager at Google."  With the "file:" search function, you can search for that particular file that you may need to repair that software issue that is plaguing the user you are trying to support.

Interactive online Google tutorial and references – Google Guide

  • A very good Google guide on use the search engine.
     – post by mglund