WTF 18x

So, I accidentally forgot to set max speed when burning DVD. Thanks to Taiyo Yuden Blank DVD Media and SONY DRW-830A, ImgBurn smartly set the burning speed to 18x.

And it never actually reach that speed –

I 23:13:25 Average Write Rate: 15.426 KB/s (11.1x) – Maximum Write Rate: 23.131 KB/s (16.7x)

Yeah – 15 MB/s average and 22 MB/s maximum. The harddisk is also reaching its limit. I wonder how will the speed be if I tried to burn a 4.7×109 bytes data… (this one is 3.55 GB)

Got pawned… by gparted

(Gparted is an open source partition editor)

Here’s the chronology:

  1. SP3 got!
  2. Install!
  3. Decided to install on old system (20 gb partition)
  4. Finished install
  5. Installed lots of programs
  6. Wanted to install NWN2…
  7. …not enough space!
  8. No worry, there’s still 50 gb space I can use to enlarge the partition
  9. Ubuntu + Gparted come to rescue!
  10. Resized in blink of eye
  11. Open the partition with Ubuntu… looks fine
  12. Restart!
  13. Nothing happen orz
  14. Boot with Windows XP Installation disk (fixmbr/fixboot)
  15. Restart!
  16. Still nothing happens orz
  17. Try repair!
  18. Restart!
  19. Now there are fancy characters on screen…
  20. wtf
  21. Rinse and repeat from step #11
  22. Still error!
  23. WTF
  24. Reinstall come to rescue o_O
  25. That, and one day work gone *poof*. Redo from beginning 👿

Lessons learned.

Easy way to create rather secure and easy to remember password

Long title is looooooooooooong. LOL.

The steps:

* Create (long) sentences (usually two) that’s easy to remember and contains numbers and symbols (ex: I have smartly bought & waste money on manga that the anime has just aired this season, Zettai Karen Children, for $10. It’s a good read though!)
* Take first letter of each words, except for numbers and symbols (from above: Ihsb&wmomttahjats,ZKC,f$10.Iagrt!)
* That’s it, LOL. (and the example above is too long. 2 sentences with 5 word each should be sufficient 😛 )

_Last update 2011-07-11 10:32: markdown-fied, tagged and categorized_

Multi-booting Windows, (x/k/ed)Ubuntu, OpenBSD

I actually liked Windows’ boot manager: it’s simple that it’s stupid (LOL)

But that’s it: I’m not going to use other boot manager if there’s any Windows installation in same drive (assuming all OSes are in same drive).

For OpenBSD, it’s really easy: just read the installation faqs. 😛

For (x/k/ed)Ubuntu, there’s no instruction available but it’s not much different with OpenBSD’s:

  • At installation, make SURE to install GRUB on the ROOT partition of the system (using advanced option on last step) – and take note the location (ex: /dev/sda2)
  • After installation you’ll get to Windows directly without given choice for OS: don’t worry, we’ll add it now
  • Go download dd for windows
  • Use dd –list to see which is the Ubuntu root partition. Easy way: Harddisk# is the same as system partition – usually C: drive. Then for Partition#, use this formula: /dev/[s/h]d[a-z]#. So /dev/sda2 would have partition number 2 (Partition2)
  • Then do this: dd if=?DeviceHarddisk#Partition# of=c:ubuntu.pbr bs=512 count=1
  • And edit boot.ini (System Properties -> Advanced -> Startup and Recovery Settings -> Manually edit startup file). Add line like this: C:ubuntu.pbr=”Ubuntu”
  • Reboot, there’ll be Ubuntu in boot choice list.
  • There might be another countdown… to remove: go find it yourself 😛
  • Yay finished