Travis's lame ol' blog

yay, Travis finally changed his blog!

- Monday, March 22, 2004

FreeBSD installation attempt corrupted the boot sector, yay!

I got some kind of disk error while trying to install FreeBSD 5.2.1 x86-64. Although I specifically opted to NOT install a boot manager of any kind, after rebooting, I can no longer boot into Windows. You'd think that I'd learn not to attempt an OS installation at 2:30am. After some quick googling, I think I can restore the boot sector by running fdisk /mbr, but I don' t want to screw things up worse.

I've cross-posted my BSD BS onto several message boards, so I'll wait till I get a few responses before I do anything drastic.

Planet AMD64 Forum Index -> Operating Systems

MSI HQ User Community Forum ยป AMD64 based board

Via Arena > FORUMS > OS Arena > Linux Arena > Forums > *BSD

[EDIT] Well the first thing I tried was fdisk /mbr. After rebooting I could now see the C:, but I got the message OS not installed. So then I tried running some stuff from the XP cd in restore mode (fixboot, fixmbr, bootconfig, etc.). Now when I rebooted I got the NTLDR Is Missing. So then I went through a bunch of complicated steps in a MS Knowledge base article. I still ended up with the NTLDR message. So I threw in the ME CD and began re-installing that onto the C drive, I chose to back-up existing system files and setup crashed during this process and gave me a useless hexadecimal Dos error. After restarting, going into setup, skipping system backup, ME setup now got to 67% complete when I got a SUWIN error. I hit Ignore several thousand times and setup finally completed. After rebooting 5 times, I was back to a functioning machine again. My boot.ini was still intact so my other OSs were left unharmed. The whole process took less than 5 hours ;-) (most was spent googling)

I really want to try *nix/*BSD, but so far it's been nothing but a hassle. Are there any easy to use *nix/*BSD installers, or am I stuck waiting for YaST when SuSE 9.1 comes out in May?

[EDIT again] I think I should also add that not a single bit of important data was lost during this entire process.

- Friday, March 19, 2004

iPod [still] sucks

/. has a nice little article about how the iPod won't be able to save Apple. Maybe a $200 mouse will be able to? ;-)
KS | tech

File U.S. Income Tax Return Online Without Spending a Dime

"With the help of the tax software prep industry, you can prepare and 'e-file' your return online for free." I know it's a bit late for most people, but you may want to note it for next year.


This Iraq on the Record database identifies 237 specific misleading statements about the threat posed by Iraq made by these five officials in 125 public appearances in the time leading up to and after the commencement of hostilities in Iraq. And to think, Bill Clinton only lied once and look what they did to him. ;-)

- Thursday, March 18, 2004

System.Environment.NewLine, etc...

Ever wonder why a newline is 2 characters (CR+LF)? Me neither ;-)

[Edit]: more geeky goodness from the msdn blogs:
How about zero-based arrays?

Gargantuan NT paging files?

The best way to write out several strings in a row?

Wtf the deal is with "is" and "as"?

Just get the whole MSDN feedbag here, so many cool geeky MS thingies.

419 Squad

Nigerian rappers- yes they are really named after the 419ers. I listened to a few of the MP3s on the site I was surprised - and strangely disappointed - that the songs weren't sung in all caps, and the lyrics didn't mention any dead relatives who had millions of dollars they need to transfer into a US account.
KS | music

"Comic Relief"

An interesting article on adult oriented cartoons.

Top Ten Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying A Shillelagh

Well, it's a day late, but it's still funny.

- Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Chappelle Show is Awesome

"How come they didn't found BIG and 2Pacs murderer but they arrest OJ the next day?! Nicole Simpson can't rap!" - Dave Chappelle
KS | music | quote

It's Official...

Apple still sux. It's pretty bad when a company like Acer can almost double your market share.