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Friday, May 21st, 2004

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good times...
(02:07:51) s0nicdeathmonky7: you'll like this - managed to make a dumbass out of myself
(02:08:27) s0nicdeathmonky7: looking about for media players that had a bit of CLI control in addition to a nice GUI for the house media player
(02:08:59) s0nicdeathmonky7: so i'm looking and looking and finally emailed the maintainer of rhythmbox asking him if he planned to implement CLI control as I couldn't seem to find anything that suited me.
(02:09:02) s0nicdeathmonky7: he wrote back
(02:09:14) s0nicdeathmonky7: rhythmbox --help
(02:09:20) s0nicdeathmonky7: d0h
(02:09:21) CERisE8192: HAHAHAHAHAHA

(02:09:23) CERisE8192: Woo!
(02:09:28) CERisE8192: Way to be 1337 ; )
(02:09:42) Requesting key...
(02:09:43) s0nicdeathmonky7: humbling moments like this are what I live for
So it occurred to me today that I don't know nearly enough about data recovery.

I know what to do at the filesystem level (e.g. using debugfs), but more specifically I'm thinking of what to do if a drive goes bad. I know that IDE Taskfile access is supposed to give one a starting point, but I don't know what tools to use for it.

The main reason this came up is that an old drive of mine died. Nothing important was on it, so I want to play with it a bit.

I imagine I won't be able to do some of the things that the big boys would do, lacking a clean room, but I figure that I should know more.

So: Any pointers on where to start? Good books? Tools to use?
Radeon 9600
Anyone had any luck getting the tv-tuner of the 9600 working in linux?
looking at .iso files
I don't remember whether it was on my RH-9 desktop or my FC-1 laptop, but I clicked on a .iso file in the graphical file thingie. It told me that it didn't know how to read that file.

I was kind of surprised because I figured that it would have just mounted the file as a loopback file system. Has anybody configured their graphical file wadgit (is it Naughtyless?) to do this? What's involved?
I downloaded the SUSE Evaluation CD .iso file and burned it on my Macintosh.

I then put it in the Dell and restarted. It looked promising because the screen was black while the CD drive kept spinning....but after a while the computer just booted into Windows.

Anybody know what I am doing wrong?

EDIT: I reburned the .iso as an image rather than a file....but got this error message from Toast Titanium on my Mac:

I killed two CD-Rs with this problem so far. I'm getting very frustrated...
windows 95 experience (just thought i'd share)
i just thought i would make a short little entry about going back to windows 95. :) i stayed at a friend's house in iowa this past week, and they had a vanilla installation of windows 95 loaded on a PII 266 box with a dialup connection. It had Internet Explorer version 4 on it. :-)

First, let me tell you... this thing loads fast! I had forgotten how much quicker win95 and 98 had booted over windows 2000 or XP. but, of course, there is a price you pay for this somewhere.

I was getting, "This program has caused an error and must be shut down" messages when i wasn't running any programs. I would close the dialup connection and get a message like that. It was just random.

One time the computer just locked up on me and stopped responding, and ctrl-alt-delete wouldn't even make it budge. So I had to do a hard reboot, and it ran through it's 10-minute long process of checking the disc for errors. It found some. :(

Viewing pages in IE 4.0 brought more than a few, "this page has some kinda scripting error... do you want to continue to display scripts on this page?" warnings. Pretty much every page I went to brought me at least one of those errors.

Also... I forgot that Win95 can't read USB memory keys, so... having one of those was pretty pointless.

All in all... it made for an interesting computer experience this past week. :) I'm glad to be back with a regular computer. :)
You'd think it would do better
When installing Fedora, you have your choice of updating an old system, or a fresh install. If you want to do a multiboot, using the same /boot, it is not happy. It wants you to reformat that partition.

If you don't, it does leave the old files (except for /boot/grub/grub.conf) intact. But, you'd think that it would read the old grub.conf and make a new one that just added the new installation and left the old one.

Unfortunately, for some reason, booting to Fedora Core-2 my machine just hangs. I couldn't even boot to redhat 9 until I booted with the rescue disc, and edited /boot/grub/grub.conf using my old values for rh9.

By the way, I really, really dislike disk labels, or at least the way redhat/fedora deals with them. All it ever seems to do is break things, and there is no simple way of telling what label goes with what partition. Fortunately, I keep written notes of what I use each partition for, so when things (invariably) break, I can go in by hand and fix them.

Now to see if I can figure out why fc-2 won't boot. I should have written down that cryptic errormessage about two things not playing together so it's turning one of them off. Maybe there will be a log I can look at booted up under rh9.

BTW, this post is mostly just a rant while I waited for things to reboot. I may be asking some real questions soon though.

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