Unlike Linux where updates for both your hardware and software are taken care of neatly, Windows usually requires some manual labour when it comes to keeping drivers for your hardware up to date. This niche can be filled through the use of Driveragent, a service that checks your present hardware setup and recommends appropriate updates.
One of my linux boxen (my fastest with the best hardware) died a couple of days ago :( Motherboard issues. My two other Kubuntu boxen are stocked with hard drives and therefore, when I wanted to retrieve data from the hard drive of my busted PC, I didn't want to risk fucking around with the already overloaded PSUs of said boxen. However, my sole Windows box was pretty free, but obviously Windows does not understand Ext3.
If you ever run into an error along the lines of
1155 instmsi30.exe not found specifying a directory, usually your CD-ROM drive, you need to update your Windows installer.
I ran into this error earlier today while burning a Data DVD. This was caused because the amount of data being written was too close to the maximum capacity of the DVD. Reducing it by a couple of MB fixed the issue.
Beats me as to why it happens though ...
I usually have something along the lines of Adobe's PDF Writer or Flash Paper and such, to print stuff directly to a file. However, earlier today, I found myself needing similar functionality, but not having the afore mentioned software. Therefore, I had to resort to using the "print to file" check-box on the Windows print form that allowed me to save a document to a file on the hard disk.
I was asked by some dude online today as to what the difference was between typing
cmd in the Start -> Run menu. To repeat my answer to him:
commandis basically the 16-bit command-line interface. It is essentially a legacy application.
cmd, on the other hand is the 32-bit CLI, and is comparatively modern and more user friendly.
Mounting a Windows samba share in Linux a.k.a. how to avoid having to download a shared file in order to access it
Problem: I've set up Samba on my Linux box and can access my Windows shares fine. However, every time I want to access a file from my Windows share, Linux, difficult motherfucker that it is, downloads the file, stores it in a temp directory and then plays it.. So, if I want to play .. say a 1.4 GB movie, I have to download the entire damn thing across my network to see it.. Not Good Enough.