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Windows 7 and Linux

Well, I’ve fully installed Ubuntu, and Windows 7 on my system. Surprisingly, both systems works very well together this time around. I used to use Linux back in the 2.4 days (2002 I think). What a mess Linux was then. Nothing was pre configurable and you had to pretty much compile all your own source. After being pissed off too much in Linux, I went back to Windows. I really love Windows, but I like the complete customization of Linux.

Things have really changed in Linux. After a new install, both my monitors were auto detected at the right resolutions! No more having to go through and manually adding all the screen’s display information. That was always the worst. I could even disable monitors with ease! You guess probably think I’m crazy, but you really don’t understand how crappy some operating systems were.

I don’t care what you guys say, Windows Vista was a really nice operating system. It was a bit slower on older systems, but it fully supported 64 bit computing (something XP had, but it just want’ quite there). Vista introduced a new and improved boot loader which worked faster and offered more customization that unfortunately had to be done through command line unless you had the help from a third party program. Vista did have it’s downside. DRM. That was one of the worst ideas Microsoft had to of thought of.

Aside from all this, Windows 7 looks to be an awesome operating system. When released, Windows 7 will have compatability mode to run an app as if it were installed on XP. This is going to be one of the best features in my opinion. I’ve not come across a game that will not run in Windows 7, but I have a feeling Battlefield 2 wouldn’t. EA sucks at programming. Lazy tards. This is something Apple never offered when they upgraded their OS to 64 bit. They just said, “F U programmers. Update or else!” After that little fiasco, a lot of Apple software made it’s way over to Microsoft. Microsoft has a better legacy support record

Another great feature about Windows 7. Vista is the driver installer. Every driver I could think of was auto installed, except for my zBoard Merc. I had to download those and install them. There are also options for legacy driver support if your device doesn’t have support for Windows 7. For instance, you could install the Vista/ XP drivers for your mouse. I don’t know

I warmed up to the new task bar. I’m way too used to the old task bar where everything is written out. Now, you have “Dock Taskbar.” It has the feel of the Dock Menu from Apple (don’t get me started on how Apple sucks ), the quick launch bar and the old task bar. If you open a program, the icon loads on the taksbar. When you close the program, it is removed unless it was set up to always stay on the taskbar (hint why it’s like the quick launch bar). Say you open 2 instances of notepad, you would have one icon in the taskbar, but you would be able to switch between the two by hovering over the notepad icon and selecting which notepad to open. You’ll see the active screen bubble that was introduced in Windows Vista.

Windows kept pretty much the same file structure as was in Vista, so no major change there.

The update system has had an overhaul as well. I actually updated to Windows 7 from within Windows Vista. That’s something that Windows hasn’t done before.With most operating systems, they force you restart to install. Not a big deal, but kind of cool.

As far as Linux goes, it’s on the way of being as useful as Windows. I’m talking more on a production and user base. Most people who use computer won’t want to spend hours installing and configuring an OS. Ubuntu 9.04 has made most of the automated for the user so you don’t have to worry about the custom scripting for the most part. I’m not even a real big fan of the Linux server. It’s nice, but I like Windows server a lot more. It’s more secure first off and it has a lot more support for drivers.

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Windows 7

After using Windows 7 for a month or so, I love it! It’s a bit of a change from Vista. The taskbar is kind of a mix between Apple’s Dock and Windows’ Taskbar. Instead of having boxes with the program name to represent a running application, you now have a single icon to represent all open windows in that application. I like it better than both the Vista Task bar and the Apple Dock. It’s simple, clean, and works well.

I really like how they made everything a heck of a lot easier to customize. I could change anything I wanted in Vista and XP, but Windows 7 takes it a step farther by making it easier to change things like screen resolution, extra monitors, UAC, etc. Microsoft is on the right track for making an operating system that is great for everyone. Windows Vista was a great operating system on a higher end system, but it was horrible on lower end systems. Windows 7 runs faster and better than Vista and even XP ever ran on my laptop (that’s close to 3 years old now).

Good Work Microsoft. Keep up the awesome work!

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Building a virtual server.

The first thing you’ll want to have is a program to run all your virtual machines. I use a free program from Microsoft called “Virtual PC.” There is another popular program called VMware that you might like. I will use Virtual PC in my example as I am more familiar with it. Virtual PC started as a program for linux/Mac for running Windows and other virtual machines without having to restart your computer. It’s a neat tool for many reasons. You can run as many virtual machines as you want on your system, as long as your system can handle it.

Let’s get started. You’ve downloaded and installed the latest Virtual PC version. When you start Virtual PC for the first time, you’ll be looking at a screen similar to this, minus the VMCs I have currently set up:

Virtual PC Console Image

Clinking new will bring you to the “New Virtual Machine Wizard.” The following steps will show you how to set up a virtual machine.

 

  1. Click Next.
  2. Select “Create a Virtual Machine” and click Next.
  3. Create a name for you new virtual machine and click Next.
  4. In the “Operating System” drop down menu, select “Other” and click Next.
  5. Select “Adjust the RAM” and enter the desired amount of RAM into the RAM settings. (I recommend at least 512, but make sure you still have enough RAM for your system to run. Click Next.
  6. Select “A new virtual hard disk” and click Next.
  7. Select how big you want your virtual hard disk to be (I suggest about 10GB for an Ubuntu install, but you might need more depending on what you are wanting to do with Linux).  Pick a name and location for you virtual hard disk and click Next.
  8. Click Finish and you’ve just set up your virtual machine.
Now you need to set up a network adapter for your virtual machine to use. I suggest using the Microsoft Loopback Adapter. It is pretty easy to configure. 
There’s one thing I need to go over before you start using the loopback adapter. First off, the loopback adapter is defaulted to use the IP ’192.168.0.1′. You need to set your router’s ip address to something like ’192.168.1.1′.  This will still allow the Loopback adapter to assign ’192.168.0.1′ and not interfere with your router.
  1. On the host computer, open “Control Panel
  2. Open “Add Hardware
  3. Click Next in the add hardware wizard.
  4. Select “Install the hardware manually selected from a list (advanced)
  5. Scroll down, select “Network adapters” and click Next.
  6. Scroll down, select “Microsoft” from the “Manufacturers” list, select “Microsoft Loopback Adapter” from the “Network Adapter” list and click Next.
  7. Click Finish and you’re down with the first part.
Now that you have your loopback adapter installed, you need to share your computer’s internet connection with the adapter.
  1. Open “Network Connections” (In XP, Network connections can be found in the control panel. In Vista, type ncpa.cpl into the start menu’s search box).
  2. Right click the connection you use to connect to the internet (not the loopback adapter) and click “Properties
  3. Click the “Advanced” tab
  4. Check the option “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet Connection
  5. If you have more than one network adapter, you’ll need to specify which adapter you want to share you connection with. Select the “Loopback Adapter
  6. Click Ok and your virtual server’s network adapter is set up.
Now that we have our network adapter setup, we have to tell our virtual server what network to use.
  1. Open “Virtual Server 2007“.
  2. Select your newly created virtual server and click “Settings“.
  3. Click “Networking” in the left pane.
  4. In the right pane, make sure “Microsoft Loopback Adapter” is selected as the adapter.
  5. Click “Ok
Once you have an OS installed on your virtual machine, you’ll need to set the virtual machine’s DNS address to whatever your router IP address is set up to. In my example, I used ’192.168.1.1′.

Tomorrow, I will show you how to install the newest version of Ubuntu on your newly created virtual machine! Enjoy!

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New Hobby?

Chris really got me into a program called Reason. It’s, for lack of better term, a music creation program. It’s designed to give the user a virtual rack mount. The user can add different synths, effects, mixers, etc on their virtual rack. Each device has their own filters, shapers, etc so you can really get some unique sounds. I’ve only had Reason installed for a day or two now, and I already love it! I’ve started taking old tunes from video games and remixing them with the device synths. I’m learning a lot about how sounds are shaped by toying with all the little knobs and thing-a-ma-bobs (yeah, there are thing-a-ma-bobs!).

Here’s a little something I made in a few hours. It’s a remix of the gaunlet theme music. I’ll think of a good way to organize this stuff, but until then, I’ll just post links.

http://www.rob-meier.com/gaunlet.mp3

The future songs will be much better, this is only a trial song. I want to do the theme to Star Fox as well as some famous classical pieces.

That’s all for now, I need to get back to my school work! Boy, school is too easy. It makes me think I should have applied to a better school.

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