Finding the perfect ancillary travel device

Hackerbeach attendees at the upper dining table
Hackerbeach attendees at the upper dining table

As would be familiar to anybody who knows me, I’m always interested in new tech, especially when it’s running free software and portable enough to be in my every-day carry arsenal.

For the past month or so I’ve been looking at a few devices as a secondary to my laptop to carry with me. In a few weeks I’ll be joining those already there at third installment of Hackerbeach, on the Caribbean island of Dominica.

I wanted an embedded Linux system that could do everything. The scope of this device just kept getting bigger the more I thought about it.

It should: Continue reading “Finding the perfect ancillary travel device”

Restoring GuruPlugs

I’ve recently taken ownership of a GuruPlug, and naturally the first thing I tried to do when I got it was to install Gentoo on it.  I first went to build a kernel using the GuruPlug patches on a vanilla 2.6.34 kernel, which ended up disasterous.  I applied the patches, however the kernel ended up not booting.

At which point I decided I wanted to try to restore the original kernel, so that I would at least have a working system with which to test.  Therein lied the rub.  The files posted here are completely broken. Continue reading “Restoring GuruPlugs”

Installing Windows Vista/7 the lazy way!

Have you ever needed to perform a Windows install, but lacked the necessary hardware to do an install?  After ridding my house of optical drives, and having a limited number of large USB drives, I devised a way to install Windows without the use of either!  By using Linux’s wonderful KVM application, it’s possible to install Windows 7 on your hard drive with nothing more than a Windows ISO.

Warning:  This information comes without a warranty.  I won’t guarantee support if you break your hardware.  I’m not responsible for anything you do with this information.  For entertainment purposes only.  I’m probably lying. Continue reading “Installing Windows Vista/7 the lazy way!”