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Sep. 27th, 2006 @ 09:51 pm This is a dumb question
I know this is a dumb question, but I figure at least if I ask someone may answer and solve my annoying problem.

Here's what I'm trying to do:

I need to create a DOS bootable DVD and drop a few files onto it so I can access them from DOS. (Specifically Ghost 2003 and the subsequent image file)

Anyways, here's my problem:

Everytime I try to create a bootable DVD using either Sonic RecordNow Plus or HotBurn Pro, I get a DVD that will boot into dos, but it essentially ends up being just an image of the boot disk I used to create the bootable DVD, meaning the data files I add to the DVD are not accessible in DOS.

Any ideas? It's frustrating, I know it's doable, but I'm not very familiar with creating bootable media. Thanks
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Sep. 18th, 2006 @ 12:53 pm (no subject)
How NOT to architect Active Directory...


Case studies underscoring the importance of good AD design.

From the article:

But rather than using solid, time-tested design principles, Acme came up with the most bizarre solution imaginable. It involved an incredibly obscure tiebreaker rule described on page 166 of the Distributed Systems Guide of the Windows 2000 Resource Kit, that says if the Knowledge Consistency Checker (KCC) has two site links to choose from and both are equal cost, it will break the tie by building a connection to the site with the most domain controllers in it. If both sites have the same number of domain controllers, it selects the site based on alphabetical order. <-- that is NOT good AD design....
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Aug. 22nd, 2006 @ 05:11 pm The Google Ploy—A Revolution?
The Google Ploy—A Revolution?


John Dvorak - PC MagazineMon Aug 21, 10:32 AM ET

Google has been toying with idea of implementing free municipal Wi-Fi. I've always believed that it began as a whim but became a subtle threat aimed at the major carriers who are saber-rattling over tiered service, threatening to charge Google more for its supposed free ride on their networks. This, of course, is ludicrous, since there is no free ride for anyone.

Anyway, somewhere along the line, the concept of Net neutrality emerged. This new concept got Congressional attention soon after Google suggested that it could use a W-Fi mesh to light up the city of Mountain View, California, and then San Francisco for free.

Now to prove that it can do this, Google actually has lit up Mountain View. Anyone driving through the town can pull off the road and do e-mail for free. It cost Google a million dollars to pull this stunt off, but that's chicken feed for Google—a fact we cannot overlook.

HIDDEN CONSEQUENCES. Although the news bureaus and reporters have covered this story extensively, nobody has looked at the hidden consequences of the event. These are consequences that should scare the crap out of the telcos and the cable companies. Let's discuss them.

First, Google, the king of doing good work inexpensively, now has a cookie-cutter model on how to light up a city. Google's software engineers have the architecture. They know the problems. They know the costs. In fact, this initial model will inevitably be tweaked to be cheaper and more efficient in future rollouts. Combine this new knowledge with information developed in towns where other companies have done municipal Wi-Fi and you'll have a lot of people looking at this idea. If the spreadsheets show that they can beat the cable and telco companies at their own game, then expect a deluge of activity.

NEW PROFIT CENTER. But here is the killer. What if suddenly—from this experiment—Google discovers that localized service combined with localized search and local advertising (specific to the target community, aka Mountain View) can not only pay for the system but provide a new profit center? What happens if that turns out to be an unintended consequence? If the numbers work out, we're talking about a new gold rush. And Google wouldn't be the only player. Microsoft would have to do this, and so would Ask and Yahoo!. Yahoo!, which is tied in with SBC, would have a lot of explaining to do, and it might be the laggard in this mad rush to light up cities with Wi-Fi.

Though the public generally would perceive free local Wi-Fi as just a free pipe to the Internet, nobody would be likely to see it as a basic societal change. This model is somewhat akin to some of the early schemes of cable modem pioneer @Home. There was more to the @Home scheme in its early days than being a middleman for cable modem initiatives. There was going to be an informational infrastructure tied to it. This never caught on for a lot of reasons, not the least of which was that the idea turned out to be both old-fashioned and ahead of its time, as odd as that sounds. And @Home's scheme was hatched long before the Google advertising model appeared on the scene.—Continue reading...

LOCATION-SPECIFIC USERS. With the Google search-centric form of information dispersal and advertising leverage, knowing that users are actually in Mountain View gives the company the opportunity to target its customers further and sell them to advertisers in new ways. Though it's always been possible to estimate a user's location by his or her IP address, it was never easy to turn such technological mumbo-jumbo into a sales pitch to get a local dry cleaner to sign on the dotted line. Now you can say, "This person is indeed in Mountain View, do you want to know what street?"

And since Google, MSN, Yahoo!, and a lot of other players have already toyed with VoIP, what would it take to give people free phone service along with free Internet access? After that—and this is very possible with 802.11n—there is no reason Google couldn't offer an IPTV package and cut out the cable companies, too. You need only 30 Mbps to do it, and that includes HDTV service. 802.11n, when fully finalized, will deliver 300 to 600 Mbps.

This expansion of services is entirely possible and doable. And it all stems from the phone companies and cable companies arrogantly shooting off their collective mouths about tiered services, along with their cavalier failure to give the American public what it needs—universal and cheap high-speed access.
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Aug. 14th, 2006 @ 02:44 pm A few questions about DHCP
Hello everybody, I want to ask a few questions about DHCP service in Windows Server 2003. We have primary and backup DHCP servers, both running Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition SP1 in a workgroup.

1. Can DHCP server lease an address if this address already exists in the network and set manually? Or I should exclude statically This potentially may cause IP conflict and network failure.
2. If one of the servers is down, what may happen?
3. If both servers are down and every machine runs XP SP2 and has an alternative configuration, will it use the alternative configuration? And when it will acquire an address from DHCP?
4. If both servers are available, which of them will be used for leasing an IP address?
5. As I know, primary and backup DHCP servers must have different scopes to avoid IP conflict. Is it true?

Thanks for the help.
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Jun. 1st, 2006 @ 07:41 am (no subject)
The Complete List of Losers
America Online (1989-2006)
RealNetworks RealPlayer (1999)
Syncronys SoftRAM (1995)
Microsoft Windows Millennium (2000)
Sony BMG Music CDs (2005)
Disney The Lion King CD-ROM (1994)
Microsoft Bob (1995)
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 (2001)
Pressplay and Musicnet (2002)
dBASE IV (1988)
Priceline Groceries and Gas (2000)
PointCast (1996)
IBM PCjr. (1984)
Gateway 2000 10th Anniversary PC (1995)
Iomega Zip Drive (1998)
Comet Cursor (1997)
Apple Macintosh Portable (1989)
IBM Deskstar 75GXP (2000)
OQO Model 1 (2004)
CueCat (2000)
Eyetop Wearable DVD Player (2004)
Apple Pippin @World (1996)
Free PCs (1999)
DigiScents iSmell (2001)
Sharp RD3D Notebook (2004)

(Dis)Honorable Mention

(Dis)Honorable Mention
They may not have scored a spot in our baker's two dozen of infamy, but these ten products were too flawed to be forgotten.

Apple Newton MessagePad (1994): Yes, we know that the Apple Newton also happens to be number 28 on our list of the 50 greatest gadgets (so no letters, please). But while Apple's innovative concept won kudos, the Newton's execution was lacking, especially in its first version. Aside from its famously awful handwriting recognition, the Newton was too bulky and too expensive for all but Apple acolytes.

Apple Puck Mouse (1998): Introduced with the original iMac, Apple's stylishly round hockey-puck-shaped mouse had only one button (natch), but figuring out where that button was and orienting the mouse without looking down created an ergonomic nightmare. Apple added a small indentation in a later version so you could figure out where to put your finger, but you still had to find the indentation. The puck got chucked a couple years after it was introduced.

Apple Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh (1997): Learning nothing from Gateway 2000's fiasco a couple of year's earlier with its 10th Anniversary PC, Apple in 1997 released a specially designed bronze-colored Mac to celebrate its 20th year of making computers. This one came with a Bose sound system and leather palm rests, but it also had a weak processor, no network card, and a slow CD-ROM drive (because a faster one couldn't be mounted vertically in its special case). To participate in the celebration, Mac lovers had to plunk down $7500--three times what the same computer cost in a different case. It may qualify as the priciest case mod of all time. Steve Jobs might have bought one; we doubt whether many others did.

Circuit City DiVX DVDs (1998): Remember the disposable DVD? Circuit City's attempt at starting its own pay-per-view movie service entailed proprietary set-top players and disposable DiVX movie discs that expired 48 hours after you started watching them. The player required a phone line so it could check whether you had permission to watch. But as it turned out, consumers preferred their DVDs without strings, and Circuit City ended up dropping $114 million on its little experiment.

Concord Eye-Q Go Wireless Digital Camera (2004): The first Bluetooth-enabled digital camera cost a little more than otherwise comparable drugstore cameras, but for the premium you got the ability to transfer 7MB of images in a nap-inducing 15 minutes. (Transfer time using an old-fashioned USB cable: 8 seconds.) The Bluetooth was a bust, the camera was crude, and the pictures were awful. Aside from that, it was just fabulous.

Dell SL320i (1993): The Ford Pinto of notebook PCs, this model had the unfortunate habit of combusting and eventually had to be recalled. Laptops from Apple, HP, and Sony, as well as a handful of other Dell models suffered similar overheating problems over the years, but the SL320i blazed the trail.

Motorola Rokr E1 (2005): The world's most popular digital music player meets the world's coolest looking phones; what could possibly go wrong? Well, plenty. The Rokr E1 held only about a hundred songs, file transfers were painfully slow, the iTunes interface was sluggish, and--duh--you couldn't download tunes via a cell connection. This phone ain't rockin', so don't bother knockin'.

3Com Audrey (1999): Some of us had a soft spot in our hearts for Audrey, the Internet appliance--that supple form, the cute way her light blinked green when a new e-mail message arrived. But with limited functionality and no broadband support, she failed to excite the masses, instead becoming a symbol of why Net appliances bombed.

Timex Data Link Watch (1995): This early wristwatch/PDA looked like a Casio on steroids. To download data to it, you held it in front of your CRT monitor while the monitor displayed a pattern of flashing black-and-white stripes (which, incidentally, also turned you into the Manchurian Candidate). Depending on your point of view, it was either seriously cool or deeply disturbing.

WebTV (1995): Getting the Web to display on a typical TV in 1995 was like watching an elephant tap-dance--you were amazed not that it could do it well but that it could do it at all. With the WebTV, Web pages looked horsey, some media formats didn't work at all, and using the remote control to hop from link to link was excruciating.
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Jun. 1st, 2006 @ 12:39 pm Access Denied After Recovery
I had an NTFS corrupted partition, and chkdsk claimed it fixed it all, it recovered all the orphaned files, all seemed fine.

The files on the partition seem to be ok, except for anything in folders.
I get an Access Denied when I try to open a folder.
The folder size reads as 0, though the partition definitely has a lot of stuff on it.

Anyone got a good solution for this?

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May. 29th, 2006 @ 10:16 am Stupid Disk Reading Thing
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
I've had this problem multiple times before.
I've got a Hitachi 164GB IDE disk.
It's not got an OS on it; it's my storage disk.

I recently dumped Win2k and put 2K3SP1 onto my sys disk.
I've just put the 164GB disk into the machine and 2K3 can see the partitions but not the file system.

I'm running GetDataBack so I can get all my stuff back, but this is getting ridiculous.
Why can't 2K3 see data written under 2K?
I've had this same problem so many times!
Anyone know of a solution?
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Apr. 30th, 2006 @ 02:44 am A problem with GIMP
Current Location: home
Current Mood: tired
Current Music: Lyumen - F...ck off!!!
I had installed GTK+ 2.4.14, GIMP 2.2.11 on Windows Server 2003 Enterprise RU Service Pack 1 but GIMP fails to start.

The message is:
Procedure entry point g_intern_static_string was not found in the library DLL libglib-2.0-0.dll.

Who encountered similar troubles and how to solve them?
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Mar. 1st, 2006 @ 06:29 pm Server Prices
Current Mood: curiouscurious
Hi folks

I'm looking at server prices for a company here in Brazil, specifically at Dell servers.

Prices here are expensive anyway, but shifting from a 3Ghz to 3.8Ghz Xeon more than doubles the price! (From US$3000 to US$6000+, for a Dell PowerEdge 1800 Server). Is having a 3.8GHz really worth that? My thought is no, unless I'm missing something.


(x-posted to hardware)
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Feb. 20th, 2006 @ 10:41 am no sound hearin' muthah
Let's just say I know someone who decrypts movies using DVDFab Decrypter and then burns said DVD using Nero.

If the first few movies burned successfully, what would cause the DVD's to start burning without audio? Can't hear the movie via the computer or DVD player. Also, it says, "Not enough space in temporary files folder" however they've already gone to Tools>Internet Options and deleted cookies and files (including offline content).

Anyone ever experience this?
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