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#424154 We're open for business again!

Posted Scot on 12 July 2015 - 03:49 AM

We successfully migrated to a new web host. I'm sure there'll be lots of tweaks to come and little problems; there always are.

It's too soon to draw hard conclusions, but so far I've really been enjoying my interactions with the new webhost. Their customer service is superb. And we have a lot more bandwidth, storage and performance than we did before. What's more, I have a lot more control over the site and how it functions. What I'm seeing as I write this (in the wee hours of the morning) is windows and pages snapping open almost as if they were struck by a hammer. Hope that keeps up.

— Scot

Dictated with speech-recognition software. Please forgive voice typos.

#449270 raymac64 - Newest MVP

Posted V.T. Eric Layton on 18 April 2017 - 12:23 PM

Congrats to Ray! He's being honored by his peers for his wonderful presence here at Scots; always a considerate, informative, and entertaining poster.

#421484 Help I am a newby trying to get out of Microsoft's clutches

Posted zlim on 16 May 2015 - 12:05 PM

  Fellas, if you start arguing, you'll scare the new recruit away! As a former teacher, let me say, "Knock it off!" No I don't wear a bun and have a ruler in my hand but I was able to give "the look" to my teenaged students and they knew I meant business. :teehee:

bootneck02, welcome to Scot's!
First download an ISO and then "burn" it to a USB stick, 8GB should be fine.
I always tell new recruits to try Linux live on a computer to see if the hardware likes the particular distro they've decided on.
If you don't know how to do this, yell and I will post step by step instructions.

Next, think about what you do in Windows and post what you absolutely need to do to be comfortable in day to day operations. Someone will post something that is a good fit for your computing style.

I travel with a netbook with linux on it. All that I require on that is to be able to surf safely, get email and watch movies. For my simple travel needs, I don't need a lot of bells and whistles. But if I worked at home in linux, I'd need a lot more functionality.

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#456595 A Review of GPT Versus MBR Partitioning

Posted mhbell on 13 July 2018 - 04:52 PM

Lately there has been much discussion about GPT and MBR when partitioning a hard drive. Here is a little review of the two, and the difference. Hope this helps and is informative. The following was taken from Linked-in.

GPT brings with it many advantages, but MBR is still the most compatible and is still necessary in some cases. This isn’t a Windows-only standard — Mac OS X, Linux, and other operating systems can also use GPT.

What Do GPT and MBR Do?

MBR (Master Boot Record) and GPT (GUID Partition Table) are two different ways of storing the partitioning information on a drive. This information includes where partitions start and begin, so your operating system knows which sectors belong to each partition and which partition is bootable. This is why you have to choose MBR or GPT before creating partitions on a drive.

MBR’s Limitations

MBR standards for Master Boot Record. It was introduced with IBM PC DOS 2.0 in 1983.

It’s called Master Boot Record because the MBR is a special boot sector located at the beginning of a drive. This sector contains a boot loader for the installed operating system and information about the drive’s logical partitions. The boot loader is a small bit of code that generally loads the larger boot loader from another partition on a drive. If you have Windows installed, the initial bits of UEFI replaces the clunky old BIOS with something more modern, and GPT replaces the clunky old MBR partitioning system with something more modern. It’s called GUID Partition Table because every partition on your drive has a “globally unique identifier,” or GUID — a random string so long that every GPT partition on earth likely has its own unique identifier.

This system doesn’t have MBR’s limits. Drives can be much, much larger and size limits will depend on the operating system and its file systems. GPT allows for a nearly unlimited amount of partitions, and the limit here will be your operating system — Windows allows up to 128 partitions on a GPT drive, and you don’t have to create an extended partition.

On an MBR disk, the partitioning and boot data is stored in one place. If this data is overwritten or corrupted, you’re in trouble. In contrast, GPT stores multiple copies of this data across the disk, so it’s much more robust and can recover if the data is correupted. GPT also stores cyclic redundancy check (CRC) values to check that its data is intact — if the data is corrupted, GPT can notice the problem and attempt to recover the damaged data from another location on the disk. MBR had no way of knowing if its data was corrupted — you’d only see there was a problem when the boot process failed or your drive’s partitions vanished.

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Posted securitybreach on 11 August 2017 - 12:45 PM

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Posted Webb on 08 April 2016 - 09:07 AM

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#431512 Santa Claus in Linux Style

Posted securitybreach on 26 December 2015 - 11:17 AM

Santa Claus in Linux Style: Top Linux Hardware and Free Linux/Programming Books & Courses Recommendations


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In the last days of 2015 we have the big celebrations – Christmas. My congratulations for all readers, I wish everyone the biggest success, health, love and other good things. This post is not all about celebrations: recommend to see, use, and extend this collections. All materials are actual and have a good quality. If you have a new candidature for including — feel free to write in comments.

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#428012 A good cup of coffee

Posted securitybreach on 04 October 2015 - 10:52 AM

Since I love strong coffee, I may have to buy some of this (just for testing purposes ;) )


About the Product
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  • Our premium beans are carefully selected and expertly roasted to ensure a bold, smooth brew that you will love
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  • This perfect dark roast will make you the hero of the house or office
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By Chasten Ruin on April 11, 2013

Here's a general rundown of my experience with the first pot of Death Wish Coffee.

1st cup - Hmm, this aint bad. Tastes pretty good. I like it.
2nd cup - Dang, I'm feeling groovy. Let's get some work done.
3rd cup - Didyaknowscientiststhinkthereareparalleluniversesandlikeyoucouldbelivinganinfiniteamountoflivesindifferentrealities?

#422593 Lost Patience RANT

Posted crp on 05 June 2015 - 08:20 PM


Oohm, Oohm, Oohm!
Deep cleansing breaths.
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I am speaking from personal experience of today.

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Posted Temmu on 11 November 2014 - 02:37 PM

do not swallow chewing gum -

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#398400 Introverts

Posted raymac46 on 26 May 2014 - 06:50 PM

Q. What do you get if you combine an insomniac, an agnostic and a dyslexic?
A. Someone who lies awake all night wondering if there really is a Dog. :wacko:

#397290 Introverts

Posted securitybreach on 13 May 2014 - 10:39 AM

I love this picture!! B)

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Thanks for the link Adam: http://shirt.thatdai...me.php?id=37747

#390172 RIP Peace Bruno!

Posted LilBambi on 20 February 2014 - 08:44 AM

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On February 20, 2010 at about 10:00 AM local Amsterdam time, Bruno Knaapen slipped away…

no more pain, no more sorrow.

For the fourth year now, February 20th is a soulful time for me.

I still really miss Bruno very much.

But I am still relieved that he no longer has to deal with any pain and suffering.

No one should have to suffer the horrendous pain that accompanies pervasive cancer that they can’t fix …

Just wanted to honor our past amazing BATL leader, teacher, friend, Bruno Knaapen.

Bruno, you are still very much missed!

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#415671 3 Cat Day

Posted V.T. Eric Layton on 24 January 2015 - 09:35 PM

You've heard of 3 Dog Night? Well, here's 3 Cat Day.

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It's a good thing they loan me this room at night. ;)

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Posted securitybreach on 22 January 2015 - 11:15 AM

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Posted securitybreach on 11 January 2015 - 06:29 PM

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#414013 Jimmy Lee, Rest in Peace my dear friend

Posted abarbarian on 19 December 2014 - 06:53 AM


Miss Me But Let Me Go - Unknown

When I come to the end of the road
and the sun has set on me,
I want no rites in a gloom filled room,
why cry for a soul set free.
Miss me a little--but not too long,
and not with your head bowed low,
Remember the love that we once shared,
miss me--but let me go.
For this is a journey that we all must take,
and each must go alone.
It's all a part of the Master's plan,
a step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick of heart,
go to the friends we know.
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds,
miss me--but let me go.

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Posted V.T. Eric Layton on 14 December 2014 - 09:13 PM

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