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Installing windows 7 on nvidia raid controller

I have an ECS C51GM-M motherboard and I run two 500GB hard drives in RAID-0 to give me 1TB of fast storage. The problem with this is that when you try to install any form of windows, it doesn’t see any available disk. There are ways around this- 1. When installing XP, you press F8 […]

MicroManage your network with Netdisco

Netdisco is a great network management tool created by our friends at UCSC, it will tell you which devices are plugged into which ports on every network device you have. It keeps track of devices by mac address and IP. It also will automatically create a network map of all your routers and switches (maybe). […]

iPhone 2G unlocked and running 3.0 OS

Even though the OS just came out, this is actually a very easy mod. I just downloaded the files from You use the to create a new firmware file (.ipsw) and then restore the file to your phone. Once the firmware has loaded, it will reboot and update the baseband (be patient). Pwnage […]

Macbook Pro and iPhone 3GS – Christmas in July!

It all started last week, with the unveiling of the new Macbook Pros and iPhone 3GS. Right after the iPhone’s launch I went to buy one from the online apple store, but it appeared I was going to lose any AT&T discounts which I had in place. Instead I waited until the next day and […]

multiple devices on a WGA600N bridge

Linksys describes this devices as a “Wireless Gaming Adapter”, however it can be used in a way similar to a traditional wireless bridge. In my example, my access point has the IP address and NATs IPs First, there are known issues with the older firmwares and something I’ll call ‘MAC address impersonation’. Without […]

acquiring old cisco IOS

So maybe you have a Cisco CCO account but the IOS image you need to load on your router to replicate your customer’s issue is no longer available. There are still some options left. If you already know the filename of the image, your half way there. If not, there is a nice list here […]

installing windows 7 RC1

The first thing I noticed was the change in the boot partition from 200mb to 100mb (interesting but insignificant). In the previous windows7 beta it was 200mb. For formatting/partitioning, quick format is now the standard (yes!). The next thing I noticed was that a password isn’t required but (if you use one) a password hint […]

why legacy shortcut keys?

Something that has puzzled me for many years- why was the control key chosen as a primary shortcut key for windows and *nix? Why would you forcibly abuse pinky-fingers around the world? It makes us all slower, less accurate and generally just hurts me. Apple knows theres no reason for this, which is why their […]

DirecTV HR21 dvr storage upgrade to 1tb

I love how companies are doing ‘unsupported features’ now. Here is how it usually happens- 1. The hardware guys spec hardware that has certain capabilities. Some of these capabilities are there because they are simply bundled with the hardware (try buying a motherboard with a CPU socket but no USB slots 😉 Other capabilities are there […]

going mouseless because of hyper-v

Today I was importing an image into hyper-v, found out some interesting things. You can’t install the integration tools for the client if an old version of integration tools is installed (for example, the image came from MS Virtual Server 2005). The reason were going mouseless is because Hyper-V doesn’t allow any use of the […]

Oh Acrobat, why oh why?

I’ve never had anything against Adobe products. There is one exception, Acrobat Reader. There are many reasons why their PDF standard is excellent. Features such as platform interoperability and OCR integration have made it a gold standard. The odd thing is, why can’t they make Reader a reasonable program? It will lock up and crash […]

A hyper-V day

Hyper-V is Microsoft’s attempt to reclaim some virtual machine marketshare, after being spanked by VMWare for years now. Virtual PC 2005 was their last attempt and was comparable to VMWare Workstation or Server, but couldn’t hold a flame to VMWare ESX. Hyper-V only runs on 2008 or Vista, it is basically ESX with less features […]