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One lesser known method of adding Ubuntu to a Windows PC is Wubi. This type of install uses a single big file within your Windows file system as the Ubuntu root disk and another one for swap. “Wubi.exe” is the installer that creates these files and configures the Windows boot manager for dual-boot. Since the installer is a Windows application, the file creation and boot manager configuration are done using native Microsoft code. One advantage of this type of install is that there’s no need to re-partition. Also Windows is booted without using a Linux boot manager like GRUB. So the impact on the Windows environmentRead More →

From 1993 till 1996 I worked for Control Data Systems (CDS) in the Netherlands. CDS was the systems integrator spin-off of mainframe manufacturer Control Data Corporation, once one of the largest computer companies in the world, behind IBM of course. An often used line was: “IBM and the BUNCH”, bunch being Burrows, Unisys, NCR, Control Data and Honeywell. I visited their HQ in Minneapolis-Saint Paul (the Twin Cities) once and had a good time there. Back in 1993 we had a 9k6 leased-line from Holland to the corporate network, and a public IP on the desktop ( sub-domain). You could download a new linux kernel (sourceRead More →

Bremen Überseestadt - Tweaking tech -

In 2012 I moved from the Netherlands to Bremen, Germany. Both countries being part of the European Union, a work permit is not required. Obviously, a lot of things are different in Germany and many information regarding this subject is available on the Internet. I found that many sources just repeat each other, and are not written by someone who actually did this. My information might help others with working and living in Germany. 1. Have a job arranged up front, without it, forget it. For me this part was easy, but make sure you speak the language “sufficiently”. I found that making language errors is notRead More →

When accessing the network of my company over VPN, the connection to the remote access infrastructure is initiated through my browser. Actually, the browser downloads and runs a piece of software from Juniper called Network Connect. Juniper also provides a standalone client software called Junos Pulse. An IOS version of this software is available as well. I find the Junos Pulse client to have some advantages over the “browser” method. Most importantly, the Junos Pulse client handles suspend/wake of your PC or Mac correctly, meaning that after closing/opening the lid of your laptop, the remote connection is resumed without the need to log in again.Read More →