Resize Windows / Linux Dual Boot Partitions Easily With Gparted

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I dual boot a couple of my machines and whilst I was looking for a way to reapportion the size between two partitions I came across Gparted. It’s a Gnome based GUI for the GNU Parted program for creating, destroying, resizing, checking, and copying partitions, and the file systems on them.

What I really liked is there’s a linux livecd available so all you have to do is burn the disk image stick it in and aside from a few simple commands to boot the cd correctly it loads and starts Gparted.

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WordPress Plugin: DBC Backup

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So after last night’s terrible loss of data I decided something had to be done. My host has already arranged for binary backups to be made but I thought there must be some wordpress plugins that keep a copy of your wordpress tables so I began my search. There were a couple that caught my attention so I installed them and had a play and now I’ve made my choice, DBC Backup.

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eBay to go

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A few days ago I wrote a post about unlocking my new Armani phone so it would work on other networks and originally I just put a link to the auction I had going at the time but then I came across ebay to go.

The site is part of eBay and is all about creating flash widgets to display auction and store items on websites and blogs (or anywhere that renders html) and is at http://togo.ebay.com/. It lets you chose from one of their formats then you choose an item or store and then it creates the html you can post on your blog or wherever to show a flash widget of the item(s) like the one below…

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Accidental Drop!

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So last night I was trying to remove some tables from a database and I accidentally dropped the database instead of the tables in phpmyadmin. Argh! I couldn’t believe it and there was no backup 🙁

So I shamefully recreated the wordpress tables and used Google’s cache to recreate my posts and comments (that was a lot of effort) and now I think I’ve got most of my posts back except a couple and now I need to sort out some backups!

jRisk Packaged for Mac

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Risk I

If you like risk then you’ll probably already have come accross the java version written by Yura Mamyrin. If you havent well its a java implementation of the classic board game Risk where the objective of the game is to conqueror territories to achieve an objective, either world domination or some other mission, as well as these great features:

  • It is multiplatform unlike Risk II which is windows only but is also very good
  • You can easily create your own custom maps
  • There is a neat network play feature for long distance domination 🙂
  • Its free

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Unlocking the Samsung Giorgio Armani Phone

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I’ve upgraded my contract phone to the Samsung Giorgio Armani (P520) phone because I thought it was nice and small and sleek. I wanted to be able to use other sim cards in it though so after a bit of searching I came across an unlocking clip on eBay. I’ve never used one of these but after watching some guy on YouTube do it I thought I’d give it a go…

Samsung Unlocking Clip

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Unicef ignores unsubscription request

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Some time ago I signed a petition in support of Unicef’s ‘Born free from HIV’ campaign. I dont remember who I spoke to, it was someone on the streets of Manchester, but I do remember them explaining that the campaign was to apply pressure for funds promised at the G8 to prevent transmission of HIV from mother to child. Ok I thought nobody is asking me for money which I’m not really in a position to give. As a student I’ve been steadily adding to my student loan debt but that doesn’t matter this person doesn’t want money and I’m getting off track.

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See dot files (.) in Finder on Mac

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Came across this problem trying to copy my ssh private key from my old machine onto my new mac.The solution is to change a setting via the terminal.

defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES

Finder needs to be restarted for this to take effect and that can be done via holding the option key (alt to me and everyone else not used to macs) and then clicking and holding the mouse on the finder icon in the dock. A context menu will appear, select relaunch.You’ll now see a lot more files in finder which some people may consider a downside in which case you can always change the setting back to NO.

Removing GRUB from a drive partition

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Ever needed to get rid of GRUB from a partition but didn’t know how? I managed to install GRUB onto my swap partition whilst setting up dual booting with Gentoo on a Mac Mini and faced this same problem. Using rEFIt it automatically detected GRUB on the partition and it showed up as a bootable option. I couldn’t be doing with that so I started looking for the solution. Loads of forum posts suggested fixmbr or fdisk but I didn’t want to replace GRUB I wanted shot of it. Anyway turns out the solution was to use dd.

# dd if=/dev/0 of=/dev/sdX bs=446 count=1

Where sdX is the partition to clean.

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