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Special Thanks to Debaira: The Quest to Boot an ISO from a Hard Drive

Day 953: Boot ISO from a Hard Drive

How many times have you tried to install GNU/Linux from a CD?

Personally, I've lost count after 50+.

I've tried Debian Etch, Ubuntu Dapper, Kubuntu Dapper, Sidux, Arch, FreeBSD, Debian Lenny, Puppy, DSL, and gOS.

It's fun I know, but for the most part, it is a little bit time-consuming and it wastes a lot of CDs.

I've seen it done before - on a WindowsXP machine. A computer technician who used to work for my father installed a copy of WindowsXP on another partition and every time the machine boots, it shows these two options: (a) Install Windows XP (b) Boot to Windows XP Professional.

If it can be done on a Windows machine, it could also be done on a Linux machine.

I've searched Google and asked many times in IRC, but so far no takers.

I am fortunate to have discovered Rakesh Kumar's blog last year and I am happy that he took the time to actually help me on my quest.


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Perfect System of a Perfect Machine

I have read an interesting article made by Pinoy Linux luminary Jun Auza about the current trend of Linux powered robotics. I must say that I am really excited about this because its all happening now. What's next then?

I must say that the next step would be the "humanization" of these machines. 

As a matter of fact, this "humanization" is already taking place. It's scary, exciting and most important of all - thought provoking.

Forgive me, if I will digress from the topic Linux Robotics since I would prefer to focus on Robotics in General. I would explain later why.

When I watched the movie "A.I." starring Haley Joel Osment of Sixth Sense fame about a robot boy striving to find his place in the universe of organic sentience and "humanized" mechanisms, I thought to myself - that's NOT going to happen in my lifetime.

Come on! A male gigolo robot that plays romantic music while having sex?

But apparently a company named A.I. Robotics,…

23000 Linux PCs Headed to This >>> Third World Country PLUS Free Windows CDKEY for Loyola Schools!

If you haven't heard yet, a self proclaimed independent FOSS advocate slash consultant named Richard Gonzalez is spearheading efforts to distribute 10,000 PCs powerloaded with the superb Operating System called Ubuntu and 13,000 PCs with a Fedora Based Distribution to schools in our very own Banana Republic.

From :

Providing high school students with PCs is seen as a first step to preparing them for a technology-literate future, but in the Philippines many schools cannot afford to provide computing facilities so after a successful deployment of 13,000 Fedora Linux systems from a government grant, plans are underway to roll out another 10,000 based on Ubuntu.
Isn't that awesome?

Well, it seems that Microsoftee is not too keen with the strategy of Linux here in the Philippines and has fired back with providing FREE Windows CD-KEYs to all students enrolled in Loyola Affiliated Schools (aka Ateneo). This bit I got from my sister who is a graduating Atenista (YE…

Real Life Interfering with Blogging

Among other things that dannybuntu does, aside from writing horribly written articles about his passion for Ubuntu, Google and FOSS, is doing menial and "average-everyday(ness)" stuff. One of these AES stuff is cooking.

I am a food buff and would wave my spatula to anybody who dares contest my royal claim to the golden chef's hat.

Kidding aside, I am not a professional cook. I am merely a food hack. Food innovator sounds better, no?

I cook anything I can find inside the fridge.

If I find chicken, garlic, onion, cheese and some small green leaves (I don't bother with knowing the scientific names of the spices) I mix them up together to create some Garlic and Onion Chicken Cheese with Small Green Leaves.

Nay, there are no pictures *YET* of my exploits.

My inspiration springs from a Rat named Remi from the movie Ratatouwee or whatever they spell it nowadays.

"Anybody can Cook."

So, that, among other things, interferes with my glorious quest to bring FOSS…

Star Trek 2009

Pinoy + Tech + Podcast =

Jerome Gotangco of Ubuntu PH and a group of friends decided to do a podcast dedicated to local technology news and events. It's called the  "Pinoy Tech Podcast" but they're open for better names. They have set up a blog at where you can download the MP3 or M4A copy of the first episode, or you can also stream it online on the main page. RSS and iTunes support is forthcoming.

Their plan is to release biweekly.

They are open to feedback to help improve the show. Please feel free to give suggestions for topics in the future.



So there, I just edited JSG's own press release for his new baby  - pinoytechpodcast

Looking forward to hear from the 1337 of the Ubuntu PH community. :o)

Browser Wars at Bottom

And Operating System Wars at Bottom Too.
Test post Using BloGtk. The 'Title' field is grayed out. The interface is pretty straight-forward. I was able to configure BloGtk to use blogger by putting in the 'server' field. Without a title, I wouldn't really be putting this to good use.

I also have to fix my weird appearance problem. After logging in, I get the default box like and gray default theme for GTK. I actually set DarkRoom theme as default but it is not working.

Other user account unaffected, it must be one of my home setttings.

Posted to to ask for help.

Browser Tabs Making Us Lazy Readers?

I remember the first time I ever saw a website. It was on Internet Explorer version something. The connection was dial up and it took at least 2 to 5 minutes to load the webpage.

Now I have DSL and Firefox 3. I have iGoogle and its RSS showing ability and have a gajillion tabs with a gajillion stories I could open in new tabs.

Not that I am complaining but I have begun noticing that all these 'interesting' tabs make me want to view them quickly. I don't read the complete articles anymore but chomp and gobble through them. Scanning seems to be a more appropriate word.

I scan.

Specially if the article is not that well written, I just tend to stop reading the whole article altogether and "move on" to other tabs.

Do you still read the whole article?