Monday, March 25, 2013

How to install Windows Server 2008 r2 to D:

This is the only way I've found so far that actually works to put Windows 2008 server on D:

  • Install Windows 2008 on C: (you will trash this later, get used to wasting time)
  • After successful installation, use the storage manager to change the name of the CD-ROM drive to R: and reboot (rebooting is important, don't skip it)
  • Use the Registry editor in Administrator mode to rename key  HKLM\SYSTEM\MountedDevices\DosDevices\C: to D:
  • Reboot, and windows will act stupid
  • Start task manager to run Explorer as administrator
  • Run Windows Setup from your CD, and install again (this time to D:), and do NOT upgrade
  • Eventually you'll have a system installed on D:, and a Windows.old directory to nuke.
It took me about 30 hours to figure this out, I hope I save you some grief.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Google to disorganize the world's information, and be evil.

Google supposedly wants to organize the world's information, while not being evil.

They are about to close down Google Reader, which is one of the best ways to use RSS feeds to keep tabs on a lot of web sites without having to visit each and every one. It keeps track of what you have and haven't read, and is a great way to organize information.

Now I learn that it's about to go away.

First they hounded Aaron to death, now they're killing some of the utility of RSS.

Lots of evil at work here.

Another sad day.... 8(

Monday, March 04, 2013

Super wire - A call to action

I believe it is well within the capabilities of any non-chemistry adverse hackerspace to eventually create polymer cables which are 10 to 10 million times better than silver at conducting electricity up to the melting point of the polymer.
Here are some pointers to get you started.
Ultraconductors got killed in the 2008 market crash. Had they not got killed, they were making superconductors out of plastic, they called it Ultraconductor []. (Not to be confused with the speaker cables of the same name). This stuff conducted at room temperature a million times better than silver! I have no doubt they could have done it, had the economy not killed them. Here are the relevant patents.
US Patent 5,777,292 [] - Materials having high electrical conductivity at room teperatures and ...
US Patent 6,804,105 [] - Enriched macromolecular materials having temperature-independent high ...
Here's a 2005 interview (.pdf, sorry), which may give some insight about Ultraconductor.
The 2000 Nobel Prize in Chemistry [] (pdf) offers some good info about conductive polymers.
US Patent 7,014,795 [] discusses the growth of crystalized electron pairs (otherwise referred to as polarons in other places), the diagrams are especially helpful.
Again, I believe it is well within the capabilities of any non-chemistry adverse hackerspace. Let's get out there and  do this awesome thing!