In this tutorial, I'll show you how to install Linux-Vserver on Debian Testing (Etch), the easy way. This was the first tutorial I posted to HowtoForge.com, so please tell me if you like it or not. You may find it a bit verbose, as I try to explain things in enough detail so that everyone understands what I mean :-)

What is Linux-Vserver, you ask? It's simple. Basically, Linux-Vserver is an open-source system used to separate a single physical server into multiple virtual servers. From the Linux-Vserver website:

"Linux-VServer allows you to create virtual private servers and security contexts which operate like a normal Linux server, but allow many independent servers to be run simultaneously in one box at full speed. All services, such as ssh, mail, Web, and databases, can be started on such a VPS, without modification, just like on any real server. Each virtual server has its own user account database and root password and doesn't interfere with other virtual servers."

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Sure, there's been some stupid eBay auctions in the past, but this has got to be the stupidest eBay auction ever! Someone was trying to sell contact information of a person who has a PlayStation 3... Here's the description that was posted:

You are bidding on the contact information for my friend who acquired a PS3 by waiting in line outside Best Buy for two days in advance. I was there with him the entire time, but already sold mine. He has in his posession a PS3, extra controller, extra charger, three games (Resistance, Madden, and Ridge Racer), and a 2 year product replacement plan. Keep in mind that you are not bidding on an actual system, but only the information where you might obtain one. You will be able to contact him and he is very willing to sell if the price is right. The unit is in the Atlanta, GA area and he would be willing to deliver in person if close by. PayPal is the only payment form accepted.

As soon as I saw this, I couldn't believe that someone would be trying to sell contact information on eBay, and certainly didn't think that anyone would bid on it...

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Well, I was looking at last month's statistics for Daniel15.com, and I happened to notice something interesting in the list of browsers people are using:
Browsers used to visit site - October 2006
It appears that more of my site's visitors are now using Firefox rather than Internet Explorer... Also, 11% of visitors are Opera users (if only there were more :P)

What was even more interesting was the list of operating systems people are using:
Operating Systems used to visit site - October 2006
Can you see it? Look towards the end of that list... 10 hits from a person using AmigaOS! I didn't even know that AmigaOS was still used :P
I had an Amiga 2000... A long, long time ago, before I knew how to use a computer properly. I always used this painting program (but I can no longer remember what it was called).
Update: OK, I remember now, it was called DPaint :P

Well, it's that time of year again: Exam time. Because of this, I won't have much time to work on my websites.
Anyways, the exams I'm having are:

Wednesday 8th November

  • 9:00am - 11:15am: English
  • 1:40pm - 2:45pm: Maths Methods (non-calculator)

Thursday 9th November

  • 11:05am - 12:40pm: Information Systems

Friday 10th November

  • 11:05am - 1:10pm: Specialist Maths (calculator)

Monday 13th November

  • 9:00am - 10:35am: Physics
  • 1:40pm - 2:45pm: Specialist Maths (non-calculator)

Tueaday 14th November

  • 9:00am - 10:35am: Chemistry
  • 11:05am - 1:10pm: Maths Methods (calculator)

The best thing is that once all the exams are over, I don't have any more school :)

Recently, heaps of people have been going crazy over the new Vista RC1 release. I decided to dowload Vista, and try it myself. Unfortunately, I didn't have any blank DVD's at hand. Nevertheless, I discovered that you can install Vista without burning it onto DVD. Here's how you do it:

  • Partition your hard drive. Resize your Windows partition to leave at least 15-20GB available for Vista. You can do this through utilities like PartitionMagic, or through a boot CD such as the free Ultimate Boot CD. If you don't know how to partition a drive, you're probably not the kind of person who should be installing Vista.
  • Install the free DAEMON Tools if you don't have it already.
  • Download the DVD ISO from the Microsoft site
  • Once the download is done, mount the ISO file with DAEMON Tools (using the DAEMON Tools icon in the system tray. Right-click it, and go Virtual CD/DVD ROM --> Device 0 --> Mount Image
  • If Autorun is enabled, the Windows Vista setup will appear. If not, go to 'My Computer', double-click on the virtual DVD drive, and then double-click 'SETUP.EXE'.

If you've done everything correctly, this should start the Vista installation wizard. When prompted to choose a partition, choose the one created earlier. The setup program will then copy over all the files, and reboot your computer (to continue the setup).
One notable thing is that the DVD is only required for the initial step (copying the files), and that's why you can do it this way. Previous version of Windows required the CD throughout the whole setup (and don't even remind me of the 20 or so Windows 95 floppy disks :P)

Anyways, after looking at Vista for a while, it's definately overrated. The graphical effects in Compiz are much better than anything that Vista could ever achieve. Vista is bloatware, that's all there is to it. After Vista's release, more and more people will start realising the benefits of Linux over Windows (especially the price, and overall performance), and make the switch. At least, that's what I'm hoping.

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