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Windows XP: End of the life

Microsoft announced that Windows XP will not be supported any more until April 8, 2014.

There are certain terms of Microsoft support lifecycle.

Mainstream support: Microsoft will offer mainstream support for a minimum of 5 years from the date of a product’s general availability, or for 2 years after the successor product is released, whichever is longer. For example, if you buy a new version of Windows and five years later another version is released, you will still have two years of support left for the previous version.

Extended support: Microsoft will offer extended support for either a minimum of 5 years from the date of a product’s general availability, or for 2 years after the second successor product (two versions later) is released, whichever is longer.

Regarding Windows XP

  • Mainstream support ended on April 14, 2009
  • Extended support will be ended on April 8, 2014

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Home Network

We are heavily relaying on the network, or Internet.
Now I would like to share how I connect all my devices in my house.
Internet service is provided by Shaw. It is the only choice in my area.
Coaxial cable connect the Modem from the wall. Then connect Modem and my Router A by network cable.
Router A is the heart of my network.
It provide wired connection to following devices:
Media Player – Asus O!Play
Network Storage – DLink DNS323, 3.5TB, FTP, File sharing, and BT.
Voip Box A – iTalkBB, provide local phone service.
Voip Box B – SPA-2002, Long Distance Call Service.
Router A also provide Wireless connection to following devices with MAC address filter. Only allowed MAC address can connect it.
Desktop A, for my daughter Grace
Desktop B, for my wife, Vivian and daughter, Gloria,
iPod Touch
Cellphone A – LG Optimus One
Cellphone B – LG Shine Plus
DS lite – with a replacement case, still working.
Kindle Keyboard with Wifi
Router A has a wireless connection with Router B. Router B works as bridge.
Router B wired connects to Desktop C
Router B is also working as a printer server by connecting Laser printer with USB port.
Actually, Router A has a Gigabit Switch to extent the ports. Router A has 4 Lan ports only, by connect Switch to it, it can connect 7 devices.

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Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.04

Ubuntu Netbook Edition is designed for Netbook. Such as what I have, Acer Aspire One with 8GB only.
First of all. Download the UNE from the official site.
The ISO file is about 700MB. It took me 40 minutes to complete download.
The second step is Create my own UNE flash drive
It is bootable flash drive, on usb disk.
Here is the link show you how to make a UNE installation USB disk.
The last step is to install it.

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Flash Bios without command

Acer Aspire One A110 has new bios released. I want to update it.
1) Download bios package from the official site.
2) I use the windows flash tool to update it.
3) Restart the netbook.
It is failed to boot up. When I press power button. It start to boot. I can go into CMOS setting by F2. But the fan is running so noise and after 10 to 20 seconds it power off automatically.
I can not even get into command promote.
I google it and find the solution.

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Install Windows 7 on Netbook

Here is a general instruction about how to install Windows 7 on Netbook.
1. Prepare the USB disk with 4GB. The ISO is about 2.4G. So the 2GB usb flash drive is not big enough.
2.Have the Windows 7 ISO on hand.
3. Plug flash disk into your PC
First type DISKPART and hit enter.
4. Next type LIST DISK command and note down the Disk number (ex: Disk 1) of your USB flash drive. In the below screenshot my Flash Drive Disk no is Disk 1.

(Format process may take few seconds)

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Ubuntu Netbook Remix will be released with Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop

Ubuntu has a branch version, Ubuntu Netbook Remix (UNR). For Ubuntu 9.04, UNR is released at the same time.
It is designed based on regular Ubuntu, but remixed for Netbook.
For users:
* New Interface – built for accessing your favourite on and off-line applications rapidly and optimised for the restricted screen size this is radically different
* No viruses – Ubuntu is a smooth, safe computing and browsing experience
* Optimised for netbook components – built from the ground up to take advantage of speed and power capabilities of the chip set
* Large developer community – gain the benefits of innovation from some of the world’s leading free and open source developers

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New Features of Ubuntu 9.04

Ubuntu will release 9.04 in three days. I will upgrade my Ubuntu box when it is really released.
Now I would like to go through the ne features of Ubuntu 9.04
Ubuntu 9.04 includes the latest GNOME 2.26 desktop environment.
All in one CD-burning application. It is default.
gnome-display-properties has new features to support multi-monitors.
X.Org server 1.6
It has better 2D 3D support on ATI video card. Intel card is also supported well.
Boot performance
This is very important when competed with Windows Vista or XP, or even Windows 7.
Ext4 filesystem support
Ext4 is an option on Ubuntu 9.04. Ext3 is still default file system, but Ext 4 may be the default in the next version.

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