Tag: Windows Sucks!

A burning hatred for Microsoft Windows

So I get home, open my ‘new’ Dell E6420 and I get dunned about Windows updates. I postpone for four hours. But then the machine decides to reboot into the updates some 20 minutes later. ┬áBut phase 1 of 3 took, in my opinion too long. So I shut the machine down via holding down the power button.

It booted and went right to phase 3 of 3. Even that was fucking klunky. I had to shut down again, the third try was the charm.

When I finally get to logon I get the reminder there are 24 updates available. This time of course it showed me what they were. Bunch of security updates.

But Linux and in particular Ubuntu – when it has updates you have to approve in essence. And it tells you PRECISELY what’s being installed. And in fact updates to software is pretty frequent on Linux. Windows is every few weeks. But not all updates require rebooting.

It’d be pretty easy for me to make the switch. I have an SSD with Ubuntu 14.04 on it. I should just snap it in and say fuck Windows forever.

Stuffing an image file onto an SD card for the Raspberry Pi

Well – it isn’t so easy on Windows of any flavor. Microsoft in their wisdom uses a fucked way of referencing devices.

First I had to find a program to wipe the SD card. A little application called appropriately, DiskErase to the rescue.

Then, because I needed a way to stuff the image, I found a windows version of the popular Linux tool ‘dd’ = disk dump. But not just disks but files too.

Now I’m used to doing it this way:

dd bs=1M if=/dev/sda0/home/tonypo/file.txt of=tonypo.img and it’s done.

But on windows dd instead of using ‘of’ (output file, if is input file) you have to use od (output device)

So in my case it’d be:

dd if=2012-09-18-wheezy-raspbian.img od=F:

F: is my SD card. So with that in mind I can now successfully flash images to an SD card. Yippee!