virtual lab

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tonight i’m at the kitchen table doing virtual labs on my laptop while kenzie paints the ceiling in the living room. now before you call me an awful brute, it was her wish and idea to paint, and has requested no help from me. i’m sure she’d not turn help down, except for that she tends to have to redo whatever painting i do… so it’s better this way.

so in the labs i am building a zenoss server on a private virtual network (not a VPN) and it’s getting its internet through the private interface of a smoothwall VM, which in turn gets its internet through a NATted version of my laptop’s wireless NIC. in a host window i’m experimenting with doing a dd of my running OS partition to an image file for later dump to a VM. should be interesting to see if it even *thinks* about booting. even if it doesn’t, that might be a viable backup method for me until i can come up with something faster. amazingly my running config is around 6 GB not including the gigantic windows VM i use for work. the way i see it, it’s expendable. even a bare metal build of my laptop consumes only a couple of hours whereas a windows buildup takes like 16, so the point of backing up is mostly moot. regardless, i press on in search of knowledge.

ok so zenoss is done installing. time to fire up a vm of windows on that private virtual network i’ve got. i happen to have one of those handy…

nifty tool

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I’m writing this entry today from a little program that runs on my computer. if it works right it should post all my inner-most thinking directly to the blog with the greatest of ease. as of this very second my innermost thoughts are fairly empty and nonexistent. not much going on really. i’ve been computering quite a bit this evening, fixing my computer, and kenzie’s and assisting with bridget’s via telephone. she got into some smitfraud i guess and it seems to have been giving her a hard time. hope my last patch of advice helped out. i haven’t heard back from her in a while and i figure if it’s gone on this long and she’s still having trouble, there’s probably a foul mood over at the hacienda del hicks tonight. i feel for jeremiah if it’s going badly, becuase once a person gets into a computer mess it’s just no fun for anybody.

it’s kind of a sickness when that’s going on to you. you can’t really listen to reason when you’re having a computer problem and other people are giving you advice on it. you kind of have to just work through it yourself, and other people pretty well have to just leave you alone until you come out of it… otherwise, wars ensue. may the force be with them

pc macguyver move

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load an image of a blank floppy into a vm. use sector-by-sector write to image the virtual diskette. then use rawrite or whatever to create an image of the virtual floppy. copy this image to a computer with a physical floppy drive. using rawrite you can create a physical floppy without having ever used a physical diskette on the source machine. nifty