Saturday, October 29, 2011

Getting Started With Ubuntu- Setting Up

After having played around with Ubuntu in VM’s and brother’s laptop, I’m ready to use it on my lappy too, though not as the only OS. So that means I’ll be dual booting between Windows 7 and Ubuntu 11.10.
Now I had to decide whether to use Wubi or create another partition for Ubuntu. I chose the latter one.
My hdd has 640GB total storage. Current state of hdd is – 4 partitions
1.       Dell Utilities
2.       System Restore
3.       Windows 7
4.       Media

Structure that I needed:
1.       Dell utilities
2.       System Restore
3.       Windows 7
4.       Ubuntu
5.       Media

Problem 1: An HDD can only have 4 primary partitions. To create more than 4 partitions one primary partition has to be an extended partition which can then house logical drives.

Problem 2: Windows 7 partition had 300GB space allocated with only about 50GB being used. I needed to shrink it in order to create more space in my Media partition.

So how to get past these hurdles? I could go for a fresh install of windows and in the process of installing windows create the new partition system. Well, this is what I would have done had I not used Ubuntu before in VM's and not known about GParted. GParted is a superb application for exactly what I needed to do. I was able to shrink the Windows partition pretty easily but I couldn't get it to expand the Extended partition that housed Media. Bummer. Since I had already backed up every single file from my Media partition, I went ahead and deleted the partition. From the unallocated space now created plus the part created from shrinking windows, I created partition for Ubuntu and Media under one Extended Partition. Now I have exactly the setup that I needed.

I installed Ubuntu 11.10 – Oneiric Ocelot. First thing that I noted was the superfast boot up. Updates on experience using Ubuntu in some other post.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Logo's that are not just logo's! Part 2

Yesterday, DevSnippets compiled a list of 30 logos which actually had some connection with the name. The connections could be easily spotted. I blogged about that piece of work and this post is the follow up to that one.

Tell me, what makes this logo of Formula 1 special?

Look carefully, the number 1 is in the space between the F and the red stripes. Also, the red stripes indicate speed. Amazing!

Look at E and X carefully, there is an arrow pointing towards the right. This arrow signifies speed and precision, the key point of their adverts.

And again, another arrow does the work! The arrow here indicates happiness which relates to customer satisfaction. Also, that arrow starts from A, ends at Z ie they have all products A to Z!

Have you noticed that there is a silhouette of a bear in the mountain? Wondering why? Well this chocolate company is from Bern, Switzerland, which is sometimes also known as "The City of Bears"

Sony Vaio
Sony's laptop series. The initial part of VAIO ie V and A are basic analog signals and the I and O represent 1 and 0 which are basic digital signals!

Baskin Robins
Hey whats 31 doing in there? Oh yeah, their old logo had the no 31. Is it related to the 31 flavours?

Sun Microsystems
Designed by Vaughan Pratt of Stanford University, the logo reads Sun from all directions.

Thanks are due to Abhishek Choudhary who pointed out these fascinating logos to me! Thanks!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Logo's that are not just logo's!

A good logo that HAS some connection with the name is always appealing. Are you following me? No? Here see this

Evolution X

And see this one too -
Diamond Bookstore

The creativity is commendable!
DevSnippets has made a list of 30 such logos - 30 Unique Logos.
Check it out!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Axis Of Awesome.... Trully Awesome!

Embedded below is a clip containing a performance of Axis Of Awesome, an Australian musical comedy act. The band's members are Jordan Raskopoulos, Lee Naimo and Benny Davis
In this one, they show how the pop bands have been fooling us, indeed fooling us. But no more! Watch out you pop singers!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


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