Windows 7 – HowTo change system HDD to SSD (With built in tools only)

Ingredients:

  • Current Laptop or PC
  • New SSD
  • External Harddisk (for backup, so it’d better be fast and big)
  • One empty DVD (or the recovery disc)
  • Bunch of screwdrivers

Abstract:

  • Shrink your HDD partition to a size smaller than the SSD (*)
  • Create¬†a recovery disk
  • Create a system image with Windows backup on the external Harddisk
  • Replace your HDD with the shiny new SSD
  • Boot with recovery disk
  • Choose to restore from a system backup

(*) The first part is realy important. I ran in a nasty trap when I changed my disks: I shrunk my system partition to fit on the SSD, but while I recovered, the recovery tool told me there wasn’t enough space on my target disk. The problem was my own lazyness: I created a new partition on the HDD where I moved all the not needed files.

The system backup tool tries to recover your whole system, not only your system partition. So be sure that all partitions on your HDD in sum aren’t bigger than your SSD

HowTo shrink the partitions: microsoft.com

HowTo shrink if there are “unmovable” files: brandonchecketts.com

Setting up Wifi on Ubuntu 12.04 Server via command line (yeah, finally some technical stuff )

Problem:

Setting up a wireless adapter on Ubuntu server 12.04 LTS via CLI isn’t THAT easy. Plug’n’Play doesn’t simply work. Good thing there is Google. And a lot of helpful sites.

Target:

Insert the stick (or boot with it) and connect automaticly to the preferred network

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New term, new pain

A new term started today and so far nothing interesting happened. System management and analysis would be generally an interesting course, but till now it’s only a recapitulation of known facts, so everyone has the same level of knowledge.

The problem is: There are so many students here which seem to know everything, or at least think that they know everything. (Of course, only David knows everything). It’s interesting when they answer a mere rethorical question wrong and the lecturer tries to avoid to say: “That’s wrong”. Instead he comments the answers with a variety of versions like “Um, yes, in a certain way you could say that” or “Interesting idea, but not exactly what I was looking for”. And I think some of the students think they made an important statement.

But it’s the first day, I probably won’t see most of the other students again until the exam is on due.

Egg cartons. A lot of them (47 to be precisely)

Ever wanted to know how egg cartons would look like, if you stack up enough to contain 352 eggs?

Me neither. Nonetheless, here are the egg cartons we gathered for our band room:

We gathered so many of them to quieten our band room. But now (after we accumulated so many cartons) we canceled the room, because of a raise of the rent.