Archive for October, 2006

GParted – A Hidden Gem

Posted on the October 30th, 2006 under Editorial by

In the past, i’ve used all sorts of different tools to accomplish the task of formatting and partitioning hard-drives. I’ve done it from the command line in DOS, Linux and at some point in the past, even OS/2. Recently, I needed to resize a partition on my Mac laptop and discovered GParted bundled with Ubuntu 6. All I can say is WOW! This is a phenomally useful tool. GParted supports creating, moving and resizing pretty much any filesystem most of us will every encounter including HFS+ (Mac OSX default file system). In order to resize an HFS+ filesystem you must disable journaling. You can do this using the “Disk Utility” or from the command line (click here for help with this).

According to the feature list GParted supports the following file systems:

ext2,ext3,fat16,fat32,hfs,hfs+,jfs,linux-swap,ntfs,reiserfs,reiser4,ufs,xfs

Not too shabby! Even better, the GParted project has created a Live-CD for Intel-based systems. With the number of different file systems that are supported, I may start using this instead of my trusty UBCD for partitioning computers.

You can download GParted and its Live-CD from Source Forge at the following address:

http://gparted.sourceforge.net/

Windows Vista “Borrows” Features from Mac OS X

Posted on the October 28th, 2006 under Editorial by

Vista DesktopWindows has a long history of “borrowing” features from the Mac. Not that this is a bad thing…almost all successful products are a new and improved version of something that came before it. It does seem like a large number of features that were introduced on the Mac have moved to Windows in a new improved form. The situation was so bad at one point that the two companies sued each other over the right to the trash can. Who won? Microsoft ended up using a recycle bin instead of a trash can. Regardless, today my primary development workstation runs Windows XP Pro so Microsoft must be doing something right.

Enter Windows Vista…the fact is, looks do matter and Windows Vista looks gorgeous! Vista seems to be all about eye-candy from its transparent windows and title bars to the new alternative Alt-Tab interface.