The following 4 guides have been moved over to my MediaWiki site and updated:

Intro to the ViM Editor
Vim and R
iPhone 1.1.4 and Ubuntu Linux
Ubuntu Hardy Heron (8.04) on a Toshiba Portege M400

I think it makes them much, much easier to read and follow.

Friday, June 13th, 2008 General, Technology

4 Comments to

  • tkep says:

    good vi/vim tutorial. quicker than the built in one and it helped me learn a couple of things.

  • Chris says:

    Thank you so much for your hardy heron guide on the M400. Saved me *many* hours.

  • Nicco says:

    Hey thank you very much for your tutorials. I first found your site last Spring when I started looking into using Edubuntu is an elementary school environment. I have a Toshiba Portege m400 S5032 tablet that was previously using Vista.

    Since it is a school machine there are times that I do need to be able to use Windows and so originally set it up as a dual boot system.

    Sometimes when I first boot up the machine or restart the machine the Toshiba logo will become “corrupted” looking similar to the old Nintendo systems when the cartridges were dusty. It will then either kinda hang for a few more seconds and then go right into the booting process for whatever is first in the GRUB boot list (Ubuntu) or will go past the Toshiba logo and to what I think must be the GRUB boot list will the screen will be all white and wait a few seconds then boot into the first OS on the list.

    If it goes to the second screen where it all turns white I can sometimes just keep hitting the down arrow key to get it to select the other OS.

    Now this doesn’t happen all the time but I noticed it increased in frequency with the Intrepid Ibex release so much so that having a dual boot system was just too much of a hassle.

    This isn’t a huge issue for me as I can pretty much do everything I need on our network using Ubuntu plus I’ve dived into using virtual machines so much that having a dual boot doesn’t make much sense anyway.

    I was wondering if you or anyone else has had this problem and what might be causing it. And are there any fixes for this?

  • Derrick says:

    Nicco, you’re very welcome. I’m glad some people found it useful.

    While I’ve never noticed a problem with the logo being garbled, I do occasionally have the problem with the white screen. I’m not quite sure what causes it yet. It may be helpful for you to remove the “hiddenmenu” option from the /boot/grub/menu.lst file, which will display the full grub menu automatically on each boot without having to hit Escape. You can also adjust how long it waits at the menu, or, if you don’t remove “hiddenmenu”, how long you have to hit Escape to bring up the menu, by changing the “timeout” option in that same file.

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