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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Windows (and Android) Aren't (That) Inflexible...

If you've played around with Windows ISO's then you'd realise that with the advent of Windows Vista and 7 it is possible to convert a generic ISO to a so called 'Universal' addition through some ISO file modifications (and of course the correct 'Prodcut Key').

http://code.kliu.org/misc/winisoutils/
http://tweaks.com/windows/40135/install-any-edition-of-windows-7-from-any-windows-7-dvd/
http://www.mydigitallife.info/how-to-select-any-edition-or-version-sku-of-windows-7-to-install-from-single-edition-dvd-disc-media-or-iso/
http://www.mydigitallife.info/create-windows-7-universal-iso-with-all-editions-selection-on-install-with-ei-cfg-removal-utility/

If you've been playing with Windows 8 and have not become accustomed to the interface there is some salvation.

http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/window-on-windows/start8-put-the-start-menu-back-in-windows-8/5864
http://www.askvg.com/download-classic-shell-skin-to-get-windows-7-look-like-start-menu-and-start-button-in-windows-8/

For those of us who need or would like to extend the trial period for Windows 7.

http://forums.mydigitallife.info/threads/19113-IR5-The-Official-Windows-7-Rearm-Solution
http://forums.mydigitallife.info/threads/17938-GUIDE-How-to-really-run-Windows-7-forever-without-applying-any-cracks
http://forums.mydigitallife.info/threads/24744-Trilogy-4-2
http://msftkitchen.com/tag/removewat

If you haven't realised already the Kobo VOX is basically a low end tablet running Android. Moreover, there is an active community out there that is working on unlocking  the full capabilities of this device.

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=156773
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=94213

You can mount filesystems other than FAT32 on Android and have multi-partition support though I wouldn't say that it is 'clean' at this stage.

http://www.androidzoom.com/android_applications/tools/drive-mount_bbjqc.html
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=7446857
http://androidforums.com/samsung-galaxy-tab-2/543306-exfat-ext3-support.html
http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=8111
http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/1790655

If you haven't heard already it is possible to run Debian alongside Android on your smartphone making the possibilities almost limitless.

http://evilzone.org/android/debian-on-android/
https://github.com/guardianproject/lildebi
http://android-dls.com/wiki/index.php?title=Installing_Debian
http://evilzone.org/android/debian-on-android/
http://www.androidfanatic.com/community-forums.html?func=view&catid=9&id=251
http://www.saurik.com/id/10/
http://g1tools.googlecode.com/

No Dependency Debian Packages, Random Stuff, and More

- come across issues with packages on Debian from time to time. Came up with a following script which basically strips dependency checking ...