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Toshiba Tablet PC

April 30, 2010 Leave a comment

A few years ago I picked up a Tablet PC for a really good price. I did not have any real use for it at the time, but thought it would be cool to play around with, plus I use it with Photoshop, to help me “cut out” images. Well, I just recently got it back out of storage, dusted it off, and decided that I would really start taking a good look at it.

Since the machine is pretty small and lightweight, it is perfect for traveling with. I don’t really do much traveling, but when I do it would be great to have a machine I can take with me. With small dimensions (11.6″ x 9.8″ x 1.5″) and weighing in at only 4.4lbs, this machine is very portable.

I performed a System Restore on the PC, to get everything back to the factory settings. Then I went through the system and removed all the extra software & trials which I do not need or want. I installed all of my “standard” applications (Anti-Virus, Home Server Connector, etc) and got an initial backup created.

I have to say, I am really liking this machine. I can’t believe I let it jut sit for so long, and not gt used for anything more than the occasional Photoshop edit. I have been playing with the Inking feature, and I am loving it. Inking allows for me to write on the screen of the laptop, and then either convert my handwriting to text or leave as is in the document. While I am still finding more and more extensions, add-ons and software geared specifically for the tablet PC, I am realizing that this machine is an integral part of my armory of machines and tools.

Now, if I could just get it back from my girlfriend…

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My Home Server

April 19, 2010 Leave a comment

My home server was in dire need of a rebuild. So, after doing a ton of searching and reading, I decided I was ready to under take the task of rebuilding my server and getting all of my data restored.

I started by removing my USB (Universal Serial Bus) Drive from the storage pool, to get all of my files onto the main drive and the 1TB drive left in the pool. I then followed this procedure, to get as much of the data onto the 1TB drive and off the primary drive, as possible. I also took one of the spare drives from my main Desktop system, to use as the new Primary drive for the server. This would allow me to maintain the original storage pool drives, while still reinstalling the WHS (Windows Home Server) OS (Operating System).

Once I got the OS installed and patched, up to Power Pack 1, I started the task of moving my data and shares from the old drives to the new one. I knew there would not be enough space on the primary drive, so I added the USB drive back into the pool at this point. Checking out the wiki post on We Got Served this seemed like it would be a pretty straight forward and relatively simple thing to do. Of course, with my luck, this was not to be so.

I got everything copied over from the 1TB drive and it was looking good (this only took about 16 hours to complete), but once I did a comparison of the pointers on the old primary drive, I found that a LOT of files were missing. After about 3 days of searching, I think I found all of my data. While not too difficult, it was a PITA, due to the way WHS handles the files on the storage pool. I had to search through the backup folders in order to find everything. At least I know how to do this, if I ever have to again. I think I am going to get a couple of extra drives just to use for data backups

All in All, it wasn’t to terribly bad. I did get a bunch of new website resources and I also found several new WHS Add-Ins. At least my computers will start getting back ups again.

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