Saturday, August 11, 2007

HP Recovery Partition

I got an HP desktop computer for Winter Solstice Festival Holiday, last year. It has a recovery partition that is suppose to rapidly rebuild Windows XP, but its availability has been rather inconsistent. In all fairness, it is because my system has always been a multi boot system.

In the process of ditching Vista, I reformatted the drive back to the factory default. As I rebuild the system, I tested the recovery partition to ensure that it was still working. It seems the secret is to keep the recovery partition as the last partition on the drive, but it must be a primary partition.

This means the disk is arrange similar to the following:
1 Primary Windows XP-M
2 Primary Linux /boot
4 Extended
5 Logical FAT-32 (data)
6 Logical NTFS (Win Apps)
7 Logical Linux LVM (F7)
3 Primary Recovery

The big trick is going to come when I try to re-install Vista as Logical partition number 8. Oooo... Won't that be interesting.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Zeller Schwartz Katz

A German white table wine, this is one of those wines that needs the right food. (Of course, its suppose to be the other way around.) By itself, I didn't care for it, but with a spice tomato based dish, it had a completely different flavor. Who would have thought to drink a German wine with Mexican food? Under $10, 6 out of 10.

Oroya White Wine

Found this at the wine store: Oroya, Made For Sushi. It's from Freixenet, which means it's Spanish, which is an unusual place to get wine designed for sushi. But you gotta try new things. Under $10, nice enough, but nothing interesting. Just a 5 of 10.