A powerful and flexible tool that comes with every Windows XP setup CD is the Recovery Console.
It proved really helpful in repairing a damaged partition boot sector in one Windows installation.
Recovery Console turns out to be useful, even when safe boot mode and other startup options do not work. This is certainly the case when the partition boot sector, containing Windows boot code, has been overwritten.
Restart the computer from Microsoft Windows setup CD. At the first prompt, start the Recovery Console by pressing R.
I always thought that VMWare Server is a great piece of software. It is a fast and convenient way to run my soothsayer builds on a Windows platform without actually having to get dirty running it on my (real) hardware.
However, it has a couple of shortcomings that I can no longer live with:
it is not free as in freedom (although it is free as in beer)
it does not work with the latest kernels (its kernel modules do not build with the latest kernel sources)
Not to fear, my friend, for QEMU and VirtualBox are excellent alternatives to VMWare!
What is it with rocket science that fascinates people? Surely, most people nowadays appreciate that there are many other disciplines that are just as hard as rocket science. But the expression 'It's not rocket science, after all' has stuck around.
One field of scientific endevour that is surely as hard as rocket science (if not much much harder) is robotics. Robotics combines tough hardware and software problems. Typical robotics problem are hard when taken individually. In fact, they are usually NP-hard, when talking about software problems.
That Google released a massive corpus of data based on the vast amount of web pages that their GoogleBot crawler indexes is old news.
Don't you just love the subtle reference to the "All your base are belong to us" phenomenon. Incidentally, all my X display manager sessions great me with the catchy "All your base are belong to us" motto. So do my screensavers. I know...