Archive for November 2006
Checking hard disk health status
For a quick check of the hard disk HD Tune seems to do well although I should admit that I am not so concerned about all the other numbers it pulls through. HD Tune checks hard disk performance and shows you information and in the early days I had to rely on the HD Tune website to check on some of the terminology.
You have an option of a quick scan or the standard scan which takes a bit of time but its good to see if there are any errors then you probably need to keep a closer check on the hard disk.
My dissapointed though lately is that whilst HD Tune can give you the status of NTFS and FAT32 partitions it gives you nothing but the size for ext3 or swap partitions. This is what is now causing me to think that I should possibly get another utility that will give me information for all partitions.
I should also add that you can also check the status of memory cards and flash drives.
Unusual Ubuntu panel error
I've detected a panel already running, and will now exit.
I just re-booted the machine and the error didn't appear again. I have since realised that its a minor error which can be fixed by firing the terminal and issuing the killall gnome-panel.
Keeping download limit in check
Unfortunately I can't use them because they are for Mac OS X users only. Also please note these widgets are only for users in Australia.
I think they are quite useful if you don't have an unlimited broadband account with your provider but meanwhile I
have to hunt for the Windows/Ubuntu ones if they are available somewhere.