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Archive for November 2006

Checking hard disk health status

Sunday, 26th November 2006 7:49am
Once in a while I check the health status of my two hard disk drives and for some time now I have been using HD Tune .

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.

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Category: Freeware | Comments : 2

Unusual Ubuntu panel error

Saturday, 18th November 2006 8:10pm
Whilst booting Ubuntu this morning I got an unusual error. After entering my username and password I got this 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.

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Category: Ubuntu | Comments : 0

Keeping download limit in check

Friday, 17th November 2006 1:01pm
My friend who is a Mac user e-mailed me to tell me about the widgets that help you keep track your monthly broadband usage from Phoenixonline.

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.

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Category: Freeware | Comments : 4