First day's results for Windows 10
July 29, 2015
Something happened So the results are in from the first day of the Windows 10 release, and they are mixed. John has gone through the the upgrade process successfully on two machines (Windows 7 Home and Windows 7 Pro). In my case I got the wonderful “Something happened” when trying to write a USB installer (from two different machines). Eventually I broke down and downloaded the Windows 10 ISO from MSDN and burned it to a USB using the Windows 7 USB/DVD tool. It annoys me a great deal when there’s an error with no diagnostics information, fortunately I could work around it.
Windows 7 USB install
July 19, 2010
Even since Vista, Microsoft has made it possible to install Windows via USB drive. This is extremely useful for those of us that have MSDN and download ISOs direct. It is also very helpful for those trying to install on a netbook or other optical-less machine. The main problem is that it has been a pain in the ass to setup and prep the USB drives. Guess what? Not any more.
Truly non-interactive / unattended apt-get install
December 4, 2008
I’ve recently begun tinkering with Amazon Web Services (specifically their EC2 service) and RightScale. The major difference between these “Cloud” computing platforms and others is that the “instance” (i.e A running virtual machine) is temporary. Once it is shut down, all the data is gone. Additionally, the RightScale (and fairly common) way about going things is to use a “clean” machine image and script the install of the specific packages you need on Launch.