Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Believe everything you read?...

Actor-comedian Sinbad got a telephone call from his daughter...about whether or not he was dead...

A Wikipedia web page had been edited...

MSNBC and NBC News, March 22, "..online encyclopedia, plagued by errors..."

Wikipedia: Terms of use
"This page describes the general terms and conditions upon which you may read the Wikipedia site. If you do not agree with these terms we ask that you do not read this site. Thank you. This is a summary of these terms and conditions...

Wikipedia:General disclaimer

"...nothing found here has necessarily been reviewed...

"...Wikipedia cannot guarantee the validity of the information found here...

"...all information read here is without any implied warranty of fitness for any purpose or use whatsoever. Even articles that have been vetted by informal peer review or featured article processes may later have been edited inappropriately...

"None of the contributors, sponsors, administrators, or anyone else connected with Wikipedia in any way whatsoever can be responsible for the appearance of any inaccurate or libelous information or for your use of the information contained in or linked from these web pages."

"On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog."
Published in The New Yorker July 5, 1993

Monday, March 19, 2007

moving Windows to a different computer

We got a call from Gary who wanted to move an installation of Windows from one computer to another. It's possible...BUT...here are some things you should know:

How to move a Windows installation to different hardware

You can restore a system state backup from one physical computer to the same physical computer or another computer that has the same make, model, and configuration (identical hardware).

Microsoft does not support restoring a system state backup from one computer to a second computer of a different make, model, or hardware configuration...Even if the source and destination computers appear to be identical makes and models, there may be driver, hardware, or firmware differences between the source and destination computers.

...the preferred method of recovery is to use the Automated System Recovery (ASR) feature. ASR automates the whole restore process. This process produces the most reliable result.

If you remove any hardware on the destination computer that is not required to complete the restore process, you increase the probability of a successful restore operation. For example, physically remove or disable all but one network adapter. Install or enable the additional adapters after you restart the operating system after the restore operation.