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[That's a weird one. I've installed Ubuntu alongside WinXP for about thirty people to date, and so far (knock wood) it's behaved perfectly. The WinXP environment worked fine and GRUB reports and boots into either OS without a hitch.

Now I'm nervous.

What version of Ubu are you running? And did you install Ubu on a drive with a native Microsoft MBR - or did you modify it previously with some other security utility, boot loader, or manufacturer's formatting tool?
8. something...have to check which (only downloaded a week ago so v recent)
Acronis OS selector had been activated

On a sort of related note... I tried to install Ubuntu on a partition last night (have C for programs, D for data and created a newie for Ubuntu)
During the install, the "partitioner" fired up, showed me I diagram which looked to me like C, D were to be left alone and the diag had the word "Ubuntu" next to the 3rd partition.
Imaging my surprise when I didn't have my XP C drive or data D drive anymore. Wouldn't it be simple for the install routione to say in plain english "hey, you're about to lose XP and a data partition"?

I had a recent (acronis) image of C, partial data backups but lost heaps. I also had to mess about with the acronis disk director, which worked ok for me.
Had no joy with partition recovery or deleted file recovery.
I'll obviously have to improve my data backup management.


General Software Discussion / Mockups ...
« on: November 24, 2008, 04:00 PM »
Noticed in a recent post a mockup of an app which I liked the look of (the mockup, not the app) (Found it here)
Followed up on it and found Balsamiq Mockups
I'm sure there are lots of uses for this apart from software and internet developers.

For "do gooders" (their phrase) and various others, they'll give a free licence. I was given one on the basis that I'm an educator (antithesis of a do gooder?)
Example mockups here.
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Living Room / Re: Grey desktop - how to?
« on: November 21, 2008, 04:22 AM »
thanks Tomos, that was an interesting read. Suggests I should try an ahk script myself to take a screenshot, change it to grayscale and then use it.
Else there might be stardock's windows blinds...the paid version allows for color desaturation

Living Room / Re: Grey desktop - how to?
« on: November 20, 2008, 11:11 PM »
thanks for the replies, but perhaps I didn't make myself clear enough...
I don't want to be in a permanent greyscale world, so all apps and graphics are greyscale.. I just want everything on the desktop to be greyscale - wallpaper, icons and shortcuts on the desktop, all grey, just like it looks when you're about to shut down. Any running apps I want in their full, glorious colours.

    My nvidia control panel doesn't have a saturation control, apart from one for tv/video which isn't relevant.
Finally, the why... because I've small images scattered over my desktop thanks to "John's background Switcher" and I've noticed I like the desktop when its all desaturated.

goto the display settings (ati- catalyst control center\ nvidia- nvidia control panel) and goto the color settings, and in the ati panel there is an option to change the saturation, which will make it grayscale if you put it all the way to the left. I can't remember what all is in the nvidia control panel, because when I was using a nvidia card I almost never used the control panel

But I too am curious as to why you want to do this.

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