Blogging from a plane…

What a time to be alive! I’m on a flight to Bali at the moment and on the line! The 20 MB limit is not all that great, but enough for my needs.

This trip hasn’t been without incident though. For starters, my Windows installation is not booting all of a sudden. Haven’t really had enough time to figure out what’s happening between checking in and running to the gates… The boot process was taking a while – possibly the result of throttling when on battery power. Windows machines seem to be notorious for throttling on battery – Mac OS X doesn’t have that problem.

The laptop I’m using is the Acer Aspire S5 with 8 GB memory and a core i5 6200U processor. I have 3 OSes that installed – Windows 10 on the biggest partition and Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS (booted into this now) and Fedora 28 on 2 smaller partitions. This setup works well for me, I may end up wiping the Fedora partition as I don’t use it much – I boot into it to update it basically.

To get the tri-booting setup working was tricky – Acer seems to have hard-wired the WIndows EFI boot directory into the boot process so I have to overwrite the Windows EFI file with my custom file with all 3 OSes. That’s complicated by that the partition is only 100MB and every big Windows update re-writes the file! I created a simple bash script that I run after every big Windows update that

  1. mounts the EFI partition
  2. deletes the unnecessary language files (so my custom files fit)
  3. copies my custom boot file
  4. backs up the new Windows boot file – just in case.

It’s a long story, I’ll post the details and the script sometime.

Any way, hopefully this post can be published while I’m in the air – I’ll punctuate it with links etc. when I have a better internet connection.

Update: Published mid-air!

Editing in progress…

I got a lot of feedback from users in the forums asking me to add more stuff.. The response has been generally positive and I’m glad people appreciated all the time I spent doing this project.. The petition is starting to slow down now.. I mean look at these statistics:

Signatures Per Month for All Time

Month

Signatures

2009.11

1318


Signatures Per Day for the Past 30 Days

Day

Signatures

11/18

286

11/19

255

11/20

294

11/21

128

11/22

136

11/23

77

11/24

118

11/25

28

 

The momentum is slowing so its best I wrap it up and get it over with.. This whole process is eating up my whole summer!!! So I gotta push to the end and see where it goes.. We’ll see.. Keep ya’ll posted!

Anphase