• Windows FUN-damentals

    Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs is designed to basically be a thin client for RDP sessions. It’s been a release since 2006 (?) from Microsoft, but only available for Volume Licensing customers. It’s built to work on Windows 95-98 compatible computers, but is installable with driver extensions (allowing for any xp-compatible drivers to be installed) and has none of the extra bloat that XP comes with (movie maker / messenger, etc). I heard about this on a forum discussing Asus Eee PCs when looking for a replacement for the unsatisfactory CrunchBang Linux that I had on the old Pearl EEE 8G.
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    Oh man – it’s fast, especially for a netbook.
    Installation takes up only 600-800 MB of the HDD.
    Because it’s on an SSD, I turned off the windows swap file, indexing, and system restore (I think that one was off by default anyway), and it’s even faster.
    Installation is not for the average Joe – it REALLY wants to log in to a domain and have a static IP set for it.
    I’ll play with this a quite a bit – while i’m a bit wary of installing this on a full desktop PC, on a netbook, this is ideal. I’m half tempted to see if this will install on the old 486 laptop….
    Update: Has to use a special version of XP Service Pack 3 – available here.
    Update 2: DirectX dosen’t like to install, making graphics applications not work too well. Workaround here. Essentially, you have to copy DirectX dll’s from a computer with a good current copy of directX 9c to the windows/system32 directory of the FLP installation.
    Update 3: Old games rock on the eeePC, as does a Sega Genesis emulator with some games.

  • Juno -> Gmail … wish me luck.

    After being on Juno for years, my parents have allowed themselves to be convinced to go to a web-based email. Gmail offers the size (7390.791141 MB as of this post) for their email that they would need (mom is a bit of an email packrat), but after using Juno for years, all address book information would have to be entered all over again, and all of her email would be lost.

    On the to-do list – get parents converted from Juno to web-based Gmail. Found this application (source) that will convert the locally stored Juno email database to a usable format, and this file (source) that will upload it to Gmail’s servers. Both applications are a bit on the elderly side… ( more than 3 years ) but if they work, I will be the miracle worker of the year.