Windows 10 Start Menu – That’s Useful

I’m not normally one to complain about Windows, there’s more than enough people doing more than enough complaining about it that I don’t feel the need to add my own frustrations but the start menu made something snap inside me just now and I had to let those frustrations see the light of day.

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Increasing the Size of a qcow2 Image Under KVM

I like to keep my disk images as small as reasonably possible when running virtual machines as I find it just generally makes life easier. Combined with the fact that if you are running LVM it’s easy to expand the disk there’s really no excuse for over specifying on the disk at install time. This guide shows you step by step how to expand a qcow2 disk image and then how to give the guest the extra space. Continue reading

Installing Non-Linux Guests on KVM

My KVM set up will almost certainly comprise only Linux machines but there is an outside chance I’ll need to run a Windows server in order to have somewhere to install a copy of SQL Server for development purposes. This article will discuss installing non-Linux based operating systems on / under KVM. I’ll be installing a copy of Windows XP for now as that is what I have immediately available and Windows XP is quite a bit smaller than Windows Server 2014 so should install faster. Either way the process should be largely the same.Continue reading

Window 8 Delete Confirmation

Well here’s something I didn’t expect, the delete confirmation dialog has been removed from Windows 8 by default. Now, when you press the delete key the item goes straight to the recycle bin without stopping to ask you is you are really sure that is what you wanted to do.Continue reading

Starting and Stopping Services from Java

Most of the applications I develop are web based and therefore, when deployed on Windows, are running as a service. This is great most of the time but when I want to programmatically control the application it can present some problems because starting and stopping services requires elevated permissions. This article discusses a solution that I’ve come up with that I’m happy to deploy.Continue reading

OS Install from USB Stick

I’ve recently found myself having to do a fair bit of system administration work which makes an interesting change from the usual software development. My current project is to put together a beefy server which will run a few databases and other web applications. Ideally I’d like to run these on separate machines (virtual or physical) but I thought that wasn’t going to be possible for cost reasons.Continue reading