Well my attempt at installing Linux hit a bit of a snag the other night. Two things conspired to stop me; bad CDs and my laziness. I found some CDs in the bottom of our laptop bag. There were a few scratches on them but they were minor and I thought they might work. So I grabbed them and headed downstairs to start burning them. I wanted to make sure everything worked well so I turned on ‘check for errors after burn.’ This option is used to make sure that every piece of data you told the computer to put on the CD gets there. This isn’t really key if you are just whipping off an audio CD as the missing information will most likely just show up as a little blip in a song. When installing an operating system however, that missing data could be part of the core of the system and cause a problem in the middle of the installation. If an operating system installation fails halfway though the installation, it means you have to start the hour (or longer) process all over again.

So I try to burn one CD and the error check fails. So I take another CD and this time I shine it up using my t-shirt (being careful to avoid the spaghetti stains I am sure where there after dinner) and dropped it into the tray. This one gets almost to the end and fails again. This explains the first reason I did not start the project.

The next obstacle was my laziness. I had a spindle of brand new CDs. The problem is that they were all the way back up stairs. This would mean I would have to un-cuddle my wife, get off the couch, go all the way up one flight of stairs and come back down to try again. As I am sure you can agree that it was a big inconvenience. Anyway the point I am trying to make is that I really have little to post about.  I have had dinner provided for me the past few nights (so no recipes to post) and have made no progress in my project. Please feel free to leave comment about what you didn’t get around to doing.