We engaged in a lively discussion that intermixed with a walk down memory lane and the resuscitation of an old DOS hard drive. One attendee had a 386 that would boot from a floppy disk, but not from a recently obtained hard drive. Of course during our rambling diagnostic attempts several members related stories of long ago. Ultimately the computer was able to boot from the hard drive after a combination of fdisk, format /s, fdisk /mbr, copying files, and disabling the former config.sys.
Among other things, we talked about:
- Offsite backups of data
- Loop mounting disk image files
- Methods and strategies of deploying disk images
- Virtualization, specifically using VirtualBox
- Customizing the Ubuntu 20.04 64-bit image for the Raspberry Pi 4
- A bug that was discovered in Libre Office for Windows
- Spam, and spamassassin
- Time syncing a device not on the internet
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