Microsoft Copilot is all around...

  As the debut of Microsoft 365 Copilot approaches, there are a lot of Copilot features set to be introduced across the Microsoft 365 ecosystem. Here are a few noteworthy additions: Microsoft has unveiled a series of innovative features in the upcoming releases of Windows 11, some of them are already released, and some are currently available in preview builds. The Windows 11 Copilot, conveniently located in the taskbar, eliminates the need to open your Edge browser. It is seamlessly integrated with Bing Enterprise Chat (BEC) and ChatGPT, making it really easy to get started on your creative journey. Included in Windows 11 is the new co-creator feature in Paint. This feature, also in preview, is integrated with DALL-E and provides a swift and straightforward method for creating illustrations and images. If you possess a knack for crafting descriptions, you can generate quite impressive imagery. Another AI-powered feature is image creation directly from BEC. This feature, also integrate

An alternative to mess up your HD.

I am a ”Windows guy”, and most of my work is related to Windows installations (small and big, pc’s and servers). But from time to time, I see the benefit of not only knowing my way around in a Linux environment. I also find it handy to have an installation ready at hand.

When a Pc fails to load (usually due to HD failure of some sort) I have used one out of two approaches to salvage data for myself or customers. One way is to use the windows installation media and try to repair the installation. This usually works, but not always. When a repair fails, I have relied on so called “live-CD” installations to access the computers content. But the problem I have with these CD’s is that I can’t write configuration changes to the CD if I want to make changes. In addition to salvage stuff through the use of Ubuntu, I like to have an alternate OS to boot into. Some tools don’t work in Windows, some customers have Linux on their machines and I need to be able to help “everyone”.

I have long wanted a dual boot scenario, boot I do not like messing up my work (or home) computer by partitioning it and have several OS’s on the same HD. (Done it once, and due to HW failure and a lack of Linux experience lost everything). Now I have found myself a solution to this problem. I bought an 8-gig memory stick, and installed Ubuntu 9.04 on it. It is now possible for me to boot from a completely independent OS environment on my laptop. All I have to do to boot into Ubuntu is to select the USB device at startup.

The process was fairly simple and I wanted to share it with you:
1. I downloaded and created a installation CD with Ubuntu
2. I removed the HD from my HD
3. I booted from the CD
4. I installed Ubuntu onto the USB stick.
5. I booted from the USB device, configured my environment and updated security patches.