I was thinking the other day about smartphones and how I often don't like to type on them. I'm just so used to typing on full-size keyboards, that typing on mobile is like swimming in molasses. And it's really a shame, because in so many other ways, my iPhone is incredibly convenient.
But then, I thought about how speech to text these days is pretty decent, and perhaps the best approach would be to just use Siri for dictation instead of trying to type. I've held off on such things, because I'm old enough (and had enough bad experiences with flaky computer dictation long ago) that psychologically, it feels really weird to talk to a computer.
But in this case, my computer is a phone.
And that means: I feel weird talking to a phone.
Which is kind of weird, don't you think?
What about you? Do you type on your smartphone a lot? Or do you use Siri/Cortana/Google for dictation? Does talking to your phone feel weird or is it totally normal for you?
Recently, I a client was discarding an old Lenovo RS 160 server. This system seemed like a nice little box for a home server. Reasonably quiet, small (pizza box size) and the specs of the system were reasonable. So I picked up a couple of Samsung SSDs and was went about setting up a mirror.
Everything worked great, the LSI RAID controller saw the drives, I was able to setup the hardware level mirror, and reboot into Windows Setup. That's where the fun began.
Windows setup saw the virtual drive, but refused to allow it to be used for installation. Windows Cannot Be Installed to This Disk. After some initial frustration, I reviewed the setup logs. There, I found an interesting line (sadly, I don't have the verbatim text, but something to the effect of "The controller found a drive that is compatible but WARNED against use"
So I thought outside of the box... or rather, the setup routine. I bypassed it. I brought up a command prompt and then used DiskPart to prep the disk, DISM to apply the image to the disk, and BCDBOOT to prepare the boot for the system. After all was done (in about 15 minutes, including image drop), everything worked great!
Here are my steps:
1. Windows the Windows setup program that's complaining, press Shift-F10 to open a command prompt.
2. Start Diskpart at the command line.
3. Review the disks the system sees - type list disk and press enter.
4. Find the disk you want to use for your installation, lilkely disk 0, so type …