[MAD] Mary Ann & Don

Archive for January, 2009

Happy Birthday Mary Ann!

Posted by madkingblog on January 25, 2009

Hope you had a great weekend!


Your Hubby


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Jealous Kitty

Posted by madkingblog on January 24, 2009

I think my little girl Mirage might be jealous of mommy’s super fab new socks.

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The Best Comfort Drink in the World

Posted by madkingblog on January 23, 2009

Don and I have both have a cold/cough type of situation right now and Don found the recipe for what has to be the BEST comfort drink in the whole wide world!  And it is so easy, you just grate some ginger (about half an inch of the root) into a cup, then squeeze in the juice of half a lemon, and then throw in a heaping teaspoon (or tablespoon if you want more sweetness) of honey, and fill the cup with boiling water.  It takes just minutes and it is soooo goood, and so good for you!  Also, it makes me really relaxed when i drink it, so it is great at bedtime!


A Honey Lemon Ginger Infusion [Slashfood]

Also lifehacker reports researchers (and lots of anecdotal tales) have shown that honey, specifically the buckwheat variety, can be more effective than cough syrup (second item) at suppressing coughs.


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Restore master boot record (mbr)

Posted by madkingblog on January 23, 2009

I recently upgraded MA’s C:\ drive from the 40GB drive that came with her HP.  I have a copy of Symantec Ghost so it’s not a big deal to attach both disks and boot from CD.  Once Ghost loads up, select the source 40GB drive and then select the destination 250GB drive.  Shutdown and pull the source drive out and boot from the larger disk, effectively growing the amount of free space available by the size difference between the drives.

The problem is that Ghost somehow broke Grub’s master boot record.  Starting the computer would only go to this:


It would not boot further from there.  Normally I would just fix the grub boot loader and boot Linux.  But since MA doesn’t use Linux and the drive in question didn’t have Linux installed, grub was just another step in the boot process.  Instead of fixing grub, I decided to rebuild the master boot record the Microsoft way.  This is how I did it:

1. Boot from a Windows XP CD.

2. Select the recovery console.

3. Type in the following:

CD ..
BOOTCFG /rebuild


The rebuild part takes a while depending on how big the hard drives are.  But once you restart, XP will boot normally.

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