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September 13, 2007

Flight Simulator in Google Earth

by @ 12:03 pm. Filed under computer tips

I found something in Google Earth I thought was pretty interesting. Apparently, there is a flight simulator built into the latest beta.

To get to it, you press CTRL+ALT+A. In Linux, this took about 10 tries to get it to activate.

To get started, hold down PG UP for a bit to kick in the throttle, and then press the down arrow to pull up.

If you want to take a look at all the commands, check out the Flight Simulator Keyboard Controls.

Here’s the screenshot of me flying over my house:

BootUtils – Seeker of the Root Volume

by @ 10:56 am. Filed under General Linux, Linux News

I have seen this a couple of places… and I wanted to share it. Linux is already a spectacular operating system. Every so often, a project comes onto the scene that takes some part of Linux up a notch to the next level. This project appears to be such a thing. It’s called BootUtils. Very cool project. Description from the project page:

“BootUtils is a collection of utilities to facilitate booting of modern Kernel 2.6 based systems. BootUtils is designed for initramfs, although volunteers to add support for initrd are welcome. The process of finding the root volume either by label or explicit label= on the kernel command line, mounting it and ‘switchroot’ing is automated. BootUtils can also drop to emergency shell if the root volume cannot be mounted. Why not even start sshd and allow admin login if the box is in a remote location?”

This sounds like something that will improve Linux just that much more. Very cool.

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