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Archive for January 22nd, 2018

Many people realised that “You are right” cuts short of a lot of discussions. But it has made coaching my brother as a custodian lot harder.

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/01/22

This actually is become more and more of a problem, so any hints to handle situations like this are more than welcome.

The problem is that my mentally retarded brother found this out all by himself some 18 months ago, which makes it extremely hard to coach him and be his custodian.

Source: [WayBack] #lifehack Source: @sindresorhus on Twitter  – Jeroen Wiert Pluimers – Google+

Via: [WayBack] #lifehack Source: @sindresorhus on Twitter  – Jan Wildeboer – Google+




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When clonezilla shows “overlayfs missing workdir” during boot, then hangs

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/01/22

Clonezilla is a nice partition cloning tool, but sometimes booting it just gives you this message on the screen:

overlayfs missing workdir

As it’s the first message during boot, searching for clonezilla “overlayfs missing workdir” returns no meaningful results towards the top of the list.

From what I could trace back from the search results is that somewhere before 2.4.x this started to happen in the “stable” branch.

There are actually two branches that in practice are stable on the

  • alternative stable (which doesn’t have a version number but a YYYYMMDD date followed by -yakketty)
  • stable (which has a version number)

I think because of the naming, people usually start downloading the stable version. That doesn’t boot on most of the physical and virtual machines I’ve tried.

In my experience however, alternative stable doesn’t suffer from the overlay missing workdir issue on all the physical and virtual machines I’ve tried booting it with so far.

So I did some digging:

  • alternative stable is often referred to a alternative but it’s an Ubuntu-based branch running the same clonezilla software as the stable branch
  • stable is the Debian-based branch.
  • Ubuntu is based on Debian but Ubuntu releases in a much faster pace than the release frequency of Debian Stable.
  • Ubuntu has support for more recent hardware than Debian

TL;DR: Use alternative stable when stable fails to boot.


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How can I reset a PC if I forgot the administrator password? – The Old New Thing

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/01/22

What I reboot three times is true.

[WayBackHow can I reset a PC if I forgot the administrator password? – The Old New Thing:

There is an emergency reset button that you can activate like this:

  • Turn off the computer.
  • Turn on the computer, but while it is booting, turn off the power.
  • Turn on the computer, but while it is booting, turn off the power.
  • Turn on the computer, but while it is booting, turn off the power.
  • Turn on the computer and wait.

After three failed reboot attempts, Windows goes into recovery mode and one of the options there is to reset the computer. One of the reasons for that option is to address this specific problem of finding an old machine that you forgot the password to, and you want to just reset the PC and start over clean.


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