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Archive for April 29th, 2022

How to survive cancer: an inspiring story by Désirée Hairwassers

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/04/29

Today is my birthday. I am turning 53 today. But when writing this I’m not sure I am what we Dutch call “schoon”. It is a Dutch euphemism that I dislike, but still accidentally use. The thing is that one never knows for sure to be really clean from he signs of cancer metastases.

While writing this post, I’m in a melancholic mood during a period of depression/burnout after all the treatments. I am reflecting on if and how I survived the metastasised rectum cancer and lived through all other stressful things that started somewhere early 2017.

So I was glad to find the tweet below on the edge of spring that inspired me, I originally made me draft this post as being titled

“Surviving cancer is not a fight or a battle, it is about having luck or misfortune”

It was a (now by posting this link) pointer back to Having cancer is not a fight or a battle, it is about having luck or misfortune.

But it doesn’t do the artwork of Désirée Hairwassers justice, so here is her tweet:

[Wayback/Archive] Dees on Twitter: “Het lijkt mij ook een gepast moment om jullie mijn boek te presenteren. In het Engels, want gericht op de hele wereld. Dun boek. Dat moet een bestseller worden….. ” / Twitter

Translated: “I also think it is an appropriate time to present my book to you. In English, because aimed at the whole world. Thin book. That should be a bestseller”

And her video about “How to survive cancer: The inspirational journey of Désirée Hairwassers” showing the book. A very focused book (if it does not show, click on her above tweet to see it):

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Posted in About, Awareness, Cancer, LifeHacker, Personal, Power User, Rectum cancer | Leave a Comment »

virtualization – Convert a hard-drive into a VMWare machine – Server Fault

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/04/29

Sometimes machines die without one having had the chance of doing a proper bootable file-system backup instead of a file-by-file-backup.

You can still P2V these machines (convert them from physical to virtual), but it is a lot more pain as you have to try to grab any installation keys for them and create a compatible virtual machine configuration by hand like I did in P2V of an existing XP machine to Hyper-V to have an emergency fallback when retiring old XP physical machines.

The below linked answer (with steps) uses Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery (now back in the hands of Veritas again as Backup Exec) to make part of this process towards VMware ESXi less tedious: [Wayback] virtualization – Convert a hard-drive into a VMWare machine – Server Fault (thanks [Wayback] Mark Booth and [Wayback] Dave M)

Doing this might require you to find old Windows XP media. Those are in the Internet Archive (often slower, but has the file hashes too) and The Eye (much faster from where I live in Europe); Internet Archive examples are for English, though other languages are present as well:

Got the Internet Archive tip from [Wayback/] Where can I download an official Windows XP ISO? I have a license key if that helps? : windows, found the correct filename there, then downloaded the [Wayback] The Eye.


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