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Ext2IFS Can't read a drive from a RAID array

I converted my Ubuntu home server to a Windows 2008 Server. The biggest challenge of the conversion was the 400GB RAID 1 array, which was Linux software RAID based. I threw caution to the wind, and figured that I could convert it _after _installing Windows Server 2008.

I was sort of banking on the fact that I could use the Ext2 installable file system for Windows to read one of the drives in the array. For some reason, it was unable to read the disk. I had assumed that since the drives were simply mirrors of each other, it would be able to read one by itself. I was wrong.

My solution was to create an Ubuntu Desktop virtual machine, and use it to mount the physical partition. I was then able to copy the files over the virtual network adapter.

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Where are my robots, and why won't my computer listen to me?

My buddy Steve has a great post on his blog. He's asking why his computer isn't smarter. For example, changing a color in a few hundred graphics files.

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The truth is, computer technology hasn't really come that far. The basic building blocks are the still the same. At the lowest level, the processor is dealing with 0's and 1's. The layer above that, it's dealing with integers and floating point numbers. Skip a few layers, and you have your operating system, and then you have your graphics application for example.

Each layer can even be broken down by itself. The graphics application probably used some graphics libraries, and also uses some common control libraries.

Layer upon layer, we build something that does more and more with each generation. Faster and friendlier.

The truth of the matter is, we haven't had a true computing paradigm shift yet. No one can predict when the next computer revolution will take place. I'm not talking about connecting computers, or coming up with a new way to read email. I'm talking about something truly revolutionary. The time at which computers start speaking our language. Unlike today, where computers force us to speak their language.

Want to change the color in those image files we talked about? Write a macro, click some buttons. You will do what I say, or you will not get anything done. In the future, you tell your computer what to do, and it will be done.

When this revolution takes place, will only the creative survive? What will happen to those of us that are translators between the humans and the computers?

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Removing rules="all" from the rendered table from a GridView

By default, the ASP.NET GridView control adds rules="all" to its generated table HTML. It might not be terribly obvious how to remove it. I struggled for quite some time adding "border: none;" everywhere in my stylesheet, which wouldn't remove the lines between the rows. Here is a sample:

Gridview Border Example

The answer is to simply use GridLines="None" to the GridView declaration.

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Jason Young I'm Jason Young, software engineer. This blog contains my opinions, of which my employer - Microsoft - may not share.

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