How To Resize/Grow VMware Linux Disks and Partitions

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on August 10th, 2007 in Linux

Updated: January 18th, 2009

Update 01/16/2008: This method does not work for LVM partitions, as discovered in the comments.

In this article, I will show how to resize a VMware disk if you didn't make it large enough when it was created. Furthermore, I will show how to resize partitions following the disk augmentation using OpenSUSE 10.2 as an example. You will even be able to resize the Linux root partition (/) that is mounted and is normally unmountable.

The story: this is simple – you made a VMware disk without thinking ahead and now it ran out of space. Here you have a few options, the most notable ones being create another disk and mount it or grow the existing disk and …


Watch – A Useful Linux Command You May Have Never Heard Of

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on August 4th, 2007 in Linux

Updated: November 9th, 2007

How many times did I want to watch a directory waiting for a file to appear in it? Constant ls, for example, quickly got boring. A quick Perl script that would reload ls every 5 seconds… yeah it works but it takes a while to type up, and often enough I'm too lazy for that. And then I found 'watch' – a utility that comes with most *nix distros. Look at this beauty [man watch]:

watch – execute a program periodically, showing output fullscreen

watch [-dhvt] [-n ] [–differences[=cumulative]] [–help]
[–interval=] [–no-title] [–version]

watch runs command repeatedly, displaying its output (the first screen
This allows you to watch the program output change over time.
By default, …


The Bourne Ultimatum Rocked

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on August 4th, 2007 in Entertainment

If you haven't seen The Bourne Ultimatum yet, go see it. It's a great finale of the Bourne series. Matt Damon really delivers. In fact, I'm starting to feel obsessed with this movie.

Here's the clip of a shared scene between the 2 movies (this one is from The Bourne Supremacy). The song at the end is still breathtaking:

The "awwww" factor is through the roof.



The New Old Lucky Owns. Here's Why…

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on August 2nd, 2007 in Awesomeness, Personal

Albertson's is no more. Now it's back to Lucky. And this is what $4.99 buys you at Lucky. Life is good (although I believe that this is the sole reason for food shortage in Africa).



Learn Chinese In 5 Minutes

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on August 1st, 2007 in Humor

#16 is priceless.


Updated: August 25th, 2007

Here are some pictures and videos from the magnificent Tiesto's Elements Of Life concert that rocked San Francisco yesterday, July 28, 2007.

Feel free to follow this linky for more pictures.

Videos by shotokun16, myself, and others from the party:


Limo + San Francisco = ?

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on July 25th, 2007 in Humor



Bringing Civilization To Its Knees

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on July 24th, 2007 in Humor

The geek way.



The Simpsons Movie A Hit? IMDB Users Think So.

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on July 23rd, 2007 in Entertainment

Updated: July 28th, 2007

The Simpsons Movie hasn't even come out yet but already received a whopping 9.3/10 rating on imdb with 1652 votes. Is it really that good? I guess I'll definitely be finding out this weekend.


Edit: Apparently it's good. Really good. There are raving reviews all over the place. Currently 88% on Rotten Tomatoes, which can be considered a huge success. Count me in….


The Most Accurate Apple iPhone Review To Date From Maddox

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on July 17th, 2007 in Humor, Technology

The iPhone is a piece of shit, and so is your face.

By Maddox

No, I'm not going to get an iPhone, quit emailing me about it. I'm not getting one because I already have a phone that's better: it's called the Nokia E70, it's the pinnacle of human achievement, and I love it more than my family:

You've probably never heard of the E70 because Nokia's marketing team is busy finding every last dick in the universe to suck, so I'm going to do their job for them and tell you about this product. And no, I'm not being paid to do this. I'm just tired of the iPhone fanboys shooting huge sticky wads and high-fiving each other (literally)

About a week ago, I started seeing really weird behavior on digg and fatwallet, among other sites. For instance, while viewing any digg article, the CPU goes to 100% and Firefox becomes unresponsive – it even pops up the "Script not responding" message similar to:

My digg viewing experience has plunged and I even resorted to using (gasp, how dares he!) Internet Exploder. It was even weirder at Fatwallet (wtf!?):

By then, I've had enough. I started disabling countless Firefox extensions (now called add-ons for some moronic marketing reason), and long behold – both Digg and Fatwallet are just fine after disabling ImageZoom. Who would have thought… apparently it has some horrible memory leaks. Checking ImageZoom's forum seems to …


How To Download And Install Windows Media Player 11 Bypassing WGA

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on July 9th, 2007 in Technology

Let's say you want to upgrade to Windows Media Player 11 or just accidentally upgraded and are now presented with the WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) prompt to verify how legit that Windows copy of yours is. Hypothetically speaking, something is going wrong and Windows Genuine Advantage isn't able to verify the validity of the Windows license but you still want to use WMP 11. Here is the easiest way to do this (wtf exactly were the MS programmers thinking?!):

Step 1. Install WMP11. The Windows Genuine Advantage check is built into the program and will show itself once installation is complete. You will possibly need to reboot.

Step 2. Quit the Windows Genuine Advantage prompt.

Step 3. Go to …


The Repositories For apt-get In SUSE 10.2

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on July 9th, 2007 in Linux

Updated: November 9th, 2007

So today I was looking for a proper sources.list file that would work for apt-get in SUSE 10.2 since the one in yast and smart repositories comes with a broken list. And by broken I mean completely f***ed.

apt-get update
Err ftp://mirrors.mathematik.uni-bielefeld.de SuSE/10.2-i386 release
Could not resolve 'mirrors.mathematik.uni-bielefeld.de'
Get:1 ftp://ftp4.gwdg.de SuSE/10.2-i386 release
Ign ftp://ftp4.gwdg.de SuSE/10.2-i386 release
Err ftp://mirrors.mathematik.uni-bielefeld.de SuSE/10.2-i386/base pkglist
Could not resolve 'mirrors.mathematik.uni-bielefeld.de'
Err ftp://mirrors.mathematik.uni-bielefeld.de SuSE/10.2-i386/base release
Could not resolve 'mirrors.mathematik.uni-bielefeld.de'
Err ftp://mirrors.mathematik.uni-bielefeld.de SuSE/10.2-i386/update pkglist
Could not resolve 'mirrors.mathematik.uni-bielefeld.de'
Get:1 ftp://ftp4.gwdg.de SuSE/10.2-i386/base pkglist
Err ftp://mirrors.mathematik.uni-bielefeld.de SuSE/10.2-i386/update release
Could not resolve 'mirrors.mathematik.uni-bielefeld.de'
Err ftp://ftp4.gwdg.de SuSE/10.2-i386/base pkglist
Unable to fetch file, server said 'Failed to open file.  '
Err ftp://mirrors.mathematik.uni-bielefeld.de SuSE/10.2-i386/security pkglist
Could not resolve 'mirrors.mathematik.uni-bielefeld.de'
Get:2 ftp://ftp4.gwdg.de SuSE/10.2-i386/base release


Reason Behind Today's Downtime

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on July 3rd, 2007 in Beer Planet, Humor

Today the server went offline while I was at work for no apparent reason. Further investigation uncovered the perpetrator. Here he is, eating the power cord.