How to create a multiboot USB with XBoot 1.0 b14

  1. Repartition and format the USB: Primary volume, 4k cluster size (default), FAT32 format.
  2. XBoot requires dot.NET Framework 4.0 installed on the system it will be run off
  3. Download a copy of XBoot 1.0 beta 14 and run it, not install required!
  4. Download your favourite ISO distros and drag-n-drop them on the XBoot “Drag-n-drop Box”
    (each one will prompt you what type of boot-loader it needs, major distros are listed and if not
    you should choose ISO file -iso/scan parameter for Linux distros and GrubForDOS iso emulation
    for Windows distros)
  5. Click on “Create USB”
  6. Select the USB from the list of drives and set boot-loader to Syslinux
  7. After a few minutes the drive will be ready

If you need to update an ISO already added, just drag the updated ISO to XBoot (keep same name as
previous entry) and Create USB without the boot-loader. This may be a bit messy sometimes but is doable to some extent. Most of the times you will have your menu changed, but you could edit it after the iso omport.

Notes:

  • You can use the internal QEMU emulator to check your USB or even better boot directly from a PC
  • You can also check this out for installing and using a permanent emulator for booting USBs
  • I have found that XBoot acts a bit weird on a 64bit Windows, at least surely Windows 8
Total Commander vs Windows Explorer

Total Commander vs Windows Explorer

How would the typical Windows Explorer compare to alternative file manager Total Commander:

 Total Commander  Windows Explorer

  1.  Two pane window view
  2. Instant view of source and destination and no scrolling via a tree-view or loose any open path
  3. Full Keyboard and/or mouse operation
  4. Other of the basic function keys shown at the bottom, there is a full array of key combinations that suit all operations that TC can do. You can even set custom combinations for specific commands including parameters! New folder would just be key F7.
  5. Internal Viewer (F4) for text, images or other types of files depending on added plugins.
  6. Internal FTP/SFTP or URL connection directly from within TC.
  7. Internal Zip/Unzip or Unrar archiving function (with password), other types can be added
  8. Read linux, vmdk and other types of partitions
  9. File/folder synchronization, by date or contents
  10. Directly execute command-line commands from within TC
  11. Run command prompt from within a directory
  12. Multi/single file path name copy to clipboard
  13. File content comparison
  14. Multiple file renaming
  15. Tool and menu bar customization
  16. Extended find with many options
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  17. much, MUCH MORE POSSIBILITIES !.
  1.  Left tree, right window view
  2. Easy to miss a selection from tree-view or miss-place a file
  3. Limited keyboard + mouse operation
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  4. Mostly Alt + some other key would dome some operations but not even close to what TC has to offer. The easiest way to create a folder via keyboard would be Alt, Alt + F, W, F. Limited customizations.
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  5. No such function, use of Open With or third-party tool
  6. No such function, client setup or use of third-party tool
  7. Only zip/unzip support, use of third-party tool for other types
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  8. No such support, use of third-party tool for other types
  9. No or limited functionality
  10. No such function
  11. No such function, need to tweak or third-party tool
  12. No such function (or copy/paste single path)
  13. No such function
  14. No such function
  15. No or limited functionality
  16. Limited typical find, third-party tool to match TC’s functionality
  17. limited, no possibilities….

How to tail log, trc, etc. files on Windows

Find a “tail” cmd-line program like “tail-f” or “WinTail” (gui) and load to your c:\ path.
I’ve been using tail for windows by TriSun Software Inc. and does the job fine and its FREE!

Typical usage: [bash]c:\tail.exe -f c:\myfile.log #log the whole file
c:\tail -f -10 myfile.log #log the last 10 lines of the file[/bash]

You can also pump the last 10 lines of one file into another one:
[bash]c:\tail -10 “c:\myfile.log” > c:\myfile_10.log[/bash]