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Increasing Ubuntu Wubi disk image

If you have tried Ubuntu using Wubi, you may have noticed that the maximum disk size you can specify is 30GB. There are a number of ways around this limitation, but the easiest is to resize the disk within Windows using the resize2fs application that is bundled with the Wubi executable.

Open up the wubi.exe file with 7ZIP, and extract the resize2fs.exe and cygwin1.dll files from the bin directory to a convenient directory. Then run the command

resize2fs.exe -f d:\ubuntu\disks\root.disk 70G

Substitute d:\ubuntu\disks\root.disk with the location of your disk, and change the 70G to the size that you want.

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The network is the computer. It was a visionary statement, but one that is yet to really play out.

If the network is the computer, then the computer has been a slow and unreliable device that can only be used inside metropolitan areas. It wasn't that long ago that dial up was the standard way to connect to the internet, and even now high speed mobile internet access is spotty at best. You can't even expect to get a reasonable connections at major inner city hotels. I remember spending 10 minutes trying to establish a VPN and download my emails from a business oriented hotel.

However, things are getting better. 4G is finally offering the kind of bandwidth and latency that you need to run real time network applications. ADSL and cable internet access is now common place, and rollouts of high speed fibre networks are slowly spreading across various countries (unless you happen to live in South Korea, which has led the way for high speed internet access).

The incremental improveme…