Urassis, Grass & I. M. DeLawnmower
What I would do is configure a laptop to run DRBL or Windows Deployment Services (WDS). Both will give you PXE boot options and can boot whatever Linux (DRBL) or WinPE (WDS) utilities you want to use. WDS is a part of Windows Server 2008 R2 and for what you are going to need it for, you shouldn't have to purchase a license since the evaluation period should be sufficient time for you to complete your process. My suggestion would be to customize a Windows PE image to run a backup utility to capture all the data and write it to wherever you are putting it at, then run Gdisk32, which is a part of Norton Ghost to wipe the drive once the backup is complete and verified. You should be able to script this so it runs automatically once the PXE boot completes off a WDS server. I'm sure there's a way to do the same thing with DBAN if you're going to use DRBL instead.
This had led to research over the concept of how much sleep is optimal, and how much is enough. Interestingly, it seems that many who are into heavy fitness schedules (bodybuilders etc) require lesser sleep amounts to maintain an alert state. This would seem to fit with my own observations, in that if I have exercised heavily, I tend to fall into a deeper sleep, within a shorted period of time. However, if I have exercised in a way that has over-strained my body, sometimes extra rest can be required, most likely so that it can "fix" itself.
I have many memories of college wherein intellectual stimulation would also have the same result. Coding would run into the early AM hours, and at some point when my brain was reduced to gelatin I would return home for about 3-6 hours of sleep, and still manage to feel active and refreshed the next day. Coding where I went to bed before my brain gelified might result in tossing-and-turning.
Stimulants, of course, affect either of these situations, but as I'm not much of a caffeine drinker (particularly later in the day), I believe that can be ruled out.
So, how much sleep does a normal slashdotter need before being able to achieve uncaffeinated alertness? What tips and tricks can you recommend to pull a few extra hours out of the day (much like many fitness fanatics do) without sacrificing your health or alertness? How do you trick your body into achieving the almighty "power-nap" or "super-sleep" for quick revitalization?"
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According to Millward Brown Optimor, here are the 10 most powerful global brands of 2007, plus brand value:
1. Google — US$66.4 billion
2. General Electric — US$61.9 billion
3. Microsoft — US$55 billion
6. Marlboro — US$39.2 billion
7. Wal-Mart — US$36.9 billion
8. Citigroup — US$33.7 billion
9. IBM — US$33.6 billion
10. Toyota Motor — US$33.4 billion
Other technology companies featuring in the top 100 list include Nokia (12th), Hewlett-Packard (15th) and Apple (16th)."