nmon showing partitions

Dirty code hacks: removing partitions from nmon

A little code hack to prevent “nmon” from displaying disk partitions.

Starting terminal from Mac install DVD

Reducing the 30 second delay when starting 64-bit Ubuntu in BIOS mode on the old 32-bit EFI Macs

Just in case 64-bit Linux on a 32-bit EFI mac wasn’t complicated enough on it’s own…

Ubuntu Terminal Setting up Tabs 1

How to make the Ubuntu terminal more like the Mac OS X terminal

Making the GNOME Terminal look and feel a little more like the Mac Terminal.

Quick Guide – Installing “Clear Linux” on GCE (Google Compute Engine)

How to install one of the fastest Linux distros currently in existence on Google Compute Engine!

64-bit Linux ISO for Mac with 32-bit EFI

Linux DVD images (and how-to) for 32-bit EFI Macs (late 2006 models)

Apple’s 32-bit EFI implementation on late 2006 Macs makes it tricky to get 64-bit Linux distros installed. Tricky, but not impossible…

Workaround/fix – iPad + 3 security questions + your session has timed out

As time goes on, “it just works” seems to apply less and less frequently to Apple products. This was one of those times. I worked around it anyway.

VLC 2.x Mac Stutter – the fix

I’d previously worked around stutter in an earlier version of VLC. The new version had new options, so I took new screenshots and provided the workaround here.

Mac OS X slow for 10-15 minutes after boot – THE FIX

If you’ve got a BootCamp partition on your Mac and found that Mac OS X inexplicably runs slow after startup, this may be the solution.

How to fix Windows not installing to a GPT partition.

Some versions of Windows are picky and won’t format a disk that’s already formatted differently. Here’s how you can work around it.

FreeNAS – a powerful file serving solution, but not without its issues

I take a look at FreeNAS, with a slight focus on ZFS.

FreeNAS fix – afp file permissions

If you aren’t used to setting file permissions in your OS, FreeNAS might be your first introduction. Here’s how you set them.

FreeNAS fix – creating ZFS raid-5 (aka raidz) and UNKNOWN showing everywhere

A number of things in FreeNAS showed up as UNKNOWN when trying to set up ZFS partitions. Here’s how I worked around it.

FreeNAS error while installing – the fix

A workaround when trying to install FreeNAS to a USB stick and running into the “failed to dd image” message.

MSI GT735 Notebook and Windows 7 64-bit

Bringing the MSI GT735 from Vista 32-bit to Windows 7 64-bit.

Here’s a fun one… Vista drivers for the Samsung ML-1210 printer (shared over a network)

Installing the ML-1210 on Vista, and over a network is a painful combination. I managed to do it, but it took a lot of trial and error. You’ll see why.

Blast from the past: Mac OS X on a regular PC experiment in 2006

If you ever wondered what early hackintoshing looked like, hop in my time machine and take a look at one of the earliest installs in history. The 3 part series has been condensed into a single page for easy reading.