Monday, August 29, 2011

Back onto the PPC gang

I love Tiger, and specially love it on this monitor.
The beast might have something like six to eight years (if not more) not to mention Thor, my beloved Quicksilver; but well I'll be damned if those still two aren't performing like day one.

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Some Tiger re-install links

Some links I've come accross while re-installing Tiger on these Lion (and 64 bits) only days...

The last one is the "toughest one", as it is the one that will force me to re-install in order to be able to use File Vault.

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Os X Tiger re-install

  • Mount DVD

  • Click on Install Mac OS X

  • On the pop-up click on Restart

  • Asks password

  • Reboot.

  • Use English as the main languague.

  • On the Introduction, goto Utilities > Disk Utility.

  • Delete all the disks before hand.

  • Goto the RAID tab.

  • Set & Select from the drop downs:

  • Set the RAID Set Name: Thor
    Volume Format: Mac OS Extended (Case sensitive, Journaled)
    RAID Type: Striped RAID Set
  • Select both HDDs, by the the Unix entry, and drag those to the box.

  • There will be named "New member:" and the Unix name
  • Click on Create, then again, click on Create on the pop-up

  • The RAID Set Estimated Size: has to be the sum of both drives.

  • When finished, on the right tab there will be a new HDD, named after the "RAID Set Name" with the size of both drives combined.

  • On the box there will be an entry for the Sriped RAID Set, with the name, and combined sizes of both drives, and both drives below, as slices, each with its own size.
  • Close Disk Utility

  • Back on the "Install Max OS X", click on Continue

  • Agree with the License

  • Select the disk to install, Thor, with 148 GB, click Continue

  • Installation Type, click Customize, and uncheck:

  • Printer Drivers
    Additional Fonts
    Language Translations
    And check the option X11
  • Click Install, and wait.

  • Reboot.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

The SSD of our lives

The /etc/fstab file from Usul, with the current modifications to make sure the SSD drive won't crap out on me

proc /proc proc nodev,noexec,nosuid 0 0
UUID=d1a9da31-95ad-46d5-b3e4-4a880ab7c896 / ext4 noatime,nodiratime 0 1
UUID=8f1841fb-ae32-427a-8064-bc89cefdac34 none swap sw 0 0
tmpfs /tmp tmpfs defaults,noatime,mode=1777 0 0

Also, Firefox'es cache has been moved to the /tmp as well.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Doing the old hardware tango

Moved the hard drives around this weekend. Sojourner, the Dell M1330 is no longer with me, gave it away, so before that took it apart and disassembly it.
Got the RAM and the HDD, (4 GB and a 500 GB drive) to the Compaq beaten up beauty, Tango, now the little laptop simply flies.

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Cold, real cold (once again)

Winter this year really came thru... Third time that we have one of the so called "Olas Polares".

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Monday, August 15, 2011

New BB

Got a new BB from work the other day, but didn't got the time to actually migrate stuff to it till today.

It is a replacement for my old 8300 that I got (also from work) almost three years ago and that is really beaten up, scratched and old, but it still performs like a champ...

Thanks to Google's Calendar & Contacts sync tools, transfering stuff was a breeze (don't use any of those dreaded BB Desktop Manager programs).

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Dock & The Cinema Display

Couple of weeks ago got me (thru a work contact) the Dock for the Thinkpad T43, but haven't got a minute to test it until this weekend.
It is an ugly, hulking, heavy, big & noisy beast.

Since the Dock has a DVI port (among a myriad of others) it was meant to be tested with my old Apple Cinema Display -with the Apple ADC to DVI adapter-.
A couple of issues I've come across while using it these past few days.

  • The Desktop Effects resets to None

  • The USB ports of the Dock doesn't work (not sure if this is a problem of my Dock, tho)

  • When the T43 is connected to the Dock you need to actually use the Function + monitor keyboard combo to actually turn on the external monitor.

  • The monitor doesn't turn off with inactivity, it does blank, tho

All of those problems are nothing compared to the freaking noise the effing Dock makes.

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Currently reading

Finished Juliet, Naked, it was sort of a disappointment, it started wonderfully, but the end felt kinda haxed in.
Right now diving onto Retribution, being a Hastings book I'm pretty sure it would be really interesting to read. Not sure how mcuh time it'll take to finish it, tho.

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Two 80's movies

Today watched two movies, old movies, from the mid 80's, and I haven't seeing any of those in over 20 years.
The Last Starfighter and To Live and Die in L.A..
I had the The Last Starfighter on VHS when I was a kid and remember watching it over and over and over, I love that one.
Don't have any special fondness for To Live and Die in L.A. back then, but after re-watching it today the cinematography struck as really, really good, goes along pretty good with another favorite of mine Repo Man.

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Ubuntu: Transfer VirtualBox image to other box

A very quick roundup on the steps I took to copy my battered Window 2000 Pro VirtualBox image from Linux box to Linux box, being doing so for quite a now without a single problem.

First off, copy the vdi file (or files) from:
On my case, it is the file "Win2K.vdi" to the same directory on the other box.
The same goes for the xml file (or files) on:

- Open VirtualBox
- A warning about missing Guest Additions, copy the iso file to

- Open VirtualBox, this time, no warning at all
- Start the virtual machine
- A warning about the NIC card because of the transfer, close it.
- Open VirtualBox, problem gone, start using it...

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An Apple Saturday

Way too much Linux lately, way too much work lately... Time kick back and enjoy a bit of the old Os X.
Watching " "To Live and Die in L.A., pure 80's glory.
Robby Muller's cinematography is effing amazing, I haven't seeing the movie in 20 years or so, it aged wonderfully.

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Ubuntu: Connect to Mobile Broadband

Insert USB modem
Open System > Preferences > Network Connections > Mobile Broadband

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Crappy Friday all the way... The freaking temperature doesn't stop climbing, an effing humidity all around, and on top of that, hail.
I want my winter back!

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Monday, August 08, 2011

Los Hombres Locos

At last...The new season of Mad Men will, if all goes well, see the light some day.
Still have the fourth on queue to watch, and I think that the third was, so far, the best one.

Production finally begins on 'Mad Men' Season 5

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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Bs As, la Reina del Plata...

And of the AC as well...

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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Real (but really, really) cold

This one looks like a really cold winter... So far it didn't snow, but who knows?

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Monday, August 01, 2011

SU Mystery Theater (33)

Bazilion of updates for Trantor... Everything seems A Ok so far after the install, reboot & and some suspends.

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Adding SIP accounts on Ekiga (a solution)

I have a couple of SIP accounts from work, and on Linux usually use Ekiga as the client (a free, nice and easy going, no frills program).
Thing is I've noticed that there wasn't a simple way of adding accounts... Stupid, I know, but a bit of Google proved that I wasn't alone on the thing... At first thought that it was something related to Gnome Global Menu, but even tho after disabling it there is no option on the Accounts window, to add new accounts.
What I did was, using the Configuration Assistant create a fake (free) Ekiga and Ekiga Call Out account and then simpley edit those with the values of my work's accounts.
A couple of links on the problem:

Re: [Ekiga-list] No "Add" account button
No "Add" account button

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