Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Long time no blog

OK, it's been a while!  Not much to say today, but I've popped up to say that I've got a Raspberry Pi!

I've got quite a lot to say about it - and will have a lot more soon, and so I've created another blog - here: http://babelpi.blogspot.co.uk/

Monday, January 30, 2012

Useful remote Mac OSX commands

I know I haven't blogged in a while, but here's something I've been doing recently, using Mac machines remotely, and here's some really handy commands to help with that:

  • Mount a DMG disk image (from URL - how cool!): hdid {URL}
  • Install a package file: sudo installer -pkg {filename}.pkg -target {locn, usually /}

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Linksys PAP2T Firmware upgrades

Forget the .exe file - it doesn't seem to work. Just setup a webserver on your network and connect to:

http://{IP of PAP2T}/upgrade?http://{webserver}/pap2t-5-1-6.bin

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Stolen goods

Hrm, I seem to only blog here when I get stuff stolen. I may change this sometime and blog interesting stuff, but still...

My car was broken into last night in Harpenden - St Nicolas Avenue - apparently the 2nd incidence of this in a week. Just my TomTom in the glove box (I have a bracket screwed to the dash so it's obvious I guess) and my ipod (it's fairly old so I don't hide it) were taken.

In case anyone finds these things on ebay / from a guy down the pub I thought I'd record serial nubmers, etc here.

Ipod 4th Generation Classic 60 Gb
Serial number = 8M74658BY5N
Purchase date 1 Jan 2008

TomTom GO 940 Live
Device Code = AKUHEBSN7N
Serial number = WB5418K03038
Purchase date: 11 Jan 2009

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Pasting in VI

OK it's been a while, and I will post more interesting stuff at some point, but:

VIM has something I didn't know about - paste mode. If you get annoyed by auto indent when pasting to a VIM window from another application, simply run:
:set paste
To go back again
:set nopaste

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Resizing itunes windows

I frequently use different size external monitors and sometimes (quite often) my iTunes window ends up the wrong size such that I can't drag the bottom-right handle.

I was about to write myself an AppleScript to resize the window to a fixed (small) size when I found this post, which answered the problem:

OPTION-CLICK on the green resize button. Done.

One thing I am beginning to get annoyed by with Apple is the undocumented (or hard-to-find) features that make things so much more usable!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Checking SMART status with 3ware RAID cards

smartctl -d 3ware,X --all /dev/twa0

Where X is the index (0...n) of the drive you want to check.

Thanks to Alex at Loho for this info.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Apple OS X DVD Drive region change failing?

OK, so I agonised over this lots, so thought I ought to share it.

If you have changed region the 4 times allowed on your mac, and try to change for the last time on a European disc, then the chances are, you'll get a 'Error -700001'. This is annoying, and worrying.

There is a simple reason. If the disc you're using is Region 2 + 4 then this will happen. If it's just region 2, then you'll be fine.

Fix: Use a single-region disc to reset the region on your mac. Sorted.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Attempted robbery

So I was on my morning constitutional this morning in my en-suite in shiny new house in Royston, when I heard a noise. Opened the window and looked out to see a guy trying to break into the kitchen window with my garden shears, which he'd taken from the box in the garden.

I called the police, and grabbed my mobile to try to get a pic of him, but by the time I'd got downstairs he'd legged it, leaving the shears on the path by the house. The police arrived before I'd got off the phone to 999, and started a search, which involved 3 cars and a helicopter (the Chief in Royston is keen on robberies as numbers have been going up). SOCO then arrived, took my finger/palm prints, took my shears away for forensics, and the police took me on a drive-through identification to see if the robber was someone they'd found matching his description; we don't think he was.

They have a suspect who was caught in Hitchin with a similar MO, so we'll see - it'll take at least a few weeks to get the evidence together.

Moral of the story is: Lock windows, double glazing is good, and keep doors locked when in the house as well. Also don't keep tools accessible in the garden (I wouldn't have if the damn movers had arrived when they said they would on Monday to collect the boxes that are cluttering the garage...)

I'm fine, nothing got stolen, so life goes on. Not a nice welcome to new house, though I'm really impressed by the superb police response.
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