Dead MacBook or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Surface Pro 3
September 29, 2014
For about three weeks, I’ve carried around the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 as my “daily driver” laptop. I’ve written plenty of reviews about new machines, but what makes this “test” a little different is that I didn’t have a backup laptop. Under normal circumstances, anything I test is just a temporary thing. I may carry around a new device with me and use it as my primary computing platform for a week or so, but I always have the security blanket of my main machine. For the last couple of years, that primary machine has been a MacBook Air (well, really several MBAs). However, just after I got the Surface Pro 3 (SP3), I killed the LCD display driver (the physical component) during a meeting. I was in a rush so I grabbed the Surface Pro 3 which I had toyed with… and it became the aforementioned daily driver.
Setting up a new GitHub repo in TortoiseGit
April 17, 2012
By now you’ve come around to accept that Git Is The Answer. You are a smart cookie and you’ve realized that GitHub Is The Answer (to Git). So you start creating GitHub repos for anything and everything (like me). It’s easy to create a new Git repo under Linux because GitHub tells you how. It’s also super easy to do so on Mac because you’ve got the GitHub client for OSX. But what if you’re on Windows? What if you’re on Windows and you use TortoiseGit? It’s easy, and I’ve got instructions!
OSX Knows Better Than You: How to change the default application for a file
August 9, 2011
In case it wasn’t obvious by the number of Apple related posts as of late, I’ve been spending almost all my time on OSX based machines. One of the things I’ve found annoying is that I couldn’t change the default file/application association, or at least I couldn’t figure it out. I watched a lot of (downloaded) videos on my computer and every single time I do so, I have to drag it down to the VLC icon in the dock. A mistaken double-click (old habits) would end with QuickTime complaining to me. Recently, I figured out how to change the default application for a file type, and I can now proudly enlighten you how to do the same.
Installing & Configuring OpenDS 2.2 on Ubuntu 10.04
August 19, 2010
Recently, I’ve needed to setup an open source centralized authentication server. After research and testing some of the options, I settled on OpenDS, and while I’m leery of anything running Java, I’ll admit… OpenDS is really nice. Most importantly, getting it up and running is a piece of cake.
Ubuntu (or any Linux) Install from USB
July 23, 2010
On Monday I covered how to install Windows 7 via USB drive, but leaving it on it’s own would be unfair to our Open Source brethren. Fortunately, if you want to make a bootable USB drive (under Windows or Linux) with a copy of Linux, it just just as easy. All you need is UNetbootin and optionally an ISO of your favorite Linux distribution.
Windows 7 USB install
July 19, 2010
Even since Vista, Microsoft has made it possible to install Windows via USB drive. This is extremely useful for those of us that have MSDN and download ISOs direct. It is also very helpful for those trying to install on a netbook or other optical-less machine. The main problem is that it has been a pain in the ass to setup and prep the USB drives. Guess what? Not any more.
“USB Drive not formatted” on one computer, but fine in another
June 16, 2010
I was working on a friend’s computer this last weekend and I ran into a problem where her Kingston DataTraveler 16 GB suddenly stopped working on her Windows 7 Home Premium PC. My netbook, Eek, is currently running Windows 7 Ultimate and recognized it just fine. This was only the start of the USB problems.