What’s Rich been up to? Wading through Scons and Learning Docker and using those old RPis

Well it has been a busy two weeks of hacking away. Two main things have been struggling with understanding how Scons (a kind of super make works) by wrestling with it controlling the installs of a Cmake, Bjam and Node-gyp and npm installed programs. This stuff is not easy particularly when you get 300,000 lines ...

Oh no my new Ubuntu installed wiped out my Windows 7 boot sector

I should not have enter so fast, I wanted to install Ubuntu next to Windows 7, but by default it wipes out the boot sector of the main drive. Argh. Now I can’t get to Windows (for all those wonderful games?!), so what to do? I don’t know if this advice from ubuntuforums will work, ...

Recycling old MacBooks and iMacs from eight years ago

I read somewhere that Apple doesn’t say it, but they do design their machines to last ten years. That’s pretty incredible in an age where a phone is obsolete in two years. I have to say that it does feel like it is true. I’m typing this right now on a MacBook Pro 2010 using ...

Using 1Password on Linux

Well, in using 1Password on Linux, if you try to just double click on the .agilekeychain with Firefox or Chrome, it will fail because for security reasons, you can no longer access local files from a browser. To make it work, if you are internet connected, login to the www.dropbox.com site and click on the ...

No video from DJI Phantom 3

Well, I don’t know what is up with the thing, but it is eerie when you have *exactly the same problem as someone else! See http://forum.dji.com/thread-18942-2-1.html I’ve formatted the sd.. then put the 1.3 update on it. I put the sd in the P3 and left it on for about 40 minutes. The light on the ...

Using Travis, how to logout, connect an account to github

OK, this is the strangest product in some ways on the simple things. It is so tightly integrated with github, but it isn’t clear how to use it. Logging into another account it isn’t clear how to logout of it and sign it with another github account. You actually have to do this by going ...

Trello, Slack, Trello Plus, Getfranke, google docs, Shiftit, Compiz Grid

Well what are the cool tools we’ve been using lately: Slack. Wow I see why they got a billion dollar valuation. Slack is already a verb in our shop and I barely read email anymore. It is much more public than email and has some really convenient features for developers: a) you can edit your ...

Cisco Linksys SGE2000

We have some really old Linksys switches, but they still work, so trying to get them up from 2007 software. Here are the steps: The switches ship with firmware 1.0.0.45, to get them to the new graphical interface called version 3.0.0.17, you have to use the Easy Upgrade utility that only runs on Windows. In ...

pfsense vs opnsense

Trying out different firewall specific builds. One small gotcha. If you are trying pfsense, then you download the memstick version if you want to make a usb stick and you need to use dd to create a 16k sector size system   gzcat pfsense-memstick.img | dd of=/dev/rdisk2 bs=16k But if you are using VMWare Fusion ...

Creating Windows and Ubuntu USB Boot Drives from the mac

Seems like i have to do this every six months. Well here’s the latest update on how to do it: * howtogeek.com has a new graphical method rather than the command line approach of Ubuntu. It uses an open source tool cleverly named Mac Linux USB Loader. It even downloads a distribution for you and then installs ...
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