Catch up...

So, if there is anyone out there who half regularly checks my blog, then you would have seen some retrospective posts going up :P And you would have also noticed that I have not written anything for almost two months! Well, I have been quite busy. After returning from Ireland, Faye and myself travelled back to Carmarthen and off to my home of Melksham. In Melksham I spent a couple of weeks jobless, but spent it well learning Objective-C and Cocoa, whilst Faye sewed sequins on clothes for £6 an hour… We went down to Camberley (Surrey) a couple of times to look for a house. Read On →

Sun - Week Three

This last week I have been on yet another training course! This week is was to look at the SunFire mid-range servers, a.k.a. The Serengeti range The serengetis are the 3800, 4800 and the 6800, with a couple or variations. We looked at how to administer them and service them basically.

Icon transparency in OS X

I found out how you make icons transparent! Make them a tiff image! Simple as! EDIT: I will update this with a walkthrough someday…

Our House in Camberley

This is our house! I have toured the house with me camera and added some commentary to make explain some of the more subtle details….

Sun - Week Two

This last week I have been learning about Solaris administration (at an intermediate level ;) ). We first learnt about the directory structure, including things like /usr doesn’t stand for ‘user’ it’s ‘UNIX System Resources’ and how different root level folders were usually mounted via other partitions. We then looked into looking at disks and partitions/slices, followed by the UFS file system and how to mount/unmount partitions/slices. We looked into the Solaris OS too, about installation, package admin and patches, then moved onto OBP and GRUB. Read On →

Sun - Week One

After the weeks in Ireland and sitting around at home, I have finally arrived in Surrey and completed my first week at Sun Microsystems. It’s been a busy and hectic week, with lots of TOI’s (transfers of information), but I am happy with it, I have learnt a lot about the tools I’m going to use over the next year, and looked at some of the machines I’ll be using too. Read On →


Day One We got up early and did last minute things then left at about 11:15. We travelled up to Holyhead. We found that the online booking form had got out times wrong! We were booked to leave from Dublin, and get to Holyhead…Not what we wanted. The ferry place switched the times for today and Friday for us and we had a three hour wait. Things weren’t going to plan, but this just spelled out: Adventure! Read On →

Application icons...

Did you know that you can grab the icons for applications, and then save them as a GIF, a JPEG, PNG or even a PDF? If you go to the Applications folder and select the application you want, right (ctrl)click and press “Show package contents From there, click through any folders until you find a directory called “Resources” In that folder you should find a file called “app.icn” or something similar. Read On →

Installing GCC on OpenSolaris

*NEW* Click here for command line instructions, plus how to install gmake and subversion! Are you using the new OpenSolaris, released May 2008? If you have tried to ./configure any sources, you will find that you can’t, because the gcc isn’t in your PATH. To get gcc on your PATH, do the following: System > Administration > Package Manager Search all packages for gcc Install SUNWgcc Once installed, open Terminal (right click on desktop) Read On →

Fixing a Macbook power transformer

Just over a week ago I found that my MacBook wasn’t charging, but the charger was plugged in and on. I inspected the cable and found that it had melted just outside of the transformer! I temporarily fixed it with some blue insulation tape, but today, it failed all together :( I have already ordered one off of eBay, ordered on Tuesday and dispatched the following day. Should hopefully be here anytime soon. Read On →