OS Woes

Since my last post I eventually got around to trying to install Debian and Fedora onto my spare box…But it would appear that neither would run on it…I spent today jiggling my main box around to fit not only Windows and Solaris, but also Debian and Fedora…Alas, Debian still won’t run (doesn’t install GRUB so can’t boot to it). Fedora would go, but Solaris was stubborn. Just about to reinstall Solaris now to see if I can rectify the problem…Ahhh, the wonders of technology…

I need a floppy disk!?

OK, exams finished on Thursday…I let myself recoup on Friday and today I decided have a play with my spare tower…Up until recently I have had OpenSuse 10.2 on there running GNOME (the CPU is an old AMD Athlon and it has an ancient GPU and goodness knows how much RAM). Anyway, I decided to look around and decided on reinstalling the tower with Fedora 8 and Debian 4. Fedora asked for a single DVD to install the OS, which was great, I’ve got two DVDs left in my supply and about five CD’s. Read On →

MacWorld Expo

Held between the 14th and the 18th of January, Apple today released two new exciting products and two enhancements to two of their already awesome product range. The first enhancement was a major software upgrade to the iPod touch. Some of the software includes: Mail, Maps, Stocks, Weather and Notes, as well as a couple of other upgrades! UK users can get the update through iTunes for £12.99 The next enhancement was another software update to the iPhone. Read On →

That January feeling

It’s a new year and time to get up and go after the Christmas break, however, for us students at Aber uni (as well as other students I’m sure), we look forward to a bunch of exams in stuff we can’t quite remember (perhaps we drank too much or ate too much turkey or something). As I write this I’m one exam down with two to go. Yesterday I had Architecture, C and UNIX, not that there was much UNIX stuff in there :( This exam centred around the Motorola 68HC11 micro-controller, it’s assembly language and the like, how CPU’s work, broadly, and a bunch of stuff on the C language. Read On →

Christmas update...

Merry Christmas to you all! Over the last few weeks I have been updating my site #! - A place of geekery. I’ve written some new tutorials for people who want to learn some common UNIX tools. All the usuals are there, cd/ls/pwd/etc but I have also detailed some other looks such as SSH/SCP/RSYNC I haven’t really been doing much else on the site, I need to continue the Java tutorial at some point…But I’m also planning on learning Python, bought the book and everything, just need to properly sit down and read it… Read On →

2D Dock in Leopard

Have you upgraded to Leopard and decided you really don’t like the new 3D ‘shelf’? Never fear! Apple have given us two options… First option Our first option is to open System Preferences, open the Dock preferences then place our Dock on the left or right of the screen: Second option We have another option for you if you want your 2D Dock at the bottom of the screen. We have three steps, first step is to open your Terminal, next type in: defaults write com. Read On →

Here's to the crazy ones...

A fellow Mac User has pointed me to look at TextEdit.app with Coverflow. Blown up it looks like this: Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. Read On →


The 26th October: about 11am, I received a small box from a man who travelled in an Orange lorry. With great eagerness I signed the form and ripped open the packaging to find a shiny box containing a DVD on it. On the DVD was Apple’s latest edition of OS X: Leopard, Mac OS 10.5. Thirty minutes it took me to install Leopard, while it was installing I perused the net looking for all the applications I used to have. Read On →