So I’ve been playing with some of the Turnkey Linux VMs, which are nice a lightweight Debian Linux OS core packaged with purpose-built software.Continue reading “Tricks for Importing VMware Workstation VMDK to ESXi 6.7”
I saw this on a German web site called speicher.de and I thought it was pretty significant so I thought I’d share a copy of the translation to English
The Asrock J4105-ITX is a useful low-power build that has been confirmed to work as an ESXi IGD GPU passthrough computer with 4K@60Hz HDMI 2.0. It can be had for around $110 for the motherboard.
The real sticking point for ESXi, besides the realtek NIC, is who wants to run an ESXi host that can only support up to 8GB RAM? As that is the official specifications listed on the Asrock web site…
Well this group of hardware testers in Germany has laid that myth to rest by doing their own testing, and they confirm that configurations of up to 32GB work just fine. Have a look:Continue reading “Asrock J4105-ITX 16GB and 32GB memory configuration tests”
Make your Windows experience more nerdy!
I tend to notice Windows users fall into a few major categories:
- Unaware any OS besides Windows exists
- Uses Windows because that’s what they’re most comfortable with
- Doesn’t like Windows per se, but can’t afford a Mac, and doesn’t want to grapple with Linux
- Likes posix-compliant OS better, but trapped by vendor lock-in requiring use of proprietary software only available on Windows
If you’re like me, you’re in the 4th category. I love package managers, bash shells, am most comfortable with nix commands and regex, and while I think powershell is a step in the right direction, the syntax is unfamiliar enough that I still have to consult references in order to do most things. It’s also ridiculously verbose compared to posix OS.Continue reading “Linux or MacOS lover, but have to use Windows?”
This review is for the Anpviz IPC-B850W-D 5MP@15FPS security camera w/ mic and Micro-SD card support.
Full disclosure: I purchased this camera and was later reimbursed for writing this review. However, I will do my best to offer a totally objective viewpoint on the pros and cons of this model.
Since I was hired to do installation and maintenance of a TVI DVR system at a local restaurant, I’d been wanting to set up a couple cameras around my home.
I’m not so worried about theft or break-ins like the restaurant is, but even in a mellow, low-stress area like ours recording a few key areas can still be helpful. For instance, we share a fence with a parking lot, so it gets hit by cars occasionally and we’d like to know who did it if we’re not home. Also, you never known when someone might take an Amazon delivery off your doorstep, as that is becoming common even in nice neighborhoods.Continue reading “Musings about Home CCTV setup, and a review of Anpviz 5MP@15FPS POE security camera”
Disclaimer: Sorry for the phone pics of my screen, I was using an installer disk for this procedure and there was no screenshot feature.
I’m migrating a MacOS install but the source drive is 256GB and the destination is 250GB. It’s not too much of a mismatch, but still prevents a straight-across restore.
What ever to do?Continue reading “Using APFS features to migrate from a larger disk to a smaller one”
OK, so I’ve been fighting it, but I decided learning WordPress is a necessary evil. Supposedly according to website tech stats WordPress is powering 25% of all websites. I’m not sure if that’s entirely relevant if 15% of those sites are as bad as mine, but I figured if even 10% are decent then it’s probably worth learning.
I use the W3Techs extension in Chrome to look at what technology websites I visit use and WordPress comes up time after time. Some of them are significant players, like a lot of online newspapers and major companies. So here I am, in the middle of the bell-curve, going along with the crowd, jumping on the bandwagon, and flinging myself off a bridge because my friends did it.Continue reading “Hello, banana!”
After being a long-time Debian user, for some reason I’ve been going all-in for CentOS lately. It started after I installed it as a virtualization platform with KVM on an E3 server. I just love how stable and methodically planned it is.
I’ve probably gone a little too far, as I’ve also installed it on my Thinkpad x220 Laptop. It’s definitely not much of a desktop OS – its packages are stable but they’re OLD. But, I guess my laptop is old, too, and I still love both of them. They work awesome together.
To avoid being too bored by its aged userland, I decided to breathe new life into the desktop experience by installing a new version of Cinnamon. After poking around the Wiki for a few days, totally by accident, I noticed EPEL has a testing branch for packages that are pre-release. A little repo package list inspection, and I noticed the pre-release version of Cinnamon they’re working on currently is 3.6.3 (!)Continue reading “Install Cinnamon 3.6.3 in CentOS 7.4 1708 using EPEL-Testing repo”
So, have you been looking for the IceFilms channel plug-in for your Synology DiskStation, but only seen Windows and Mac OSX referenced for install methods on the sites you’ve visited?
Well, look no further!Continue reading “Installing IceFilms (and other) Channel(s) on your Synology DiskStation Plex Media Server”
Note: This guide below has been depreciated – now you can just install macports and run:
$ sudo port install gnumeric +quartz
It still installs some xorg dependencies but it links them to the cocoa interface
Compiling Gnumeric on Mac OS 10.9.5 using Cocoa instead of X11
So, if you know anything about *NIX spreadsheet programs, or you are a hardcore statistics nerd, you are probably familiar with Gnumeric.
I like to run several operating systems, and one of my favorite is Mac OS. But I like Gnumeric quite a bit and there’s never been an installer package for a native port of Gnumeric for Mac OS as far as I know.
There IS a how-to on how to compile Gnumeric using MacPorts, though! However, it’s a little outdated:
I was really glad to see this as a starting place, as it has some info about how to use flags when porting software to compile in Quartz instead of X11 (thus, to avoid the nasty X11 interface and stay more over-all “Mac-Looking”)
Following the directions on the site did not work for me, however — so here’s an update to help people with more modern Mac OS versions (I did this under Mac OS 10.9.5 Mavericks with MacPorts 2.3.3).
Installing and using MacPorts is beyond the scope of this article, but it’s not too hard to do – just make sure you have the latest (or most appropriate) version of Xcode, including the command-line tools. you can check to see if you have the Xcode command line tools by opening a terminal, and invoking the command:
After a brief pause, you should see the following:
Go back to your terminal and invoke:
$ ln -s /opt/local/bin/gnumeric /Applications/Gnumeric
Navigate to your Applications folder via the Finder and you should see a blank icon named “Gnumeric”.
Double click on the icon, and you should be prompted with a dialog asking you to choose an application to run the program with. Select the option to choose the program, then select the Terminal as the program to run it with (under /Applications/Utilities/Terminal).
Now when you double-click on this icon it should run Gnumeric for you without having to enter the terminal.
Alternately, you can create an alias instead of a link, by invoking:
$ osascript -e ‘tell application “Finder”‘ -e ‘make new alias to file (posix file “/opt/local/bin/gnumeric-1.12.20”) at desktop’ -e ‘end tell’
This does NOT require the step of having to choose the terminal to run it with. Now the Gnumeric alias will be on your desktop. You may rename it and move it wherever you like (e.g. the Applications folder).
Any questions or comments to improve this post are immensely appreciated! Please leave a post! Thank you!
How to fix 3d rendering for a Windows guest in VMWare Workstation 11 Ubuntu 14.10 host
Getting a message when you start your Windows guest in VMWare Workstation 11 hosted by Ubuntu 14.10?
I was, and I had a little trouble finding a fix, until finally it worked! it’s simply a matter of upgrading to the latest OpenGL drivers in Ubuntu.
Now when you start your Windows guest, it should no longer complain about 3D acceleration!