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Dear Diary: USB 3.0 on my MacBook

Here’s the tale of getting USB 3.0 working in a tolerable regard on my 17″ MacBook Pro.

In short, it cost me about $10 and I had to install a custom, but generic kext to enable USB 3.0. Thankfully, all the heavy lifting was done for me by people with far more free time (lucky freaks).

Here’s a visual of my final result:

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So come along with me on my tale of computery enhancement.

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OSX Home, End, Pg Up, Pg Down

Home, End, Pg Up and Pg Down, keys I use like a crazy-person. And yet, for reasons probably designed to break my mind and will, Apple opted for a fairly different and totally varying use for these keys. I wager it’s some sort of nod to super old-school Unix practices. Nevertheless, I’ve ripped out some hair over this and had many brief returns to Linux for my desktop platform over it.

Anyway, mainly for my own purposes, here’s the solution that ended up meeting my needs: http://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/26930/how-can-i-achieve-page-up-and-page-down-in-os-x/123160#123160

Add RSYNC to VMware ESXi 5.x

I’ve recently sufficiently mastered rsync to use it everywhere, constantly.

ESXi doesn’t have rsync bundled, cause you know, when 16GB flash drives cost $8, you need to keep your hypervisor footprint down to a few MB? I dunno.

Anyway, here’s where to download a build of rsync that’ll work on there: http://damiendebin.net/blog/2013/12/06/esxi-5-dot-1-and-rsync/

I just SCPed the file over in to my /opt/ and then symlinked it in to my path.

Dear Diary: Installing OSX 10.9 on Late 2007 MacBook

Here’s my notes on how I approached installing OSX 10.9 on my Late 2007 MacBook (MacBook3,1).

Note I did most of this on a current Mac running 10.9.

Also, this kind of worked. I got the install to run but it wouldn’t boot after install. I’m probably quite close to it working. I’ll update this post with notes if I work on this further.

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My Diary: Upgrading Alfresco Installations

Screen Shot 2014-04-11 at 10.10.58 PMHere’s my diary from the “epic” experience of simply trying to upgrade Alfresco installations from 4.2.c to 4.2.f. I found the community documentation to be dated and had minimal confidence in its current validity. Still, it helped. These are my final notes on the process and in actuality there were a lot of wrong turns I made along the way before landing with the below. I spent like 5 hours working this out. Crazy.

In my case, my 4.2.c installation was performed by the .bin installer from the Alfresco website. Similarly, my 4.2.f installation used the .bin install method as well.

Note my alfresco installations are located on my server under

  • /opt/alfresco-4.2.c/
  • /opt/alfresco-4.2.f/

My original alfresco installation had an init script created to run it, named alfresco.

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