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Multi-threaded tar/bzip2

I often find myself banging my head against a wall watching tar compress with a single execution thread. PBZIP2 is the solution to that problem.

Here’s my few recipes for using this:

Compress: tar cf archive.tar.bz2 --use-compress-prog=pbzip2 archive/
Uncompress: pbzip2 -dvc archive.tar.bz2 | tar x

Enjoy!

Mac Pro > Installing USB 3.0 Support

In my quest to keep my 2008 era Mac Pro (MacPro3,1) reasonably well suited to my needs, I recently decided to attempt to add USB 3.0 support.

I recently bought myself one of these babies, Inateck KT4004. I like that it has 4 ports and no external power required.

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Ubuntu 14.04 on Utilite Pro

To the chase… It took me a long time to find this, but someone’s made a guide for building Ubuntu 14.04 from scratch for the Utilite. But better still, they’ve included a dropbox location to fetch images from.

Here’s the URL to the build guide.

Here’s the URL to the download directory.

For installation, I’m ripping-off the Arch installation instructions here.

The key step of the installation process I kept pulling up that guide to confirm I’m recalling correctly is: bsdtar -xpf ArchLinuxARM-utilite-latest.tar.gz -C root

Dear Diary: Running Trac and upgrading to Ubuntu Server 14.04

I’m a fairly heavy user of trac. I’ve got various software projects I organize using trac. I decided to upgrade one of my Ubuntu 12.04 servers to Ubuntu 14.04 and of course ran in to the typical apache2 headaches that are born out of this particular transition.

After remembering to rename my virtual host files with .conf extensions (I find that change annoying as hell on its own), I kept running aground with an Internal Server Error message to which I couldn’t even find a hint in my logs, even after cranking up the verbosity.

 

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SIGH

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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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