Dual-boot: Mac OSX and Ubuntu (Part I)

In Apple, General, Hardware, Linux, Open Source by Michael Sheehan10 Comments

OK, I admit it…I was bored. And a bit envious of those Intel-macs that can dual boot to Windows (or run Parallels). So, I figured that I would have some fun with my 12″ Powerbook and set it up to dual boot with my favorite Linux flavor (next to OSX, of course) Ubuntu. Yes, don’t forget, OSX is unix ((Please see this comment for some clarification)) with a lot of great eye candy. So, with Google as my friend, I quickly embarked on this journey this afternoon. I had already installed many different versions of Ubuntu on another machine that …

Way behind on my posts

In Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Microsoft, Open Source, Software by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Just been way to busy. Here are some highlights of things that I have done: Update my activeCollab site to the latest Release Candidate Fixed my wife’s computer (issues with RAM upgrade and Windows XP) Helped a friend get reconnected on their wireless network Helped another friend get their Powerbook on their wireless network as well as got them off of a non-secured wireless environment Installed Cerberus Helpdesk at work (moving toward production) Created the “second scariest” Halloween decorated house in the neighborhood Cleaned out our garage Moved from Internet Explorer 7 to Maxthon 2 Preview (2.0.1.460) Watched my daughter …

Microsoft Outlook 2003 and ZoneAlarm anti-spam plugin issues

In General, Microsoft, Software by Michael Sheehan10 Comments

I recently had some issues with my ZoneAlarm install and MS Outlook 2003 and the Anti-Spam plug-in. Whenever I launched Outlook, the ZoneAlarm plugin was not initializing despite efforts to enable (through ZA and through the COM add-in within Outlook). I found a solution that seems to have worked. Basically, you need to fully delete the COM add-in and then recreate from scratch. To do this, just follow the following steps: 1) Open “Tools->Options…” 2) Click on the “Other” tab. 3) Click on “Advanced Options’. 4) Click on “COM Add-Ins” 5) Remove “MailBuddy Outlook Addin” 6) Add “MailBuddy Outlook Addin” …

Installed the keyboard myself!

In Apple, General, Hardware by Michael Sheehan6 Comments

Well, I figured that I would try to save a little bit of $$$ and get some more notches in the tech belt and install the new keyboard on my Powerbook myself. I used the great guides (as previously mentioned) at iFixIt.com. I definitely recommend them. Anyway, the installation went relatively well, but I had to do it twice (the second time was a lot easier). One thing that was left out of a few of the install guides that I looked at was the fact that on the replacement keyboard, there is some nondescript black tape that should be …

How to combat Phishing Scams

In General, Open Source, Security by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

So, I previously posted about Phishing scams and what they look like (with screen shots). I figured that I would continue my Public Service Announcement with some tools that you can use to be sure that you don’t get “caught.” Option #1 – There is a new site that you can go and report Phishing scams on called PhishTank. On this site, you can submit suspected “phishes”, track the status of your submission and collaborate with an “opensource” type of community on these types of issues. Since the one that I found was seemingly shut down, I couldn’t submit it. …

Powerbook unboxing – Part 3

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So, I got my wonderful Powerbook back from Apple Care yesterday. Yes, they fixed the issue of the ALS (Ambient light sensor). Now I’m shopping around for a good local vendor to help install the keyboard that I purchased on eBay. I have found a couple of local candidates and I’m just checking prices now. I would have tried to do this myself, but after reading through the Apple Tech Manual as well as the wonderful guides at www.ifixit.com, I felt that it might be better to have someone who has the tools and knows what they are doing, to …

This is NOT me…

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At work, we were playing around with the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button on Google Search…there were some funny things that come up. I thought that with a name as common as mine, I would help to clear up all of the confusion in the world about who I am and who I am NOT…so… This is NOT me (too bad) This is NOT me (very timely) This is NOT me (wow…lots of concerts!) This is NOT me (Hollywood…here I come!) This is NOT me (care to debate that?) Google also has some funny combinations that come up…e.g., Michael Moore and …

Apple Care – Part 4 – back for more repairs (ALS broken)

In Apple, General, Hardware by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

Well, I must say that I have been getting to know Apple Care a bit more that I really would have wanted to. Where I last left off, Apple had totally “styled me out” by fixing my case with new parts…however, it looks like they forgot to connect the Ambient Light Sensor (ALS) when they put it all together. For those who don’t know about the ALS, it basically allows certain Powerbooks to have a back light keyboard light up under dark environments (e.g., typing in bed when you are supposed to be sleeping – grin – ). Normally, there …

Windows Update Error 80245003 – Windows Update won’t run on Vista RC2

In Fix It, General, Microsoft, Software by Michael Sheehan76 Comments

Updated on 06.25.07: I have added some more detailed steps based on feedback I received. See end of post for further details. I’m playing around with Windows Vista on a test box that I have. So far, it’s looking like a fairly nice upgrade to XP. It doesn’t feel like a complete overhaul (which, from my understanding, it somewhat is since many items have been reworked from the ground up). I’ve gone through the various cycles and now have found myself at RC2 (running the Windows Ultimate version). I have installed this using VMware as well, testing integration with an …

Helper apps for the Mac (specifically Remote Desktop Connection)

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I’m sure that if you are a mac user and you use Microsoft’s Remote Desktop (RDC) to connect to other PCs, that you have become frustrated on how limited the capabilities are. I found a couple of tools that may help with that lack-luster experience. First, there is RDC Menu. ” RDC Menu adds an icon to your menubar, allowing you easy access to launch the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client. Helper apps for the Mac (specifically Remote Desktop Connection) was last modified: October 13th, 2006 by Michael Sheehan

Fun with PHPSurveyor v1.08a2

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I’m finally getting back to testing out other opensource software. I just installed the latest version of PHPSurveyor (1.08a2) and ran into some .htaccess madness. No matter what I did, after initializing the security features (which depend on .htaccess and .htpasswd), I could not get passed the login prompt. Also, I noticed that my .htpasswd file showed my password in the clear (that isn’t very secure). So, did some searching around and found this bug that was logged. After applying the fix, the login worked fine and the .htpasswd did NOT show the password in the clear…it was encrypted. Now …

Apple Care came through with flying colors!

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OK, it looks like the saga is over. Today, I finally received my laptop today (see all of the previous posts). Actually, I was pretty impressed with this round. I shipped the laptop this past Monday, it was received and fixed on the same day (Tuesday) and shipped back on Wednesday. I missed the delivery on Thursday, but today, I got it. And let me tell you, Apple Care really came through! The “unboxing” was the biggest scare…just from remembering last time. However, this time, I was really pleasantly suprised. The first thing that I noticed was that my laptop …

“All your base are belong to us” – 1and1.com’s version…

In General, Open Source by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

My grumble factor about one of my hosting providers is getting higher. I have had a series of exchanges with them about the possibility of upgrading their mySQL servers to one that is more current (and one that supports activeCollab and SugarCRM). The saga continues… First, they sent me a link to what versions they currently have installed (which I already knew from a previous support exchange but it was nice to have listed). Then they sent me this cryptic reply to a question that I sent to them regarding if it would be possible to upgrade in the future. …

activeCollab releases 0.7RC1…but 1and1.com refuses to comply!

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One of the more promising OpenSource apps that I have been following is that of activeCollab (aC for short) has posted the first Release Candidate for their next version. I mentioned this program earlier as a direct competitor to BaseCamp. The new features look great (from reading them). Unfortunately, my hosting provider (1and1.com) has a version of mySQL that will not support the 0.7RC1 version. I have sent a support email to 1and1.com since this is the second application that I cannot use with them (the first being SugarCRM). More to come on this thread hopefully… activeCollab releases 0.7RC1…but 1and1.com …

Netvibes update – Cinnamon release

In General by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

Looks like Netvibes has updated their code with a new release “Cinnamon.” This is the development track towards their 2.0 release. Some of the new feature/updates include: New Setting panel New Design and color themes New Netvibes digital life assistant Content localization Sidebar reorganization Better performance Browser compatability Netvibes update – Cinnamon release was last modified: October 2nd, 2006 by Michael Sheehan