Lately at work we’ve been converting almost everything to use Kerberos authentication. This allows machines that are logged into our Active Directory domain to automatically login to various web resources. This seems to work fine on Mac OS with Safari with zero config. Firefox takes a config change but Google Chrome has been a huge problem child. Luckily this has been fixed in recent versions of Chrome to allow us to set the settings via “defaults write”. There was a shoddy hack being described some time ago that you could load up Workgroup Manager and set the Chrome policy there, but the More >
As things go, my wife’s line was available to upgrade to a newer iPhone. We decided to try a new upgrade path and sell the phone through Gazelle instead of messing with eBay this time around. We have never used Gazelle before so it was a bit of a risk. Looking around on their site, they were listed with the BBB and had a rating of an A+. Seems legit, went to their site and got a quote for the iPhone 4 we were interested in selling. The price seemed a little lower than eBay but we decided it was fair enough and went forward with the sale. Gazelle sent us a box, I set the phone back More >
For years I have always wanted to do without a cable tv or satellite provider. This dream began years ago in 2003 when I found MythTV. It was able to capture over-the-air (rabbit ears) channels as well as cable channels if you had cable tv. The best part was that it could record shows and save them. It was really the first DVR besides TiVo. Even better was that I could download shows and movies online and save them to MythTV. It was so close to what I wanted, but just not quite there. This was also limited to viewing on a single TV, I couldn’t easily copy the shows to a laptop More >
After several irritated attempts to use one product/software/hack after another, I have finally found something that fits. I have tried uShare, Media Tomb, hacked up python scripts, Wine with various stuff, Amahi and fuppes. Nothing seems to serve media to the Xbox 360 without some stupid problem. Half of the serving programs out there don’t support transcoding. Others support DLNA but not the weird requirements the Xbox 360 has for folder structure. It’s completely irritating trying to find something. Finally, I’ve stumbled pretty much on accident upon Twonky Media Server. Yes, it’s $20, but More >
One of the biggest annoyances with OS X is that telnet client, for some retarded reason, has a default setting to auto-login with your current username to the remote system. Finally I’ve discovered a way to disable that! Sure you can type “telnet -K host” which disables the auto-login, but I hate typing that every time. Instead, do this from a shell prompt: echo “default unset autologin” >> ~/.telnetrc
That’s all! Enjoy.
July 2008 began a very stressful time in my life. Many of you know the story. Over the last year and a half I have struggled to keep sane while looking for new jobs, pushing my resume and trying to keep things going at Cyberlink. Today I am glad to announce that I have a contract position with Omnicity Corp. After 90 days if everything goes well they will be converting me to a full-time employee. I am very grateful for this opportunity and very excited to see what is in store for me at Omnicity. Thank you to everyone who has supported me during this stressful time! You are amazing.