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Adding ext2 / ext3 disk mounting support to OpenSolaris

Coming from a Linux background I was somewhat surprised that i could not mount ext2/3 disk in OpenSolaris. However, this is easily resolved by installing the following two packages.

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Creating a ZFS Root Mirror in OpenSolaris

Unfortunately OpenSolaris doesn’t (or didn’t at the time of installing) provide a way of creating a root mirror when installing. So after completing your initial installation you have to manually create this.

Being a newcomer to Solaris/OpenSolaris I did a little searching and have put together a quick howto tutorial for creating a ZFS root . . . → Read More: Creating a ZFS Root Mirror in OpenSolaris

Enable navigation sounds over hdmi in xbmc

Navigation sounds in xbmc didn’t work for me in linux when using hdmi as my default audio device. This is quick and easy to fix. Simply add the following to /etc/asound.conf

pcm.!default {

type plug slave { pcm “hdmi” } }

Save the file and reboot. You should now have . . . → Read More: Enable navigation sounds over hdmi in xbmc

Create your own TV channel in XBMC

OK so you have setup XBMC and managed to scan all of your content into your library – great! However, one of the questions that frequently comes up in the XBMC forums is how can i setup my own TV channel using content in the library.

There are several ways you could accomplish this, but . . . → Read More: Create your own TV channel in XBMC

Fix FlickrRSS WordPress plugin.

I use the FlicrRSS plugin to display my recently uploaded pictures from Flickr. However when installing it, it did not show any pictures.

After googling around for a while this seems to be a somewhat common occurance, however its easy enough to fix.

You need to edit the flickrrss.php file and change the following line:

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Build & Install VMWare Tools in Ubuntu

Building and installing vmware tools is simple and easy in Ubuntu.

First of all install the required build tools:

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Fixing 3 (UK) Mobile Broadband on Snow Leopard

After upgrading my Mackbook to Snow Leopard, I found that my 2 Mobile Broadband USB (Huawei Mobile Connect E169G) stick no longer functioned. Looking on 3’s website, there is no drivers or install info for Snow Leopard. I also remember when Leopard came out they were somewhat slow in getting new drivers out.

So . . . → Read More: Fixing 3 (UK) Mobile Broadband on Snow Leopard

Capture a Screen Shot with Mac OS X

Mac OS X has always made it easy to capture a screen shot (an image of your computer desktop or an active window). Here’s a summary of all the methods you can use to capture your screen using Mac OS X. . . . → Read More: Capture a Screen Shot with Mac OS X

Install OS X from USB drive

Like other versions of OS X, Snow Leopard can be installed from a USB drive. This is especially beneficial to Macbook Air users looking to install the OS without a DVD drive, or anyone else that might want to do this.

To do this, you’ll need to prepare your USB drive . . . → Read More: Install OS X from USB drive

Delete Files Older Than x Days on Linux

The find utility on linux allows you to pass in a bunch of interesting arguments, including one to execute another command on each file. We’ll use this in order to figure out what files are older than a certain number of days, and then use the rm command to delete them.

find /path/to/files* -mtime +5 . . . → Read More: Delete Files Older Than x Days on Linux