Archive for the ‘Geek’ Category

March 11th, 2008 - 11:07 pm § in Geek


To both my readers: Don’t panic! RuS hasn’t changed; I’ve just decided that I was tired of the theme I’d chosen. Not sure that I’ll stick with this one, either, since it’s a bit too cheery—but it makes better use of screen real estate than the previous theme did. That, and the fact tha[...]

March 5th, 2008 - 8:39 pm § in Geek

Update on Our Wireless Woes

No new meat to report, but there is some movement. Aruba sent out another team of engineers, and we’ve finally managed to get high-level contacts between Aruba’s engineers and Apple’s. Unfortunately, there’s not a whole lot of news to report, but at least we’re getting solid feedback from [...]

February 12th, 2008 - 10:33 am § in Geek

Ok, Leopard is Now Enterprise-Ready

For the record, 10.5.2 fixes the problems that I was having before with Active Directory authentication and Workgroup Manager. Since last night’s upgrade, I’m able to bind and authenticate to Active Directory like we used to under Tiger, and group permissions set in WGM are picked up properly by[...]

February 4th, 2008 - 9:23 pm § in Geek

More Commentary on Our Wireless Woes

I’m still in the midst of my dissertation writing—the first draft is in, but there’s a lot more work to be done—but, since there were some questions about our wireless problems, I thought I’d take the time off to respond. Nothing new learned, but a few data points, gripes, and commentary. [...]

December 23rd, 2007 - 3:02 pm § in Geek

More Leopard Silliness

Adobe CS3 is almost totally unusable by me since I updated to Leopard. The apps all use way too much RAM, bogging everything down, and if they launch the Adobe Updater, then it takes up all my available memory until it crashes a few minutes later. So I’ve been using a lot more than [&h[...]

December 20th, 2007 - 10:15 pm § in Geek

A Solution for Our Wireless Woes?

The problems that we were having with our wireless still haven’t gone away. Running a continuous ping (for which I wrote a simple launchd daemon) helped to a certain extent, but the underlying problem—sleepy Atheros cards under 10.4.10—only got worse with 10.4.11. Yesterday I found some free t[...]

December 20th, 2007 - 10:06 pm § in Geek

So Sue Me

I really, really don’t like blog posts that just reference other blog posts, but since I’ve had little new to say lately, I figured I’d create one of my own. I’d probably loathe it, too, if the post that I linked to weren’t such a pretty little bauble: T[...]

December 5th, 2007 - 8:13 pm § in Geek

Leopard Ain’t Enterprise-Ready

So I’ve wasted the last week and a half with a new project. Twenty new MacBooks arrived, and I was told to prepare them quickly for distribution to students with an image along the lines of the one that we built last summer for our 1-to-1 laptop pilot program. Easy, right? Wrong! Problem #1:These [...]

November 20th, 2007 - 10:56 pm § in Geek

A Shiny New Toy

For the last week, I’ve been playing with a couple of ASUS Eee PCs. It seems that the entire Linux world is abuzz about these, and there’s a lot of interest in the K-12 world, too, so our director bought 10 of them for us to beat up on. We’re supposed to be getting comfortable […][...]

November 6th, 2007 - 10:38 pm § in Geek

More Virtualization

One of the bigger of the smaller, more mundane, projects has been the migration of one of our web apps. This one, in particular, has been a real pain. The front-end ties up our main web server, and the back-end ties up our main database server. So every time we need to work on either […][...]