3 comments Dec 18, 2013

Monitoring ’dd’ progress

On Linux, to view the progress of the file/disk copy tool dd, you could send the USR1 signal to get a progress output. This apparently doesn’t work on Apple’s OS. However, with Activity Monitor, it’s easy to see the progress of dd when, for example, copying an operating system image onto a USB (which can […]

2 comments Apr 28, 2013

Fixing slow ProFTPd logins

Recently a few users on a Virtualmin server have experienced issues with slow FTP logins. It took a long time to login and often wouldn’t log in at all. To correect this, first log on to the Webmin interface on http://yourserver:10000. At the top left, click Webmin. A bit further down, under Servers, select ProFTPD Server. […]

7 comments Feb 26, 2013

A native KeePass app for Mac

Password storage is incredibly important to me. Since I began seeing friends and others get their identities and online lives taken away because of reusing and/or using weak passwords, I started taking password security extremely seriously. When I chose the utility to use for this, I had a couple basic requirements. It had to be […]

4 comments Feb 23, 2013

Sync SSH config across computers with Dropbox

Here’s a little time-saving tip for Mac OS X/Linux users: if you work with lots of different Macs and servers daily, store your SSH configuration file in dropbox, and create a symbolic link to it so you can sync it across your computers. With this, once I add a new machine to my SSH config, […]

11 comments Apr 13, 2012

InstaDJ – a quick way to assemble YouTube playlists

I made a website that lets you create YouTube playlists easily – and share them, too. Everybody is online nowadays. Nobody uses CDs anymore. So at parties it’s common to see a laptop hooked up to a stereo where people go up and select songs on YouTube during the night. It kinda sucks though: Music […]

0 comments Feb 9, 2012

Apple Predictions for 2012 – 2013

All Apple products with screens will begin to have Retina-grade displays, starting with the iPad 3 coming in the first half of 2012, then the MacBooks and finally the Thunderbolt display and iMacs. iPad 3 will have, other than retina display, double the ram, quad core processor, better 8MP camera, thinner, but same 10hr battery life. The […]

38 comments Aug 23, 2011

Mediacenter PC Review: Zotac ZBOX ID41

In this article I’ll be reviewing the Zotac ZBOX ID41, which is an inexpensive mini PC from Zotac. The thing about this PC is that it’s particularly appealing to media center owners and budget-constrained customers due to its price and small size. In this review I’ll look at some of the factors that are important to me for a […]

2 comments Apr 1, 2011

Google’s Aprils Fools 2011: Helvetica

So, if you search for Helvetica on Google today, this is what you’ll get:

0 comments Feb 24, 2011

MacBook Pro update: ThunderBolt, up to 6 displays?

Today Apple updated their MacBook Pro line of notebooks and adding several substantial features. I think the biggest of them all was the introduction of ThunderBolt. A new, high-speed port that allows the user to daisy chain 6 devices. The port is more than twice as fast as USB 3.0 with its 10 Gbit transfer […]

1 comments Dec 29, 2010

Fix: Securing the DD-WRT location vulnerability

My Internet router uses a software called DD-WRT instead of the default firmware. DD-WRT is an open-source alternative to the factory-installed firmware for some routers. Basically, it allows me to do more and have more control over my router. Today, however, I read about a location vulnerability in the DD-WRT Web administration interface. Using a […]

0 comments Nov 15, 2010


Today we went to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. A perfect opportunity to take some pictures with my new cheapo Canon point’n’shoot and post on my blog. This place has basically every notable Australian animal. It was an awesome place and out of season so there wasn’t a lot of people there.

0 comments Nov 14, 2010

Random Gold Coast pics

0 comments Sep 1, 2010

Brisbane: Southbank + Q-Tower

Some pictures from the last couple of weeks. We visited South Bank a couple of weeks ago and had lunch at a nice jazz restaurant in the evening. The South Bank area was an empty abandoned railroad area until it got rebuilt a few year ago. Now it’s a beautiful area with lots of restaurants, […]