I’ve been using PowerShell quite a bit in the past few months for various tasks, such as mass Storage vMotion, snapshot reporting as well as some other tasks and have found it to be invaluable and I learn more every day. It reminds me of AppleScript, but much more useful. Since nearly everything MS related has cmdlets, it is worth learning and sharing. Lately, I’ve been wanting to learn Git for version control so I figured theres no better time to learn. I’ve started a GitHub repository that I plan on using to share my scripts and bits. I’ll most likely move my other “projects” into GitHub too as I continue to learn how to manage it. So without further[…]

General list of apps I use on my Ubuntu desktop: thunderbird – great email client banshee – quite possibly the best music/media player out there vlc – this can play any movie you throw at it transmission-daemon – great for running transmission when you aren’t logged in to the machine ushare – unpn/dlna media server – works great with xbox 360 filezilla – personal favorite ftp client pidgin – empathy sucks gnome-do – this helped me transfer finger memory from OS X gparted – I am a storage guy – I format and look at things. ssh – is there anything ssh can’t do? ubuntu-restricted-extras – youtube is boring without flash xchat – for when I’m feeling extra creepy vpnc[…]

OpenNote is a modified WordPress theme that is designed to be used for a private “notebook” site. I wanted a place to keep notes and other bits of information handy, but did not want to use any third party services such as Evernote because I wanted to keep it under my control. I had been using my hacked W2+ installation, but I needed functionality to better handle files such as pdf and Word documents. WordPress is extensible and reliable enough that it works nearly everywhere and there is an official WordPress application for nearly every phone so that makes adding content a snap from anywhere. I hope you enjoy the OpenNote theme and you can download it from the OpenNote[…]

I have to say this first since I’m looking to get a new phone shortly, but I love Android. It is open, stable and not too irritating. However, the fact that I have to use a Google account to use the phone is very annoying. I’ll say that I’ve grown a little apprehensive about what they collect, but I’ll save that for another day. But like I said, I do like Android and the fact that I can do whatever I want with it. Right now I’m using an unlocked G1 running Cyanogenmod and this is what I consider essential apps for Android in no particular order: Beem: great Jabber client – since I’m moving away from Google, this is[…]

In case there is ever a need to format a disk with HFS or HFS+ (OS X native disk format) or NTFS in Ubuntu, you can add the following packages to your Ubuntu 9.10 system to add support for gparted: HFS – hfsutils HFS+ – hfsprogs NTFS – ntfsprogs You can install them all in one shot too: apt-get install hfsutils hfsprogs ntfsprogs Also, if you don’t have gparted installed, that is easy as well, just run the following: apt-get install gparted

Sometimes I just don’t get it. I know that Apple is the darling of the consumer electronics industry, but I don’t think consumers know (or more likely, they don’t care) about what they are buying into. I’m sure the user experience on the iPad is amazing, but I’ve played with iPhones (I used to use one – both the first gen and a 3G) and I know that my expectations and needs will not be met. As a hacker (in the tinkering sense) at heart, I have a need to own the hardware I use. I want to know how it works and change it. This is primarily the reason I switched to an Android based G1 – I knew[…]