Checking HDD SMART Status on OS X

On OS X the overall SMART Status of a hard drive can be checked in the Disk Utility. If the drive is failing, it will be displayed in red. The following screenshot shows such a failing drive:       …

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Installing Lubuntu on the Banana Pi

Installing Lubuntu on the Banana Pi using MacOS Download the Lubuntu image from http://www.lemaker.org/resources/9-38/image_files.html and extract it. On a Macbook Pro with an integrated card reader the image can be copied to an SD card as follows: Insert the SD card into …

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XML Filtering in Windows Event Viewer

The basic filtering options in Windows Event Viewer are limited as it is not possible to use information from the log details as a filter. This however can be done with an XML filter. This is not an in-depth tutorial, …

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Microsoft Office 2010/2013 VL Activation

Sometimes it happens, that the online activation of Microsoft Office 2010/2013 (Volume License) fails, i.e. with error code 0x80070190. I don’t know the reason for this, but there is a way to fix it without having to call the phone activation …

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Putting Your Website into Maintenance Mode

Sometimes it might be necessary to temporarily disable your website. This could be due to a pending update, a security issue that needs to be fixed or any other reason for which you don’t want any user to access the site. …

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Compiling & Running Java Code on Mac OS

This is just a little reminder on how Java code looks like and how it is compiled and executed. I’m running OS X 10.10 and I have the Java for OS X 2014-001 package installed — not sure if this …

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Creating an OS X Installation Partition

If you want to format your Mac’s hard drive to completely re-install OS X you usually need a DVD-ROM or a USB stick to install from. Another option is to create an extra partition on your hard drive to store …

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Deleting an EFI System Partition with Windows 7

If you connect a hard drive that has been used in another computer before, you might find an undeletable EFI partition on it. In Disk Management this looks as follows:             However, the diskpart command-line utility …

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Installing a Mailserver with Postfix, Dovecot, SASL, LDAP & Roundcube

Installing a mailserver is a quite complex matter because several components are involved. Since there are many different operational scenarios, there are many different possible configurations, thus lots of different howtos around the internet. In this howto I’m going to …

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Changing The Background Of All Desktops On Mac OS

On Mac OS it is not possible to change the desktop background for all desktops at once. Instead, one has to manually configure the background on every single desktop which is quite annoying. I have written a little AppleScript which …

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