Open Sourcing my Hackintosh ;)

Running a HP SPP mini tower with Yosemite installed and finally getting tired of finder and iTerm. Don’t get me wrong, I like iTerm, but from my linux background, my fingers just know terminator so much better 🙂

I tried installing terminator via brew but it did not seem very stable – I opened up a 4-up terminator view and after the icon spun for 5 minutes, it crashed.

Fink seems to be much more stable and integrates its programs right into XQuartz where the brew installed version popup’d a separate python window.

1. install fink:  bash script to do it all for ya

2. fink install terminator

3. fink install nautilus

4. Setup dbus for OSX :

sudo launchctl load -w /sw/share/dbus/launchd/org.finkproject.dbus-session.plist

launchctl load -w /sw/share/dbus/launchd/org.finkproject.dbus-session.plist


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Remaster a Linux install CD to allow installation on a Macbook

Turns out this was pretty easy to get going on my Macbook 2006 model to install Xubuntu.

On my fedora computer I installed isomaster (yum install isomaster), then opened the Xubuntu.iso I downloaded with isomaster.

glaw@fedora ~ $ isomaster xubuntu-14.04-desktop-amd64.iso 

Highlight the EFI folder, ad then click the icon 5th icon on the bottom (I think its supposed to be a trashcan.

Then file -> Save As and save a new copy of the ISO. 

You will end up with a slightly smaller iso:

glaw@fedora ~ $ ls -la x.iso xubuntu-14.04-desktop-amd64.iso 
-rw——- 1 glaw users 953790464 Jun  4 20:22 x.iso
-rw-r–r– 1 glaw users 957349888 May  6 10:21 xubuntu-14.04-desktop-amd64.iso

Now burn the x.iso with your favorite burner. 

glaw@fedora ~ $ basero x.iso

Once your have burned this off successfully, insert into your Macbook, boot up while pressing the alt/option key and select the “Windows” Icon (the mac thinks this is a boot camp install).

This other website will help in getting your Mac setup for the new OS :


Docker UCLUG 5/13/2014

Awesome meeting last night with my fellow geeks at UCLUG  – Many Thanks to Tim Fowler –

The topic was Docker … Docker is based on the concept of containers .. no necessarily the LXE containers (akin to Solaris zones), although the docker containers will run within LXE containers, basically docker is described as chroot on steroids.

The minimum basis for a docker container is the bare minimum libraries required to run a Linux distribution (probably version close to a net install).  So I downloaded the base fedora docker image – about 250 MB … it booted up in docker in about 3 seconds.

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The idea is that you start with one of these base images, yum install all required packages to run your app.  For example, for a simple wordpress website container, you may install apache, php, mysql.  You do a docker commit to save your changes.   The changes get saved as a separate layer.  

So my understanding of the internals of docker is that when you boot a docker image, the base image plus all layers get joined together via unionfs, and then the linux system invokes a chroot to that unionfs mount and invokes the normal system startup as if it was a stand alone machine.  Almost a virtual machine, but it does not run a separate kernel.  Essentially you can pull down  the base ubuntu image and run Ubuntu linux on top of Fedora.  In addition, there are settings that control CPU/Memory affinity for each container as well as some SDN (software defined networking) components that allow you to control how one container can communicate with other containers and/or back to/from the host machine.  So you can expose port 80/443 running in a container to the host machine (and out to the network)

Unlike a virtual machine where you may want to duplicate a base “machine” to use it as the basis for several different applications, you can build several docker containers, all with their own unique purposes, based on the same fedora base image.


Unlike a virtual machine clone where you are duplicating the total OS, with docker, CONTAINER_A and CONTAINER_B  (as well as all other containers built off the same base image) all reference back to the same base fedora image and then just apply their own individual layers representing the deltas.

That’s it in a nutshell

WordPress – importing images from non-wordpress images directory

Working on a freelance site and somehow a bunch of images got uploaded to /images/2012/09/…  what the heck? I cannot even figure out how that happened.

Trying this new “” plugin and guess what, it only works off images inside the media manager.

After looking around for a couple hours, I finally figured it all out.  DISCLAIMER:  Before trying this, make sure you back up your database.  PHPMyAdmin has an “Export” option that will let you do this.

  1. First is a plug-in called “add from server” –  This plugin gives you a file manager type interface to browser your website directories, so I pointed it at /images and let it import from there.  I wish it was recursive, but no such luck.  Lucky for me, I only had to drill down into /images/2012/09/ and import from there as well as my top level /images directory.  Importing gives you the option of using the original file date, so it copies the files to /wp-content/uploads/2012/09 and maintains that same date based hierarchy.  From the /images directory I just imported those ones with today’s date, so they ended up in /wp-content/uploads/2013/01/…
  2. After importing I had to refresh some of my MySQL skills.  The trick was to search the database for src=”/images/…” and update that to be src=”/wp-content/uploads/…”.  It took me a couple tries to get it right.  I started with a SELECT statement to get the syntax correct.
    SELECT post_content,replace(post_content,’src=”/images’,’src=”/wp-content/uploads’) FROM `wp_posts` WHERE post_content like ‘%src=”/images%’;
    This let me verify the substitution was happening the way I wanted it to, then it was just a matter of rewrite this as an UPDATE query (after I BACKED UP MY DATABASE!), this was the query:update wp_posts set post_content=replace(post_content,’src=”/images’,’src=”/wp-content/uploads’)  WHERE post_content like ‘%src=”/images%’;


Linux Mint Maya with Cinnamon 1.6 – Add additional media apps to the sound applet

I am a recent convert over to Linux Mint from Mac OSX.  After running OSX on my converted windows PC for 4 years, I got tired of not being able to update it so I figured I would take another run at Linux on the Desktop.

Linux Mint ships with their “cinnamon” desktop, which is a modified version of Gnome3.  After updating to the latest release of Cinnamon (1.6), I have been tweaking the GUI.  One of the “panel” applets Mint ships with is the Volume control applet, which also lets you launch different system media players.  Mint seems to ship with the basic media apps and uses Banshee as its default MP3 player.  

My primary media apps are Pandora and Songbird at the moment.  I am a paid Pandora user, so they give you access to their “desktop app” which runs via Adobe Air.  Here is a little tutorial on adding these 2 apps to the “Launch” area of the sound applet.  

First, you can install Sondbird using : sudo apt-get install songbird 

Pandora is a little more difficult, see this link on Installing Adobe Air – once this is installed, you can double click on the Pandora.air file and it should install properly.  

Adding these to the sound applet requires editing the javascript file that drives the applet, this is located at /usr/share/cinnamon/applets/  In a terminal window,  

First we need to figure out the name of the pandora launcher file, which I believe gets set up with a unique id for each user.  

cd /usr/share/applications

glaw@mint : /usr/share/applications $ ls com.pandora*


cd /usr/share/cinnamon/applets/

sudo cp applet.js applet.js.orig 
sudo vi applet.js

Look for the line:

let compatible_players = [ “clementine”, “mpd”, “exaile”, “banshee”, “rhythmbox”, “rhythmbox3”, “pragha”, “quodlibet”, “guayadeque”, “amarok”, “googlemusicframe”, “xbmc”, “xnoise”, “gmusicbrowser”, “spotify”, “audacious”, “vlc”, “beatbox” ]

and update it to look like this:

let compatible_players = [ “clementine”, “mpd”, “exaile”, “banshee”, “rhythmbox”, “rhythmbox3”, “pragha”, “quodlibet”, “guayadeque”, “amarok”, “googlemusicframe”, “xbmc”, “xnoise”, “gmusicbrowser”, “spotify”, “audacious”, “vlc”, “beatbox” , “songbird” , “com.pandora.desktop.fb9956fd96e03239939108614098ad95535ee674.1” ];

It looks like since the default launcher for songbird is simply called songbird.desktop, we do not need any special value here, but substitute your unique pandora launcher file name (minus the .desktop) above.  
Save the file, and then logout or resart Cinnamon.  You should have Pandora and Songbird on the sound applet menu now 🙂

WordPress – using short codes within 404 page

Just a trick I just figured out – I installed a sitemap plugin for wordpress and wanted to drop the rendered sitemap into my 404 page.  The short code for the plug was [ slick-sitemap ].  So, in my 404.php page within my theme directory, I just added this :

<?php echo  apply_filters(‘the_content’,'[slick-sitemap]’);?>


that’s, well, slick 🙂


Facebook plugin FAIL

So I was reading about facebook releasing their official wordpress plugin the other day, so I figured I would try it out on one of my sites –

Instant failure ;

Fatal error: Call to undefined method Facebook::get_loggedin_user() in /home/ on line 48

My top 5 wordpress plugins

404 Redirected – coupled with SEO Ultimate, allows you to catch 404 errors (ie – outdated bookmarks) and link them to the correct content.

Akismet – comes bundled with wordpress and for good reason.  Best anti-spam tool I have found for wordpress.

Better WordPress Minify  – awesome at reducing the number of HTTP requests your site generates.  combines all JS into 1 <javascript> tag, and all css into a single tag.

Contact Form 7 – simple contact form to email processing plugin

 SEO Ultimate – This one is helpful, not just for SEO but for general site management.  Has a 404 tracker as well as allows you to defined per page custom titles, meta descriptions, and keywords.


Midori Browser – Moving the New Tab button

I am running the Midori browser inside of Cygwin-X at work.  This allows me to browse and download within Cygwin easier, as well as bypass some of the security imposed on the network at work.

One thing I have found that I absolutely hate is the order Midori puts its task buttons in.  The first button on EVERY other browser is Back – Midori uses “New Tab”  – WTF?!  I find myself clicking “New Tab” meaning to go back.  This has got to go!

I found that the easy fix for this is by editing the configuration file.  On Cygwin this file is located in .config/midori/config

Make sure you exit out of Midori, then open the config file in vi.  The line to look for is toolbar-items=.  I moved TabNew from the first entry to the last.  Saved the file and then restarted Midori.