Friday, October 2, 2015

A Remembrance of Print Server config past


Printer not printing


Netgear dual band router died so got a nice ASUS one. So connection to the apsusb203 print server was lost.


Manually allocate IP in DHCP settings to the one set up on the print server.  Bah-bing done!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Wordpress dev and Docker on OS X

This was a good step-by-step guide to follow with port forwarding instructions so that you can actually access your Wordpress from the browser on your host (Mac):

How to Use the Official Docker WordPress Image

For the CLI (command line) / terminal averse mac users have Kitematic.  Use it to start and stop docker machine.  It also shows you the available images stored in the docker repository.

The whole point of Docker for me was fast performance on my laptop for Wordpress testing.  YB tested how fast files sync'ed between the Mac and the container running in Virtual box:

A productive development environment with Docker on OS X

1st class citizen on Linux a little less so on OS X.  But still pretty awesome!  Docker's excellent documentation has a nice diagram making that concept clear.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Handbrake sudden shutdown: Solved!

Handbrake shuts down machine

My i5-460M laptop running handbrake 0.9.9 - 0.10.2 suddenly shuts down.

I had the temperature monitor up one day and noticed that the temp. quickly went from 49*C to 100*C, the fans become very noisy and then shuts down the machine.

Used cpulimit but encode goes down to around 20 fps if I want to keep the temps down below 90*C.

The fan goes into high speed mode and even though I vacuumed the vents didn't make much of a difference.  I wonder if the heat sink has come off the cpu.

I will try older version of handbrake or maybe limit thread=1.

Note:  The BIOS is doing the thermal shutdown (which is good) before damage to cpu occurs. 

FlightGear Terrasync move Data directory

FlightGear scenery

Flightgear scenery data used to live outside ~/Library/Application Support/FlightGear/TerraSync  before my machine crashed.

I've forgotten how to move it; tried alias' link etc.  nothing works.  hmmmm

How a little juju helped my Wordpress

quick install WP (wordpress) using juju charms

Help I have undead juju hanging around (even after restarting!)

getting rid of juju state

juju destroy-environment --force

sudo cleanup-juju


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

HP 5P, print server on Mavericks 10.9.3

Printing (didn't) happen

My SnowLeopard machine prints just fine to via a print server to an HP 5P.  On the Mavericks notebook the add Printers button brought up the list of printers on the network.   Lights green in the control panel but no blinky lights, churning sounds and no paper emerging from the bowels of the beast.

Fix (What to DO? oh toh keh?)

  • printer cups interface (in your browser http://localhost:631/) 
  • Gutenprint drivers

Frustration Rising (dead ends that didn't work)

  • adding and deleting printer
  • ipp with IP address and port name
  • turning firewall off
  • looking at tcpdump log
Good luck!

Beyond the basics: OS X's advanced printer tools
OS X Mavericks: IP printer settings

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Build FAILS: Handbrake 0.9.9 on OS X 10.9.3 Mavricks

follow handbrake build instructions for OS X:


********* BUILD FAILS

what now:

If you have installed any utilties like autoconf automake under /usr/local/bin/ while trying to build remove those.

When you installed Xcode 5.1.3 from the App Store you probably didn't know you also have to install the command line tools.  Type this into a terminal window:

xcode-select --install

more details:

svn6226 builds fails on OS X 10.9.3 Xcode 5.1.1