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  • manuelmc 10:42 pm el 19 December, 2021 Enlace permanente | Respuesta
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    Unsupported Mac laptops and Big Sur 

    Another side effect of using modern macOS versions on unsupported Mac laptop is that you end up missing some features.

    In this particular case, the function keys that allows you to turn on and off the keyboard lights are no longer working.

    Thanks to LabTick you’ll have access to that feature again. One icon in the top bar will allow you to enable the lights and control the keyboard backlight intensity level.

     
  • manuelmc 10:28 pm el 19 December, 2021 Enlace permanente | Respuesta
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    Keeping my MacBook 2008 alive and kicking 

    MacBook 2008 unibody

    In order to continue being able to use and work with my old but working MacBook 2008 Unibody, I have two main hurdles:

    • To keep up with the OS upgrades. Apple no longer support this laptop with their new OS releases, so I started solving this with dosdude1‘s Mojave and Catalina patchers. Now I do it by using OpenCore Legacy Patcher to install Big Sur and, in the future, Monterey.
    • To have an up to date stack of software and utilities. For the most part I rely on brew to do that.
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  • manuelmc 3:51 pm el 19 December, 2021 Enlace permanente | Respuesta
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    Booting Linux through OCLP 

    There are several ways of booting Linux in a system where you’ve installed OpenCore Legacy Patcher.

    The one that best suited my needs was this one, and allowed me to end up with the following boot menu:

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  • manuelmc 4:17 pm el 11 July, 2021 Enlace permanente | Respuesta
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    Messing with FileVault 

    I know I have your attention. Well, I’ve been doing just that, because I’m using macOS Catalina in my old (but working!) MacBook Aluminum Unibody.

    This is not a supported configuration, so I’m not on the safe side here…

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  • manuelmc 8:27 pm el 7 March, 2021 Enlace permanente | Respuesta
    Etiquetas: backup, cloud, unix   

    ownCloud backup and rclone 

    Having a [virtual|cloud] drive in which I could keep some common tools, old works’ backup, unfrequently used ISO images and things like that, is an issue that has been coming to my mind for so long.

    As I was thinking in the order of hundreds of gigabytes, Dropbox was no longer an option for me. I decided to go for ownCloud. First I tried OwnCube, which I have to say it’s a great hosted option. However, as I have already a server in which I can host it myself, I went that direction and tried to learn something in the process.

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  • manuelmc 12:19 am el 18 February, 2021 Enlace permanente | Respuesta
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    Sending email from within WordPress 

    In my recent this-thing-is-not-working spree, I’ve fortunately found WP Mail SMTP. The thing that made me happy the most is that it works.

    Weird mascot logo
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  • manuelmc 11:09 pm el 10 February, 2021 Enlace permanente | Respuesta  

    Homebrew and SSL certificates 

    There’s an issue with some packages in Homebrew regarding SSL certificates. Once in a while I need to remember which env variable do I have to set in order to install its upgrades with Homebrew. LibreOffice is one of them.

    This is the answer in Stack Overflow:

    echo insecure >> ~/.curlrc
    HOMEBREW_CURLRC=1
    export HOMEBREW_CURLRC
    brew install --cask libreoffice

    This way we’ll force Homebrew to read our preferences whenever it runs curl .

     
    • Ruso 9:23 am el 15 febrero, 2021 Enlace permanente | Respuesta

      I think it’s not a good idea to use options that allow the use of insecure certificates, especially if it’s to install software.

      Certificates are used to ensure the authenticity of the site from which you are downloading the software.

      There are other ways to verify that the software you are going to install is legitimate, but they must be supported by the package manager.

      • manuelmc 9:28 am el 15 febrero, 2021 Enlace permanente | Respuesta

        Well, in those cases I make sure the origin of the software is the one I wanted it to be. The issue at hand is that cURL is not able to handle the whole certificate chain in a certain case, but the certificate is valid. If you go and download that LibreOffice link with a web browser, it works.

        • Ruso 9:40 am el 15 febrero, 2021 Enlace permanente | Respuesta

          If you put insecure option into the curlrc file, this change is permanent. Curl accepts all insecure certificates.

          I think it’s necessary to remove this option after using it in this special case.

          • manuelmc 12:21 pm el 7 marzo, 2021 Enlace permanente | Respuesta

            Well, what it happens is that `brew` forces you to do this way, as it uses cURL without accepting command line modifiers. For sure, whenever you’re not using it, you’d better have .curlrc without tha option.

  • manuelmc 10:17 pm el 7 February, 2021 Enlace permanente | Respuesta
    Etiquetas: bigdata   

    The age of Surveillance Capitalism 

    Browsing through YouTube, I came across this interesting Dutch documentary from VPRO channel about information, power, social networks and the implications of any combination of them.

    De Grote Dataroof
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  • manuelmc 7:14 am el 18 July, 2017 Enlace permanente | Respuesta  

    Microsoft eBook giveaway 

    During my current interest about Azure cloud services, I’ve spotted this link with tons of free available ebooks about some interesting subjects.

     
  • manuelmc 12:44 pm el 26 February, 2017 Enlace permanente | Respuesta  

    A Gitlab disaster: What we can learn. 

    After the well known Gitlab disaster / outage / disclosure, that could have been followed even in a live stream, some people think that they can extract certain conclusions.

    The way they handled the incident can be seen a bit blurry or inadequate, to say the least. Anyway, nobody can say they’re not transparent.

    Anyway, following this incident and the sea of news that came after, somebody kindly gave me this link with some interesting knowledge:

    Gitlab Team Handbook

     
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