Month: April 2014

Creating a Bootable USB Stick

Open Disk Utility and make sure any volumes on the USB stick (not the disk) are unmounted. Use dd select the target disk: dd if=/path/to/your/downloaded.img of=/dev/disk5 bs=1024 It's nice to share…LinkedinGoogle+FacebookTwitteremail

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Burn ISO Image

My desktop system is a Mac and I use VMware Fusion to test operating systems and cluster configurations.  Oracle sometimes delivers the Oracle Solaris Cluster software in a tarball so here’s how to burn it to an ISO image which can

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Quick Chicken Gumbo

Ingredients 1 package frozen gumbo-style vegetables, 16 oz, a mixture of okra, peppers and onions. 29 oz canned diced tomatoes, with mild chiles. 12 oz refrigerated grilled chicken breast fillet, cubed, about 3 cups. 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour 1 tsp

Peanut Brittle

Step One Ingredients 2 Cups sugar 1 Cup corn syrup 1/2 Cup hot water Step Two Ingredients 2 Cups (10 oz) raw Spanish peanuts Step Three Ingredients 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoon baking soda 2 tablespoon butter 2 teaspoon real

Multigrain Bread

Ingredients 1 1/4 cups 7-grain hot cereal mix (this is hot cereal mix, not cold cereal labeled 7-grain. I prefer the Bob’s Red Mill) 2 1/2 cups boiling water 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 4


In an effort to mend our broken hearts after losing our last Bichon Frise, I came across a dog breed which I’d not heard of before. The breed is called Cavachon and is a mix of two different pure breeds,

New Site on FreeNAS

I just finished my server migration and am now serving up CIFS shares from a 4TB RAID1 zpool.  This site is served via a native FreeBSD jail which also handles my email.  It was a bit of a bumpy migration