Creating a Apple Time Machine on Debian Linux (Jessie)

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I fancied updating my Mac laptop to the latest beta so needed an easy way to back it up.

By far the easiest method I’ve found is to use Apples own “Time Machine” this can use a local USB disk, or a NAS.

In this case, we’ll make our Debian linux (Jessie) server into a Time Machine for this purpose.

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Fix scrolling on Synergy clients

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I have a number of systems & monitors on my desk, and one thing which has irked me for long time is scrolling didn’t work on one of my linux synergy clients. Today I needed to fix it!

With a little bit of help from here: https://code.google.com/p/synergy-plus/issues/detail?id=28#c17 it was fixed within minutes!

First off all quit synergyc, quicksynergy or whatever you are using.
Lets now start it manually, fire up a terminal and enter:

$ synergyc -f -d WARNING --name debian 192.168.0.200

Synergy should now be working as normal, now open up a web browser and attempt to scroll.

You should see messages similar to the following:

Feb 1 18:32:45 localhost Synergy+ 1.3.4: 2010-02-01T18:32:45 WARNING: Wheel scroll
delta (28) smaller than threshold (120)#012#011CXWindowsScreen.cpp,858

That delta number is the important bit!

Quit synergyc and now add --yscroll 28 (or whatever your delta is) the full command should look like this:

$ synergyc -f -d WARNING --yscroll 28 --name debian 192.168.0.200

Scrolling should now work!

If this works for you (or doesn’t!) let me know in the comments!

Best Operating System for me.

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Over the years I’ve changed my operating system a lot. Sometimes too regularly. A lot if my day to day work is managing remote servers over SSH or RDP.

OSX

I’ve been using a Mac mini at work now for a little over a year. Its a great spec, (i7, 16GB RAM) and with multiple dual 24″ monitors it’s a system to be reckoned with. It’s got an underling *nix system so I have native access to linux tools, including SSH. With the addition of Homebrew a lot of tools are easily installable too.

Windows

I still lean towards Windows for gaming, mainly on Steam.

FPS is still loads better on my Windows 7 i5 machine.

Debian GNU Linux

I LOVE Debian. It’s always been my server os of choice. If multi monitor support was better and less work, no doubt it would be my main desktop OS. Gaming is getting so much better too.

OS Pros Cons
 OSX  Native *nix stuff. Great Multi monitor support.  Poor graphics support for gaming.
 Windows  Great multi monitor support  No native SSH/linux stuff.
 Debian  Flexibility, performance.  Poor multi monitor support.

It looks like I’m keeping a few different systems a while longer!

UPDATED: Hackintosh Build Notes Z77-DS3H i5 Gigabyte GT220 1GB

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**** Update 24th July 2014 ****

Re-visted my Hackintosh build tonight. Some things seem to have changed in the most recent release of Unibeast (Mavericks) I couldn’t get it to boot for what seemed like years.

Eventually I figured out that the BIOS wasn’t saving settings. Do this:

Save & Exit / Load Optimized Defaults

Peripherals / SATA Mode Selection – AHCI BIOS Features / Intel Virtualization Technology – Disabled (or add kernel flag dart=0) BIOS Features / VT-d – Disabled (or add kernel flag dart=0)

You now should be able to boot from your Unibeast USB drive. I had to -v GraphicsEnabler=YES with the GT220 installed in order to get the installer to load.

Run Multibeast and add the i5 stuff, audio & network if needed. If you break things with Multibeast you can boot with -x (safe mode) to run it again.

Remember to backup!

**** Sep 13th 2013

 

The following notes describe my most recent Hackintosh build. Hardware Motherboard: Gigabyte Z77-DS3H Graphics Card: Gigabyte GeForce GT220 1GB RAM: 8GB Crucial (2 sticks) My preferred method of hackintosh is using Unibeast & Mulitbeast both products of the excellent Hackintosh resource site; www.tonymac86.com Continue reading