Posts Tagged ‘Macintosh’

TWiT Early Show Downloader

For me, TWiT network is one of the most valuable resources on the internet: their programming is always informative, slick and balanced, and the guests are always top-teir tech talkers.

As with most pod/netcasts broadcast from the States, the scheduling of live shows is always at pretty peculiar hours of the day thanks to the time difference, which means waiting for the edited version to be uploaded and published to the TWiT website.

Handily, the editors seem to work much quicker than the web folks over in Petaluma, CA, and the shows are normally uploaded quite a bit earlier than they are listed on the website. I’ve been using a little Python program which I wrote to download the shows before they are linked on the site, which you can grab using the instructions below. It uses cURL to download the files so it’ll work on Macintosh and Linux systems.

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RAM Disk vs Hard Disk

A couple of days ago I posted a small program that I created to facilitate easy creation and management of RAM disks on a Linux system. At the time, I missed a prime opportunity to do some benchmarking:

Using a RAM disk, you gain a working folder with speed way far in excess of any hard disk or even solid state drive

Just how ‘way far in excess’ is the speed of a RAM disk than a traditional hard drive? Way far indeed, and here comes the proof:

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MacBook Pro 13″ Ubuntu Linux Drivers & Installation

Ubuntu Linux made its way onto my 13″ MacBook Pro this week via external storage. While installing, I was armed with just the laptop itself and a wireless-only internet connection, a real problem given that Ubuntu doesn’t detect the WLAN card out of the box.

I put together a disc to get the machine up and running which includes the DKMS package and the WLAN & nVidia display drivers. It’s not a full collection of files needed to get the laptop playing perfectly with Ubuntu, but it takes care of the most important core functionality.

You can get hold of the ISO by following this link, and I’d also highly recommend reading up on this page, although I’ve outlined and expanded on what I consider to be the most useful pieces of information from it below. I used Ubuntu 11.04 on a 13″ MacBook Pro 7,1 for everything in this post.

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