10.5.2 upgrade blue screen

Yesterday I decided to apply the 10.5.2 update via Software Update. It downloaded and installed just fine, then proceeded to reboot my machine so I walked away to do something else. When I came back about about 10 minutes later, I was greeted by a blue screen with a black cursor. So I thought i’d wait some more. 30 minutes later and still nothing more than the same blue screen. Ok no problem, this happened to me on the Tiger to Leopard upgrade I thought, i’ll just reboot and be on my merry way. It worked for the upgrade, surely …

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Often i’ve wondered if there was a better way to keep track of serial numbers for the software i’ve purchased. This usually involves keeping a text file up to date with your serials, but an upcoming trend is for software vendors to distribute license files which makes the traditional method of tracking licenses difficult. LicenseKeeper is set to change all that by becoming the central repository of all the licenses you own.

USB disk docks

I found this great little doovey today. It’s a USB SATA disk dock that lets you plug in 2.5″ and 3.5″ SATA hard drives, just like a hard drive enclosure, only better. Available from PC Case Gear for $69 + shipping.

Upgrading my Macbook hard drive

Enough is enough. I’ve delayed upgrading this modest 80 gig hard drive that came with the Macbook for far too long. It’s time for an upgrade! So down I go to the local dodgey computer store, you know the one that looks more like a warehouse than a shop. I picked up a 160 gig drive for $125. Bargain! 5400rpm, 8Mb cache, NCQ. Certainly not the fastest but well worth the price. Now i’ve been doing Time Machine backups since November last year, so when I got home, I fired up the computer one last time and performed a backup. …

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The Ghetto UPS

by Brandon Yap Here’s a project I built a few years back now. I wanted to build a UPS for the fun of it, so I did. It turned out to be a very educational experience. It taught me a lot of things about batteries and electricity. Requirement: A scaleable UPS which is not too expensive and would run for over an hour, ability to add more batteries as required.Problem: Off the shelf UPS’s are too expensive for the given runtime.Solution: Purchase commodity parts seperately and build one.Budget: Under $1000 The Battery This battery is manufactured by East Penn Manufacturing …

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