Aug 18

Install BootCamp 4.0 x64 on Santa Rosa Mac

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My MB is a Santa Rosa, and I’m annoyed that Apple doesn’t officially recognize that it supports Win7 64bit.
After some poking around, here’s how I got it to work.

  1. Download Bootcamp 4.0 Drivers, here’s a link on some Apple CDN for the .pkg file containing the drivers:
  2. Open this file with 7Zip in Windows, (the old version 4.65 is advised, here’s a link to download the portable 7-Zip version 4.65) and go through a few layers to extract BootCampESD.pkg\Payload\Payload~\.\Library\Application Support\BootCamp\WindowsSupport.dmg\0.Apple_ISO
  3. Rename the file from 0.Apple_ISO to BootCamp4.iso
  4. Extract the iso with 7Zip to a folder.
  5. From the Windows start menu, search for “cmd”, and right-click to run as administrator.
  6. Navigate to the extracted folder, for example:
    cd "WindowsSupport\Drivers\Apple"
  7. From the prompt in that folder, run “msiexec /i BootCamp64.msi”

This worked for me, hope it helps you.

Aug 29

Push gmail settings for iPhone 4 and iOS4

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Currently Gmail default settings on iOS4 devices won’t work as Push mail.
So you have to setup a your Gmail account as an Exchange Server and push mail notification will start to work correctly.

1. Open the Settings application on your device’s home screen.
2. Open Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
3. Tap Add Account
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Sep 16

Dell Mini 9 USB pendrive recovery from failed BIOS flash

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After a bad BIOS flash (or better, a flash of a bad BIOS, ghgh) on my Dell Mini 9 I started searching for a recovery procedure using Phoenix BIOS Crisis Recovery Disk.


But this tool requires an USB floppy drive, as seen on Mydellmini forum. Being this hardware quite hem… legacy+unuseful I managed to create a USB pen drive image that will restore the netbook with the very latest A05 BIOS.

  • Download the USB pen drive image here and unzip the file.
  • Copy the A05.DD image to your usb pen, using dd on linux:
    dd if=A05.DD of=/dev/sdX
    replace X with your correct device, of course. Haven’t tried, but this may work also with dd for windows.

Then start the recovery procedure:

  • Remove battery and power adapter;
  • Confirm USB pen drive is plugged in;
  • While pressing and holding Fn & B keys, attach power adapter plug. The power lights will momentarily blink and your Mini will beep once;
  • Continue to hold Fn & B and press the power button;
  • Release the keys once USB pen drive begins reading (your pendrive led starts blinking);
  • Your Mini will beep continually until the flash is completed and reboots.

Note:  the display is not available during this process.

Mar 23

How to enable Syslog on iPhone fw 2.x for debugging

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You can no longer debug output in 2.0 by launching your app from SSH. So how do you get those NSLog outputs? The answer is to enable the syslog and then you can use tail -f /var/log/syslog to see all the output. Here is how:

  1. edit /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/
  2. find the <string>/usr/…/syslogd</string> line
  3. below that add:
  4. Type: echo '*.* /var/log/syslog' > /etc/syslog.conf (open /etc/syslog.conf and make sure that you have *.* /var/log/syslog without any extra characters)
  5. Type: launchctl unload /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/
  6. Type: launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/

And now you have an awesome /var/log/syslog that contains NSLogs (and I think stderr) from your application.

Remember, to see the output open SSH and type: tail -f /var/log/syslog to see all the output.

Source of these info: TheBigBoss website, and originally from Saurik.

Here’s an output example… frack!

Mar 23 09:56:37 iPhosk[198]: 259491397.100,static void CLFileUpdate::onDownloaded(CLFileDownload*, bool, void*): could not download from to /var/root/Library/Caches/locationd/clients-b.plist.temp

Jan 30

How to make a DVD copy backup of MAC OS X

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The following steps will help you create a perfect working (i.e. also bootable, indeed ) DVD copy of Mac OS X Leopard. I successfully followed this tutorial to backup the two InstallDVD that come in bundle with my MacBook.

Making a DVD Image

Step 1. Insert the retail Mac OS X Install DVD into your drive.

Step 2. Launch Disk Utility (Applications > Utilities).

Step 3. In Disk Utility, you will notice a white pane on the left hand side. In the pane, select the Mac OS X Install DVD by clicking on it once.

Step 4. Click New Image on the Disk Utility toolbar.

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Dec 18

How to bypass firewalls or captive portals with dns2tcp

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Have you ever found an open wireless access and when opening your browser you get a nice login screen asking you a credit card number (a captive portal)? What’s next? Make your choice: fill the form with the magic numbers or try to bypass this security mechanism!

Classic wireless hot spots commonly allow two protocols: ICMP and DNS (UDP/53). ICMP (Internet Control Message Protocol) is used to report errors and 1201


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