Enabling read/write on external drive shared between OS X and Linux (Ubuntu)

Okay, so i’ve had a 1TB external USB for a while which has been formatted for OS X use (HFS+). I’ve been doing a lot of work on Linux (Ubunut 14.04) recently and wanted an easy, fast way to be able to read/write on both operating systems. I dabbled with this briefly a while back but was unsuccessful, but recently I found a little trick to enable read / write on both OS’s! This may seem like basic setup to some, but judging from the amount of forum posts i’ve read on this, it does seem to fox a lot of people…

NOTE: there is a caveat to this; I don’t share this drive with any other computers. If you move a drive between machines then this solution isn’t for you. Read on to find out how to enable this!


Adalight, Arduino, Boblight, Ubuntu and XBMC

After seeing my friend build his own Ambilight-esque LED backlight for his TV, and him kindly giving me a spare set of LEDs to construct my own (he bought too many sets); I’ve gotta say…


If you’re looking to build your own; its not immensely straightforward but if you know your way around Arduino and the Ubuntu terminal, then this guide will help.

Automount software RAID array in Ubuntu

I’ve spent ages trying to get automounting of a RAID array to work; and after many failings I now have it working, so I figured now would be a good time to document the process.

Now i’ll assume you have a working software RAID array (or a standard RAID Array) which you can manually mount.

Step 1 – Get the correct UUID

A lot of the guides to this tell you to find the UUID of the RAID array by using ‘mdadm –detail -scan’ – this is WRONG! It took me a while to find that the correct UUID for your array can be found by using the blkid command (blkid is a command-line utility to locate/print block device attributes):

blkid /dev/md127

Once you have the correct UUID you can move on…

Dead Space 2 – rubber pants required*

My girlfriend will be testament to this; i’m a sissy… I’ve been mustering up the courage to complete Dead Space on the PS3 for a while, but i can only play it in sporadic bursts (a. because i’m traumatised far too easily and b). 5.1 and Dead Space easily scares the crap outta me!). As i’m nearing the end of my psychosis from this game, joy-of-joys – there’s Dead Space 2!


TinEye – Reverse Image search engine

Came across TinEye; a ‘reverse image search engine’ today. You can submit an image to TinEye to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions.

TinEye is the first image search engine on the web to use image identification technology rather than keywords, metadata or watermarks. It is free to use for non-commercial searching.

TinEye regularly crawls the web for new images, and they also accept contributions of complete online image collections. At the time of writing this, TinEye has indexed 1,572,822,693 images from the web to help you find what you’re looking for.

There are also a number of extensions available for the main web browsers, as well as a mature, paid-for API (designed for commercial searches etc). It is definately one to watch!

BBC News primed for refresh

One of the most popular websites in the world; BBC News; is set for a refresh in the next week or so. BBC editor Steve Hermann gives the skinny on what we can expect:

What’s new:

  • a fresh, updated design, with more space for the main stories of the day
  • better use of video and images
  • clearer and more prominent labelling and signposting of key stories, whether you are on the front page or a story page
  • a better indication of which are the most recent headlines
  • easier ways to share stories with others, for those who wish to

Some things are staying the way they are:

  • all the same content is still there: the best of the BBC’s journalism in text, audio and video
  • the latest news headlines will be as quick and comprehensive as ever
  • accuracy remains at the core of our editorial values
  • we’ve been careful to keep things simple and easy to use; you have told us how important this is

Multivariate email testing from Communicator Corp.

Watched a webinar today from Communicator Corp, introducing their new A/B testing of emails. Very slick… Premise is essentially the same as multivariate testing of websites (a-la Google’s Website Optimiser) – you create two emails, load them into the system, it then sends to a percentage of your total subscription list, shows you which one is better received… then you can send the best performing email to the rest of your recipients.

This may seem very contrite, but the ability to test your emails on-the-fly almost guarantees an uplift in your readership!

Thanks to Rebeca at Communicator Corp; Glad to see that they are pushing this platform forward!