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How to install Ubuntu 11.04 on a Mac Mini

DRAFT Hardware: MacMini4,1 (Mid-2010) Software: Ubuntu 11.04 64-bit (Natty Narwhal) The problem: booting with the CD gives bad graphics or a blank screen. The solution: when booting, hold down alt. Select the “Windows” CD, not the “EFI” CD. This will … Continue reading

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When it rains, it pours – what happens when the cloud disappears

Update: It turns out that my website was not affected by the outage; just the Yottaa monitoring service. I was not in the one availability zone suffering from an outage. So much of what I wrote below was incorrect. Also, … Continue reading

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Gmail forwarding

I have a few old Gmail and Google Apps mail accounts that I’m forwarding to a shiny new domain. This works great, and it forwards everything received at the old accounts to the new accounts, except for anything it flagged … Continue reading

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Maps in the UAE

Street addresses do not work in the UAE. While they officially do exist, a long history of disagreements on what to call each street, the odd superblock structure of the city, inconsistent numbering, and linguistic difficulties have all conspired to … Continue reading

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When Elektra street looked up

This is the tower I live in: Now look closer. Now up a little. Yeah. That’s no good. Apparently the high winds today that were kicking sand all over the roads also knocked a cleaning rig around the corner of … Continue reading

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Emirates Skills: training for the race to the bottom

A literal red carpet was rolled out in the lobby of our building today. Large tents were set up in the courtyard, and incredibly fancy catering (they set up a backdrop with nice lighting, and glittering tablecloths and chair covers … Continue reading

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Cleaning out the hamster cage

I think I’ve finally finished porting my old site over. There were several motivations behind this, but I was primarily attempting to clean up the layout and visual appearance a bit, and improve usability a lot. The previous site, which … Continue reading

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Received today: UAE_TRAFFIC: YOU HAVE COMMITED AN OFFENCE IN ABU DHABI … YOU ARE KINDLY REQUESTED TO OBSERVE THE TRAFFIC RULES.

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Been holding off on taking advantage of all the awesome features of Google Voice? Now you can do it without loosing your old number!

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UAE markup

Logitech Bluetooth MX 5500 Mouse & Keyboard UAE: $198.40 USA: $139.99 Ikea Jansjo LED work lamp UAE: $25.86 USA: $9.99 Apple Wireless Keyboard UAE: $108.63 USA: $59.99

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