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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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Into the wild: geeking in Oman

A few days ago we celebrated the Prophet’s birthday with a 3 day weekend, allowing me time to head into the mountains for an extended trip. Just one problem: the qualification round of Google Code Jam Africa Arabia fell on … Continue reading

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Sketching up the machine shop

I know what we want, but have no idea which models to get… help?

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Quick, what’s my IP address??

What? Announcing the glorious debut of two sites: ip.dustin.li and ips.dustin.li. Why? Here in the UAE, it pays to be sure whether you’re on your VPN or not. There are also many other technical reasons you might want to know … Continue reading

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The first rule of Pork Club…

I finally got some photos of the Pork Room, which is strictly off-limits to Muslims and found in only a few select grocery stores here. While they had the typical pork products like pulverized meat stuffed into synthetic intestines and … Continue reading

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