We geek out in our project of putting an old G4 iMac back in circulation by looking for the best solution to install a recent operating system on its older hardware. We debate the best strategy, choose a distribution and give you tips and tricks on how to install it and what you can do with the result. Another fun filled tech-packed episode of the Knightwise.com podcast.
- The Going Linux Podcast.
- Resetting your Macs Pram and NV Ram
- Booting from Open Firmware
- How to Install Lubuntu with Yaboot (11.04)
- The Yaboot command : boot hd:,installyaboot
- PPC versions of Ubuntu.
- PPC versions of Debian.
There used to be a time when we went wardriving. We hopped into the car and drove around looking for open Wifi networks. 2 things have changed since then : Networks are so abundant now that you don’t HAVE to drive around anymore. 2 : Even redneck geeks have learned that they need to lock down their wifi network so cousin earl won’t be leeching his porn collection of their bandwidth. The whole “He might have married our mom but he won’t get our pipe” and all that.
But how hard IS it to hack a wireless network anyway ? Turns out , not THAT hard. We all know that WEP encryption is worthless and even WPA can be broken. But just how much skill do you need ? Well : It turns out we can ALL have a “crack” at it with the BackTrack live cd. This great tutorial shows you not only how to protect your own network from intruders , it also teaches you a little white hat wifi hacking skills you thought you would never learn. ” Welcome to the matrix Neo .. Here is your Wifi – Hacking Manual ”
Funny things those Macs. I remember, back in the days when I was a Windows user, I spent ages trying to get stuff OUT of my task bar (the one near the clock). Whenever I installed an app on Windows it seemed hell-bent on pooping down its own little icon that would not only eat up system recourses, but also bug my ‘I-must-have-a-clean-system-OCD Compulsion. On OSX its the other way around. Your task bar (top right, near the clock) is scarily populated at all and the geekism lies in finding the right productivity apps to put on there. We have found this little list that will help you populate that pristine piece of desktop real estate with some effective apps. Personally I do miss “Tab for google+” that can be found in the app store and that has brought Google+ and me .. closer together (read : Distracted me from doing important stuff and watching kittens instead). Enjoy !
This week we give you a little behind the scenes scoop on the next episode of the Knightwise podcast. We show you the results of getting linux running on the old G4 iMac we bought and how we got it working.
If you are looking for a geeky (or plain nerdy) wallpaper for your desktop this week, take a crack at one of these. I shot them last year as a little tribute to Irvin Kershner, the director of “Star Wars, The empire strikes back.” It was snowy outside. I had some action figures .. and a camera. You know how those things go. Click on the image for larger sizes.