Category Archives: wannabe geek

Triple boot Haiku, Windows 7, Mac OS X on iMac

I set up the triple boot with these operating systems on my iMac last Sunday after trying this a few billion times over the previous week.
It took some research and alot of trial and error to figure it out, so I am sharing my experience so that maybe it can save you the troubles of figuring it out. The thing is that Windows and Haiku don’t understand GPT (at least not all that very well) and all the three operating systems don’t see eye to eye with each other regarding the partition usage and definitions.

The next four paragraphs are general theory about the issues you can run into. You can skip them if you want to go straight to the installation part.

Mac OS X is like an old by-the-book government employee. It would only recognise the partitions that declare themselves to contain the file systems that it understands, so a partition containing BFS is considered to be free space. You can get into trouble if you try to delete a BFS partition through Mac Disk Utility.

Windows 7 is the monster screaming All-your-partitions-are-belong-to-us on you and your other partitions. Its installer would overwrite the partition containing the Haiku installation with its boot files because it will be marked as NTFS if you create it from the Disk Utility or GParted.

Haiku is the new-kid-on-the-block who is bright but is too inexperienced to get things right. It cannot handle the GPT and its partitions are recognised as NTFS with Windows Installer, free space by Mac Disk Utility and will usually be deleted if you use the Refit’s disk utility to sync your GPT and MBR.

So the partition job should be done entirely by GParted the only sane voice that handles the GPT partitions better. And Window 7 needs to be installed before Haiku so that it doesn’t overwrite Haiku’s partition.

I have explained these steps below:

1. Install Refit and restart your computer two times for the Refit Boot menu to come up. We do NOT use boot camp for triple boot set up.
2. Boot from an Ubuntu livecd or the Gparted boot cd. I used Ubuntu livecd because Gparted could not figure out its boot configuration on the iMac.
3. Run Parted/Gparted to create an NTFS partition for your Windows Installer.
4. Use the rEFIt Partitioning Tool to sync the GPT and MBR tables otherwise your new partition may not show in your Windows Installer.
5. Use Windows installer to format this partition and install Windows into it.
6. Restart the computer after the installation and run Parted again.
7. Create another partition for Haiku.
8. Use the rEFIt Partitioning Tool to sync the GPT and MBR tables
9. Install Haiku into this new partition.

Your triple boot should now work fine.
cheers,
Dhruwat aka Unitedroad

Automatic Profile Switcher – Version 0.2 alpha

This is my application that I have developed for Android. It’s nothing fancy, and doesn’t have a very cool or geeky functionality. It just serves my purpose – switching my phone to silent mode (and manage other audio settings) when I am in office. I know this has been done many times already, but I wanted to do this on the basis of the Wi FI Access Point available nearby.

My office has an access point I use to connect my official laptop to the office network when I need to carry a machine to the in house meetings. So I reasoned  that being in  vicinity of this access point means that my phone has to be in the silent mode.  And so I developed this app.

Currently, its available here [[LINK OBSOLETE]] as an alpha version. I will put it up on Android Marketplace at the price of 1 dollar, but I am making the alpha available for free, because I know it currently is not in a state that I charge anything for it :)

cheers,

unitedroad aka Dhruwat

Noida Linux User Group

I have been lazy about it, no I have been like an old-trunk-not moved-since-ages about it, but now I am definitely going to get it rolling. Now I finally have atleast one person who thinks it’s a good thing. He’s someone I know from work, who has a real penchant technology and activism, unlike me who is super lazy.
I am also trying to get in touch with a few people on the the social networking sites, primarily outlook, and possibly the technology forums which people from this area would often visit.
Cheers,
unitedroad aka Dhruwat Bhagat

Edit: Noida Linux User Group now has a landing page at http://www.freeyoursource.org/noidalinuxusergroup and its community page at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=151278131564633.

Finally reached Chandigarh – Update – Reload All! and WordPress to MySpace

I posted this to test the WordPress to MySpace plugin.
And then I gave a start to my next modifications to firefox addon called ReloadAll!. So I kept this post as a reminder for me to finish them and planned to delete it after that is done.
But I changed my mind and I am keeping this post to update you that I have submitted the version 0.9.5 of ReloadAll! to Addons.Mozilla.org and it should hopefully be available for general availability after AMO review process.
Also, I have released version 0.2 of WordPress To Myspace, which now has an options page to enter the MySpace access token and secret. If you are upgrading from the previous version, copy the previous token and secret strings from the wpmyspaceupdatestatus.php file and save them somewhere, before you do the upgrade. Otherwise you will lose them and you will need to fetch them again.
For any suggestions, queries or issues with Reload All!, please leave a comment at this permalink , or mail me at unitedronaldo@yahoo.com.
For WordPress to MySpace, use this permalink , or mail me at the above email address.

Looking for ways to increase my wifi range, maybe with a directional antenna

I need to make make my wifi, set up on the ground floor, reach the basement. One of the options is getting a wifi repeater, another to get a wifi booster. I tried wifi repeater before and it worked for me for somewhile. But since my router (Netgear WGR 614 v6) does not support WDS , it stopped working after I tweaked a few things. So now I don’t want to spend more money and try out some cheaper way.

One inexpensive option is to use a directional antenna, like cantenna or a parabolic reflector.But maybe a directional wouldn’t work for me as I am going to have a hard time finding a vent, from where to direct it to my router.

But I am still hoping it works out for me and I’ll keep you all posted

Reload All! is now a public addon after Mozilla AMO review!

Reload All! is no longer in the addons.mozilla.org (AMO) Sandbox and is now approved for use by public.

I submitted it to Mozilla AMO for public nomination. And after a week long wait, I got  a mail from them in which they said they have accepted its current version.

I plan to make some further changes to this plugin.

I am planning to add configurable shortcut keys, as I mentioned in the previous mail. And I’ll move the  Context Menu Item for choosing the selection tool from the navigation area to the tab area.

Reload All!

Reload All!
I recently created a new Mozilla Addon called Reload All!.

It allows you to reload all the tabs in a browser window (which Firefox now provides) and it has a selection tool that allows you to select the tabs you want to reload (which Firefox doesn’t have) .

This is what the selection tool looks like: Reload All! - Selection Tool

I made this addon to solve my problem with broken pages on starting Firefox. I like going back to what I was reading the last time I was on. Therefore I about always use Firefox’s “Session restore”.

However, often I will run into a problem with this. Many times, my network will not be working fine, so web pages will not open.

So I would have to reload every page individually as Firefox did not have, for a long time, a feature to reload all tabs.  Yes there is Tab Mix Plus, but I did not want to add its too many other features.

So after a long reluctance of many months, I decided to write my own Firefox addon to resolve this for me.

It is now finally done and I am planning to make some changes to it. This includes adding customisable shortcut keys for reloading all tabs and for opening the selection tool. I’ll keep you posted on this!