Safari 11 lacks Bonjour options

For at least the past three versions of Safari, I've enabled Bonjour web sites in the Safari Favorites bar. It's handy for several different technical things I do, and has even helped me find a serious security problem at one job, where unbeknownst to any of the admins on site, quite a few embedded systems were advertising their presence via Bonjour AND they had default admin logins enabled, or no login required to get up to mischief.

Renovating a Sawtooth G4 Case

Initially I intended to hack a PowerMac G5 case I have, but decided I'd rather make my initial mistakes on this old G4 given to me by a friend years ago, along with the original Cinema Display you'll see in pics later. I didn't realize that a Sawtooth mod is more difficult that an Powermac G5 mod!

This build will replace a 2008 Mac Mini running El Capitan. It serves as my whole house audio over AirPlay server, my client, and most importantly, as my Indigo home automation system. Indigo is a Mac-only automation solution that's amazingly flexible and highly recommended to anyone interested in HA who has an old Mac lying around.

From what this has to do, you can see that there's not much in terms of graphics that's required. Indigo didn't really tax my Mini, so I don't expect processor usage to be all that high. I may even be able to move my security camera software over to this machine, instead of another mini that also runs Plex. In fact, I may be able to move my Plex server to it to.

Since my graphics needs are paltry, I'm staying with onboard graphics to save money and reduce complication. Currently I plan a PCI wifi card and a FireWire card, but I haven't even purchased those yet. Though I do have an old AirPort card from a 2008 MacBook I may buy an adapter for.

I chose an i5 because it seems a good mix of price and performance as well as the lower wattage making the awkward cooling in a Sawtooth less of an issue. I chose the GA-Z170M-D3H because it's recommended as Mac OS X compatible and it fits in the Sawtooth case.

The right parts are critical for a Hackintosh. So here they are:

Gigabyte LGA1151 Intel Z170 Micro ATX DDR4 Motherboards GA-Z170M-D3H

Intel Boxed Core I5-6600 FC-LGA14C 3.30 Ghz 6 M Processor Cache 4 LGA 1151 BX80662I56600

Silicon Power SP SSD Upgrade Kit, 2.5" SP120GBSS3S55S27 (Got this one because it was a Deal of the Day.)

Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2x4GB) DDR4 DRAM 3000MHz (PC4-24000) C15 Memory Kit - Black

EVGA 500 W1, 80+ WHITE 500W, 3 Year Warranty, Power Supply 100-W1-0500-KR" ( It doesn't match up well with the Sawtooth back, and it seems a little noisy to me. It's also not modular. My mistake.)

And I already had a bunch of 5.25 HDDs for a total of 3.5 Tb of storage.

Still to arrive:
ICY DOCK ExpressCage MB322SP-B 2 x 2.5” SATA/SAS HDD/SSD to 5.25” Mobile Rack w/ 3.5” HDD/Device Slot

Vantec USB 3.0 Multi-Memory Internal Card Reader (UGT-CR935)

Needing a Niche Mac

At home, I find I have need for a kind of Mac that Apple doesn't make any more.

I run PLEX as my media management solution. That requires a lot of disk based storage space. And I use Indigo home automation software. (Which, as an aside, is amazing and wonderful.) It's not at all processor intensive and even less graphics intensive. Though it does have some networking requirements, as it provides a web server to run what it refers to as control pages.


Evernote Publishing to Drupal without the Evernote Feeds Module or Shared Notebook RSS

I admit, I installed the feeds_evernote module on, and as it lacks an install guide, I couldn't get it to work. Or else the development status of the module means that it doesn't actually work at all yet. The result was the same: my scheme to find a way to integrate Drupal with the amazing powers of had hit another roadblock.


Even Cult of Android doesn't like Galaxy Gear

Underwhelmed would be a good way to describe reviews of Samsung's smart watch offering:

The notifications are Orwellian, the media controls are exiguous, and the app selection has no substance to underpin the hype.

Galaxy Gear feels like a product that Samsung rushed to market in an effort to get a head start in the category many are calling the next big thing.

Talk about damning with faint praise:


Mac adoption case in the enterprise: Cisco has 35k Macs.

While it seems that the writer has no real awareness that Apple has workstation management solutions and has for years, this is still a good peek at how Apple can and does work well in the enterprise.


Apple Keeps Impressing

The iOS 7.02 update is out, and since I have lots of customers who need to know if they should install it, I can't wait to hear what the internet says about it. So I immediately started installing it.

I also happened to be ripping a CD in iTunes at the time.

So there I am, ripping away, downloading, no sweat. Then I get a phone call. On my iPhone. Which is right in the middle of installing. I worried, but no reason! The call came through fine on my Bluetooth headset, so I didn't have to take it out of the cradle. Call completed, I hang up and the install continues.


Google embraces the proprietary, jettisons openness.

What was all that noise I recall people yammering about how Google is so much more open than Apple?


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