2014 Mac mini & supported macOS versions

Whenever possible, I like to keep macOS High Sierra on a separate HPFS+ formatted partition/volume alongside Mojave & Catalina. I do this mainly for recovery/troubleshooting/testing purposes among other things. Separate but somewhat distinct. While the iMac 2020 5K only supports macOS Catalina and onwards, the Mac mini (late 2014) supports Yosemite (10.10.x) all the way …

HP ZR30w Display w/ DP input

The DP (display port) input of this 30″ screen works well with the mini-DP output of a MacPro (2010/2012), MacBook Pro 2013/2012/2011 and certain Lenovo/Thinkpads models. This display unit is very portable (has a handle along the frame) and supports up to 2,560 x 1,600 resolution. Great for web browsing and watching movies/videos.

FreeBSD 13 on Vultr Notes

UPDATE (10/12/21): There’s a workaround provided by Vultr engineers. More details at. https://bugs.freebsd.org/bugzilla//show_bug.cgi?id=254513#c14 You can use the official FreeBSD 13 ISO file on Vultr, but with a caveat. There are shutdown and reboot issues if you don’t add this line to your /etc/rc.conf file. devmatch_blacklist=”virtio_random.ko” Even if you ran “freebsd-update fetch install” to grab the …

Great Tasting Farm Burgers & More

If you’re from around the Northern Valley area of New Jersey or just visiting relatives & friends within the vicinity, drop by this rustic (formerly), cozy and friendly place for great tasting home-made food. Chicken pot-pie, farm burgers and much more. They have family-friendly special events as well. Checkout their website at https://www.abramdemareehomestead.org/ At the …

Acer Aspire 5 Windows 10 – Switch out of S mode

I don’t trust factory-default settings from any vendor where adware/spyware is usually bundled intentionally. Anyhow, I needed a quick way to install Windows 10 (latest build) from scratch. The target device is an Acer Aspire 5. Rufus was blocked because the laptop came with Windows 10 S mode enabled. This required a Microsoft account to …

compiling from ports: /usr/ports/www/apache24 (2.4.48) notes

Had some trouble compiling Apache 2.4.48 from FreeBSD ports: pkg install help2man texinfo m4 autoconf expat automake libtool gdbm db5 ===> Cleaning for autoconf-2.69_3===> Cleaning for m4-1.4.18_1,1===> Cleaning for texinfo-6.7_5,1===> Cleaning for help2man-1.48.3===> Cleaning for p5-Locale-gettext-1.07===> Cleaning for gettext-tools-0.21===> Cleaning for libtextstyle-0.21===> Cleaning for gmake-4.3_2===> Cleaning for automake-1.16.3===> Cleaning for libtool-2.4.6_1===> Cleaning for expat-2.4.1===> Cleaning …

A1521 Apple Airport Extreme AP A1392 Express Wireless Extender with AirPlay

They don’t make these anymore. But firmware upgrades are still available and maintained by Apple. Apple Airport A1521 Extreme A1392 Express Wireless Extender Base Stations Router Bundle. Both units updated with the latest firmware. 7.8.1 (Express) / 7.9.1 (Extreme). 
 You can manage these devices using the AirPort Utility for macOS, iOS and Microsoft Windows. …

Vultr / FreeBSD / Squid Notes

You can run multiple instances of Squid on the same instance and bind it to floating IPs. Just use: “squid -f /path/to/squid.conf2” to startup the process alongside “squid -f /path/to/squid.conf2 -k reconfigure” to refresh any config changes. If you’re using a custom IP:PORT config in squid.conf*, and use a Firewall on your @Vultr instances, just …