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Cyanogen on the Spica, Gaming and a small update

So, it seems Cyanogenmod is here to stay on the Spica. Just as long as criminal (one of the developers @ doesn’t feel like it’s time to call it quits. I’m now running alpha 8.2 and I can say everything pretty much just works. The camera is now in color and I’m yet to find something that doesn’t work like it’s intended. Supposedly hardware acceleration for divx doesn’t work, but I don’t watch divx on the phone anyway, so that’s fine.

There were also some 3D drivers released for the 8.1 ported from the Samsung Intercept ones, they boosted my phone’s score on Quadrant by a ton.  From the mid 400’s to the mid 600’s.  Sadly they don’t work in 8.2 but I’m sure something is being done about it. There has been an update to the drivers, still haven’t installed them but will do it pretty soon. Available here.

Haven’t posted here in a while, no special reason. My grandfather fell down and broke his hip, had to undergo surgery and eventually his age (87) and whatever comes with it caught up with him and he didn’t make it. He passed about a week after surgery. And that was pretty effed up.

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Boot Snow Leopard in Verbose Mode and/or 64 Bits

I’ve always been a fan of verbose booting screens letting me know what’s going on while the OS is booting and recently this came to my attention, we can do it on OS X. Booting it once in verbose mode is as simple as holding Command+V when we power it up but if we want it to act like that by default we’ll have to open a Terminal window and type the following:

sudo nvram boot-args=”-v”

To disable verbose mode type the following:

sudo nvram boot-args=

Another option we have on Snow Leopard is booting into 64 bits mode on supported machines, we can hold the 6 and the 4 keys on boot if we want to do it once but if we want it booting into 64 bits by default we’ll have to follow a few necessary steps.

First of all we’ll need to know if we have a 64 bit EFI. Issue the following command on a Terminal window:

ioreg -l -p IODeviceTree | grep firmware-abi

We’ll either get a “EFI32” or a “EFI64” result. If we have a 64 bit EFI we’re good to go.

Find and edit /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/ replacing:

<key>Kernel Flags</key>


<key>Kernel Flags</key>

Reboot :)


Setting up Time Machine on Ubuntu 10.04

Backups and redundancy are always important when dealing with data you’re not willing to loose overnight when your hard drives decide it’s time to meet their maker. Usually Seagate or Western Digital in my case, not that I’m complaining *knocks on wood*. Mistakes also happen and you’re bound to eventually delete or somehow damage important data on your hard drive.

Time Machine is a piece of software introduced by Apple when Leopard was launched, it allows us to set up an external or network drive as a backup drive and it backs up data from any given point in time onwards allowing us as well to go “back in time” to any given point in the backups.

Recently I’ve been dabbling a lot with Ubuntu and those of you who know my nerd side know already I’ve googled the hell out of it trying to maximize and/or improve stuff and I’ve come across several interesting articles I’d like to share with whoever reads this. I could just post some links, but that wouldn’t be fun and some of the links might be taken down leaving me without any source of information in case I want to repeat the process.

On with the interesting part, setting up Ubuntu 10.04 as a Time Machine network drive.

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