Linux VNC and Mac OS X Screen Sharing

I’ve found that in order to get x11vnc to work with the Mac OS X built-in VNC client (“Screen Sharing Application”), there options are required when starting the VNC server: $ x11vnc -display :0 -rfbauth /home/pi/.vnc/passwd -shared -rfbversion 3.3 -forever -bg The -shared option is key here. Judging by the log on the VNC server, […]

Booting a PowerBook from a LiveCD image on an USB-Stick

I have an old Apple PowerBook G4 with a broken CD/DVD drive. For most practical purposes, the broken drive is no issue. However, if you’re going to re-install the laptop, it becomes one. Luckily, the PowerBook is able to boot from USB… At first, I tried following the instructions on "LiveUSB on PPC" found in […]

ImageMagick, libjpeg, etc. on Mac OS X

Here’s how I got ImageMagick with JPEG support to compile and run on Mac OS X 10.6 (Intel). First, I got the ImageMagick Source Code via Subversion, per the instructions from http://www.imagemagick.org/script/subversion.php. Short version: $ svn co https://www.imagemagick.org/subversion/ImageMagick/branches/ImageMagick-6.6.5 ImageMagick-6.6.5 Then, I pulled libjpeg from the Independent JPEG Group. I had to extract the source code […]

What to do when Parallels brings the System to a halt

I don’t know when this started, but recently whenever I try to start Parallels (which admittedly doesn’t happen very often), my whole System comes down to a halt. Well, not completely, the system is still running, but it won’t even let me switch between applications in a responsive manner. Even the mouse movement isn’t smooth […]