Using a Dell DRAC5 with a modern browser and OS

The DRAC5 is a remote access card, letting you control a server such as the PowerEdge 300. With it, you can simulate physical access to the machine, viewing the screen on boot, entering commands and cycling power. Unfortunately, Dell has neglected this aging product. Trying to use it today will lead to errors in modern […]

HOWTO register for a Verizon online account for your business land line

TLDR: Be sure to enter only the first 13 digits of your 16-digit account number. Use hyphens when entering the phone number. I recently had to register for a verizon.com account for the Verizon account for our landline. This process was more difficult and took way longer than it should have, due to: poor website […]

Fixing git-svn on OS X El Capitan

When you install a new version of Mac OS X, git svn breaks. This happened with Mountain Lion and Mavericks, it happened with Yosemite. It happens again with El Capitan. Unfortunately, the old solutions no longer work due to El Capitan’s System Integrity Protection: $ sudo ln -s /Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Library/Perl/5.18/darwin-thread-multi-2level/SVN /System/Library/Perl/Extras/5.18/SVN ln: /System/Library/Perl/Extras/5.18/SVN: Operation not permitted […]

HOWTO make readline and history work with irb and rails console on OS X Yosemite

Here’s how to make readline (including control-R reverse search) and command history work with both irb and the Rails console with rbenv and OS X Yosemite (10.10.4). You need to install Readline first, as OS X ships with libedit instead. You also need to make sure rbenv knows where you put readline. 1. Install rbenv […]