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 […]

fixing dlopen “no suitable image found” errors with node, sass and grunt

I ran in to this error today: $ grunt css Loading “sass.js” tasks…ERROR >> Error: dlopen(/path/to/project/node_modules/grunt-sass/node_modules/node-sass/vendor/darwin-x64-node-0.12/binding.node, 1): no suitable image found. Did find: >> /path/to/project/node_modules/grunt-sass/node_modules/node-sass/vendor/darwin-x64-node-0.12/binding.node: truncated mach-o error: segment __LINKEDIT extends to 1765408 which is past end of file 1765309 Running “sass:theme” (sass) task OptionParser::InvalidOption: invalid option: –image-path=assets/img Use –trace for backtrace. OptionParser::InvalidOption: invalid option: […]

Making Flickr badges work with https

Following Eric’s instructions, I switched paulschreiber.com to https. I then had to get rid of the pesky mixed-content warnings. Most were pretty straightforward — I had a few JavaScript files and images that used absolute URLs and HTTP; I switched them to use HTTPS. However, my flickr badge presented a problem. (It’s bothering some other […]

iMessage and T-Mobile Monthly4G prepaid

I have a factory unlocked iPhone 4. It was running iOS 5.0.1 and has a T-Mobile SIM in it. Voice, text, data and MMS all work as expected. This morning, I was unable to activate iMessage. Several times, it got stuck “waiting for activation.” Eventually, it displayed an “Activation Failed” message. I tried removing my […]