Solve OSX keyboard issues running virt-manager through SSH

While testing Linux KVM on Debian 6, I choose to access the management tool, virt-manager, from my Mac, running OSX Lion, through an SSH connexion. I’m using a french keyboard and discovered that it was sending garbage to the virtual machines console. I couldn’t even use the default Ctrl+Alt key binding to get out of the console.

There are a few tricks to apply to solve this.
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Run Avidemux on Mac OS X Lion

Since I upgraded to OS X 10.7, Avidemux doesn’t work anymore. Seems that there are libraries issues. Here’s a quick (and dirty ?) trick to have in work on OS X:

  • Download Avidemux from it’s official repository ;
  • Open the DMG archive and copy “avidemux2” to your “Applications” folder ;
  • Browse to the “Applications” folder, select “avidemux2” and select the “Show Package Content” option ;
  • Browse to “Contents/Resources/lib” and delete the “libiconv.2.dylib” and “libxml2.2.dylib” files ;
  • Browse back to the “Applications” folder and start “avidemux2”.

It works ok with Lion 10.7.1 and Avidemux 2.5.4.
Have fun!


Time Machine server with Synology

I was using a 2TB USB disk as a Time Machine storage for my MacBook Pro. The thing is I keep forgetting to plug it to run the backup. So, I’m going to use this storage as a Time Machine remote storage with my Synology DS409-slim.
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Crucial RealSSD C300 has TRIM on Mac OS X

I had the opportunity to get a Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB at a really decent price. According to its specs, it features TRIM. This should make a perfect disk for my MacBook Pro 13″.

Indeed, after a clean OS X Lion installation and the use of the TRIM Enabler utility, I have TRIM enabled of the cat:

Model Name: MacBook Pro Model Identifier: MacBookPro5,5 (...) Boot ROM Version: MBP55.00AC.B03 SMC Version (system): 1.47f2 (...) C300-CTFDDAC256MAG: Capacity: 256,06 GB (256 060 514 304 bytes) Model: C300-CTFDDAC256MAG Revision: 7 Native Command Queuing: Yes Queue Depth: 32 Removable Media: No Detachable Drive: No BSD Name: disk0 Medium Type: Solid State TRIM Support: Yes Partition Map Type: GPT (GUID Partition Table) S.M.A.R.T. status: Verified Volumes: disk0s1: Capacity: 209,7 MB (209 715 200 bytes) BSD Name: disk0s1 Content: EFI Mac OS X: Capacity: 255,2 GB (255 200 755 712 bytes) Available: 208,89 GB (208 892 878 848 bytes) Writable: Yes File System: Journaled HFS+ BSD Name: disk0s2 Mount Point: / Content: Apple_HFS Recovery HD: Capacity: 650 MB (650 002 432 bytes) BSD Name: disk0s3 Content: Apple_Boot

Unfortunately, the Samsung MMDOE28G5MPP-0VA 128GB (rev. VAM0501Q) still hasn’t got TRIM.

That’s All Folks!