EtreCheck

OSX, Software

EtreCheck is a simple little app to display the important details of your system configuration and allow you to copy that information to the Clipboard. It is meant to be used with Apple Support Communities to help people help you with your Mac.

EtreCheck automatically removes any personally identifiable information from the output. EtreCheck does not need super-user privileges to run. It will also never ask for your password. It is signed with my Developer ID issued by Apple so it can be installed on systems protected by Apple’s Gatekeeper system.

EtreCheck version 2.1.2 (105)

Discovered by chance thanks to Tevac’s forum user Tsem, EtreCheck is the newest tool in my arsenal of resident sysadmin… check it out!

LINGO, a free IRC client for OS X

Software

Thanks to the article My Favorite Things: Mac apps by Jason Snell I’ve discovered a real nice, and free as in beer, IRC client which I’m enjoying.

It has been called Lingo by the developer Johnathan Clough [the link takes you to the download page on the Mac AppStore].

 

Lingo – an IRC client (2014-12-10) alle 15.59.28Lingo – screenshot del dark mode

As of today my preferred IRC client on OS X has been Colloquy, an old acquaintance of mine after my X-Chat day ended switching to Mac in 2006. Colloquy has been a reliable, open source project that never failed me (almost) in these 8 years.

More recently I’ve had the chance to also evaluate Textual… which I did not like at all!!! Being a paid app my expectations were probably a bit too high… Both the gratis apps Colloquy and Lingo – to my usage – have proved to be more feature rich, both in terms of customization and offered functionalities.

Lingo, since my epiphany of it last monday, has been running smoothly and without a single hitch on two of my Mac connected on the FreeNode servers and logged on seven channels (a couple with a discrete amount of daily traffic). So here I am singing its praises!

VBoxManage setproperty machinefolder /Volumes/kooldata/VBOx-Machines/

Since I’ve got two hard drives on my MacBook Pro, a smaller System SSD one and a large – and slower – mechanical drive as ‘data storage, I wanted to move all the VM created with Virtualbox on the second drive. I gave on my Terminal.app the command before quoted, successfully achieving my attempt…

how-to, Software

Zabbix, an Enterprise-class Monitoring Solution for Everyone

FLOSS, Software

Zabbix, an example

In these days I’m participating in the RECAS School of Cloud Computing by the Physics Faculty of University & Politecnico of Bari, and our teachers are showing us some technologies involved in their cloud infrastructure.

Zabbix is a monitoring solution deployed here, and illustrated to us by Vincenzo Spinoso, that has replaced old-school solutions like Nagios, Munin and such that caught my eye. I liked it so much, the documentations is so rich, I think I’ll dump my Munin installations and migrate everything to it ASAP when I’ll get back at the office…

Firefox dumping Google as default search engine, what’s to expect?

Software

As Firefox dumps Google for Yahoo, is the clock ticking for Mozilla? →

A nice, facts/money-checking, post via TheGuardian.com on the incoming move by Mozilla Foundation to replace Google as the default search engine in favor of locally choosen alternatives (Yahoo, Baidu, Yandex & co.)