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OSX A mini-guide to Mac OS X for new Mini owners
Post date: April 12, 2005, 12:04 Category: Miscellaneous Views: 1136 Comments: 0
Tutorial quote: One thing the Mac mini does not have is a comprehensive “welcome to OS X” guide. Printed documentation included with the mini is scanty — primarily EULA and warranty information, and Apple has never been one for flashy tutorials. That’s why we at Ars have pulled together a short list of things every newcomer to Mac OS X needs to know.

This guide is not intended to be comprehensive and answer every conceivable question Windows and Linux users will have about their new platform. What it does intend to do is give you the lowdown on some basic things: window management, accessing your Windows box from the Mac, and application behavior.
Yellow+Dog Installing Linux on the Mac mini
Post date: May 11, 2005, 07:05 Category: Installing Views: 2121 Comments: 0
Tutorial quote: The Mac mini is an ideal low-cost, high-performance PowerPC development platform for numerous applications. Learn how to install and configure Linux on the mini. Future articles will add the software required to make it into a stand-alone multimedia appliance.

This short series of articles shows you how to take a conveniently inexpensive, high-end PowerPC® platform (specifically, an Apple Mac mini) and build it into a home multimedia appliance using Linux™. At the end of the series, you'll have a stand-alone device that can play slide shows of images, audio, and movies, and that is controlled and administered from another machine using a standard Web browser.

The PowerPC platform is very well-suited to this type of multimedia application, and the G4 with AltiVec used in the Mac mini is an exceptionally powerful and flexible choice. This first article introduces you to the hardware's capabilities and walks you through installing and configuring Yellow Dog Linux so you can delve into some application code in the next article.
Gentoo Build your own Gentoo rescue LiveCD and USBStick
Post date: June 19, 2005, 23:06 Category: Miscellaneous Views: 2051 Comments: 0
Tutorial quote: I've written this how-to after trying to find a boot medium for my home gateway machine which could be used for system rescues and even installing Gentoo. Why not use the standard Gentoo Live CD you ask? Well my gateway machine is one of those small, silent and cool running mini-itx machines (http://www.mini-itx.com) and has no CDROM or floppy drive. I needed some way of getting Gentoo on there and some way of easily rescuing it when the need arises. The good news is that these VIA mini-tix machines are USB bootable and I much preferred the idea of having a little USB drive/stick that I could push into any USB bootable machine and boot into Linux rather than having to set up a PXE networked boot environment (which is also supported).
Linux How the One-Liner For-Loop in Bash Goes
Post date: January 6, 2007, 15:01 Category: System Views: 1130 Comments: 0
Tutorial quote: A mini-guide to one of the coolest tricks at the Bash command line - performing the same operation on a whole group of files at once using the "for-do-done" loop syntax.
OSX A Windows Administrator's Guide to Serving Macs
Post date: December 13, 2005, 05:12 Category: Network Views: 1692 Comments: 0
Tutorial quote: Are you Mac-savvy? Many Windows administrators and technicians have never had to support Macs on their networks, so the idea of suddenly having a handful of Mac workstations might seem really challenging. Ryan Faas gives you a simple guide to supporting Mac workstations and Mac users within your Windows network.
Unix+clones Running dvdshrink in wine
Post date: May 12, 2005, 21:05 Category: Software Views: 783 Comments: 0
Tutorial quote: This mini howto explains how to run dvdshrink using wine with very few steps.
Linux HOWTO build a LiveCD from scratch
Post date: December 31, 2005, 20:12 Category: Miscellaneous Views: 1153 Comments: 0
Tutorial quote: This mini-HowTo will show you how to create your own LiveCD.
Debian Building the ultimate Linux-based music server
Post date: July 24, 2007, 00:07 Category: Miscellaneous Views: 3769 Comments: 0
Tutorial quote: This article describes how to build your own silent, fast, eco-friendly Linux-based PC for use in a digital music listening system. The PC is based on a high-end Via mini-ITX board, passively cooled case with heatpipe technology, Debian Linux, and a little creative embedded elbow grease.
Linux Tuning up your IDE hard disks using hdparm
Post date: April 12, 2005, 13:04 Category: Optimizing Views: 1126 Comments: 0
Tutorial quote: hdparm is a tool for altering various parameters associated with IDE drives (Not SCSI). This involves things like the block prefetch, the DMA/PIO modes,
and a number of other things.

I'm writing this mini-how-to to help people get more from their system. People often complain that Linux is a bit slow for them (which it can be) I haven't seen such a post recently, but I know on TechIMO at least we always used to be talking people through using hdparm.
OSX Mac OS X Server Administrator's Guide
Post date: June 8, 2005, 00:06 Category: System Views: 1773 Comments: 0
Tutorial quote: Includes information on how Mac OS X Server software works
and strategies for using it with your network