Make an old Mac OS X install DVD from macOS Catalina

This brief post is just my notes specifically on how to make a Mac OSX Lion install DVD from within macOS Catalina. This isn’t really meant to help anyone other than my future self. But I hope it helps the odd other person too.

Step 0. Optionally order a copy from Apple, do a search online and you can find Lion and Snow Leopard disks still available for order directly from Apple, as of late 2019.

Step 1. Get the Installer Image from Apple (I’ve personally been archiving these for a while).

Step 2. Open the Terminal, enter the command:

hdiutil burn LionInstaller.iso

That’s it. Done. Here’s example output:

3D Printable Makita Wall Hanger

I adore my Makita Cordless Electric drills and have long since wanted to print hangers for them to go on my walls along with other valued tools. The preexisting models I could find all were kind of corny. The challenge here was the Makita drill has a super fluid shape, nothing is square to anything.

Here’s what I came up with:



The red model is what I made. I found a really impressive CAD model for a Makita drill here. This helped me not have to carefully measure my as-built drill.

I used Fusion360 and the end result was excellent:

Links/Downloads

Here’s an export of my Fusion360 project file:
MakitaWallHangerByDocDawning-20190331.f3d

A 3D printable STL has been attached to a posting I’ve made for this model here: Thingiverse

Maine Coon Kitty Hunt: Round 3

Here’s the sequel to my last Maine Coon Kitty post, round 2 (here)

After the wild success following our adoption of our (first) awesome Maine Coon, from Major Tom Maine Coons located in Nova Scotia Canada, we decided to adopt another kitten from this awesome breeder.

I’m now finding I’m getting asked from folks looking for a good breeder for comments on my experience with Major Tom Maine Coons. So I decided to create this post to help aid in my replies.

First, I’ll review the first kitty. Then introduce the second and finally discuss why I like this breeder.

Maine Coon Kitten #1: Whiskey

The first kitten we adopted contains to thrive and grow. She’s got a bubbly-happy personality and she jackie-chan sprint-climbs, like a mountain goat, high on caffeine.

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Trash Talker for Windows Launches

I’ve finally managed to get a version of Trash Talker published in to the Microsoft Store. This was based on the old STP code, but I made a number of improvements that make the app much better.

This app is a remake of a remake. The original app be the classic Shit Talker, by Jaundice. I enjoyed Shit Talker as a kid. I used to it call my friends and annoy them. (Given I’m a youngest sibling, it has been my classic duty to find creative ways of annoying others.) Trash Talker is a modernization of Shit Talker that tries to be a little cleaner, but stays quite true to the original. I have a few plans for things I’d like to add to this app, so check back every so often for updates.

Check out Trash Talker on the Microsoft Store.

Also – Trash Talker for macOS has been out for a while now too, so macOS users can grab it from the App Store.

Death by PEBKAC evaded by amazing ZFS snapshot CTRL+Zery

Tonight I was doing a little development work towards a telemetry system I’m building for a thing. Along the way I managed (like a 10/10 n00b) to delete a bunch of vital configs on my reverse proxy server that handles all my traffic. Thanks to the amazing ZFS snapshot function made easily available by FreeNAS, I was able to recover from this otherwise devastating fckup, super fast and without service disruption.

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