Multiple monitors on a Dell XPS 13

Last week I got a new laptop for work – or rather I got an old Laptop for work – a colleague’s Dell XPS 13. It just happened that my rather aged 6 year old workstation was due for replacement, and a colleague left and returned their 18 month old Dell XPS 13 laptop, so I took it as my replacement. The XPS 13 is a great little laptop and super fast with its 256Gb solid state drive and 8G […]

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Asus Transformer TF 101 upgrade

I have an ASUS Transformer TF101 10 inch Android tablet which I rooted a year or so ago and installed the Cyanogenmod version of Android Ice Cream Sandwich on. It’s a nice tablet, with an optional keyboard dock which has usb ports, a full SD card slot and an additional battery fitted. However the tablet has been getting slower and slower over the last few months, and although I have the add on keyboard dock, the battery life was also […]

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Probook 4540s Hackintosh – OS-X install & efi boot

The main reason I bought the Probook 4540s was because of it’s hardware spec which is very similar to a Macbook and therefore well supported by OS-X. I use a Mac for my photo processing with Lightroom so I wanted to try to get OS-X running for when we go on holiday etc. The first part of installing OS-X was to create a bootup usb stick using the software from the tonymacx86 site. This uses a legal copy of OS-X […]

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Probook 4540s Hackintosh – Linux install

Part 2 of my Probook 4540s hackintosh install post deals with installing Linux in more detail. Installing Linux I have been using Linux since about 1995 on a regular basis and in that time I’ve gone from Slackware -> Redhat -> SuSE -> Gentoo -> Ubuntu. My intention was to create a triple boot machine with Windows 7, Linux and MacOS so having installed Windows I set about installing a linux distribution. Since I’ve been using the latest version of […]

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Probook 4540s Hackintosh

OK – this blog is titled ‘Simon Hawketts’s Photo Blog’ but I do have other interests and this post (or probably series of posts) is not a photo related post but an IT related post. I bought a new Laptop a month or so ago as a replacement for my aging HP 8710W which was getting a bit long in the tooth. I looked around for a new model which would allow me to try out something I’d wanted to […]

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Compaq/HP 8710W Laptop running Ubuntu Linux

Just in case it’s useful to anyone who may be wondering if they can run Ubuntu on a Compaq / HP 8710W laptop I can tell them that you can. I’m running the Intrepid 8.10 release on one of these and I have all the hardware I use running ‘out of the box’. The only thing I can think of which doesn’t work is the Finger Print reader which isn’t a great loss, although I’ve no use for the firewire […]

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Migrating Linux Distribution

I’ve been using Gentoo Linux for about the last 5 years and I’ve generally been quite happy with it, but over the last few months I’ve found that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to install packages without dependency problems or broken packages.About two years ago I decided to try Ubuntu on my Laptop and it was so successful that I decided to swap my main desktop machine as well. The big problem with this is that because I use this machine […]

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Unix Timestamp Conversion

I use unix timestamps to store dates in databases because I find it an easy way to do maths with the dates. One drawback of course is that I can’t tell what a date is by just looking at the number so I was trying to find a calculator app which would do the conversion. Although there are bound to be loads I couldn’t find one which would allow me to quickly highlight a number and convert it to a […]

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