GeekTool: GeekWeather2 w/ auto geo-location...

If you haven't downloaded geektool for the Mac, I would definitely recommend doing so for the 'tinkerers' out there.  I first saw it on LifeHacker and have been somewhat infatuated with it.  Here is what one of my mac's looks like:
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Since the bash command line outputs can be downloaded as geeklets and are relatively easy, I'm going to focus on how to setup the GeekWeather2 geeklet.  In addition to setting that up, I'll also show you how I was able to get it to update the image based on my current location rather than statically set Longitude, Latitude parameters.  (Geeklet is simply another term for a widget specific to geektool.)  Continue through to the page break to learn more.

JXplorer, ADSIEdit equivalent tool that is open source, usable on a Mac.

Was turned on to this tool by VMware's GSS for troubleshooting a relatively minor issue that I've been having w/ the VMware vCenter Server Appliance.  Specifically around the native Active Directory integration.

Anyway, I like the tool since it's just another thing I can use w/o having access to a Windows system to find Active Directory information.  Although, it may be difficult figuring out your DN w/o Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC) or ADSIEdit to make the initial bind connection.


http://jxplorer.org

Here is a screenshot of how to connect:

Mac: Background flashes, Dock not showing up...

Not sure what caused this as I hadn't done anything unusual w/ my Mac for awhile.  Long story short, some preference in my user profile was causing this issue.

In particular, the thought it was my dock preferences, but I had to delete my everything under my user's ~/Library/Preferences to get my account back and working properly.  You should have only to do the following:

Delete ~/Library/Application Support/Dock
Delete ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.dock.plist

Here is screenshot by screenshot on how to do this:

Interview w/ William Lam on AutoTrader.com Mac Mini vSAN (MacCloud)

Enjoyed my conversation w/ William talking about my ghetto MacCloud setup.  You can read the interview here:
http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2014/08/community-stories-of-vmware-apple-os-x-in-production-part-4.html

Some things people have asked me for clarification:

  1. We are using Mac Mini 'Server' versions.  These have two drives by default.
  2. You can get a kit to add a second drive to the standard mac mini version.
  3. Mgmt and VM traffic flows over Standard vSwitch0 (Onboard as Uplink)
  4. vSAN and vMotion flows over dVS (Thunderbolt as Uplink)
  5. Onboard 1Gb and Thunderbolt 1Gb adapter
  6. Booting to USB thumb drive plugged into the back of the Mac Mini w/ ESXi.
  7. vCenter is a vCSA built and running on another vCenter instance.
 Here is what it looks like configured: