Tips and Tricks

Streaming to the Chromecast from my Synology NAS over the Internet

OSX Tips and Tricks

Running Mavericks in VMware Player

I have previously posted about my hackintosh and how to install Mavericks on its own hard drive. I can then load Windows or OSX via the motherboard’s boot-menu (hint: F12 on Gigabyte).

This forces me to reboot my PC, which I don’t do very often. I rarely need to use OSX the way I use my computer. Also, the back button on my mouse doesn’t work in OSX. It’s annoying! So, I tend to use Windows 8.x which I just put to sleep when not in use. Works great for me!

But I do like to tinker now and then, so I searched for a way to install Mavericks in VMware Player. I already use VMware Player to test-install Windows. And sometimes test-drive software also.

You need a hackintosh or Mac, or a friend with one.

You need to download the installer app from Mac App Store.

I found a great guide over at InsanelyMac. I followed every step, but didn’t manage to make a setup-DMG via the script. So I had to do it another way, and finally got a Mavericks.iso which I used to install OSX.

You need to unlock the possibility to make a virtual machine that supports installing OSX. Since this is available if you run VMware on a Mac, some clever heads has ported this over to Windows. You got to love the Internet!

After running the unlocker, I made a new virtual OSX machine, which I pointed to the ISO. After Mavericks was installed, I did the tips from the guide (changed a couple of settings and installed VMware Tools and some extra drivers).

Update: After I updated VMware Player (to version 6.0.2), I had to reinstall Unlocker to get Mavericks to boot.

Android Tips and Tricks

SGS2 + CM11 = Android 4.4 KitKat on a three year old device


One of my great interests in the latest years, have been mobile operating systems. I’ve tried Windows Phone 8 on a Nokia Lumia 620, I use iOS on my iPad and all my latest smartphones have run Android. I now have the Google Nexus 5, which replaced my HTC One X late 2013. Love them both!

Apple Mac OSX Tips and Tricks

Installing OSX 10.9 Mavericks on my hackintosh

I haven’t used OSX daily for some years now, but occasionally I boot from the hard drive containing OSX on my hackintosh. It has gone from Lion (see this post for my hardware) to Mountain Lion. And recently I installed Mavericks, which is version 10.9 of Apple’s operating systems for Macs. This time the install went without problems.

Noteworthy Tips and Tricks

Windows 8 now optimises SSDs automatically

In Windows 7, SSDs got excluded from the built-in defragment tool. SSDs doesn’t need to be defragged, as all data can be reached at the same time. And unnecessary writes can decrease a SSD’s lifespan.

In Windows 8, the defragment tool has been renamed to Optimise Drives and now includes SSDs. As far as I’ve found out, it seems Windows 8 is running TRIM on the whole drive. TRIM is a command that makes the SSD “clean up” its free area, so that the used memory cells marked as free is washed of their data. This ensures that the speed of the writing operations don’t slow down, as the area doesn’t have to be cleaned before data is written to it.