October 30, 2004

iBook built in Bluetooth

Tonight I came across a cool hack where a guy actually installed a USB Bluetooth module in an iBook. Yes, an external USB module inside the iBook. Not terribly involved, but will certainly void your warranty.

The author complains at the end that this will of course keep that USB port from being used for anything else. It occured to me from looking at the pics that there might actually be enough room to install a small unpowered USB hub in there too, giving him his port back. I've picked these up on sale at Fry's for under $5. You'd need to remove the shell, but I think it might work...

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October 25, 2004

Apologies for no updates...

Sorry about the lack of any posts here recently. On 10/14 I underwent surgery on my knee (ACL reconstruction) to correct some problems I was having, and recovery is taking a lot longer than I originally planned. I've only started getting back online for brief times over the last few days, and I'm still catching up on events while I was out. So far, things seem pretty quiet on most fronts that I track, so I suppose that's some good news.

I never really wanted to turn this blog into one that tracked all my life events, and to keep it focused on the tech side of things, but felt that the readers here were owed a bit of explanation on why I've been absent lately. I really didn't want to blog about the details, but to summarize, surgery went well, but was more involved than the surgeon originally though, and my recovery time is taking MUCH longer than 'I' anticipated, but considering the procedure that ended up being performed, I'm actually doing quite well according to those involved in my recovery.

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October 6, 2004

Correction on ipop3d

The other day I mentioned that ipop3d was the pop3 server built into OS X, well, I was mistaken. It turns out that this version of ipop3d was actually installed by Postfix Enabler, this particular version is from the UW-IMAP project, and was in fact not a built in part of OS X.

Sorry for any confusion.

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Apple updates Postfix

Yesterday, I read about Apple's latest security update, and noticed that it updates Postfix. After doing some checking on the Postfix mailing list, it appears that this update includes a new version of the Postfix code, and not just a minor config change.

What this means is that anyone (like me) who has updated their version of Postfix from the original Apple code will have their version stomped by intalling this update...

All is not lost, though. In my entry Postfix 2.1 on OS X, I mentioned an article at AFP548 which covers the install steps to get Postfix 2.1.1 running on OS X (article currently 'offline' there but still accessible, there are issues with the SASL implementation mentioned that are keeping the document from being officially sanctioned), and a short bit of code is listed to archive the current Postfix code.

This code was meant to archive the original Apple code so you would have a backup, this same code could be used to backup your current Postfix install, so that you can run the Software Update, then restore your Postfix.

Of course, you also have the choice of ignoring this particular update, but it's likely that when/if Apple released a 10.3.6 update, that the Postfix code will be rolled into that as most updates are, so you may get it down the road without realizing it.

My choice here is I think to just recompile Postfix using the AFP article's steps, and install per that article's instructions. This will also be an opportunity to upgrade to Postfix 2.1.4 (I'm running 2.1.3), and include MySQL support, which I'm sure I didn't do before, to help support the virtual domains that I want to implement.

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