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Jul 11

Having Cluster Fun @ Chariot Solutions

The best way to experiment with distributed computing is to have a distributed cluster of things to play with. One approach would of course be to spin off multiple Amazon EC2 instances, which would be wise and pretty cheap:

Micro instances provide 613 MB of memory and support 32-bit and 64-bit platforms on both Linux and Windows. Micro instance pricing for On-Demand instances starts at $0.02 per hour for Linux and $0.03 per hour for Windows”

However some problems are better solved/simulated by having real, “touchable” hardware, that would have real dedicated disks, dedicated cores, RAM, and would only share any kind of state with other nodes over network. Easier said that done though.. Do you have a dozen of spare (same spec’ed) PCs laying around?

But what if you had an awesome training room with, let’s say, 10 iMacs? That would look something like:

Chariot Solutions Training Room

This is in fact the real deal => “Chariot Solutions Training Room“, which is usually occupied by people learning about Scala, Clojure, Hadoop, Spring, Hibernate, Maven, Rails, etc..

So once upon a time, in after training hours, we decided to run some distributed simulations. As we were passing by the training room, we had a thought: “It’s Friday night, and as any other creatures, these beautiful machines would definitely like to hang out together”…

Cluster at Chariot Solutions

This is one of this night’s highlights: a MongoDB playground. The same Friday night we played with Riak, Cassandra, RabbitMQ and vanilla distributed Erlang. As you can imagine iMacs had a lot of fun in a process pumping data in and out via 10 Gigabit switch. And we geeked out like real men!

Jan 11

Tomboy on Mac

Tomboy On MacOn “from Ubuntu to Mac” journey I don’t leave my friends behind. Tomboy is such a friend. Plus I already have several hundreds on notes in Tomboy format, so the choice for a note taking app is very obvious here.

To install Tomboy on Mac there are only two things that need to be done:

1. Download Tomboy ( Mac App ): http://projects.gnome.org/tomboy/download.html ( unzip, copy to /Applications )

2. Install “Mono” framework (a .NET framework for *nix systems): http://www.go-mono.com/mono-downloads/download.html

To migrate existing notes ( e.g. *.note ), I had to do a 30 seconds digging. It appears that unlike on Linux, where notes live under “~/.tomboy”, on Mac notes live under:

~/Library/Application Support/Tomboy/

So that is the place to copy all the existing notes to. Once copied, Tomboy is all good to go.

Welcome to my new OS X world Mr. Tomboy!

Jan 11

Edit Keyboard Layout on Mac

Moving from several years of hardcore Ubuntu life to Mac is “a bit” challenging, but hey.. bring it on!

First thing that I needed to do is to be able to type.. Well yea, English is easy, since Mac does come with US keyboard that ironically comes with English letters. However what about people who are fortunate to know and love another language ( besides English )? Easy, you’d say: Mac has gazillions of different layouts ( a.k.a. “Input Sources” ) available:

mac keyboard input sources

Well, what if none of them suites me? Let’s take a look at the Russian Phonetic layout that comes with OS X:

russian phonetic layout mac

Maybe someone is ok with this layout, but many letters here are quite far from being “phonetic”. Leaving this be would result in many “typing in frustration” hours when you think you pressed “a”, but it was “b”, etc.. But don’t give up just yet, there is an awesome solution: Ukelete which is an excellent Unicode Keyboard Layout Editor for Mac OS X.

So switch to a “Russian Phonetic” layout:

Choosing Russian Phonetic Layout

Now start Ukelete, go to “File –> New From Current Input Source”:

New From Current Input Source

You should see the default layout in Ukelete window now:

Russian Phonetic Layout Ukelete

You are almost done.. Now just play a little “Swap Keys” game to get where you need to be:

Ukelete Swapping Keys

And get that final layout that you love:

Russian Phonetic Final Layout

Now save it as a “keyboard layout file”:

Save As Keyboard Layout File

to “/Library/Keyboard Layouts/”.

Now go to the “System Preferences –> Language & Text –> Input Sources”, and you should see a new “Russian – Phonetic” layout:

New Russian Phonetic Input Source

You are done :)

P.S. Another thing is to remap CapsLock to Option key via “System Preferences –> Keyboard –> Modifier Keys”:

Remap CapsLock

and change the shortcut to switch input sources ( keyboard layouts ) to “CapsLock + Tab”:

Remap CapsLock

Happy typing!