Kensington Market Festival of Lights 2007

Festival of Lights, Kensington Market, Photography, Toronto
This year again -- like the past 19 -- Red Pepper Spectacle Arts put on a great show. I'm talking about the Kensington Market Festival of Lights. If you're ever in Toronto during the holidays you should check this event out (go earlier and check out Kensington Market area on foot as well). This was my second year attending, so I was well prepared to shoot the celebrations (or so I thought). Check out this link for the gallery of this event. I got to Bellevue Square/Park around 16:45 and ended up standing in one place until about 19:00 when the procession reached the park. And let me tell you, it doesn't matter how warm it seems outside (I think it was 2 degrees C that night), if you're standing still…
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Changing DNS hostname on OSX Server

Apple, CLI, Macintosh, osx Server, Sysadmin
If you ever need to check the DNS hostname under OSX server here is the command:$ sudo changeip -checkhostnameIf you need to change it (ie: after a DNS table change) use the following command (for OD sites):changeip /LDAPv3/ new.example.comchangeip also has a lot of other uses (ie: if you change the ip address of your machine you can use changeip to change the setting in the directory as well). Have a look at the man pages for more info.If you're having trouble kerberizing your Open Directory under OSX server then you are also most likely having hostname problems. Run the first command to check the hostname information and make sure "Current Hostname" and "DNS Hostname" in it's output match. If they don't use the second command to…
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Mac OSX DHCP debuging

Apple, CLI, DHCP, Macintosh, OSX
Once in a while you might want to dig deep into OSX's dhcp client and find out what dhcp packet the server sent it. A quick command to spit out this info:# ipconfig getpacket en0This produces the following output: op = BOOTREPLY htype = 1 dp_flags = 0 hlen = 6 hops = 0 xid = 1956115059 secs = 0 ciaddr = yiaddr = siaddr = giaddr = chaddr = 0:3:93:7a:d7:5c sname = file = options: Options count is 10 dhcp_message_type (uint8): ACK 0x5 server_identifier (ip): lease_time (uint32): 0x164a subnet_mask (ip): router (ip_mult): {} domain_name_server (ip_mult): {} domain_name (string): end (none):
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USB-to-Serial console for Mac (OSX)

Apple, CLI, Macintosh, OSX, Serial port, USB
Here are some notes for those of us working with Macs, who also have to deal with networking gear that usually have a serial console for local control. I recently purchased a IOGEAR USB 1.1 to Serial Converter Cable that uses the PL2303 chipset (pretty much any brand of these usb to serial converters use this chip). I was hoping that this dongle would allow me to access our network switches serial interface (which you kinda need when the switch has gone berserk). So after looking around the net I found that there is a opensource driver out there for it and that it performs better than the driver provided by Prolific (the company that manufactures the chip). So once everything was installed I hooked up the serial cable and realized that…
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CineForm Direct-to-Disk Recorder

CineForm, Codec, HDTV, HDV
I have to admit CineForm is one of my favourite companies out there. I've visited them once and they are the nicest bunch of engineers you'll find on that side of the rockies :-). Aside from their famed CineForm Codec (which btw is awesome), they have just released the specs and conceptual drawings for what will probably be the coolest gadget at next years NAB ;-).They anticipate developing multiple members in the recorder product family - each targeting different recording needs. This first device targets HDV camcorder users and offers the ability to bypass the highly-compressed MPEG format. The features specification is below. They also imagine a sister device that would support single-link and dual-link HD-SDI recording.
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