Posts in the Technology category

  1. Getting the Hard Drive out of a 2006 iMac

    December 28, 2009

    My early 2006 iMac gave up the ghost a few days before Christmas and refused to respond at all to being switched on, so it was clear that something pretty terminal must be wrong with it and I replaced it with a new aluminium iMac.  (As an aside, this went much more smoothly than expected…

  2. Resurrecting old PowerPoint files

    December 28, 2009

    I was recently browsing through some archived files from a job long ago and discovered that I couldn’t open the PowerPoint files.  This surprised me because I thought that MS Office was able to open files from any previous version, but it appears not. Digging further, I found that the files in question were in…

    published in Technology

  3. Mac Finance Packages

    August 6, 2009

    Recently I decided that I really should be tracking my finances using a dedicated package, as I’ve been using online banking and Excel to do this for quite a while and it seems like there must be a better way. I use Macs at home for most jobs and so I decided to find a…

    published in Technology

  4. Oracle on OS/X – Part 2

    February 19, 2009

    In the first part of this article, I explained how to get VirtualBox running on an Intel Mac with Ubuntu server installed and running as the operating system. However, the point of all of this is to get an Oracle XE server running on the Mac so in this second installment, I’ll explain the remaining…

    published in Oracle, Technology

  5. Oracle on OS/X – Part 1

    February 17, 2009

    [Update on 2010/4/9: Scott Ball has written a nice update to this with some really useful additional information, particularly if you want to use Ubuntu 9.x … his post is here. — E.] I’ve been using an Apple Mac Book Pro as my private laptop for a couple of years and it’s a great machine…

    published in Oracle, Technology