Mac OS X Keyboard navigation

For those switching from Windows to a Mac go and read the excellent HOWTO Switch To The Mac article from Tao of Mac

If youíre keyboard-oriented, go into System Preferences | Keyboard and Mouse | Keyboard Preferences and Turn on full keyboard access. Now you can deal with dialog boxes the way youíre used to, as well as accessing menus and toolbars with the keyboard.

There is even a hint on getting the home and end keys to work more like Windows users expect them to. Iím struggling with their Mac behaviour, but Iíll perservere for now. Check out the Windows Centric tips

Installing Etherboot on a Hard Disk Drive

My Linux Terminal Server Project is going well, however one of the painful support problems in branches is people removing the Rom-O-Matic boot CDís we use to boot old PCís on the terminal server. A lot of the old PCís have hard drives and staff tinker with the BIOS to get to whatever version of windows is sitting on these old drives. Once they lose the boot CD we have to burn a new one and send it out.

I got frustrated today when I went to a customer service PC and discovered it sitting at a windows 98 logon prompt and the boot CD missing. Now this machine will never work on the network from Win98.

I went to Alexandre Heinze excellent All drivers Etherboot floppy and How to Install Etherboot to a Hard Disk and followed his instructions. Using the floppy I created a 5MB partition and installed Etherboot with auto-detection of the NIC.

That machine will never boot to Windows again. And until the hard drive fails, we wont have support problems with it for a long time.

Iíve had some problems with PXE boot on this site so I donít think that will be a fix for a while. But eventually I will get PXE working here and the standard build will change. When that happens weíll remove hard drives from the PCís and install a PXE enabled NIC. In the meantime, the client is happy.