Light Read

Light Read

On my mission to seamlessly bind macOS Server to Active Directory with directory-editing capabilities I've come across a multitude of documents but this is crazy: over 28000 pages; of course I'll need to skim it if I want to get anything done or polish my searching syntax skills.

On Apple Discussions I was told my goal is not doable, it's been two weeks of non-stop Google searches and I think I'm going insane first moving into the Windows Server World from the dead-easy-to-use Mac Servers, then relearning everything I already know the Windows way, and now that I've successfully sorted everything else out, the last step is macOS Server two-way AD bind.

I know editing from macOS is possible, Directory Utility has the power to do so, why isn't able to do the same. I know one thing: I'm still not giving up, not yet. I started the transition on late November, today January the 7th, it feels like I've gotten nowhere but that's just my frustration. I gotta say, having zero proper training I think I did quite well. 🤓

I'm trying out Apple News Publisher, stay around for more info coming, I hope, really soon!

Thumb/header picture credit: Unsplash

Windows 10 free upgrade period expiring soon

Windows 10 free upgrade period ends the day after tomorrow, today being the 27th.

Windows users, I recommend you to "upgrade" not because Windows 10 is a good OS, but because it gives you a free copy of Windows 10 for the computer you're upgrading then you can use your existing serial number (of Windows 7/8) and install it elsewhere.

I did this with all of my computers with a single copy of Windows 8.1 Pro I bought super cheap (via Microsoft Volume Licensing) for something like 15USD; then went ahead and one by one I installed it and upgraded it on all my computers, most of my computers are Macs, I only have one actual Windows PC. Then waited for it to be registered with Microsoft and did a clean install of Windows 10 right after just to verify it'd activate.

This is a great hack since technically I can use Windows on a single computer at the time, so I did not violate any term of use or whatever and now on every computer I own Windows 10 can be installed from scratch if I wish so (I won't.)

The good news is that if you're running Windows 7/8 and upgrade you have I think 30 days to rollback. So, you can install, wait for it to activate (let it do a Windows Update for to be on the safe side) and then rollback and delete its files.

The bad news is that Windows 10 updates itself no questions asked. So it might not be a good idea for mission critical computers like NVRs because of downtime and Microsoft if know to push bad patches. I mean, good-written software shouldn't need patches, fixes and whatever, but whatever. The second batch of bad news is that Microsoft collects data on you whether you like it or no, even if I'd get fed up with OS X (coming soon macOS) I'd still wouldn't switch just because of that, I've said it a thousand times, I don't care if it is for the greater good, they should never force you to send data. Unknowingly so.

Basically you're improving Windows with that data, but the thing is, let's say you paid for Windows, you shouldn't keep paying for their Research and Development, which is what's happening behind the scenes when you're using an sending telemetry data to Microsoft.

Mac (OS X, macOS) asks you upfront if you want to help or not right when you create your user account. Windows misleads you with a big EXPRESS SETTINGS button when you set up you COMPUTER, NOT YOUR ACCOUNT, so you only have one chance of seeing this, and that Express Settings button will set all settings that benefit Microsoft, not the user. The alternative to that button is a tiny text link, lost in a sea of similar looking text on that page, sandwiched right in between the text so it is harder to see.

The third set of bad news: Windows 10, that software you paid for comes with advertisements built right in the OS, from the Start Menu to the Lock Screen to the Office365 offer, it's so fucking annoying. Again, you're forever paying for stuff Microsoft sells you, just trash you computer and get a Mac, it's a much saner choice.

Apple Safari Substitute

I love Safari, it's fast, elegant, minimalist and syncs with my devices without me needing to create yet another account.

The thing is, Safari is available only on iOS and OS X/macOS devices and some of my servers are Linux and Windows machines, for which I'm looking for a substitute Safari that can handle it all. Opera seems to be the best alternative, it's based on Chromium (Chrome's base) but without the Google surveillance and when it's running I don't get half a million extra processes like I do when I run Chrome. Or dialogs like these:

On the other hand, it doesn't sync plugins/extensions like Firefox and Chrome do.

Chrome has the best support for developers but I don't trust/like anything Google does. It's not like I have super sensitive information on me, it's just I don't like being monetized on. All three non-Safari browsers impose their new tab page on you so they can show you some ad or make you use their search engine or whatever, something that makes them money, fortunately this can be avoided by installing extensions. Unfortunately, Opera doesn't sync extensions.

Chrome doesn't even show your selected homepage unless you restart the browser. Like I told you, Google creeps.

The most annoying thing of these browsers are the real state the waste, see:

Safari always occupies the least space, and the other don't offer anything worth installing for except for an extra session in a website. Ultimately I always end up using Internet Explorer if available and compatible with the website I'm visiting. Internet Explorer is good if you aren't careless. All non-Safari have this weird tab implementation that makes it difficult to grab the window to move it, sometimes you end up grabbing a tab instead and it's not elegant at all how are they managed when this happens, a huge overlay pops up indicating where your tab will end up if unattached from the windows, except it sort of doesn't quite fit and moves around. It's a mess. Firefox, Opera and Safari are good with privacy. Chrome is good with developers; apparently there's no one perfect for me. If only Safari were available again for third parties.

So, I cut an Ethernet cable…

…that goes all the way around the house to the back and left the rooms that were fed by it with only Wi-Fi networking and no phones. Now I need to reroute new cable and go through a 10kV electric fence I lost the key to and it's has battery backup so it's always on.

Cambien el nombre de su red!

Cambié temporalmente el nombre del punto de acceso de mi torre, llega a unas 6 cuadras de distancia sin problemas. Combatiendo la mediocridad poco a poco. :)

Apple Thunderbolt Display

Con el dolor de mi alma me acabo de deshacer de mi tercer monitor ðŸ˜¢

Casi no lo usaba y necesito espacio en mi escritorio y las dos opciones que tengo son:

  1. Deshacerme del monitor
  2. Romper la pared para hacer la habitación más grande y conseguir un escritorio nuevo.

Naturalmente como no soy Hulk, no puedo andar nada más así rompiendo paredes--aunque mi amigui Barbie se intentó comer mi pared una vez.

Lo empaqueté y lo publiqué en MercadoLibre de inmediato para recuperar la inversión. Si tienen una Mac y les interesa, déjenme saber. :)

Sueño Mágico

Sueño mágico

Te evaporas en el aire

Sueño mágico

De un suspiro despierto

Sueño mágico

No le digas a nadie

Sueño mágico

Que es algo siniestro

Sueño mágico

Euforia y armonía

Sueño mágico

Es sólo fantasía


El viento de vida en mi ser

La fantasía en mi pensar

La fiesta sin parar

Despierto, sin poder despertar


Fórmula mágica

Para el beat incesante

Medicina alternativa

Sueño humeante


Sueño que recorre tu ser

Se te escurre entre los dedos

Te seca la piel

Te queda en los pelos


Destruye tu vida

Con gran desvelo

Alguna bebida

Y llegas al cielo


Lo conoces en tu sueño

Y en la cama es tu dueño


Te metió en problemas

Te quitó el bienestar

Te puso condenas

No te importa, hay que soñar.


Únete a la fiesta

La música es tu dulce provocadora

Pues al final es ésta

Que acompañará tu veladora


Qué ironía

Te decías activa

Y quedaste enterrada

Mágico. Sueño mágico.


Es trágico.


Te advirtieron poner los pies en la tierra

Y no andar soñando

Pero optaste por un corazón que acelera

Y lo terminaste pagando


Hada de los sueños

Preguntará por ti

Eras su cliente feliz

No se despedirá de ti




Te metió en problemas

Te quitó el bienestar

Te puso condenas

No te importa, hay que soñar.


Beat incesante

Sueño excitante.


UPDATE Please bear in mind that this is sueño is a wordplay on some slang word in Spanish; regional possibly, so it will be very difficult to understand even for a native Spanish speaker. So if you're not one, I apologize. I encourage you--however--to ask me anything in the contact section; just click the C in the menu down below.

Veranos y A/A

Estamos literalmente a medio verano (primavera en otras partes) y en la tienda se les ocurre no encender los aires. Me tuve que quitar los audífonos porque juraba que ya estaba empezando a oler a pollo! CHICKEN!


Para los curiosos, en La Paz tenemos tres veranos y un invierno:

  1. Verano - mejor conocido como primavera en otras partes.
  2. Verano hardcore/paceño - verano
  3. Verano ahogado (sofocado) - otoño
  4. Invierno light - invierno

Actualizando Contactos

Hace unos días utilicé Facebook para pedirle a mis contactos su información reciente. Como se imaginan hacer esto docenas de veces (afortunadamente mis contactos no son tantos) se torna tedioso.

Pero como soy súper geek, decidí que tenía que haber una mejor manera, so, hice un pequeño script.

Sorry a los que se sintieron como experimento o marketing, no lo hice con mala intención. Besos en la mojada!


8 x Zapi = 13.92m

8 x Zapi = 13.92m

Mi último proyecto de enlaces requiere que pase la señal sobre un edificio alto; como iba a ser imposible obtener la altura de manera ortodoxa, busqué otros métodos; midiendo Zapis.

Es como regresar a la primaria pero en vez de tablas de multiplicar, multiplico tablas de atrás porque la pobre al igual que yo está plana del culo.

No me puedo pasar de 12 metros según mis cálculos si no tengo que comprar más equipo. Estos son mis fantásticos cálculos:

Parece, de hecho, que me voy a exceder pero al menos así sé desde ahorita que necesitaré y no requeriré pagar doble instalación.

Thank you, Z.