Work In Progress

As I’m sure you have all noticed I have been doing some redecorating around here…

I’ll be continuing to revise it bit by bit in my spare time but I’m rather pleased with the results so far aside from a few small adjustments I still want to make, particularly the header and menu – I am just testing different formats for now. I’m open to any comments, opinions or suggestions anyone has for things that could be improved.

The new myHack logo was generously crafted and given to me by blackosx it will become the new myHack app icon as well. PolishOX came up with the idea of an axe going through a Mac Pro for the myHack logo and blackosx pulled it off better than I imagined it, even included a revision with “apple juice” blood!

Happy hackintoshing!

The Awesome Power of Nature

In case you were wondering why this site was down for about 5 hours today, last night we had one of the most severe thunderstorms of this monsoon season here. The lightning and thunder was some of the most intense I’ve experienced in recent memory. It was striking several times per minute all over my neighborhood – it felt similar to the controlled demolitions of buildings I’ve witnessed from a few blocks away, it wasn’t a crack it was a hard hitting thud that rattled your chest and bones.

I generally enjoy thunderstorms but this one was more than inconvenient. I was in the process of working on updating the template for this site when the power went out, and stayed out for over 5 hours. Additionally more than 18 people are dead, the power is still out to many homes, and fortunately I don’t have to commute to work because the transportation system is in chaos.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words so here are a couple pictures from down the street to illustrate:

From the Korea Herald:

The precipitation in Seoul between Tuesday and early Wednesday morning exceeded 400mm, the national weather agency said, adding heavy rain is expected through early Thursday morning.

The Korea Meteorological Administration said downpours tallying a record 60mm per hour were recorded in the country’s central and southern parts.

Southern Seoul was the hardest hit part of the capital.

The building of the educational TV station, EBS, was flooded and SK Telecom’s mobile networks. Flooding was reported in streets, subway stations, underground walkways and residential districts throughout the city.

A number of flooded main roads in downtown and southern Seoul were closed to traffic, while a motorway linking Seoul to southern Gyeonggi Province was closed due to a landslide.

 

I live in Southern Seoul and it is still raining…

So if this site goes down again sometime in the next day or two, you know why… but I am hoping the worst is over. I have also just realized that I lost about three weeks worth of work on an important project I was working on – my workstation drives shorted out from the lightning and I was in the middle of syncing a backup at the time, so I only have a partial copy on my server. All attempts at recovering the data have failed… %#&@*!

Update – count has risen to 32 people killed and 24 seriously injured and many more missing…

This is from CNN:

More than 750 rescue workers had been dispatched to the site after the collapse occurred at midnight, according to the Central Disaster Relief Center.

About 400 families have lost their homes and more than 14,000 were left without power.

The hillside gave way during a summer of record-setting rainfall, which has caused flooding and major traffic disruptions across portions of the country.

Chuncheon is about 75 kilometers (45 miles) northeast of the capital, Seoul, which has seen more than 400 millimeters (15 inches) of rain since Tuesday.

Sixty households in the capital have been cut off by high water, and six people are missing, the disaster center reported.

The Korea Meteorological Agency has issued a special heavy rainfall alert for cities in the center of the country. The forecast calls for the downpour to continue at a rate of 60 millimeters (2.4 inches) per hour over the next day.

“This is a lot of rain considering that the amount we saw yesterday and today consists of three-quarters of what we got during the rainy season,” Cheung Kwan-young from the meteorological agency said.

South Korea typically experiences a rainy season during the summer.

myHack 2.0 RC1

This version is now deprecated, consult the downloads page for a link to the latest version.

This version was downloaded 4653 times.

Here it is, much anticipated, extensively tested and debugged, the new and improved myHack!

Gone are the awkward and inflexible mpkg’s of the past! The new myHack core was written from scratch in c, it took hundreds of hours to write, days more to beta test and debug. It is not yet flawless but it does work beautifully. I have already updated the myHack guide with the instructions and some additional details for version 2.0, make sure you read it before you run the app.

Additional details of the myHack app’s contents will be maintained on the downloads page. Credits and further instructions will be maintained on the guide page.

Error in myFix 1.3 GUI

After some more testing and some feedback I received it has become apparent that the OS X Security Framework utilized in myFix 1.3 GUI *BREAKS* the function of myFix. It gives the user “Administrative” privileges but not true “root” user privileges therefore it basically fails to function properly.

I have already created a workaround but I have not yet had a chance to apply it to myFix. So until I am able to release myFix 1.4 I have pulled the GUI front end version of myFix 1.3 from the site.

The *Terminal Version* of myFix 1.3 works flawlessly – if you find yourself with a flawed system you can try booting with -f -v then running the terminal app. Or run the terminal app from a USB OS X Install Drive. If you can’t download it from here to your system you can find it in a target you ran myFix on if you selected “yes” at the prompt to install Terminal app at /usr/sbin/myfix – if you did not it will be inside myFix.app/Contents/Resources/myfix

My apologies – I didn’t see this one coming… It didn’t effect me in tests running it on Snow/Lion so hopefully this hasn’t caused a problem for you either.

myFix 1.3

This version is now deprecated, consult the myHack guide for a link to the latest version (myFix is now distributed exclusively with myHack).

This version was downloaded 20154 times.

This release adds one major new feature – a graphical front-end. This should make it simpler and easier for novice users to run, and also serves as an installer/updater to the terminal version – a feature which even advanced users will appreciate.

This feature also includes a bugfix – the i386 build worked great in Snow Leopard and Lion tests, however, it would not run on the Lion Install USB – the Lion Install USB is only capable of running x86_64 binaries. Thus I have compiled both the terminal version and the GUI as universal binaries to support both i386 and x86_64 environments.

— Download link removed due to critical error in GUI front end, see this post for more information.

Please make sure to review the release notes for myFix 1.0-1.2 for a complete explanation of features.

A complete list of the changes from myFix 1.2 are as follows:

  • -Compiled as universal i386/x86_64 binary
  • -Created graphical front-end
  • -Graphical front end will prompt to install/update terminal version if terminal version is missing/out of date
  • -Terminal version now uses new method to create line breaks for improved appearance