Steve Jobs Speeches ‘Hidden’ In the Pages App

Every Mac which has the Pages app for OS X installed includes a little Easter Egg that few know about; a famous Steve Jobs speech, tucked away in a little unassuming folder. Technically, it’s two different Steve Jobs speeches, the famous text from the Crazy Ones Think Different campaign, and arguably the even more famous 2005 Steve Jobs commencement speech from Stanford University.

I find it odd that this would just be hidden away for no particular reason, but this is still a very cool find. I’ve always liked the Stanford University commencement speech.

via OS X Daily

Windows 7 Boot Problems Under Hyper-V

Windows 7 InstallerI bought myself a HP MicroServer recently, and have been trying out different Operating Systems on it – mainly Debian Linux variants. As I’m due to upgrade my Windows Server skills with a Windows Server 2012 training course soon, I thought I’d dip my toes in the water by downloading the Windows Server 2012 Evaluation and see how it installs on the MicroServer. It all went pretty well to be honest, and there were no driver issues, or anything worth noting. Being primarily a VMware vSphere administrator, I thought I’d start off by checking out Microsofts virtualization offering – Hyper-V. The first Hyper-V VM to go on this server would be a Windows 7 desktop. I somewhat naively expected this to be quite straight forward, what with the whole end-to-end OS-VM-OS arrangement being Microsoft products. However, once I’d run through the initial Windows 7 installation procedure, the VM rebooted and then failed to go any further. It remained stuck in a rebooting loop, my only option being to boot from the Windows 7 installation DVD again. After a bit of Googling around, I came across this forum thread which detailed my issue exactly. The response was to an identical issue that someone had experienced back in 2011 using Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008 R2. I’m going to paraphrase the recommended fix here for my own benefit, but the original response by Eric D Masden can be found here about two thirds down the thread.

  • Install Windows 7 from DVD/ISO into a new Hyper-V VM.
  • On the final reboot of the install when the black screen appears, press a key to boot from the Windows 7 DVD/ISO.
  • Boot the installer into Repair Mode (System Recovery/Command Prompt).
  • Type C: to go to the C (boot) drive of your Windows 7 VM.
  • Type the following command at the recovery console command prompt:
    bootsect.exe /nt60 all /force
  • Type EXIT and then reboot the machine.

WordPress Jetpack Plugin Connection Issues

I’ve been setting up a new blog lately and as I’m familiar with it, I chose WordPress (self-hosted) to power it. I purchased a VPS this time around which only gave me 128MB total RAM to play with, but I thought that should be more than enough to run a low-traffic WordPress blog. After getting everything set up, I started installing some useful plugins. Jetpack is a pretty useful plugin, which is more of a collection of plugins and extensions to WordPress that provides some really useful functionality. You have to ‘connect’ Jetpack to a account in order for it to be enabled. When I clicked on ‘connect to’, nothing happened for a while. Then this message appeared:

Jetpack could not contact register_http_request_failed. This
usually means something is incorrectly configured on your web host. Operation
timed out after 15000 milliseconds with 0 bytes received

I came across several blog posts suggesting that it could be due to wget or curl being missing, both of which I knew that I had already  installed. Then I came across another blog post (which I’m unfortunately unable to find at the moment) that suggested it could be related to my web server configuration – more specifically the way Fastcgi had been configured. Being relatively low on RAM, I’d configured Fastcgi within my web server configuration to have PHP_FCGI_CHILDREN set to ’1′. The website was performing perfectly well with this setting, but for some reason this was actually stopping Jetpack from being able to connect back to my site. I changed PHP_FCGI_CHILDREN to ’2′ and Jetpack was then able to successfully connect.