Tag: hacks

Auto-ignore unreadable disks on macOS

I have recently built myself a Hackintosh running MacOS X El Capitan, but along side the Mac disk, I have a number of other Windows disks. Unfortunately, some of these disks have some weird and wonderful partitioning that  only Windows can understand.

As a result, whenever I boot up into my MacOS X build, I constantly get prompted with a message stating The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer with options to Initialize, Ignore or Eject.

This guide explains how to use diskejectd to avoid this message from popping up every time you boot up the machine.

Mac OS X: Show Hidden Files

By default, as you'd expect from any good operating system, certain system files are hidden from the view of the user. This is often for security or simply to stop the user breaking their system by moving/editing/deleting files that they don't understand. In some cases, however, you may need to be able to view these files. In Mac OS X, we need to use the Terminal to edit some of the default properties of the Finder application to do this.

This guide will show you the steps to show these hidden files.

RDP Connection Setter v1.0

Following on from my Windows XP & 7 guide, Enable RDP using the registry editor, I have created this PowerShell script to automate the task. This script will check if the "Remote Registry" service is started. If it isn't, it'll start it. It will then dig through the registry to find the DWORD we need to change and it'll switch it on/off depending on your parameters.

The registry keys are in the same location, so this PS1 should work for Windows XP & 7 target machines. I assume this means it will work for Windows Vista as well, and probably 8, 8.1 and 10 as well, but these are all untested.

Usage: .\SetRDP.ps1 -PC computername [ -enable | -disable ]

View / Download Script

Editing the Hosts file

The hosts file is a vital file built into Windows. Its purpose is to convert IP addresses to host names, much like DNS would. This can be useful in pointing an individual PC to a specific server where DNS may point it elsewhere.

For example, normally example.com would point to, however you may want it to point to on only one PC. You could use a host file entry to point this one PC to

This guide will show you how you can easily edit the host file on your Windows machine

Replace iPod Classic HDD with SSD

iPod Classics are still sought after devices despite Apple having discontinued production. A common point of failure is the spinning HDD failing, but you need not throw the device away when it fails.

This guide shows you how to upgrade your iPod Classic’s HDD with a newer technology SSD.

Ubuntu Linux: Invert scrolling on Synaptics trackpad

With the modern age of smartphones and tablets, people are getting used to the more natural scrolling offered by these devices, but your average laptop trackpad still uses the standard, un-natural scrolling.

This guide describes how you can configure natural scrolling within Ubuntu Linux

Enable RDP using the registry editor

Sometimes you might find that you need to connect remotely to a PC, but it is not allowing remote desktop connections. If you do not have any other remote access software available, and the PC is in another location, this quick fix can come in quite handy.

This guide will show you how to enable RDP using the registry editor.