Mac OS X Filenames with Apostrophe’s and Ruby 1.9 Unicode Support

Ruby 1.9’s m17n (multilingualization) engine has eased some of the pains of supporting different encodings. Unfortunately, it makes things a little more difficult in the simplest of cases. I was introduced to this problem for the first time with the error message invalid multibyte char (US-ASCII). This is a mini crash course for understanding the new behavior of Ruby strings and different encodings when used on an HFS+ file system. Continue reading →

Solution to Microsoft Flight Simulator X “side-by-side” Error

This is a mini-guide for those struggling with trying to get Microsoft Flight Simulator X (FSX) Deluxe, and the Acceleration Expansion pack working on Windows 7 x64. The two big issues which I will cover are the “side-by-side” configuration error message, and frequent crashing while in the game. Continue reading →

Fixing MBR Tables on iMac or MBP Triple Boot Setups

I spent several hours today struggling to fix my iMac triple boot setup with Mac OS X Lion, Windows 7 x64, and Ubuntu 11.10. rEFIt does not handle the new Apple Boot partition included in the latest release of Apple’s operating system. This article provides an example of how to fix your MBR table manually without using the rEFIt partition sync tool. Continue reading →

Apple Bluetooth Keyboard Won’t Link with iMac After Installing rEFIt

Do you have an Apple Bluetooth keyboard that refuses to link with your iMac after installing rEFIt? Here’s my short story for those with similar problems looking for a solution.

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