Mar 072014



Microsoft Office is a de-facto standard. The discontinued version for OS X has an appalling interface, is not very interoperable and lacks the Ribbon interface. The iWorks is not a good solution if most of the people you work with use .docx, and ppt and .xsl.

Office 2010 and 2013 are not well supported on wine (just now a preview with 2013 was shown on wine on linux). So Office 2007 is used.

My criteria: how well it works, how well it integrates, can it print directly, can it use the keyboard layout of the OS X.

All the softwares shown are wrappers of wine.

PlayOnMac (ver. 4.2.2) FREE

  • installation wasn’t easy
  • when installing office, it downloads .net, fonts and stuff automatically
  • printing on an HP printer (first install the printer on the mac, then it appears AFAIK only if default drivers in windows exist) – prints, but crashes the app.
  • couldn’t find a way to add new keyboard layouts
  • bad support
  • open with – no actual info, couldn’t make it work
  • MS Word works pretty good
  • Excel took a while to open a 5mb file
  • Overall: works but not sufficient for me

WineBottler (ver. 1.7.11) FREE

  • straight forward interface.
  • presets available
  • most of the built-in installers (IE6, Opera, Firefox…) don’t work. Some of them do.
  • Uninstaller on the Q&A page. Doesn’t work. You can delete stuff manually.
  • Installing MS Office fails for some reason (Please insert volume ‘OFFICE12′ (needed for package ‘office2007pro’)). I don’t have a solution:


  • Overall: I can’t make it work


Wineskin Winery (ver. 1.7) FREE

  • installation is not very straight-forward
  • fails to install – most of the offices tested fail to initialize, one started  but didn’t finish
  • no presets on microsoft office – probably that’s why it doesn’t work
  • Overall: can’t make it work at all

CrossOver (ver. 13.0.1) $50

  • installation with presets
  • Has a preset for Microsoft Office 2010 that works.
  • Supports the keyboard layout of the host.
  • Sees printers installed with the host (I don’t know if drivers are needed).
  • “Open with” works by default.
  • Overall: unfortunately the only one that works fine.
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Jan 092014

I recently had to fix a changed Administrator password on a Windows Vista (most probably by malware, it disabled all admin users and changed passwords).

One can only use the Ubuntu Desktop installer with chntpw, but it is large and it’s pointless to use it for this task. I found a very simple distro to use for the same task.

There is one tool I would not recommend: Ophcrack. It is supposed to “hack” (actually an unoptimized bruteforcer). I couldn’t find a way to just “change” the pass. It didn’t have chntpw bundled.

Here’s a link: (it is very small, AFAIR only 3-10mb).

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Jan 052014

There’s this php photo album – Gallery3. I needed it to share images but the outlook had to be different:

  • the title of the pics is HH:MM
  • Separator between pictures from different days.
  • Ordered by
  • Upload from a phone (only current option is via ftp and then load the pics to the album via a module).
  • Special simple comments section.

This is the patch – it’s ugly and inconsistent, but it works for me. My php is not that awesome :)

(in gallery3 with modules)# patch -p1 <

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Dec 062013

I have always had issues with mapping OSI to TCP/IP. This is a nice picture:

OSI TCP Model Comparison

Left is OSI, right is TCP/IP.


My difficulty was mapping the Session from OSI in a http connection. Or is the http protocol a presentation or application layer. According to the following picture, there is no session layer, or it is skipped:




Curious enough, there is nothing in the presentation layer.

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Oct 232013

Linkedin gives me a list of all the people that have done something very stupid.
They have given their email passwords to the “most weird social network”:

Screen Shot 2013-10-23 at 8.19.28 PM

Note: in my early days I may have done the same – I don’t remember, but if I did – I was also stupid to do so. I have checked several times if linked has some access to my email – via an app or via some other means – it doesn’t.

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