‘Fixing’ a Commodore 64

A while back I made a nostalgic impulse purchase on eBay and ended up with a Commodore 64 – a real breadbin style one, with no emulation in sight. This was my first ever computer and I have fond memories of playing countless games, waiting patiently for things to load from tape, and borrowing libraryContinue reading “‘Fixing’ a Commodore 64”

MacOS terminal cursor navigation with a mouse

File this under ‘I can’t believe I didn’t know this sooner’. Ever had to edit a long command in a terminal window? Certainly you can set things up so you can jump back and forward using the keyboard. But you can also option+click to move the cursor instantly – really handy for some commands. Also,Continue reading “MacOS terminal cursor navigation with a mouse”

Using pv to view the progress of dd

If you use dd for any kind of copying you’ll know how it’s not exactly forthcoming with information and it’s hard to tell if it’s doing anything. Some versions of dd have a status=progress parameter that will output progress information. Sadly this doesn’t exist on the native MacOS version. An alternative way of showing progress informationContinue reading “Using pv to view the progress of dd”