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Archive for the ‘Hardware’ Category

Two ScanSnap ix500 tips: cleaning the scanner and preparing the paper for scanning

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/05/25

For my own reference:


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People have been asking about the fact I use old Xeon boxes for my development…

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/05/19

An interesting discussion on Xeon based 2nd hand systems that are way cheaper than new ones:

[WayBack] People have been asking about the fact I use old Xeon boxes for my development platforms (and indeed more). I want to cover what I use, why I use them, … – Alan Cox – Google+

I still run a couple of HP XW6600 workstations with [WayBackE5420 processors (of the [WayBackHarpertown family) to host VMs on. Works splendid.


Source: [People have been asking about the fact I use old Xeon boxes for my developmen…1919

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ESXi 4.0.0.Update01-208167 Whitebox on HP xw6600: success!

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/05/19

Boy, I totally forgot to post this. It runs also ESXi 5.x; I’ve not tried more recent ESXi versions as they just run fine.

As a follow-up on [WayBackVMware Communities: ESX 3.5 Whitebox on HP xw6600 …, I have installed ESXi 4.0.0.Update01-208167 on a HP XW6600 workstation.

Good news: the generic ESXi 4 installation works, whereas the HP specific ESXi 4 fails (you get a nice purple screen of death).



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When a ScanSnap ix500 blinks an orange light/LED/button

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/03/20

Still not sure why (as the WiFi here didn’t change) but I had the LED of my ScanSnap ix500 scan button light up orange instead of blue.

Via How to Connect More than One Mobile Device to Your ScanSnap iX500 [WayBack], I found out it means this:

If the light is orange, go to the ScanSnap Wireless Setup Tool and check the mobile connection.


Evernote suggests to have it re-connect over WPS [WayBack] but in as WPS has big security issues this is not a good idea.

So I hooked it up over USB and re-registered it to the WiFi connection. You can do this from both a Windows PC and Mac:

configure your ScanSnap iX500 to a different router, follow the step-by-step instructions here [WayBack]

If I ever want to use it on Linux: it is possible to get it to work, see 12.10 – Does the ScanSnap IX500 work with Ubuntu? – Ask Ubuntu


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The woods and trees of OpenSuSE on single-board computers – image abbreviations – and getting it installed using OS X

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/02/27

Finding the right image

There are many single-board computers on the OpenSuSE hardware-compatibility list (HCL), including:

A lot of them have ready to go images, often for Tumbleweed, however none of the pages explain the below image differences hence the one-line for each:

Since I wanted a headless system, JeOS was what I needed.

As it wasn’t available for my ODroid C1+ but was for my Raspberry Pi 2 and as my main machine is a 15″ Retina MacBook Pro Late 2013 [WayBack] below are the steps I used to get the image working.

Installing the Raspberry Pi 2 image using OS X

The below Raspberry Pi2 link will redirect to the correct image in the generic download directory

For other Raspberry Pi versions, you can find them here:

I installed on a 8 gigabyte SD card that revealed itself as /dev/disk1 using this diskutil command (via osx – List all devices connected, lsblk for Mac OS X – Ask Different [WayBack])

diskutil list

So this wrote the image to SD card in a sudo su - prompt:

unxz --keep openSUSE-Tumbleweed-ARM-JeOS-raspberrypi2.armv7l-2016.08.20-Build2.1.raw.xz; \
diskutil umount "/dev/${targetDevice}s1"; \
dd bs=1m of="/dev/r${targetDevice}" if=openSUSE-Tumbleweed-ARM-JeOS-raspberrypi2.armv7l-2016.08.20-Build2.1.raw; \
sync; \
diskutil list; \
diskutil eject "/dev/${targetDevice}"

or if you want to select which image to “burn”:

unxz --keep ${imageName}.xz; \
diskutil umount "/dev/${targetDevice}s1"; \
dd bs=1m of="/dev/r${targetDevice}" if=${imageName}; \
sync; \
diskutil list; \
diskutil eject "/dev/${targetDevice}"

A few notes:

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Posted in *nix, Development, Hardware, Hardware Development, Linux, Odroid, openSuSE, Power User, Raspberry Pi, Single-Board Computers, SuSE Linux, Tumbleweed | 1 Comment »

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