Archive for April, 2009

Terminal command for changing the mac address for the macbook 4,1 in os x 10.5.x (leopard)

April 9, 2009

I started to use this macbook about 2 months ago. The first day I tried to find the command for changing the mac address in os x.

At first the information that I found told me that it was just a simple terminal command. I was dismayed when I tried out the command, the command went through without error, but ifconfig still reported that I was broadcasting my original mac address.

I searched a bit deeper and found a different command specific to version 10.5.x of os X. The same results left me more frustrated. I was even more dismayed when I found forum posts of people concluding that it was very easy to change the mac address in previous versions of os X (tiger, etc), but a recent update to the os has made this feat impossible. I couldn’t believe how broken this was. I couldnt believe that a system that with a UNIX base could be so weak.

Fast forward a month ish and I got antsy listening to some computer security podcasts. I decided that surley there was some way to what I want. I did a lot of searching. To shorten an already long and rambling story I found out that the operating system behaves differently on different hardware for some reason. The soulution is to use the original command, but there is a specific way to accomplish this on the macbook4,1 running os X 10.5.6.

First disconnect from any wireless networks by clicking on the join other network in the airport drop down menue. Type in some random characters in the network name field. Click connect. Click cancel while it tries to connect to your imaginary network. Do not turn airport off.

Next go to your terminal. You can check your current mac address with this command

ifconfig en1 | grep ether

To change to a mac address, enter this command replacing the mac address with one of your choosing

sudo ifconfig en1 ether 00:bb:00:bb:00:bb

run the first command to confirm that it worked

Boom! You should be in business. This will revert to the original address when you reboot.


current favorite youtube video

April 9, 2009

I go through phases where a particular song or video will my general feelings on existence at that given time. My favorite video right now is this one …

Terence Mckenna was right about so many different things. A few years ago I noticed this unbelievable trend in the empowerment of individuals to define what they want to consume content wise. I am very excited to see how this will end up. This is especially true in the realm of social media and inbound marketing.

Flexing my photoshop skills

April 8, 2009

BRIAN – My Home Page

Original screen shot of Karen Rubin and Mike Volpe on Hubspot TV
Recently I watched all of the episodes of – a video podcast about social media and inbound marketing. While I was watching an episode, I randomly paused for some reason that I don’t recall, and I caught this little freeze frame.

I really liked the look on Karen’s face. I thought this would make a great screen shot to photoshop in a little bit of force lightning. Here is what I ended up with.

Karen Rubin shows Mike Volpe the power of Red Saber SEO on Hubspot TV

Tales of an Insomniac

April 6, 2009

There is something magical about the time between 12am and 6am. Ideally this is when I explore the complex and delightful world of dreams. In the morning I wake up disappointed longing to prolong the dream experience. I find it fascinating how I experience just enough similarities between the dream and the waking reality that I am almost always fooled by what seems to be an illusion of brain chemistry.

Every night I get to explore a new location. One night I was confined to a relatively small island, another night I got the pleasure experiencing the charm of the countryside. I find it fascinating how my mind works while I am dreaming. I always get caught up in the moment of the dream. When I wake up, for a brief moment the specific details of the dream are still very real to me. I can look back and understand how all of the various parts didn’t actually make sense. I am so in the moment that I ignore the gaping plot holes that seem to dominate that reality It is only after the experience is over that I can see the big picture of this reality.

I wouldn’t be surprised if this reality worked on many the same principles of the world. In my day to day to notice all of the peculiar things that should make me stop and contemplate the nature of this reality. There is an amazing and inexplicable quality about life. It just feels real. The only way I can describe the feeling of living is to compare it to the feeling of dreaming. Even though situation after situation refuses to make coherent sense I dismiss these details because of the overwhelming feeling that the space that I occupy exists.