Creating ISO Images from the OSX Command Line

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A super fast way to create ISO images (or any kind of bit for bit copies) from the OS X (or linux, or unix) command line is to use the DD command. This isn't without it's risks since the DD command will duplicate byte for byte all data from one location to another, but once you've found the necessary information you can easily replicate data. I needed to create a copy of my Windows XP installation CD to use for setting up new virtual machines. Since it's quicker to install VMs from an ISO image rather than from the installation media I wanted an ISO of my CD. The built in OS X disk utility can make this work... in theory. My copy of disk utility (on Snow Leopard) didn't…
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Build it or Buy it — The Technologist’s Dilemma

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The time has finally come for me to pick up a new system. This is usually a very happy moment in a geek's life; the time when you get to spec out a new system with some of the latest tech. Reading product reviews, selecting components... it's fun! One of the true marks of geekdom is the ability to build your own machines from the ground up. Everything from ordering the parts, to gingerly placing in the CPU and glopping on just the right amount of thermal-conductive paste right through to powering up the system for the first time then installing and pimping out the OS of your choice. I've been there, its a ton of fun when you finally get everything working just right. It's also a fair bit…
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