Monday, November 26, 2012

Breville Double Boiler Descaling Procedure, and other bits

From Phil McKnight on the CoffeeSnobs forums:

 When the machine is returned to one of our service centers, it will be drained by removing the tubes supplying water to the 2 boilers, inserting small hoses into the boilers & sucking out the water.
 Water inlet tubes will be replaced & the boilers filled with a de-scale solution via the water tank, left for the appropriate time, then the boilers drained the same way, re-filled & drained with fresh filtered water several times so there is no de-scale solution residue, then returned empty to the customer for use.
 Its not a complicated process, but clearly one we cant endorse being done by a customer while the machine is under its 2 year warranty. Im sure after the warranty period is over, many on this forum would be capable of performing the de-scale themselves.

Looks like it's not too hard. 

Some other bits:

Replacing the OPV with a brass one:

Adjusting the stock OPV:

Monday, March 19, 2012

Bootcamp drivers for windows 7 (without a mac)

I absolutely love the apple mini aluminium keyboards, they're the best thing ever!

But, they take a bit of effort to get working on windows 7.

Taken from

From the Snow Leapard disk, or from torrents (more reliably working for me!) You need the Bootcamp drivers, from the directory "BootCamp/drivers/apple copy the BootCamp64.msi to the desktop, along with BootCamp/drivers/apple/64/AppleKeyboard64Installer.exe

Also, download the 3.1, 3.2, and 3.3 update files from Apple (easily found)

Get an administrator privileged CMD window up, run BootCamp64.msi from it.

It'll give errors, just click Ok. Don't reboot.

Install the updates in order, then reboot.

Welcome to a fully working apple keyboard in windows that's not on a mac :)

Friday, March 2, 2012

Openindiana bits and pieces

Had Solaris Express Community Edition running previously, build 113 I think. But it decided my big zpool was degraded. I eventually worked out this was because disks were overheating. Replaced the fans, and booted back up, but it kept getting itself into a state, and panicking the kernel, causing it to reboot, and not come back cleanly!

So, I tried debian, it installed fine, but it decided that one disk didn't have a partition table it recognised. Even though it was configured exactly the same as the other 5 in the zpool, bit odd.

So next, I gave Openindiana a go, detected the pool straight off. Said I could update, so it's now running at zpool v28. So, no going back to SXCE I think.

It has a few tweaks I want to remember:

Static IP

This is an odd one, apparently you have to:

  • disable the NWAM auto config stuff.
    svcadm disable physical:nwam

  • add your IP to /etc/hosts

  • use ipadm to configure the interface
    ipadm create-addr -T static -a local= e1000g0/v4static

  • Add the gateway
    route -p add default

  • Add DNS servers to /etc/resolv.conf

  • cp /etc/nsswitch.dns /etc/nsswitch.conf


pkg install storage-server
svcadm disable svc:/network/smb/client:default
svcadm disable svc:/network/smb/server:default
svcadm enable svc:/network/samba:default
smbpasswd -a your_username

I had to change the UID of the username to match what ubuntu was expecting, easier than trying to muck about with samba permissions, just make the UNIX permissions match up on both ends, and it should all work!

Download the solaris version,
pkg-add -d ./VirtualBox-4.1.8-SunOS-r75467.pkg

Seems to install just fine!

Autostart Virtualbox Guest
Get the package from:
pkgadd -d COSvboxsvc-0.15.pkg
Edit the vbox-svc.xml, and add the correct VM name, username ,and group to run as.
svcadm import ./vbox-svc.xml

All in all fairly simple, when you know how. Quite different to what I'm used to with linux, and I'd forgotten all my SXCE stuff!