Here’s a surprisingly insightful blog post from Matt Aimonetti. Yes, the guy with the “Perform like a pr0n star” CouchDB presentation.

I really hated this guy when the heated debate about his talk was running (when was this…some time last year?). He responded to the comments he got with such arrogance and lack of respect for other people’s emotions that a lot of us were appalled. I really felt (and still feel, actually) that he did damage to the reputation of the entire Ruby community. The fact that DDH stood behind him obviously just made everything worse.

Now all this seems to be forgotten, and that’s certainly a good thing. I had personally forgotten all about the issue until I came across this blog post. And it completely changed my feelings about him. It’s really great to see that a lot of people do change when they get a chance to sit back and reflect  on the stupid things they’ve done. Everybody should get a second chance if they want it, even a guy like Zed Shaw if he comes to realize some day that he’s being an asshole.

Well done, Matt. Looking forward to following your work in the future.

I’m writing this up in case I forget yet again…

To create a bootable USB drive on OSX, no external tools are needed – it can be done with the “diskutil” tool that comes with OSX.

Procedure:

  • Download the desired .img or ISO file
  • Open a Terminal
  • Run diskutil list to get the current list of devices
  • Insert your flash media
  • Run diskutil list again and determine the device node assigned to your flash media (e.g. /dev/disk2)
  • Run diskutil unmountDisk /dev/diskN
  • Execute sudo dd if=/path/to/downloaded.img of=/dev/diskN bs=1m
  • Run diskutil eject /dev/diskN and remove your flash media when the command completes

Note: I never got the flash drive to boot when creating it from an ISO. But it may have been because my netbook can’t boot from USB… However, I remember successfully using this method in the past for creating bootable flash drives from IMG files.

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