Accessing the OBDLink SX USB Scantool on MacOS X

The OBDLink SX is an inexpensive USB OBDII scantool marketed by ScanTool.net. It’s sold as a Windows-only scantool and comes packaged with some very simple OBDII software. Not much exists on MacOS X for CAN monitoring, but I was still curious if I could access my car through my Mac.

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Crazy-simple Pot Roast

Lynne did a show recently where she mentioned off-hand that if you use your dutch oven on a cooktop instead of your oven you’ll get similar results and save a lot of energy. We’ve always done roasts in the oven and we had a roast in the fridge so I

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Matsutake Bisque

Fall is matsutake season in the Pacific Northwest. We went mushroom hunting last weekend and came back with a few pounds–they’re easy to find if you know where to look. 1 lb fresh matsutake mushrooms, sliced thin 1 medium yellow onion 4 cups beef stock 4 tbsp butter 3 tbsp

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Quick “Tonkotsu” Ramen

Inspired by this article at The Food Lab on making tonkotsu ramen at home, but not inspired by the crazy prep time (12+ hours), I thought I would attempt speeding the process up with a pressure cooker, substituting a little chicken broth and skipping the chashu pork. It turned out

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Restoring a MacBook Pro with an encrypted hard drive

Hard drive encrypted using FileVault? Lost your password?  You can’t get your data back, but you can make the MacBook usable again: Start the MacBook in Target Disk Mode by holding down ‘t’ Connect the MacBook to another computer using a Thunderbolt Cable. You will be prompted for the drive’s

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On the Art of Debugging Software

Excerpt from Mager, Troubleshooting the Troubleshooting Course, 1982: A 1979 study by Cutler (Problem Solving in Clinical Medicine) made an observation about the importance of probability information by offering three maxims for diagnosticians: Common diseases occur commonly. Uncommon manifestations of common diseases are more common that common manifestations of uncommon

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You should cook using cast iron

It’s been about 5 years since my wife and I switched full-time to cast iron cookware. We’ve thrown out all of our Teflon and all that remains that’s not cast iron are a few stainless pots and sauté pans. If you haven’t made the switch yet, you should make the

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Embedding images in HTML email for Outlook

#!/bin/sh echo “Content-Type: multipart/related; boundary=\”boundary-example\”; type=\”text/html\”” echo echo “–boundary-example” echo “Content-Type: text/html” echo echo “<h1>Email</h1>” echo “<img src=\”cid:image.png\” alt=\”image\”>” echo echo “–boundary-example” echo “Content-Location: CID:something” echo “Content-ID: <image.png>” echo “Content-Type: image/png” echo “Content-Transfer-Encoding: BASE64” echo base64 /tmp/image.png echo “–boundary-example–” ./email.sh | sendmail some@emailaddress.com

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