Change default VPN host in Cisco AnyConnect Mobility Client for OSX

I was constantly annoyed at changing the hostname in my Cisco VPN client. I found a few resources on how to change the default host to connect to on Windows but OSX proved harder. So hopefully, this will help somebody else. It’s actually pretty simple when you know where to look:

vi ~/.anyconnect # Then edit the XML entry for DefaultHostName

If you are a consultant who works with multiple companies and VPNs then you’ll probably find this useful one day too.

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2010 13″ MacBook Air cannot create bootable USB stick

After hours of banging my head against the wall trying to create bootable USB sticks on my laptop, I stumbled across this useful titbit of information:

Please notice: While all of the info and above commands are executed properly on a MacBook Air 3,2 (that is the 2010 version 13″ version of the Air) the end result will not produce a bootable USB device, at least not with the image for Ubuntu 10.10 64-bit. When booting of the USB device the following message or something similar will appear: “Missing operating system” and the process is auto-magically halted.

May be useful to somebody. They have a series of steps on the How to install Ubuntu on MacBook using USB Stick page to workaround this but it’s much easier to just find and use another Mac.