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August 7, 2011

Fixing the DBAN “unrecognized device” crash

by @ 3:56 pm. Filed under Linux, Software

The DBAN logo
Today, I was trying to wipe a hard drive on my gaming machine using DBAN 2.2.6 and kept seeing two "unrecognized devices" in the list of available drives. When trying to run the DBAN wipe, it would crash, complaining about /dev/sda and /dev/sdb.
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February 18, 2011

How I fixed Netflix playback on MCE

by @ 12:50 pm. Filed under Media Center (MCE), Windows

Netflix logo
On February 16, I sat down at my Windows 7 based Media Center HTPC to watch some Netflix streaming shows, and was instead greeted with an Internet Explorer window stating "Navigation was cancelled". Here's how I fixed it.
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June 6, 2010

Cheap, almost perfect iPad case

by @ 1:34 pm. Filed under Apple, Electronics, Travel

iPad and the case side by side

Showing the size of the iPad compared to the case


It seems that nearly anything with the word "iPad" on it commands a price premium, including carrying cases. Well, I found an alternative case that is nearly perfect for the iPad and it costs less than $15!
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May 29, 2010

How to fix a dying QNAP iTunes server

by @ 4:02 pm. Filed under Computers, Technology

A QNAP TS-219P NAS
If you've got a QNAP NAS and some file in your music library is causing the QNAP's iTunes server to die, here's how you can track-down the problem and fix it.
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May 13, 2010

Awesome spinning LED sphere project

by @ 10:11 am. Filed under Electronics

LEDs
Check-out this awesome LED persistence of vision project some guy made from leftover junk in his parts box. The video (inside the post) is worth a million words.
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January 2, 2010

Is the American public really this stupid???

by @ 1:30 pm. Filed under Commentary, Stupid Stuff

What? Are you stupid?

What? Are you stupid?


Is anyone surprised that "pecan pie" has pecans in it? Are people with allergies that brain-dead that they'd buy "pecan pie" thinking it's safe to eat simply because it doesn't list pecans on the ingredients list?
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January 1, 2010

Movin’ on up to the QNAP TS-219P NAS

by @ 7:04 pm. Filed under Apple, Computers, Linux, Technology

QNAP-TS-219P.jpg

I finally decided to bite the bullet and bought a real NAS for use at home. I decided on the QNAP TS-219P for a number of reasons I'll discuss in the post. Also, I have plenty of screenshots showing the QNAP UI and a couple simple benchmarks comparing the performance to a USB disk attached to an Airport Extreme.

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November 26, 2009

Stop Safari from opening PDFs inside the browser

by @ 12:08 pm. Filed under Apple

The Apple Safari logo

The Apple Safari logo


It's been a while since I posted, but today, I had to figure-out how to make the OS X version of Safari stop opening PDF files inside the browser since that's one of my pet peeves.
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July 17, 2009

Revisit the moon landing from 40 year ago

by @ 5:53 pm. Filed under Fun Stuff

Interactive website with full audio of the original lunar landing mission

Interactive website with full audio of the original lunar landing mission


This awesome site has the complete audio of the original moon landing along with lots of interactive goodies.
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June 29, 2009

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-06-29

by @ 8:00 am. Filed under micsaund.com
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