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Restoring a Drive Image Made With Clonezilla

by on Jan.26, 2010, under Uncategorized

Earlier this month I described how to make an image of a drive in a new computer using Clonezilla.  Today, I reversed the process and restored that image onto a new drive.  This thing looks so dangerous, it might eat children. (continue reading…)

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Fix Rocketdock Stack Docklets in Windows 7

by on Jan.24, 2010, under Uncategorized

There’s a glitch in RocketDock that only shows itself in Windows 7 where stack docklets lose their settings when the computer is restarted.  The problem is related to Win7 security and is easily fixed.  Here’s how. (continue reading…)

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Demonstration of 50 Years of Crash Safety Improvement

by on Jan.22, 2010, under Uncategorized

Everyone always thinks old cars are tanks, and therefore safer than new, lighter cars.  This video of a crash involving a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air and a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu demonstrates how likely it is that such thinking is wrong.  In one car, you’re dead.  In the other, you walk away with a limp. (continue reading…)

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Thunderbird 3 with Lightning Calendar

by on Jan.20, 2010, under Uncategorized

I took the plunge and updated to Thunderbird 3  now that the Lightning Calendar (1.0b1) has been updated to work with it.  There are a few differences, both positive and negative, in the change. (continue reading…)

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Use a Custom Icon for Any iPhone Web Clip

by on Jan.14, 2010, under Uncategorized

In a previous post, I described how to make custom iPhone and iTouch icons for web pages you host yourself.  That procedure couldn’t be done for web pages you didn’t control, such as a Google Spreadsheet.  Here’s an option for creating custom icons for that sort of situation as well. (continue reading…)

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Make Lightboxed Images Scale To Screen

by on Jan.13, 2010, under Uncategorized

Lightboxed images on a website are those where when you click on a thumbnail image, they expand into a larger image, usually with a semi-transparent background so you can still see the page behind it.  The Lightbox 2 plugins work well and are popular, but don’t have the ability to scale or resize the image if it’s larger than the available screen size, which means that high res digital photos may require scrolling to get to their close or navigation buttons. (continue reading…)

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LastPass Adds Free Grid Protection

by on Jan.11, 2010, under Uncategorized

LastPass is a secure online password vault that keeps track of all your various passwords automatically.  A vulnerability of LastPass and other similar programs has been from keyloggers and screen capture programs that could capture its single master password to allow a hacker access to all the other passwords.  For some time, LastPass has offered paying users what they refer to as multi-factor authentication systems which overcome these potential breaches.  They are now providing non-paying users the benefit of multi-factor authorization with their Grid system. (continue reading…)

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WD Mybook World Edition Data Recovery

by on Jan.11, 2010, under Uncategorized

Awhile back, I bought two Western Digital Mybook World Edition 1TB network drives.  The first lasted just over a year before it died.  The second one went today, taking down my office backup.  There’s a redundant backup, so I wasn’t really hurt by the failure but at least this time I was able to use some linux knowledge to recover all the data on it. (continue reading…)

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Look Up Mad Scientist and You’ll See a Picture Of This Guy

by on Jan.10, 2010, under Uncategorized

Can you imagine this guy as your 8th grade science teacher?  Amazing!  When I watched this TED Talk by Clifford Stoll, I couldn’t help but think of the Tigger song.

A wonderful thing is a Tigger;
A Tigger’s a wonderful thing.
Their tops are made out of rubber,
their bottoms are made out of spring
They’re bouncy, bouncy, bouncy, bouncy,
fun, fun, fun, fun, fun,
The most wonderful thing
about Tiggers is:
I’m the only one.

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Daily Top 10 Posts Timezone Bug Fixed

by on Jan.08, 2010, under Uncategorized

The Daily Top 10 Posts plugin (v0.7) for WordPress has a bug in it where it ignores its timezone setting, thus it starts counting a new day at the wrong time.  Its a simple fix that requires editing one line. (continue reading…)

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