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Batch File %ProgramFiles(x86)% Parenthesis Anomaly Print
Tuesday, 07 April 2009 15:29

I ran into an anomaly with the DOS environment variable %ProgramFiles(x86)% when used with an IF statement. I was trying to determine if OS was 64-bit or 32-bit from batch file.


if "%ProgramFiles(x86)%XXX"=="XXX" (
echo 32-bit
set ProgRoot=%ProgramFiles%
) else (
set ProgRoot=%ProgramFiles(x86)%
echo 64-bit
echo %ProgRoot%

This will incorrectly output (notice the closing parenthesis is missing):
C:\Program Files (x86

Wingsuit Base Jumping Print
Saturday, 28 March 2009 13:21
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A-w-e-s-o-m-e. I soo want to do this now.

Offical Offline Google Chrome Installer Print
Sunday, 22 March 2009 09:30

To get the lastest complete offline stand alone installer for Google Chrome use the following link:


VMware vs. VirtualBox Part 2 Print
Wednesday, 18 March 2009 17:25

I thought I would revisit the virtual machine front to see if VirtualBox had progressed any since my last look (VMware vs. VirtualBox Jan '08).  My test system was an ASUS P6T Deluxe V2, Intel i7 940, 12GB DDR3, Raptor 300GB drives, and Vista x64 SP1.  VMware version 6.5.1 build-126130 and VirtualBox 2.1.4 were both installed on my C: drive and their respective images and virtual files located on D:.

PureText Print
Wednesday, 18 March 2009 15:21


I often need to paste text in an unformatted state. Say pasting something from word to html or a piece of code that I get from the web. Usually this involves me pasting my text into a plain text editor and then recopying the same text from there. Some programs have a feature that allows you to paste unformatted, but it is usually so buried in menus it is just faster for me to use the editor method I just mention. Well not anymore.

Now PureText 2.0 has a permanent home in my system tray. By default PureText associates itself with Windows-V to paste the unformatted version of whatever is in your clipboard. I'm sure this will be a time saver for me.

UPS Label Printer Prints Duplicates Print
Wednesday, 18 March 2009 15:02

I reinstalled Vista on the computer I print UPS shipping labels from today. After installing the newest Zebra drivers and UPS plug-in I was getting two copies of each label when shipping a package from the UPS website with Firefox. Internet Explorer 7 did not exhibit the problem. Experimenting with previous versions of the Zebra drivers and UPS plug-ins, I discovered the problem was the newer 8.10 UPS plug-in. So to the 2 other people in the world that use a UPS label printer with a 64-bit OS and Firefox the solution I come up with is to use the older 7.96 version of the UPS plug-in.



Wearable Tech Print
Wednesday, 11 March 2009 17:22
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This is really cool. Watch the whole clip when you have time.

ObjectDock Weather Not Updating Print
Tuesday, 03 March 2009 18:07


Problem: ObjectDock version 1.90 Plus Build 535u weather docklet stops updating weather. After trying to update you receive the message "Feed not available... try again later."

Solution: Replace the file "stardockweather.ocx" with the updated provided in the link

The orignal file is located at:

(x86) "C:\Program Files\Stardock\ObjectDock\StardockWeather.ocx"

(x64) "C:\Program Files (x86)\Stardock\ObjectDock\StardockWeather.ocx"

Updated file available here:

The Crisis of Credit Visualized Print
Monday, 02 March 2009 11:55
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Devolve Me Print
Tuesday, 17 February 2009 15:11


Happy 200th birthday, Charles Darwin! Although his theory of evolution has been around for 150 years now, there are still quite a few people who don't believe it--63 percent, to be exact. According to an August 2006 survey by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life and the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, 63 percent of Americans say they believe humans and other animals have either always existed in their present form or have evolved over time under the guidance of a supreme being. Either way, let's have a little fun with evolution.

The Open University Web site has a cool Web app that lets you alter a photo of yourself to see what you would look like had you been born at an earlier stage of man's development. Devolve Me lets you try out our different evolutionary stages, from 3.7 million years ago to 500,000 years ago: Simply upload a photo of yourself and move the slider to see what you'd look during the transition. You can then send your monkey-you to friends and family.

It's pretty interesting to see what your very distant ancestors might have looked like.

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