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Here Comes Another Bubble - The Richter Scales Print
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 19:00
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"Here Comes Another Bubble" video by the The Richter Scales


Google Chuck Norris Print
Saturday, 24 November 2007 10:20

Go to Google and enter google chuck norris in the search box and click I'm Feeling Lucky.

If you haven't already seen Chuck Norris Facts you should check it out too. My favorite is:

When the Boogeyman goes to sleep every night, he checks his closet for Chuck Norris.

How do I find the services associated with a specific svchost.exe process? Print
Saturday, 24 November 2007 09:53

Svchost.exe is a generic host process name for services that run from dynamic-link libraries (DLLs) on NT based operating systems such as Windows XP and Windows Vista. Each svchost.exe process session started contains a group of services. Until passed versions of the Windows operating systems, Windows Vista includes a way to identify the specific services associated with each svchost.exe process.

To identify the services associated with a specific svchost.exe process, simply right click the svchost.exe process and select go to services.

task manager processes screenshot

This will take you to the Services tab, but it will highlight the associated services for you.

task manager services screenshot


Alternatively you can use SysInternals Process Explorer which works with Vista and older versions of Windows.

sysinterneals process explorer screenshot

Install and Customize Miranda IM Print
Wednesday, 21 November 2007 14:24

Miranda IM is a wonderful instant message client. I’ve used every major instant message client available, and nothing holds a candle to Miranda. It is a multi-protocol client, which means you can chat with friends on AIM, Jabber, ICQ, IRC, MSN, Yahoo, Gabu-Gabu, Google, and others all at the same time. Miranda hasn't gotten the attention it deserves in the past. It is so customizable it can be a daunting task to setup.

I thought I would document the setup and customization of Miranda on my computer. This isn’t intended to be a full guide, but just the specific plug-ins and themes I’m currently using. A basic knowledge of the Windows file system is required. You will need to know how to extract files from a ZIP archive to specific directories in order to install and customize Miranda. This usually involves extracting a dll file from a zip file and placing it in the Miranda Plugin folder. This guide is for Windows NT based PCs (Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista) and was written for Miranda IM v0.7.3.

Cracked Netflix Blu-Ray Disc Problem Print
Monday, 24 September 2007 13:13

Cracked NetFlix Blu-Ray DiscI recently started renting high definition movies on Blu-Ray and HD-DVD discs from Netflix. So far I’ve received 7 Blu-Ray discs from which 5 have been defective. All five of them have the exact same small crack at the edge of the disc. The crack is usually a little more than a quarter of an inch long, somewhere along the edge of the disc. Before noticing the crack, I thought I was merely having trouble playing the new discs. New technology, new headaches; I’m used to that. A friend mentioned to look closely around the edge of the disc for a small crack. The crack was so faint and small I hadn’t noticed it. Problem solved I thought. A couple clicks on Netflix’s well designed site and I would have my replacement disc in a mere day. No dice. The next disc was cracked as well.

Team Fortress 2 Print
Wednesday, 15 August 2007 08:33

Team Fortress 2 (TF2) is the sequel to the game that put class-based, multiplayer team warfare on the map. The original Team Fortress was a was developed as a free add-on (mod) for Quake and it is sometimes referred to as Quake Team Fortress or QTF. The concept was sparked from Quake modification to create a sniper rifle. The sniper class was born and the game was born there. It was released on August 24, 1996 as a completely free add-on. When the game was first released the install process wasn’t for the technically faint of heart. Its fast pace first-person-shooter (FPS) action coupled with the strategy elements of its maps instantly raised the bar for multiplayer games. The characters classes Team Fortress brought with it, added that missing something to the multiplayer arena. In my opinion no game to date has been able to replicated its game play. FPS games have offered various weapons, but the weapon was always the only thing that set you apart from everyone else in the game. With TF, choosing from one of the nine characters didn’t just provide you with a different arsenal it also would dictate your tactics and the role you took in the game.

Tranfz - Powerful Systemwide Search Print
Monday, 06 August 2007 18:31

Transfz ScreenshotTransfz (pronounced transfuse) enables you to launch online searches from any document or application, by simply selecting the text and pressing a keyboard hotkey. In addition to standard web searches (Google, Yahoo etc.) you can also perform online dictionary lookups, Wikipedia searches or any other online query by creating custom entries for any site that offers a search feature. Transfz is also a clipboard manager and can keep track of the X last items copied to the clipboard. It can even process selected text, convert upper/lower case, count characters, insert dates and search/replace words in a selection. The processed text is automatically copied to the clipboard.

I just installed this and I’m already wondering how I got along without it. I’ve used similar applications in the past, but for one reason or another they have all been forgotten. This is however is a keeper.


Escape from Island Print
Thursday, 02 August 2007 20:50

Escape From Island Escape from Island is pretty cool flash puzzle adventure style game. Sort of reminded me of Escape from Monkey Island, an older DOS game. You move around the island picking up items that you can use to help you solve puzzles. For instance you might find a string, a stick, and a hook to make a fishing pole. You could then use the fishing pole to catch a fish, which could feed a bear. I hope you’re getting the idea.

Laser Printer Particle Emissions Print
Thursday, 02 August 2007 08:27

Laser Printer Paper PathA study that will appear in Environmental Science & Technology has spurred news headlines of the dangers of particle emissions from office laser printers. Congroug He, Lidia Morawska, and Len Taplin set out to explore the relationship between office and outdoor air in terms of fine-scale particulates, the sort that tends to penetrate deep into the lungs. Must to their dismay, there wasn’t any relationship. They did discover that particulates in the office were lower during off hours but rapidly increased 500% while the office was occupied. After eliminating the microwave and photocopier they ultimately fingered the office laser printer as the culprit. The discovery led them to test the 62 laser printers available to them and rank them into four category based on particle emissions. I noticed the age of the toner had an influence on both amounts of particulates produced and their average size. Page coverage played an important role as well, as the jump between a print that covered five percent of a page to one that covered fifty percent roughly doubled emissions. In laymen’s terms, it’s much worse if you print graphics.

Gravity Pods Screenshots Print
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 19:10

I posted a link to Gravity Pods the other day, a additive vector-based physics shooter / puzzle  game. I could have really used a hint on a couple of the levels, but couldn't find much on the Internet. I snagged some screen shots of each level after I finished in case someone else gets stuck and needs a little help. There are multiple ways to complete many of the levels. I?m quite sure some of mine weren?t optimal, but if you are stuck it might help you out. 

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