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Bing Misses the mark – BING Failure #2

I have been doing a little Geneaology research lately and found that my Great Grandfather sold a family product named Laws’ Bluing – which was a laundry additive to whiten clothing.  Google gives me 10 results for the search of “Laws Bluing”.  As much as I hate it, I decided to give a try.   I think they missed the mark just a little …



Using mosmap on your Joomla Contact page

Want to integrate the mos_map plugin to appear on your Contact Us page? here’s how

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Mac OSX : Controlling your CD/DVD Drive from the command line

One of the things I love about my Mac is the access to the *nix command line.  Controlling your CD/DVD drive from the GUI is something that may work well on a “real” mac, but on my “hackintosh”, some times it doesn’t work as expected.

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Crunchbag linux … i think i like it!


Update 2017 – The post below was written a couple years ago.  CrunchBang has been discontinued but replaced by Bensen Lab’s Hydrogen.

Now based on Debian Jessie – this has been updated some what but still comes with much of the CrunchBang goodness 🙂

You can get Hydrogen here :

First impressions — hmmm … could be a keeper.  for the terminal program alone …  Crunchbag replaced gnome-terminal with Terminator.  Took me a while to get used to it, but I think its going to become my primary terminal program.crunchbag

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Web “scraping” the easy way

Quick Intro:  Say you go to the ABC website and want to get the contents of the alert at the top of the page, which is enclosed in a <div> with the class “alertContent”.

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OSX – right click, attach a file to a new email message

Maybe I am just a new age Mac guy – or because I am a convert, but I love my right mouse button.  I was using a PowerPC iMac for a while and kept wanting to throw it across the room, because it was using one of the old apple mice that only had a single click… ARG!

Anyway,  here is a trick to add a short cut to the OSX Right click menu. Ever spend several minutes searching for a file and then have to go through the hassle of starting a new email message to attach the file to …

check this out.

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Configure a cPanel system to do Subject: tagging with SpamAssassin and Exim

By efault, on a cpanel system, Spam Assassin doesn’t allow the subject line rewriting.  I find it a quick short cut to be able to glace at the subject line and tell if the email is junk or not … Here is how to enable it.  Requires root level access on the server.

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Wondering if a site is running Joomla?

So what, I am a Joomla Hacker 🙂

I have tried several different ways myself to hide the fact that sites are running Joomla – from hacking in a custom path to the template directory, to using mod_rewrite to simplfy URL references to the /plugins/… directory.

One quick and dirty trick I have found that seems to always bypass these hacks is by appending ?tp=1 onto a URL that I think may be a Joomla site … the parameter tp=1 is a trick that tells Joomla to display its module positions.

So, try it yourself – where else?


Fedora 11 updates – Mirrors broken

Yuk – Switched to Fedora 11 recently – ran into problems today installing updates … [Errno 14] HTTP Error 404: Not Found
Trying other mirror. [Errno 14] HTTP Error 404: Not Found
Trying other mirror. [Errno 14] HTTP Error 404: Not Found
Trying other mirror. [Errno 14] HTTP Error 404: Not Found
Trying other mirror. [Errno 14] HTTP Error 404: Not Found
Trying other mirror.

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OSX – Right click to play VIDEO_TS folders

Cool.  Have a bunch of DVD VIDEO_TS folders on your hard drive?  Use Automator to open them with DVD player

First, find a VIDEO_TS folder on your hard drive – right click, go to “More” -> “Automator” -> “Create Workflow”. 

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