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If your RSS reader suddenly got bombarded with posts from 2006 about Ubuntu, you might have assumed that we had invented a machine that could teleport you backwards in time… but that was not the case. Turns out the latest community build of MySQL (the database server we use) is not compatible with older versions of WordPress (the software used for the site).

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When you are troubleshooting network problems, one of the first things to do is disable the built-in Windows Firewall… but there are just way too many steps required to the firewall on and off. Can’t we make a simple shortcut icon instead?

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I am a huge fan of the classic arcade games.  Of course the Pac-man series are arguably the most famous ever.  I remember many… many hours and quarters spent (from my allowance) at my local arcade trying to get to the red dots.  We would meet up for tournaments once a week.  Back then we didn’t have “LAN Party’s”  we had pockets full of quarters and pitchers of Mountain Dew to last us until the owners kicked us out.  So while at work today, go ahead and spend a few minutes down memory lane and play what I think is the best Mrs. Pac-man emulation on the web.  From 1980-games.com but make sure not to start kicking your computer when Blinky gets you!

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If you don’t already have a quick launch icon or a hotkey set to open a command prompt, there’s really quick trick that you can do on any Windows 7 or Vista computer to open up a command prompt without having to navigate the menu.

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If you have ever needed to get an HTML color code from an application that only has the Windows color picker, you might have wondered how to convert that over to an HTML color code. Sure, you can use a color picker application, but there’s also a simple way to do it without any additional software.

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The latest addition to my guitar arsenal is the Boss RV-5 Digital Reverb Pedal.  This is probably the sweetest reverb pedal I have heard in a long time.  My current head is the original block letter Peavey 5150.  This amp is notorious for a less than stellar clean channel.  It takes a lot of tweaking to get the clean channel to sound useable … which I have done … then adding the Boss RV-5 is just icing on the cake!  The reverb setting that come from the RV-5 are extremely spacious sounding.  I cannot say enough!  This is high quality reverb that should impress even the most “finicky” audiophile guitarists.

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If you are using Microsoft Outlook as your email client, you’ve likely already used the instant search box… but using it can be even more “instant” if you learn how to use a couple of shortcut keys, instead of having to resort to the mouse every time.

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If you’ve used Linux for any amount of time, you’re already familiar with the Ctrl+Alt+Backspace shortcut key combination that restarts X Windows immediately… but have you ever wondered if there is a way to disable that behavior?

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If you accidentally checked the wrong box while installing Skype, you now are the proud recipient of an extension in Firefox that you can’t uninstall. Sure, you can disable it… but what about uninstalling it?

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Do you get annoyed by the downloads dialog box (shown below) that pops up every time you download a file when browsing in Firefox? 

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