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Stuff I can't put on the front page :op

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Two Reasons

Two reasons for making this blog entry. 1. To see if anyone notices 2. Just so folks don't think this is Dannik's place rather than everyones place!

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Moving iPad Backup from boot drive

in Windows 7 type in the start menu cmd.exe right click on cmd.exe and run as administrator cd "%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync" move Backup folder to x:\Backup (the whole folder) then type mklink /d Backup <drive:new backup location>\Backup

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iPhone 5!

So I got the new iPhone 5, yep I was sad enough to queue up for it on release morning, The whole thing was very painless! Queue Buy phone Go home Apply Screen protector install protective case Phone myself from landline to check number has transferred across! Now all the software stuff. Settings - usage - battery as a percentage - ON Add Twitter and login! Add Facebook and login! Connect to gmail account! Check Calendar has picked up all my data. This is going waay to smo

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Evernote

I've been using Evernote for a long long time, but it has always bothered me that I couldn't use it for ALL my notes, because some data you just don't want out there in the cloud i.e passwords and bank details. So what I did was have one Note called "Secure" and marked it as "Do Not Sync.", so that data stayed on my HD and off the cloud. That still left it insecure on my own PC though. So I let this bother me for about a year, maybe more, and today, finally, I googled it. It was quite an

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Checking DVDs

Here's a handy tool for checking your burned DVDs for errors. http://www.mediafire.com/file/cozzwmowze2/CDSpeed.zip This is the free version before it went paid!

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Yottube Stutters Stopped

Earlier tonight I was watching youtube clicks and getting annoyed but that persistent pause that catches your eye every so often. Then by pure chance I stumbled upon the fix in another website, result!

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Panorma Stichers

Trying to find a panorama stitcher I used back in March 2008! ADG Pano ramaProfessional http://www.albatrossdesign.com

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System Restore doesn't work.

For sometime now my system restore is out of action. I get a message about being unable to restore. I very very rarely use this function (like maybe once every two years or something), but it annoys me to think something is not working correctly. CNET have a really good solution filled discussion about the issue here, worth bookmarking.

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Youtube Tricks

Youtube is starting to get its act together with stuff like Hi-Res videos etc, but it's not always easy to know how to take full advantage of some features, here's a handy list of the ones I use. To link to a video with an HD option you need to add &hd=1 to the end of the url. For region limited videos remove the watch? text from the url, like this.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=<somecode> to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=<somecode> To download a video just go to

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Checking DVDs

Handy (free) tool for checking the surface of a DVd for errors after burning. Nero Disk Speed

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Beyonce - If I Were A Boy

Beyonce performed If I Were a Boy on the X Factor final last night, an absolutely stunning performance, never seen anything like that before, just plain remarkable. Browsing around it looks like I'm late to this party (again lol), nevertheless, this is a timeless performance. I'd heard that song on the radio before, but didn't even now who sung it until recently. But after seeing that performance I've been browsing around to find other live performances, found some good ones below with HQ vie

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Flash Photo Galleries - Pay

DYNAMIC FLASH PHOTO GALLERY Live Example. DFFG is a pay product (quite expensive), but there is a free example download from Template Monster. Template monster have some pay-to-use photography websites that use the same technology as this free download, and it's very impressive. For example, there's a php Admin centre where you can control the various options for your photo galleries. The free version is for trial only and not suitable for a live gallery, as any changes you make in the admin

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Flash Photo Galleries - Free

There are heaps of flash photogalleries to choose from these days, so I' decided to try a few out and see which is the best. To do this I used the same 9 photos in each example, to see which was easiest to set up, and which gave the best end effect! TILT VIEWER Live Example. TiltViewer has a free and a pay version. The only difference is that the pay version has extra customisations for colours etc, the free version is perfectly suitable for most applications. TiltViewer has a cou

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Missing Hal.dll

So I had the joy of trying to repair a freinds PC with the dreaded missing hal.dll error preventing a boot. There's a tonne of google reading on that error, so for future reference, here's where I am at on this particular computer. Microsoft Support hall.dll Page In summary : 1. Configure the computer to start from the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive. 2. Insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, and then restart your computer. 3. When you receive the "Press any key to

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Online Image Editing

It's remarkable what developers can achieve in a browser these days - how about full image editing!

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Photo Panoramas

Microsoft have released a photo photo stitching app, haven't tried it yet though. MS Panorama Tool.

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Skinning Grid Cars

Here's how to skin your own BMW in GRID. Tools Required DxtBmp PSSG Pack of both files HERE. Extract dds files 1. Backup and keep safe the folder grid\cars\bmw 2. Start PSSG 3. Browse to \Codemasters\GRID\cars\bmw\livery_00\textures_high\bmw_tex_high_00.pssg and click extract. 4. Browse to \Codemasters\GRID\cars\bmw\livery_user\textures_high\bmw_tex_high_user.pssg This creates two new folders called bmw_tex_high_user_pssgfiles with all the dds files we need inside. Impor

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Dvd Ripping

Here's an awesome addon for backing up your DVDs (assuming it's legal where you are ) Lifehacker have an article and link explaining it all, basically it's a set of macros someone came up with that when applied to DVD Shrink automatically make all the selections so that backing up your DVDs really is a one click process (after the first time, which needs settings defined). Very cool.

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Youtube Sucks

Youtube has revolutionized streaming media on the web and made sharing video something that the general public at large could never have done on such a large scale before. Why then does it suck so bad? It's usability is simply appalling. Here's my top 5 reasons why Youtube sucks and they should get their act together. 1. There's no flash player control other than play and pause! When it comes to flash players Youtube is trailing way behind any other streaming media site you care to mention

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Spam, the war begins.

I'm so mad about the amount of hastle spam is causing me that I am declaring war. If I am going to end up losing my primary website address because of low life spammers, damn straight I'm going to get some revenge. It starts by reading up on spam, how they do it, and understanding how e-mail works. This will be phase 1. And it starts now.

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Backing up Outlook Express Rules

Other Mail Rules 1. Click Start, and then click Run. 2. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK. 3. Locate and click the following registry subkeys (save each key to a different file): HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities\{Identity Number}\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express\5.0\Rules\Mail 4. On the Registry menu, click Export Registry File. 5. In the Save In box, change the location to your desktop. 6. In the File Name box, type mail rules.reg (for the mail ru

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Accessing Region Locked Websites

I stumbled upon a really great, legal, website for watching TV shows today - hulu.com. The problem is, just as I settled down to watch the very first epsiode of The Rockford Files, it gave me a message saying that it was only available in the USA. Turns out the entire website is only streaming to US residents. Well, that just won't do. A quick google, first result and viola - http://www.hotspotshield.com. Download, install, run, job done. It gives you a different IP number that hulu wil

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Adding a mp3 ringtone to a Palm Device.

Adding a mp3 ringtone to a Palm Device, an aid memoir. * Use file encoding tool Super to re-encode the mp3 in mono at a constant bitrate. * Start RealPlayer on PC * Connect Palm to PC * Start Realplayer on Palm * On Realplayer on PC, click on Media Library Tab * Click on PalmOne Device. * Drag mp3 from file manager to RealPlayer and click Transfer * On Palm, open Minitunes and select the mp3 * Click ADD * In Contacts, edit contact to use new Ri

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2nd Dan.

I've been doing a fair bit of training for the last few weeks. I always train a minimum of 4 nights a week anyway, but for the last six weeks it's been more like every night. That's because today was my 2nd Dan grading, and I've been preparing for it like mad. It's been 12 years since I passed my 1st dan, and I've never stopped training since, so the thought of going for a grading after all that time was a tad stressful to say the least. Chief Instructors from Europe were over for a 3 day cou

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Bye Bye X360, Hello Wii!

So I eventually got around to getting rid of my disapointing X360. Nobody wanted to buy it, so I traded it in for a new Wii - and after a day playing the Wii I wish I had done it a long time ago. The games I got were 2 family type games where the kids could playing bowling and boxing etc, and two for me I just went for two of the highest rated games, RE4 and the latest Zelda game. I have never played Zelda in my life, so I was keen to see what all the fuss was about, because I understa

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