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So I’ve been playing around with Microsoft Parental Controls on our family computer and I was pleasantly surprised with how easy it is to setup and what a good job it does. I honestly can’t believe it’s a Microsoft product. The settings can apply across multiple machines, and you can see the reports and adjust […]

How to save money and get free shipping

Anymore, there’s nothing you can’t find online.  Hard to find items (like a card “shoe”) can be hard to find locally, but are easy to find online.  Prices for items bought online can be a steal as well – at least until you fork out for shipping and handling.  Sometimes you can get a code […]

Printing a big image on multiple pieces of paper

Printing a pig picture shouldn’t be hard at all – especially with semi-pro tools like PhotoShop, right? Wrong!  It’s a pain in the behind, and seems to take forever or just doesn’t work.  The easy solution to the problem is blockposters.com You just upload an image from your computer and choose how many sheets (by […]

DIY Virus removal

It seems that getting viruses is an inevitable part of computer ownership anymore.  I’ve spent many a night cleaning viruses of of our family’s computers, and have often been thankful that I have had the skills to do it myself, rather than having to pay someone $100/hr.  In the spirit of sharing, here are four quick […]

Automatic WordPress Backup

Automatic WordPress Backup is a great utility plug-in for WordPress that can provide safe, secure off-site backup of your WordPress blogs for pennies a day.  I installed it on all four of my company’s websites yesterday (two production & two development sites) with no problem at all. The hardest part of the whole process was […]

Got Memory?

At my new company, all of the computers are custom builds, and they all seem to have a different motherboard in them.  Looking up the memory specs for the different boards can get to be a real pain.  Knowing how much RAM each slot will take, and weather it’s a DDR, DDR2, or DDR3 chip […]

Geting started with WordPress

So, you want to get started making websites or run your own blog? Or you’re just interested in learning more about WordPress. As with most things, the best way to learn is to roll up your sleeves and get to work. Fortunately, there are several free hosting options that will allow you to get started […]

CPAP Hacking

So I have this CPAP I wear at night to keep me breathing.  It’s a pain in the butt, but I like to breathe, so I wear it.  I got a new one a ways back that has been driving me crazy – the pressure is “locked” so I can’t take my tiny screwdriver and […]

“Cannot find or parse web template file” errors using stsadm.exe

I was trying to install the Job Requisition template into SharePoint, but kept getting an error message everytime I tried: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\BIN>STSADM.EXE -o addtemplate -filename c:\Templates\JobRequisition.wsp -title JobRequisition -description JobRequisition Cannot find or parse web template file c:\Templates\JobRequisition.wsp. I downloaded different copies of the template from all over the web, but […]

Remote Desktop Reboot

Often when working on a server or workstation via Remote Desktop you’ll need to restart it.  The problem is that the “Reboot” option is glaringly missing from your remote session: Fortunately there is a “trick” that will let you restart a machine.  Press “CTRL-ALT-END” to bring up the “Windows Security” window (just like CRTL-ALT-DEL would […]