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5 Minute Vim Tutorial

This tutorial won't turn you into a Vim wizard, but at least you will be able to open, navigate, edit, and save files using Vim.

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Fixing Slow Boot in Windows 7

This solution is probably valid for only a handful of people. After the latest Windows 7 updates were applied, I found my computer took over 10 minutes to boot into Windows. It would hang at the “Starting Windows” screen for ages (between 12 and 15 minutes). After (far too much) troubleshooting, the problem turned out […]

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Security Weakness in FaceBook Login

Yes, this is posted on April 1st and, no, it is not a April Fool’s joke – except, I hope, on FaceBook’s part, otherwise it represents a serious security weakness in their login protocol. As I logged into FaceBook today, I noticed (too late) that I had caps lock on and expected to be redirected […]

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Brother HL-3140CW Laser Printer – a Review

This review is written after about one month of using the Brother HL-3140CW laser printer. This is the third laser printer (second colour one) I’ve owned in the past 15 or 16 years (along with a number of inkjet printers and dot matrix printers before that). Summary The Brother HL-3140CW is a very fast printer […]

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Replacing the Toner Cartridge in a Brother HL-3140CW Printer

Replacing the toner cartridge in the Brother HL-3140CW laser printer is not difficult, but it is not immediately obvious because the toner and drum assembly are joined together. 1) Open the laser printer by lifting the the top part. There are no catches to unlock, so it is easy enough to open: 2) Remove the […]

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WordPress – Preliminary Impressions of Photon in JetPack

JetPack for WordPress now includes a feature called Photon: Photon works by using wordpress.com to cache and serve up images from your site. Since I am always looking for ways to reduce my bandwidth (and speed up performance), I enabled it. I have observed a reduction in the bandwidth: The 20th, 21st, and 22nd averaged […]

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Understanding the differences between various Linux distro’s

There are many different operating systems (OS) out there. The most commonly known being Microsoft Windows and Mac OS, and then there is that OS called Linux that people keep talking about. It is not always clear what Linux is except that it is an operating system (sometimes claimed to be better than any other […]

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Review of the Lazer 7″ (MID7109) Tablet

Alcampo (the Spanish arm of the French Auchan chain) had Lazer 7″ tablets on sale for €79 (they also had a 10″ version for €149). Given that the price was unbelievable, I bought one. Reasons for Buying There were two reasons I bought it: 1) The whole idea of a tablet is cool. I watch […]

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The UG802 a New Entry in the Ultra Low Cost, Ultraportable Computer War

It seems that hardly a week goes by these past few months without some announcement of a new ultra low cost (usually USB stick sized) computer. This flurry of activity was kicked off by the Raspberry Pi (a $35 bare bones, exposed circuit board, hobbyist computer featuring a 700MHz ARM CPU, 256MB of RAM). I […]

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Raspberry Pi and the MK802 a Side-by-Side Comparison

All information and links presented were considered accurate as of 02-August-2012. All links to external sites were deemed safe and relevant at the time this article was written. If they cease being valid or safe, please let me know. The Raspberry Pi and MK802 are sub US$100 computers. Raspberry Pi This was the first sub […]

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Fedora 16 – First Impressions – Not Positive

UPDATED 11-May-2012 I have discovered that the problem with Software Updates and Add/Remove Software noted below was caused by VirtualBox Guest Additions not being correctly installed. This happened because the Linux kernel header files are not installed, GCC (a compiler) is not installed, make (a tool for GCC) is not installed. Installing gcc and make […]

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How to Deal with Content Theft

If you produce good content, at some point someone will steal that content and post it on their own site. This article offers some tips on dealing with that. The first time someone ripped my content I had two reactions. The first was, “Yeah! My content is good enough for someone to want to steal!” […]