Quicken Fail

by on May.16, 2011, under Technology

…if I pay for a piece of software I shouldn’t have to see this when I run it.

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by on May.09, 2011, under Technology

Earlier I tweeted:

I just realized how loud my earbuds are–geez maybe it’s time to switch to ear goggles

A couple hours later I got an email telling me “Justin Douglas (@bestheadphoness) is now following your tweets (@SLeepdepD) on Twitter.”

So next I tweeted:

SLeepdepD: how come every time i tweet a consumer good i get at least one follower that sells it?

SLeepdepD: …let me try something right quick:

SLeepdepD: Comet, Preparation-H, Lettuce, Windex, Ice Cube Tray, Green Olives, Flowbee, WD40, Duct Tape, Baking Soda, Glade Plug-ins, Armor All, Cards

I’m excitedly awaiting any results.

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by on Mar.03, 2011, under Technology

I just created an account on to track gasoline usage on my new car.  Here’s my profile.

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WordPress 3.1!

by on Feb.28, 2011, under Technology

Thanks for the new version! <deleting the “Hello Dolly” plugin>

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by on Jan.30, 2011, under Technology

I thought I’d heard of and tried every multi-protocol IM client, but is new to me.  I don’t see anything pulling me away from Digsby when it comes to desktop apps, but I see they have an Android client.  I’m going to check it out.

via Offers Desktop Chat Notifications for Any IM Service.

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Code Snippet Wiki: MultiBoilerplate

by on Jan.30, 2011, under Programming, Technology

Just found a good solution to get around my problem of having to enter duplicate text every time I create a new snippet entry.  The MultiBoilerplate extension allows you to define different templates and then provides a drop-down to load them:

To set it up I downloaded the extension and added the following to my LocalSettings.php:

require_once( "$IP/extensions/MultiBoilerplate/MultiBoilerplate.php" );

I created the wiki page “MediaWiki:Multiboilerplate” and added the following:

* Code, VBA | Template:CodeVBA/Preload
* Code, SQL | Template:CodeSQL/Preload

This page uses the syntax “* Name | Template”.

I then created the two template pages defined above.  Here’s the VBA one:

== Description ==

== Code ==

<sh lang="vb">


[[<noinclude>:</noinclude>Category:Code, VBA]]

Wrapping “<noinclude></noinclude>” around the colon in the catagory label will prevent this template from being included in the “Code, VBA” category, but won’t propagate the colon when the template is loaded in a snippet.

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Code Snippet Wiki

by on Jan.29, 2011, under Programming, Technology

I’ve started using MoWeS with MediaWiki for a code snippet repository.

It’s not an ideal solution, for instance I have to install an extension and enter duplicate text every time I create a new snippet entry.  It does have everything I was looking for in a solution however:

  1. Easily searchable.
  2. Allows tags or categories.
  3. Support versioning of snippets.

Here’s the initial setup I did:


Download the SyntaxHighlight_GeSHi extension.


Add the following under “[mysqld]”:


This allows full-text searching on words 3 characters or more.  The MySQL default is 4.


Add the following to the end of the file:

# Use "Vector" skin
$wgDefaultSkin = 'vector';

# Restrict anonymous editing
$wgGroupPermissions['*']['edit'] = false;

# Use "suggest" feature in search box
$wgEnableMWSuggest = true;

# Extensions
# SyntaxHighlight_GeSHi

Here’s a screen shot of an entry:


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Installing WallWatcher on Windows Home Server

by on Dec.10, 2010, under Technology

Here are some notes about installing WallWatcher on Windows Home Server:

  1. Don’t install; there is no install, just extract the program files and libraries.
  2. Don’t put on the C:\ drive
    • In case you have to re-install Windows Home Server put the WallWatcher files on another drive instead.  I created a “Program Files” folder on my D:\ drive and put them in there.
  3. Configure WallWatcher to store log files to a Shared Folder you can access from another computer.
  4. Setup WallWatcher to run as a service using srvstart.exe.
    1. Close WallWatcher application.
    2. Put “srvstart.exe” and “srvstart.dll” in a folder called “srvstart” in D:\Program Files.
    3. Create an INI file named “srvstart.ini” in “D:\Program Files\WallWatcher”.  Paste in the following:

      startup=D:\Program Files\WallWatcher\WallWatcher.exe
      startup_dir=D:\Program Files\WallWatcher

    4. Go to Start > Run.  Enter the following:

      “D:\Program Files\srvstart\srvstart.exe” install WallWatcher -c “D:\Program Files\WallWatcher\srvstart.ini”

    5. Go to Start > Run.  Enter the following:


    6. Locate the new “WallWatcher” service.  Right-click and select Properties.

    7. Select “Automatic” for Startup Type and click Start.  Click OK.

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    My WRT54GL v1.1 Died

    by on Dec.09, 2010, under Technology

    Looks like my router is going out.  I bought it from on 6/2/2009 for $55 and flashed it with DD-WRT right out of the box.  I have multiple wifi devices (laptop, XBox 360, cell phone) and I tried out some pretty aggressive logging a few times (Syslog, SNMP)–so I’m not surprised at the shorter lifespan (18 months).

    All in all I’ve decided to buy the same make and model again–and now it’s only $50 on 🙂

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