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Hike report: Northern Delaware Greenway Trail

26 July 2009

On Saturday, July 25 I hiked about 8 miles of the Northern Delaware Greenway trail from downtown Wilmington out to Cauffiel Parkway at Gov Printz Blvd.  I had hope to get to Fox Point Park but despite what the Greenway map says, doesn’t look like it’s doable.   This is my report and review of [...]

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Review: Bride by Lone Wolf Tribe

19 July 2009

I had the displeasure of wasting 90 minutes of my life in Atlanta on July 18, 2009 watching this production. It was hosted by the National Puppetry Festival. In short, this play was crap. No adjectives, no modifiers, just crap.   Of course, who am I to say such a thing?  The production has gotten [...]

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Installing Diablo 2 on an Intel Mac

5 July 2009

Back in the day (2000-2003) I played Diablo 2 — a lot.   A bit of nostalgia and the upcoming release of Diablo 3 meant it was time to give it another shot — but I couldn’t find my CDs anywhere. No problem, I went out and purchased the Diablo 2 Battle Chest which includes [...]

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How to Save on Mobile Me

26 June 2009

I like Mobile Me from Apple. I use many of its features, like syncing between my iPhone and lots of Macs and PCs, the iDisk storage, publishing of web pages, etc.  I’ve had it for years, and each year it auto-renews for $99.00.   Over those years I’ve purchased two different Macs. Each time there’s [...]

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Removing backups from Apple’s Time Machine

27 May 2009

Apple’s Time Capsule is a neat device that provides both wireless access, router functions, and a hard drive for doing automated backups from one or more Macs in the same network. It’s very easy to use and “just works.” If it runs short on disk space it starts to automatically trim the oldest backups automatically. [...]

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Automating WordPress uploads using SSH

26 May 2009

WordPress allows automated updates of plugins and the program itself, but it requires FTP or FTPS on the server. I did not want to add an FTP server to my host, and didn’t want to be sending my id/password to my shell account over the net in clear text either. But then I found out [...]

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Using the Linksys SPA-3102 as a VOIP ATA

12 March 2009

In other blog entries I’ve been discussing a larger project of setting up a personal Voice over IP (VOIP) Asterisk server using the Linksys SPA-3102 VOIP gateway device. An ATA (Analog Telephone Adapter) allows one to use old fashioned phones on a voice over IP network, or you can just use IP phones. An ATA [...]

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Getting around Comcast port 25 block

8 March 2009

Comcast started blocking outbound port 25 on my cable modem yesterday. I can understand why — it stops a lot of infected machines from spamming the world. But it also broke the ability of my security webcam from sending me pictures to my server whenever it detects movement, and the cam firmware has no option [...]

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BCBSDE website stupidity

8 March 2009

In this morning’s News-Journal  paper I see an advertisement for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware’s website where it lists all the wonderful things you can do on it, like order a replacement ID card.  When reading this, I had to let out a little chortle because last Sunday my wife and I were looking [...]

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Banned for life from Pathmark

22 February 2009

Sometimes I’m amazed at some of the stupid things businesses do to drive away customers.  Here’s one for you, I’ve been banned for life from Pathmark, which happened back in 1972.  Pathmark is a regional grocery store chain, with a few stores in northern Delaware as well as up around the New York City area. [...]

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SMS short codes and the evil that is M-cube

21 February 2009

This post is to document frustrations I had removing a monthly charge from M-cube to my wife’s cell phone for $9.99 a month from the SMS short code of 44999.  Now most sane people would just contact their cell phone provider and complain right away, but I’d figure I’d just do it the way you [...]

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