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The Passenger Pigeon: A Century of Extinction

HouseOfMisterE Passenger Pigeons? (108 comments)

How big were these things?

about 5 months ago

CES 2014: A Bedbug Detector that Looks Interesting but has Detractors (Video)

HouseOfMisterE Re:Bedbug detector (72 comments)

one and a half quarts of water? That is one big coffee cup!

1 year,6 days

Open Source Add-on Rewrites the User Interface of IE11

HouseOfMisterE Tabs don't go there. (86 comments)

I use Firefox and not IE, so this add-on doesn't even effect me, but the first thing that I do on a new Firefox install is set "browser.tabs.onTop" to false in about:config.

about a year ago

Oppo's CyanogenMod Phone Gets Blessed To Run Google Apps

HouseOfMisterE Re:One Major Problem (47 comments)

This means the phone will run Google's apps and services... Who would want that?

Oppo, apparently.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Convince Management To Hire More IT Staff?

HouseOfMisterE Resign (383 comments)

Resign. That's what I did. Now I don't have a job, but my ex-employer hired two people to replace me so it kinda worked out.

about a year ago

Microsoft Will Have To Rename SkyDrive

HouseOfMisterE Re:FlyDrive would be a better name (274 comments)

If you installed Windows XP on a computer with a build-in (USB) all-in-one card-reader, the Windows drive will default to H instead of C. (tip: unplug the card-reader before installing Windows XP.)
It's amazing how much software misbehaves when the C drive is an empty card-reader slot. For example exported Autocad profiles are hard-coded to drive letters, so you can't migrate your Autocad settings to/from computers that don't have the /windows/ directory on C.

You could actually work around the problem if Windows XP was trying to install to a drive letter other than "C". During install you would create the partition (it would be drive letter whatever), immediately delete the partition, and then recreate it. It would recreate as drive "C".

about a year and a half ago

iTunes: Still Slowing Down Windows PCs After All These Years

HouseOfMisterE iTunes is why I hate Apple, so thank you iTunes. (519 comments)

I banned iTunes from my PC long ago, along with iDevices and Apple's DRM'ed media content. Thanks for keeping me off of that $#!+ train, iTunes!

about a year and a half ago

Gaming Clichés That Need To Die

HouseOfMisterE Re:Original NES (416 comments)

...In the windows world, I'm expected to pay $30 for an application that can rename multiple files at once...

Search for the free program named "RName-It". You can rename multiple files, add/replace sections of multiple filenames, add sequential numbers to multiple filenames, etc. It's an awesome program.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Go Paperless At Home?

HouseOfMisterE Install a PDF exporter as your default printer (311 comments)

Install a PDF exporter/printer as your default printer on your PC/Mac/etc. For Windows I would recommend the free PDFCreator from http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/ .

I do a lot of online shopping and like to keep a copy of my purchase receipts. I print my receipts to PDFCreator, name the output file something descriptive (YYYY-MM-DD - Merchant + Item description.pdf) and save the PDFs to a receipts folder. It fulfills my needs, doesn't waste paper, and I can print a receipt copy if I ever have the need.

more than 2 years ago

Firefox 10 Released

HouseOfMisterE Great, FF 9.x has been unstable as heck! (364 comments)

I have never had problems with Firefox's stability until version 9 was released, and this damb thing crashes on me several times a day. It's real bad on my 64-bit Windows 7 Pro machine, and crashes occasionally on my 32-bit Windows 7 Pro laptop. I really hope that they have fixed whatever is causing this.

more than 2 years ago

Motorola Reinvents the RAZR

HouseOfMisterE Re:My Motorola Freezes (208 comments)

I have a Net10 pay-as-you-go LG el-cheapo flip phone that does something similar. Occasionally, it will lose sync with the cell network and no longer receive or send normal calls. The phone indicates "Emergency Use Only" if I try to make a call when this happens. The phone never actually locks up, though, and a power cycle fixes things. Kinda sucks, but I don't use the phone very much and it costs me $15/month to keep it (I buy Net10 300min/60day cards for $30). There is a visual indicator on this phone that lets me know when it has dropped signal. When things are working properly the word "Home" is displayed on the LCD, and it's not there when the phone has lost signal.

more than 3 years ago

Linux Kernel Power Bug Is Fixed

HouseOfMisterE Re:Good News (145 comments)

The didn't copy it, they "mimicked" it!

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: DD-WRT Upgrade To 802.11n?

HouseOfMisterE Refurbished Linksys E2000 and E3000 units (196 comments)

I bought a refurbished Linksys E3000 and two refurbished Linksys E2000 units from Amazon (currently $50 for the E2000 and $61 for the E3000), and have them loaded with dd-wrt. The E2000 and E3000 have gigabit Ethernet ports, the E3000 has simultaneous 2.4GHz/5GHz radios, the E2000 has selectable 2.4GHz/5GHz radios. I'm using the E3000 as my firewall/gateway and have the two E2000 units connected to it via WDS. The WDS links are over the 5GHz radios and I use the 2.4GHz radio in the E3000 for client PC connections. The setup works great, and was pretty inexpensive to implement.

more than 3 years ago

Essential Open Source Tools For Windows Admins

HouseOfMisterE Re:I hate InfoWorld (226 comments)

MS does license MSE for installation on their compatible server products, and the installer works without problems. They changed the terms almost a year ago with the release of MSE 2.

more than 3 years ago

HP Spinning Off WebOS and Exiting Hardware Business

HouseOfMisterE Re:Figures (514 comments)

Yeah, I bought an A500 for $300 from Staples last month. It is a very nice tablet. The model with 16GB of built-in storage is currently on sale at both Target and BestBuy for $400 with a $100 gift card, and Costco has the model with 32GB of built-in storage for $450 with a $100 gift card. I've read that the Costco unit includes a case, but I can't verify this.

more than 3 years ago

ARM Powered OLPC XO-1.75 Laptop Is Faster Than X86

HouseOfMisterE Re:Hand crank charge (229 comments)

They stirred salt water in coconut shells once to charge the batteries from their portable radio. That Professor was a smart guy!

about 4 years ago


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