Cleaning Your Electronic Screens

Posted on May 19th, 2013

cleanscreenWhen cleaning computer, TV, cell phone or even camera screens, we have to make sure to take extra care in the type of products we use to bust the dust and gunk.

Most manufacturers warn against using products that contain any alcohol, ammonia, (ie. Windex/Glass Cleaners) or other strong solvents, and especially on LCD screens. To avoid mineral spots, I also recommend avoiding tap water.

I’ve been using Johnson’s Clean Screen for a few years now cleaning around a half dozen monitors and TV’s each week. The bottle is enough to last several years at least. The cloth is machine washable on the gentle cycle. The spray is a Reverse Osmosis (RO) solution water treatment technology that removes even the smallest molecules of mineral deposits, and impurities. It will remove fingerprints, make-up, dust, dirt, and oily residues from delicate surfaces and will not scratch, streak, damage or leave a residue. It comes with a lint free suede microfiber cloth that is ideal for applying the RO solution to any type of screen or glass surface, and is super absorbant and fast drying! To use you simply spray a few mists onto the enclosed cleaning cloth and wipe away.

Just click here to get yours today!

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Roxio UB315-E Ver 3 Works in Ubuntu

Posted on January 18th, 2013

Just wanted to report that the Roxio UB315-E Ver 3 seems to work fine in Ubuntu 10.10. Tested using VLC. The video showed up as /dev/video and the audio I could access via VLC with the parameter plughw:Device I think. This was all done on Ubuntu 10.10.

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Pazz Terms of Service Updated

Posted on January 8th, 2013

We have updated the password manager Pazz terms of service to reflect two things. That pazz is provided free of charge and to the public.

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Deleting all files of a certain extension on Linux

Posted on November 28th, 2012

The following code will delete all files with a particular extension in Linux. Tested in Ubuntu.

find . -name '*.orig' | xargs rm

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Craigslist Scammers

Posted on November 21st, 2012

I’m starting a list of email addresses on Craigslist who have tried to scam me. I’ve had good luck in the past screening my replies from Craigslist by searching for the email address online and their name coming up on other people’s posts like this.

0-David-0 <>
Sanchez <>
– Seemed interested in some ‘table’ yet never would reply about which one. Sent a long sob story involving a money order and a sick daughter.

I’ll add more as I get them.

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How to block game requests on Facebook

Posted on November 1st, 2012

For everyone complaining about game requests on Facebook.

1) Go to the App Center on the left hand side
2) Scroll down on the menu to the left and click Requests
3) X out the application you don’t want
4) Facebook will give you an option to block whatever app was requested. Use it.
5) Repeat for every game out there. Eventually you’ll get most of them.

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Cleaning out wannabe Jpegs

Posted on October 23rd, 2012


# A script to help with the error message:
# gd-jpeg: JPEG library reports unrecoverable error: Not a JPEG file: starts with 0x47 0x49
# run this in a directory where your images reside and it will recursively find all jpegs that aren't jpegs.

for file in `find . -name '*.jpg' -or -name '*.JPG'`
  test=`xxd -l 2 -p -u "$file"`
  if [ "$test" != "FFD8" ]
    echo -n "$file "
    xxd -l 2 -p -u "$file"

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How many lines of code am I dealing with?

Posted on October 23rd, 2012

Want to know how many lines of code your dealing with? This one-liner will get you there on *nix systems:

find . -name '*.php' | xargs wc -l

My biggest site has 215660 lines. What about yours?

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List only directories using ls and grep

Posted on October 22nd, 2012

Normally if you try to view directories in ls, ls will look inside that directory instead of the directory itself.  For example:

You want to find out about the directories in images but images has a ton of files in it.

Running this in the images directory will get you the directory information.
ls -l | grep "^d"

We are simply looking for the first character in our ls to be a ‘d’.  If so it marks a directory.

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Droping an iptables Rule

Posted on October 18th, 2012

With command line :

iptables -L INPUT -n –line-numbers

You’ll get the list of all blocked IP. Look at the number on the left, then :

iptables -D INPUT <<number here>>

(Note after you delete one the numbers realign so adjust or run the line numbers again.)

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