Category: Misc

Radio Shack EC-4019 Calculator Problem and Solution

The Radio Shack EC-4019 is a great calculator. I have had it since the late 1980s since it was new. It has worked flawlessly up until about 2012, when a new battery was needed. Yup, it took over 20 years to finally have the need to replace the battery. Not to suggest that it is being used on a daily…

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Powerline Network Adapter Kit vs. DD-WRT Linksys Wireless Bridge

The Powerline Network Adapter uses the existing home electircal wiring as a wired network cable. A wireless bridge is used to connect two LAN segments via a wireless link. The Powerline network Adapter is sold as a kit and offered by several companies. However, for this test, the Actiontec Powerline Network Adpater Kit (SKU # PWR511K01) is used to compare…

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How to program the key fob for the 2003 Hyundai Sonata

Have you ever needed to replace your key fob for your vehicle?  It could cost more than willing to pay to have it programmed.  This is for owners of the 2003 Hyundai Sonata. This guide details how to manually program the fob for the 2003 Hyundai Sonata in the event the remote transmitter is added or replaced or there is…

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How to wipe a Blackberry 9530 and unlock it to prep for sale

There are several steps to preparing the BlackBerry 9530 phone prior to resale. Remove the old phone number from the phone, factory reset, wipe, unlock, remove the SIM and SD cards. After reviewing many resources, YouTube videos, and finally a couple of interesting utilities, this is all possible. Requirements 9530EastAsia_v5.0.0.1041_P4.2.0.456 Operating System (optional) BlackBerry Swiss Army Knife (“BBSAK”) BlackBerry Reader…

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Hack the Nook Color

There are many different approaches to hacking the Nook Color, some are quite elaborate, some only detailing Linux or Windows procedures from one degree to another. This approach, from what I have read, should not void the warranty of the product. It will allow for either booting into the the original Nook or booting into the Android OS. This is…

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Interesting PDF Tools

There are many tools and utilities that exist that assist in the manipulation of Adobe PDF files, however, some seem more difficult to find than others. This is a list of some of those more difficult to find tools that are interesting and useful for the manipulation of PDFs. It is compiled here to serve as a reminder to me…

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SARDU, the Antivirus Rescue Disk Utility

When it comes to the removal of a virus, Trojan, pest, or some other malicious application, it has been my practice to isolate the problem by removing it from the equation. What is meant by that is that there are cases where the system is inoperable or where several applications have been hijacked like Task Manager, Registry Editor, and other…

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VMware ESXi 3.5 License Restriction and ghettoVCBg2

In a test environment, VMware ESXi was needed. ESXi 4 supports 64 bit, and ESXi 3.5 supports 32 bit. Based on the hardware configuration, ESXi 3.5 was selected. However, we were interested in knowing how ESXi compares to ESX in terms of restrictions or “cripple” functions. After searching through the Internet and VMware to determine how ESX 3.5 and ESXi…

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Linksys T-Mobile WRT54G-TM with DD-WRT makes for a faster internet connection.

I recently purchased a Linksys T-Mobile WRT54G-TM with DD-WRT v.24 pre-installed. I wanted it for the client mode so that a couple of remote devices and computer can access the internet without having to wire the house. Originally, all devices were accessing a wireless access point through their wireless network cards. However, after installing the WRT54G-TM router in client mode,…

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Diskeeper 2009 Build (13.0.835.0) Released

Diskeeper 2009 (Build 13.0.835.0) has officially been released. We received notice in the morning of November 28, 2008 from Diskeeper, that as part of our maintenance plan, we may commence downloading. As part of this release, Diskeeper offers several updates and new features to their product. Having only tested it for a couple of days, I have not drawn any…

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Google Urchin 6 Quick Evaluation

Google purchased a web analytics software package, called Urchin. Urchin 6 has evolved into a powerful web analytic for a reasonable fraction of the cost price of applications like WebTrends. Urchin 6 is only available through a selection of Google authorized sellers for $2995. That purchase price includes everything that there is to offer, unlike Urchin 5, where additional modules…

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Google Chrome

Google Chrome is an internet browser that is one of the newest internet browsers to hit the market. Google Chrome offers address bar suggestions for both search and web pages, thumbnails of top sites, and shortcuts to applications. I downloaded it the other day to see how my website and others looked. To check if anything appears broken or incorrectly…

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