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Flex Builder, Eclipse, and Async Saves

At blist, I use Flex Builder a lot. It’s essentially a plugin for Eclipse, the IDE that grew out of the Java world but now seems to do almost as much as emacs via plugins. While you can use the free Flex SDK to build Flex applications, there’s really no decent alternative to Flex Builder […]

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Cisco VPN Client, Error 51

Occasionally, I’ve gotten the following error when trying to launch the Cisco VPN Client: Error 51 : Unable to communicate with the VPN Subsystem. Please make sure that you have at least one network interface that is currently actove and has an IP address and start this application again. Rebooting usually fixed the problem. I […]

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For the past few months, Comcast has been sending me emails, postal mails, and at one point, even having an automated system call me to inform me about the impending DVR upgrade. I was excited: one of the promised fixes as part of the update was the “DVR hangs while fast forwarding” bug, which was […]

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Just when I thought my issues with Sky Radio Network had blown over, it appears they’ve gone and shot themselves in the foot again. For those of you not familiar with the case, Sky Radio Network sent me an unsolicited email back in May, and they were relatively unrepentant about it. Now, almost two months […]

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$9.99 Server

I’ve been looking for a “toy” server for a few months now to run at home. I didn’t want anything particularly powerful, but I wanted something that met the following criteria: Small I didn’t want something like a rackmount PC. I have a wooden rack for AV equipment, but I find that 1U rackmount cases […]

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Spam followup: Sky Radio Net

On Tuesday, I got a call from someone at Sky Radio Networks on my cell phone. (Unfortunately, I missed the name of the caller, and when I asked later in the conversation, he didn’t want to provide it to me.) For the purposes of this post, let’s call him John. In total, John and I […]

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One of the great things about owning your own domain name is that you can give different email addresses to different companies that ask for it, and track down the origins of your spam. One email address I use that’s particularly spammy, of course, is the address I have to give for WHOIS information when […]

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Thumbs up: Crucial

About 4 years ago, when I was still in college, I purchased my last laptop. It’s a Dell Inspiron 4100, loaded with 512MB of aftermarket RAM from Crucial, because at the time Dell charged an arm and a leg for RAM upgrades. It served me well until a little more than a year ago, just […]

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My VoIP adapter bit the dust

When I moved in to my townhome, it came with a stipulation forcing me into a 3-year monitoring contract with an alarm company at $25/month. Worse still, they can’t monitor without a home phone line, which would add another $20/month. I wasn’t planning on getting a phone line, so now the free alarm installation was […]

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