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Security Software

June 17th, 2010 | Posted by pftq in 42 | #

Best antivirus, antispyware, and just antimalware in general.


     Just doing a bit of research on my own to figure out what antivirus programs I want to use once I do a clean install of Windows 7 on my laptop.  Obviously, I cannot personally try them all, so I'm going to be listing ones I find most mentioned and in general what people say about them.

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Great Memories

June 6th, 2010 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #

Great Memories by Watsons

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Passing of Dreams

May 29th, 2010 | Posted by pftq in Stories | #
A young influential doctor is called in to assist in the operation of an elderly high-profile patient.  The patient has been left in a paralyzed state by unknown causes but continues to have thought processes and dreams; the paralysis is believed to have a mental rather than physical basis.  New technology by an experimenter is being used that would allow the doctor to enter the patient's dreams in an attempt to free him from his condition.  The doctor was chosen because the technology is not entirely understood, and it is hoped the doctor would be able to figure the situation out quickly once inside the patient's mind.

The doctor is placed into a deep sleep next to the patient, his head in a device connected to the head of the patient's.  The scene pans across the patient's brown eyes to the blue eyes of the doctor, the irises of which are blue.  The doctor awakens in a bed that is not his own and quickly realizes he is in the mind of the patient....[More]
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Instrument Tutorials

May 26th, 2010 | Posted by pftq in 42 | #

Tutorials for playing various instruments...


Dizi - Chinese side-blown flute.
Musical Saw - An actual saw used as an instrument.  Sounds like a ghostly synth.  More information also in this PDF by sawplayers.org
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Yahoo Mail Address Confirmation

May 5th, 2010 | Posted by pftq in 42 | #

     For those of you who don’t know, there’s an option to send email from other addresses you own by going to Mail Options in Yahoo Mail. However, it doesn’t tell you there’s a limit of 10 addresses, and even if you remove the addresses, you may still be capped. The error message you get when trying to verify additional addresses doesn’t help either; it instead tells you the confirmation code “does not match our records” (even though you click on the link directly).

     Yahoo Support told me it takes about 6 months for deleted addresses to clear from the max 10 limit, but I actually waited about a year before dealing with the issue and it still didn’t clear up. …[More]

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Overachieving

May 4th, 2010 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

Overachieving is like passing the mountain peak and off a cliff.

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Fraying Strands

May 3rd, 2010 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
Into how many fraying strands can a thread be split before it no longer has a core?
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Lizard

April 22nd, 2010 | Posted by pftq in Recently Read | #
Lizard by Banana Yoshimoto
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Hammer

April 20th, 2010 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

Float like a feather.
Strike like a hammer.

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Black Rain

April 12th, 2010 | Posted by pftq in Recently Read | #
Black Rain by Masuji Ibuse
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Blink

April 8th, 2010 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

I looked up and blinked, thinking the lamp would go away.

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Printer CIS Problems - Roller Marks, Dripping Ink, Faded Color

April 7th, 2010 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #

So I just spent the last three days trying to figure out why my printer wasn’t working properly. After every ink refill or head cleaning, it would start leaving roller marks or dripping ink on the paper (I suppose it dripped ink on the rollers as well). Colors were also appearing faded as if there wasn’t enough ink flowing through.

I tried the usual head cleanings, cleaning solutions, reinstalling ink tubing, etc to no avail. I was beginning to think maybe I had worn out the printer, but it turns out the answer was much simpler. The waste ink bottle was getting full. Those of us who have installed a seperate waste ink system usually do so to avoid ink filling into the printer instead and lowering its lifespan; just remember to empty it when it gets full.

I’m guessing the reason it caused all these other issues is because it’s also involved in the suction created on the ink tubings; when the bottle is full, there is not enough room for ink to flow. This also would lead to the waste ink overflowing in the printer and spilling onto the rollers or dripping from the printhead. I had thought fresh ink was being dripped, but it was apparently waste ink instead.

On a side note, those of us who do experience this problem will be left with a printer that leaves tons of roller marks. No worries, here’s an easy solution:
- Take a paper towel, preferably the rolled up kind that you can cut at a couple feet’s length.
- Insert the towel end into the printer paper feed and print a blank page.
- The towel will be taken into the printer and ejected out. If possible, try to leave the printer cover open so you can take the towel out if it doesn’t feed into the front rollers (thus causing a jam).
- Repeat until you no longer get roller marks.

This method is much more economical than using regular paper to keep feeding until you clean up the rollers.

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Running

April 7th, 2010 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
If I was just given a flat open field where I could run as far and as fast as I could without stopping, it would be the closest thing to flying.
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As It Is

April 6th, 2010 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

See it as it is.
Make it as it should be.

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A Personal Matter

April 6th, 2010 | Posted by pftq in Recently Read | #
A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oë
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Adobe Encore CS4 Library Content Missing

March 30th, 2010 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #

I just spent the last day trying to figure out why my Encore CS4 didn’t have any library content. I also found out the library folder was missing entirely from the Adobe Encore folder in the install.

I’m using the boxed DVD set, not the download. I tried reinstalling Encore a few times already; also looked for a “Encore Library Content” to install but there wasn’t such an option.

After digging through the discs a bit, I finally found a folder called Premiere Pro Content. Inside is another folder called “Adobe Encore CS4 Functional Content“. Installed this and it fixed the issue. I’m not sure why it wasn’t part of the original setup/install and had to be put in this way. I’m just hoping this helps anyone else that might be stumped about this.

I’m running a x64 operating system if anyone’s curious. Originally the libary content setup wanted to install in the Program Files folder (not 32-bit one), so maybe that posed part of the problem.

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Old

March 30th, 2010 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
As we move into the future, we cast away things from the past, but we ourselves get older.
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Doors

March 24th, 2010 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

The only thing scarier than a door is a wall.

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The Woman in the Dunes

March 24th, 2010 | Posted by pftq in Recently Read | #
The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe
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Masks

March 18th, 2010 | Posted by pftq in Recently Read | #
Masks by Fumiko Enchi
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