Tricks, Tips, or Hacks

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I love data – and the importance of monitoring

February 27th, 2017

I find failure causes interesting.  I enjoy fixing things, but more so I like learning why something is broke.  A large part of fixing any problem is finding the root cause.  One of the things that can aid in finding a root cause is data.  The more data you have on something, the easier it is […]

Fix SickBeard “Pushbullet Notification Failed” Error

July 27th, 2014

Getting the “Pushbullet Notification Failed” error from your SickBeard notifications?  Well, the fix is simple, and here is what you have to do: 1) Find in your SickBeard install directory.  For me, this file was located in: /volume1/@appstore/sickbeard-custom/var/SickBeard/sickbeard/notifiers 2) Open that file in your editor of choice, for me that is vi, and make […]

Fix Synology Sickbeard Shortcut When Using https

February 12th, 2014

I have been working on getting SickBeard setup on my Synology DS1512+ NAS, and I’ve got pretty much everything worked out.  One of the final things I wanted to get working properly was https support with my self signed certificate I setup for my Synology.  I know, not really very important since I’ll only ever […]

Defeat the SJ-R’s Paywall with Chrome in 4 seconds

February 7th, 2013

Print is dead.  You hear me SJ-R? Central Illinois’ newspaper – The State Journal Register – was bought up by media conglomerate GateHouse Media back in 2006.  Since then the paper has been on a wildly out of control downward spiral. GateHouse media’s latest “innovation” in the digital age is… wait for it… A PAYWALL! Jesus GateHouse… […]

Forcing sendmail to use a different port for outgoing mail

June 26th, 2012

In the world of Linux (specifically CentOS 5 in this case) sendmail is a very useful utility.  It is what allows linux to send email to regular ole mail servers.  But, if you’re reading this, you likely know that. Typically sendmail uses standard SMTP port 25 to do its business.  In most cases, this works […]

Tricky php.ini settings

April 19th, 2012

There are several ways PHP settings can be adjusted.  The 2 most common are in the Apache config file, or usually, the php.ini file. Typically you can use phpinfo(); to get the php settings.  This is extremely useful as it also shows EXACTLY which php.ini file is being used to pull its configuration from. I […]

Fix 7’s Taskbar Right Clicking

January 15th, 2012

Something that has bugged me for a long time in Windows 7 is how the taskbar right-click functionality was changed.  Since Windows 95, when you right clicked on an item in the taskbar, you were presented with a menu to Restore, Minimize, Maximize, Close, and with some programs, some nifty custom options (like PuTTY’s custom […]

Windows 7 SP1 is out, time to get back some HD space

February 22nd, 2011

Well, it’s that time of the season again where Microsoft pushes out a new service pack.  This time it is Service Pack 1 for Windows 7.  I have actually been running SP1 for a few weeks now (yay for developer’s releases) on 3 different machines, all with zero problems.  The install is smooth and the […]


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