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HOWTO Remove Apps from the Apple TV

Well you can’t exactly remove the Apps, but it turns out that you can hide them. Just go to: Settings > General > Parental Controls As you scroll down you will see every App with the ability to hide it. Source: http://finerthings.in/featured/apple-tv-hide-apps…

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HOWTO Enter Spaces instead of Tabs in VI & VIM

Spaces vs. Tabs are generally annoying when editing files, but start programing in Python and this turns into a complete disaster. Simple solution, always insert Spaces instead of a Tab and you are good to go (my personal preference): set tabstop=4 set shiftwidth=4 set expandtab If you want to be…

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What I’ve Learned About Light Bulbs

California (and the rest of the US) is well into a phase out of incandescent bulbs. If you’ve purchased a light bulb lately you might have noticed that 75 Watt and higher incandescent bulbs are non-existant in the stores. Granted CFL and LED technology is significantly more energy efficient,…

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The Evolution of the Shopping List

My own personal evolution of the shopping list. Used when I run out of something in the kitchen. Add item to a list on the refrigerator door. (Pre 2009) Add item to a task list on my iPhone. (2009 – 2011) Scan UPC code with Amazon App, delivered in two…

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Howto Soundproof an Apartment

From the Wikipedia article: Sound Transmission Class (or STC) is an integer rating of how well a building partition attenuates airborne sound. Materials which can improve STCs in walls include mass-loaded vinyl (MLV), standard drywall, “soundproof” drywall (such as QuietRock, Supress, SoundBreak, or ComfortGuard) and damping compounds such…

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Python Simple Hipchat

Check out python-simple-hipchat for super simple message posting to your Hipchat rooms. #!/usr/bin/python import hipchat import sys data = sys.stdin.readline() hipster = hipchat.HipChat(token='xxxx') hipster.method('rooms/message', method='POST', parameters={'room_id': yyyy, 'from': 'Hipster', 'message': data})…

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HOWTO Fix Duplicates in the Open With Menu

Add this to your ~/.bashrc # Quick way to rebuild the Launch Services database and get rid of duplicates in the Open With submenu. alias fixopenwith=/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user Then run: $ fixopenwith From your terminal. Thanks Getting rid of Open With…

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Consumer Broadband Sucks

I've been off Verizon FiOS for exactly an hour and I already miss it. I would have never guessed that I would consider a 30ms hop to the GPON as good speed, but after seeing what Time Warner Cable is doing anything would be better. I'm going to have to…

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822 Mbps is so slow!

[ 5] local 207.171.12.201 port 58948 connected with 207.171.11.14 port 5001 [ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth [ 5] 0.0-10.0 sec 980 MBytes 822 Mbits/sec…

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