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Resetting your Boxee Box

The Boxee Box is a pretty sweet and pretty much blows the Apple TV out of the water in every possible way.  Full 1080p video, local media streaming in practically any format, tons of free apps, slick design, keyboard remote (or use your iPhone with a free app), local USB...

Fullscreen Every OSX Application

Apple OSX Lion is the first Mac operating system to feature fullscreen applications.  Unlike the default Microsoft Windows fullscreen, the OSX fullscreen hides the top menu bar and resizes applications to consume the entire screen.  Unfortunately, the OSX application has to be coded to take advantage of this type of...

Converting Physical Computers to Hyper-V VM’s

P2V is the process of converting physical computers to virtual computers.  This involves copying the physical computer’s data (operating system, installed applications, local data, etc) to a virtual computer.  While VMWare provides a free utility for a complete conversion of a physical computer to a virtual machine, Microsoft Hyper-V does...

Fixing a Broken MySQL Windows Service

MySQL is an open source database system used by many of today’s popular products including WordPress, Facebook, and Google.  This post outlines how to fix a broken (refuses to start, stuck starting) MySQL Windows Service: Kill the MySQL process Launch Task Manager Under Processes, right click on the MySql process and...

Enabling Post Series in WordPress

A post series is a collection of articles about a specific topic. Typically on each post, there will be some indicator that this article is part of a series with a linked listing to the other posts in the series. An post series example is a series called “Summer Movie...

Managing your servers from Windows 7

Most companies and home computing enthusiasts keep their servers running in some back room of sorts (data center, server closet, home office).  Physical visits to these rooms should be kept to a minimum and are typically reserved for hardware upgrades/repairs and server installations and decommissions.  This article outlines how to remotely manage...

Migrating VMWare VM’s to Hyper-V

VMWare and Microsoft offer competing products to build, run, and manage virtual machines (ex. Microsoft Hyper-V, VMWare Server).  Both products store virtual machine configuration and data in their own proprietary formats (ex. VMDK vs VHD) preventing you from running a virtual machine in one product (ex. Hyper-V)  that was created...

White Notes On Your iPhone

The iPhone comes with a yellow backgrounded text editor called Notes.  Most text editors in my experience (notepad, wordpad, Word, etc) have white backgrounds that are visually easier to work with than yellow backgrounds.  Unfortunately, Apple does not provide an out of the box way to change the background of...

Removing Pandora Ads On Your iPhone 4

Years ago, Pandora was an add-free  music service that allowed you to create and customize your own radio stations.  Today, Pandora has popup ads, audio ads, and full page ads that are designed to be unobtrusive but ultimately just annoy.  This article shows you how to easily remove Pandora ads...

Maximizing Your Computer’s Power Efficiency

Power efficiency of your computer is typically important for two reasons.  The first is to keep electrical costs low.  The second is to maximize the time a computer can stay on battery (ex. laptop battery, UPS battery, etc).  Today’s computers have more components built in (ex. memory card readers, wireless,...

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