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I’ve been noticing some wonkiness with the admin area of our WordPress blog at CheatCodes.com EXTRA!. Through some experimentation, I noticed that all of the issues went away if I put CloudFlare into Development Mode. This, however, isn’t a long-term fix, so I decided to create a CloudFlare Page Rule for […]

Fixing WordPress Admin Issues with CloudFlare Page Rules


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This is one of those blog posts that’s almost 100% for my own benefit, since twice a year I have to fumble around with my phone system trying to remember how to adjust the clock to and from Daylight Savings Time. Of course, this would be easier if I knew […]

How to Adjust the Clock on a Panasonic Hybrid Phone ...


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As you may be aware from one of my previous posts, I decided to ditch both of my analog phone alarm companies in favor of digital monitoring using my Envisalink 2DS adapter which connects my DSC alarm panels to my in-home networks and, along with a host of other features, […]

How to Disable Phone Options on a DSC Alarm Panel ...



Man – this post saved my bacon today: http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/rebooting-magic-way Was able to reboot a CentOS box with what appears to be a failing (failed?) file system. We had backups, but we’re evacuating the server now. 🙂

How to Reboot with a Bash Input/Output Error





Just in time for the holidays, CheatCodes.com has launched a mobile-optimized version of their video game cheats website. As with the mobile versions of many other popular sites (such as Facebook and Google), you can access the mobile version of the website by putting an “m” in front of the address: http://m.cheatcodes.com/ […]

CheatCodes.com Goes Mobile!


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As part of our preparations for winter, my wife gently reminded me last week that she’s been asking me to fix the gas fireplaces in the house for months. But as a geek’s geek, I can’t just fix a fireplace, I have to upgrade a fireplace! We have three gas […]

Review: Skytech SKY-5310 Fireplace Remote Control


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I often say there are only two types of data: data that is backed up, and data that is waiting to be lost. Even if you’re the most contentious hax0r who always backs up your data, if your backups are stored in the same physical location as the source data, […]

How to Back Up a Linux Server to Amazon S3 ...



The Remington Wingmaster 870 is the quintessential American shotgun. There are many other renowned shotgun makers out there, and many other shotguns that have hosts of fancy features, but like an old-timer I met at a shooting range one time told me: “Some guns just feel right like an old pair […]

How to Field Strip a Remington Wingmaster 870 Shotgun


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I’ve written a number of posts about the Ecobee Smart Thermostat since installing my first one in 2010. Since then, I’ve received a number of comments and emails asking if I knew of any discussion forums for Ecobee users. I didn’t, so I decided to launch my own using Google […]

Ecobee Discussion Forum for Owners, Installers, and Enthusiasts


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Congratulations to the following recipients of the 2011-2012 Jenkins Family Foundation Scholarships at Brigham Young University: Joshua Dance – Information Systems Justin Eddy – Accounting Joe Hilton – Masters of Business Administration Mauricio Molina – Business Management Aaron Robison – Business Strategy Abram Skidmore – Masters of Accountancy Nathan Woobury – […]

2011-2012 Jenkins Family Foundation Scholarship Recipients



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One recommended way to help secure your Postfix mail server is enabling TLS (Transport Layer Security) for connections to and from Postfix. You can search for more detailed descriptions of exactly how TLS works, but basically it’s a crypotgraphic protocol that allows connections between systems to remain secure. It relies on a key […]

Configure Postfix TLS with a Free StartSSL Certificate


This is going to be one of those posts that is probably useless to everyone else, but valuable enough to me that I’ll read it over and over. These are the Git commands I use most when working with projects on my GitHub, and with Git repos to which I have read-only access. […]

Git Commands I Like


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I shop at the Home Depot. A lot. And, as I do with absolutely every purchase possible, I used to always pay with my American Express Centurion Card (Membership Rewards points + hassle-free purchase protection). And, every time, as I’m sure Home Depot’s company policies dictate, the cashier would ask “Would you […]

Why I’m Canceling my Home Depot Credit Card



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I found a great post by Clay Loveless who wrote a PHP script to batch invalidate files files on an Amazon Web Services CloudFront distribution. You rock, Clay. Amazon doesn’t even let us do that (yet?) via the AWS Mangament Console. Until now, when I wanted to manually invalidate a […]

Simple CloudFront Invalidation of a Single File via HTTP


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Another quick tidbit I learned when one of my CentOS boxes was slow to connect via SSH. Connection happened quickly when I would connect from a box on the same router, but connecting from my home machine caused a delay of 20-30 seconds each time. The fix was uncommenting this […]

SSH slow to connect? Turn UseDNS off


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If you try to access the URL of your favicon.ico directly (http://example.com/favicon.ico) and your browser opens a “Save As” window instead of just displaying it, then your Apache isn’t set up to properly deliver the .ico file type. Add this line to your httpd.conf file: AddType image/x-icon .ico Don’t forget […]

Favicon.ico not loading? Add an AddType



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This is one of those blog posts that’s more written for my own benefit to refer to later than for the benefit of the Web-at-large, but if someone else happens to stumble upon it and it helps you out, then cool. 🙂 I had to migrate a Fedora box (the […]

How to set up two NICs on different subnets with ...


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As some one with a small car collecting problem, I don’t always get a chance to drive all my cars all the time. Some are stored in remote locations. Some are less amenable to rainy weather (the Atom). Some stay parked when gas prices are higher (the Hummer). Some might […]

Review: CTEK Multi US 3300 & Multi US 7002 12-Volt ...


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For those who want or need to compile and install OpenDKIM from the source code, you can follow the instructions I wrote in this article. If you’re looking for the fastest and easiest way to get OpenDKIM running on a RedHat or CentOS system, I currently maintain the OpenDKIM package in […]

Installing OpenDKIM RPM via Yum with Postfix or Sendmail (for ...



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I’ve already discussed most of the pros and cons of the product in my ecobee Smart Thermostat review, and detailed my experiences with installing a second ecobee unit and using the group features. I’ve also documented some of my frustrations with ecobee’s tethered device approach, especially in the rare cases when […]

Installing Ecobee Smart Thermostat #5



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I picked up a Sig Sauer STL-300J STOPLITE tactical light this week to mount onto my Sig Sauer 556 SWAT. Here’s my review of this accessory. The retail price on this piece (which you’ll pay if you purchase it direct from Sig Sauer) is $215. The street price, however, is […]

Review: Sig Sauer STL-300J STOPLITE Tactical Light



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