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How to Delay XBMC Start

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In the last few iterations of my home theater PC, the rig has been getting faster and faster. Many would not consider this an issue, but in my case, when my HTPC starts, XBMC starts faster than Windows 7 can get networking up. This means that XBMC cannot reach my NAS for media folders or for the MySQL databases I have configured. I tried everything I could think of from batch files to delay start to running a scheduled task after Windows starts. Then I found it. I found how to delay XBMC start without have to use any crazy batch files or jumping through any hoops. Read More »

Fix QuickBooks Error 3371 (Status Code -11118)

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Recently while upgrading a customer's old hard drive to a snazzy new OCZ Vertex 150, we encountered an unexpected result. Everything was moving along splendidly during the customer's "test it all and make sure it works" phase; applications were loading fast and he was happier than ever. Then, it happened... One of his most important applications decided it wasn't going to cooperate. QuickBooks hit us with an error, specifically "Could not initialize license properties. [Error 3371, Status Code -11118] ". Read More »

How XBMC is Keeping Me Alive

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I will admit it. I am usually a hold out. In this particular case, I held out as long as I could in fear that an upgrade wouldn't work the way I liked it to. For a long time I had been using a combination of WMC (Windows Media Center) and XBMC to front end my Home Theater PC. WMC handled my Live TV streaming with a cable card and an HDHomerun Prime, while XBMC did everything else. To be honest, XBMC had some level of PVR functionality built-in to handle live TV... but it was crap in comparison and a major headache to configure with my setup. Read More »

Redirect Your WordPress RSS Feed to FeedBurner Without a Plugin

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I am not a fan of running a large amount of plugins on my WordPress sites. Even though there has been a lot of debate as to whether or not it actually effects the performance of your site, I would rather limit the number by as many as possible. For those of you that have looked for a quick and easy way to redirect your feeds to FeedBurner, you may have downloaded and installed a few different plugins. Well, you don't need a plugin, just edit your functions.php file and redirect away. Read More »

Facebook Sucks

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Sorry about this, but I am about to express my disgust with Facebook.  Don’t get me wrong, I like Facebook.  I use it all the time for work and for fun.  I have yet to find a tool better for reconnecting with old friends.  However, it has gone too far.  This isn’t a rant about privacy and the social engineering ... Read More »

QNAP’s myQNAPcloud SmartLink Service

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If you are one of the many QNAP faithful, you may have realized that there have been many quiet changes that accompanied QTS 4.1. Among the many enhancements came an enhancement to QNAP's MyQNAPCloud service. From the start, the service didn't look like it would be something that I would really take advantage of. The interface was simple and didn't really offer me much in the way of functionality. Also, having multiple NAS meant multiple logins and just an additional layer of pain. Well, things are different now... and I like it. Read More »

All the FireFox about: Pages

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Have you ever wondered what lay under the fox in Firefox? I have stumbled across articles here an there that helped me fix certain issues with Firefox by changing some settings in about:config. If you are like me and were wondering what other about: pages there might be... here is a list. Firefox version 30.0. Read More »

Delete a PivotTable in Excel

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If you have ever struggled with deleting a PivotTable in Excel, then you have come to the right place. We use Excel for all kinds of things. Once in a while, we like to do a bit of house cleaning. We recently published an article on how to export all of your worksheets within an Excel Workbook to CSV. Well, in order for that to be useful, you can't have a bunch of extraneous information running around your worksheets, like PivotTables. Read More »