Archive for June, 2009

Pull the Genie out of the Compiz Fusion Magic Lamp

Here's another video tutorial that explains how to get that cool OS X genie effect from the compiz fusion magic lamp effect using a hex editor and a text editor.

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Screen: A Command-Line Multitasker

Here's my video about Screen. I have to say I love this app. It comes in handy. It's the first thing I start when I create a SSH connection to a remote server.

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Digital Converter Box Coupon and How to Use it

If you are using an analog TV, chances are it no longer works correctly. As of June 12th all major broadcast companies are no longer broadcasting in analog. It's a strictly digital world now.There is a program to help everyone convert however, in case you haven't heard of it. It's at You can go there and request two free $40 coupons from the government to purchase a converter box. If you have an analog TV and no converter box, you have to order a converter box to watch TV now.

After you request your coupons, the next step is to order your converter box. The absolute best deals on digital converter boxes are
here. They accept the government coupons and let you buy your converter boxes online at the best prices.

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Right-click stopped working in Word

I had this problem with Word 2007 today recently. I thought it would be helpful to post the fix that worked for me. I'm not exactly sure what caused the problem. From what I've read it can be caused by some add-ins. The results of this issue are 1.) no access to Word options(they will be greyed out) and 2.) mouse clicks inside of a document will not work. This limits your ability to use Word completely. It was a rather frustrating fix. I first tried repairing my Office 2007 installation. This didn't fix the problem and actually the repair crashed. I should point out that this is on Windows Server 2008, but others have had this issue in Vista.

After the repair crashed, I tried reinstalling Office. This crashed a few times and I realized I needed to run it as an administrator. Running it as an admin allowed me to uninstall Office but after reinstalling it, I got the same results as before. This led me to believe that maybe there was a permissions issue with the executable. I tried running WinWord.exe as an admin. This didn't help either. So I decided it must be a profile issue. I went through my profile (local and roaming) trying to find all mentions of Office and Word. I deleted those and still had the issue. Sometimes this will fix issues, but in this case it didn't.

After some research I found that the problem could be cured by deleting some registry keys.

Just open regedit. Browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\Word

The version number should be 12.0 but I believe 11.0 could be effected by this issue as well. At any rate, select Data. Then, choose File -> Export. Create a backup of the branch. You can name it whatever you want. After you have saved the backup, delete "Data". Close regedit and start Word.

The problem should be alleviated.


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Back from vacation

My family has been on vacation in Cocoa Beach, Florida. So I've been too busy to blog. That will change this week. I'm ready to get going on some new thoughts and reviews. I'm relaxing after an eleven hour drive and watching Home. I'm only about halfway through it, but it seems to be pretty good at explaining how awful we Americans are. Apparently, we are going to be the end of the world.

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