Archive for the ‘Geekery’ Category.

Facebookification of the Internet?

Where is all the internet traffic going? Facebook?
Here’s my daily page-view stats for the last 2 years:

No matter. I blog for me.

Switched Away from GoDaddy.com DNS Hosting

As I said I would, I cancelled my Godaddy.com DNS hosting because I found out about their long string of misogynistic advertisements. See my conversation with Godaddy folks about this. While they don’t run such ads any more, it is important to not encourage any company to benefit from such practices. They got big because of their negative publicity and that is not right.

Here is the Godaddy ad that broke the camel’s back.

My web hosting is through Dreamhost so I switched to Dreamhost DNS.

How to Delete a Printer That Keeps Coming Back in Windows 7

I had a printer configuration problem so I had to delete and then reinstall my printer. The trouble was, I would delete the printer and then it would magically come back.

 

This solved my problem:

look in this folder:

C:\Windows\System32\spool\PRINTERS

Is it empty?

If not delete everything in the folder

Restart your computer

 

Sparkfun Illuminated Switch Schematic

I got these really nice illuminated switches from Sparkfun to control the Rubens’ Tube I built with a friend. Wiring them up was strangely non-obvious so I figured I’d post a schematic here.

How To Remove Words from the Google Chrome Dictionary

Here is how to edit the Google Chrome autocorrect dictionary. Just go to this web page:

chrome://settings/editDictionary

(you have to copy-paste that line into your browser)

Strip Formatting Out of Text When Pasting with Puretext

Pasting text that already has formatting in it can be a bother.

The homebrew fix to strip formatting is: Copy the text, paste it into Notepad, Copy it again, paste it wherever.

There is a great program for it: Puretext http://www.stevemiller.net/puretext/
With the program: copy the text, hit WINDOWS+V (instead of the normal CTRL+V and the text is pasted with the formatting stripped out :-)

I use it all the time and it is a huge lifesaver.