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Category Archives: How-to

A quick way to fix “Chrome is already running” annoyances.

How to kill a process automatically on log-in in Windows 7.

How to remove duplicate emails in Opera M2

Having used Opera’s mail client on my laptop recently (I got sick of Mozilla), I was very pleased with its simplicity. It felt like setting up Thunderbird took forever,with options scattered in two places, but Opera’s defaults suited me perfectly. I decided to take the plunge and switch to Opera for my primary email client. […]

A quick way to boot into your other OS in a dual-boot system

NOTE: THIS DOESN’T WORK. Windows changes the ID number of the OS’s based on the default. So you’d have to do something more clever than this. The default OS seems to take over ID 1. I have a dual boot setup—for all the wrong reasons. Regardless, it becomes annoying to have to reboot into the […]

Migrating from EarthLink Mailbox to Mozilla Thunderbird

If you or your loved one has suffered the unfortunate fate of having used EarthLink Mailbox as an email client, there is hope. I recently got sick and tired of that poisonous piece of software. A recent Spybot S&D scan apparently sent EarthLink Mailbox into a frenzy. One of the user profiles on the system […]

Python script to format the TDS B series CSV files.

In my last post I griped about the Tektronix TDS2004B spitting out horrible CSV files. I wrote this script to reformat it. As you can see from the source, whatever is in the “header” file just gets dumped ahead of the data. I just checked it and it should work with 1, 2, 3, or […]

Hasselblad 500 EL/M Adventures, Part II

In continuation to my first post in the series…. By reading the above post you will see that my 500 EL/M broke when I tried to remove the lens. The way I had left it, I had epoxied the gear back onto the shaft which held up—until I put film in the back, and the […]


Heh. It had to happen…. As you may or may not know, I recently made some discoveries that allowed me to put my iTunes library on a portable drive and update my iPod wherever I wanted, truly making my library mobile (and not just my MP3’s). I always wondered why computer hardware (cases, motherboards, graphics […]

Hasselblad 500 EL/M Adventures

Well, I just finished putting my 500 EL/M together after almost completely taking it apart. So as usual I went to use it one day and the $150 batteries were dead. It stopped mid-stroke, and I was in the boonies, so I cocked the camera manually to remove the lens. BAD IDEA. As far as […]

Adding actions such as command prompts to the right click menu

It is handy sometimes to be able to open a command prompt in Windows in a specific directory, especially if you’re writing scripts you just want to run from the command line. For command prompts it’s easy, as there is a Power Toy called DOSHere[.inf]. But really it’s all about the registry. Luckily (well, somewhat) […]

Moving your user profile in Windows

If you’ve been using computers for a while you may have gotten used to re-installing Windows from scratch every so often because of its self-destructive personality. For this reason I wanted to find a way to keep all my data files (settings and documents) on a separate partition than the one in which Windows was […]