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Fixing Stuck Pixels on an LCD TV

I recently noticed that a column of pixels on my TV was becoming more and more noticeable. I did some research and it appeared that a column of pixels was simply “stuck.” I stumbled upon UDPixel and figured I would give it a shot, as the alternative is to purchase a new TV. It works by flashing the primary RGB colors as well as white and black. I ran it for about 2 minutes and it seemingly fixed the problem.

 

Check it out: http://udpix.free.fr/index.php?p=dl

Boxer is Awesome

Hey, do you remember your childhood? What’s the one thing you remember when it comes to computers? To me, it was Doom. I have longed to play Doom again and go through every level, and today I finally found a convenient way to do so: Boxer.

Ya see, Boxer is built on DosBOX and it is so simple to use, my mom could do it. Here’s how it works. First, you’re going to want to download it. After you unzip and install, you are presented with this screen:

Click on “Import a new game” and you get this easy to use context. Really, all you do is drag and drop.

After it runs your setup utility, you are presented with a nice library of your games. What does my library look like? Well, I had to go with all the games I played non-stop during my childhood…

I still need to get a couple from my old collection, such as Kings Quest, Return to Zork, and Myst. Do yourself a favor, get all nostalgic and install Boxer. It’s a great application.

Update: Facebook Chat for Pidgin

I got a comment from a user claiming that the Facebook chat fix I posted earlier no longer works. I downloaded the latest version, 2.7.11, and got to configuring.

First, in your buddy list window, select Accounts > Manage Accounts (Ctrl+A), then click Add…

Next, select Facebook Chat (XMPP) and make your configuration match the one below, using your username. If you are confused on this, your Facebook username is whatever comes after the / in your Facebook URL. For example, mine is www.facebook.com/kylebubp so my username is kylebubp. If you aren’t sure what your username is, login to Facebook and click on Profile in the top right. Your URL will be displayed in your address bar.

Next, click on the Advanced tab. Make your settings match these:

That’s it. Click add and you should be good to go. If you need assistance, comment and I will email or reply in the comments.

 

Installing SharePoint 2010 Without an Internet Connection

I recently had to do this, and it was no fun at all. You have to download all the prerequisites, put them in a directory, and then run a long command with arguments. For simplicity’s sake, I have compiled everything you need.

This installation took place on a machine running Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit of course).

First, download this package and extract it to your C:\. Your file structure should look like C:\SPPR\<files>

Next, mount the installation disc on your server. For this example, I’m just going to say it is the D:\. Open a command prompt and run this command (all on one line):

D:\>PrerequisiteInstaller.exe /SQLNCli:C:\SPPR\sqlncli.msi
/KB976462:C:\SPPR\KB76462.msu /IDFXR2:C:\SPPR\IDFXR2.msu
/Sync:C:\SPPR\Sync.msi /ChartControl:C:\SPPR\ChartControl.exe
/FilterPack:C:\SPPR\FilterPack.exe /ADOMD:C:\SPPR\ADOMD.msi

If you get installation errors, you may have to run the sqlncli.msi package. Be advised, this package was taken from a SQL 2008 R2 disc. After successfully installing sqlncli.msi, you can rerun the entire command again. It should come back OK.

There you have it, simple and effective and a heck of a lot less trouble than what I went through.

Edit: Thanks to a reddit user, trevorishere, who informed me of this awesome script that will download all the pre-reqs for you as well.

Google to Remove H.264 Video Support from Chrome

To that end, we are changing Chrome’s HTML5 <video> support to make it consistent with the codecs already supported by the open Chromium project. Specifically, we are supporting the WebM VP8 and Theora video codecs, and will consider adding support for other high-quality open codecs in the future. Though H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal is to enable open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our resources directed towards completely open codec technologies.

via Chromium Blog: HTML Video Codec Support in Chrome.

Facebook Chat Fix for Adium/Pidgin/iChat

The other day I launched Adium and noticed a significant decrease of friends. I noticed that although my Facebook friends were online at www.facebook.com, they were not showing up in my list. A quick check showed that yes, my Facebook account was connected in Adium, but nothing was showing up.

Well, here’s the fix for your Facebook Friends not showing up in Adium, Pidgin, or iChat.

You need to create a new Jabber account in your IM software. Then configure with the following:

iChat

  1. Go to the iChat menu and select “Preferences.”
  2. From the “Accounts” tab, click the “+” and select the following settings:
    • Account Type: Jabber
    • Account Name: your Facebook username@chat.facebook.com
    • Password: your Facebook password
  3. Click down to server options and select the following settings:
    • Server: chat.facebook.com
    • Port: 5222
    • Uncheck “Use SSL”

Adium

  1. Go to the Adium menu and select “Preferences.”
  2. From the “Accounts” tab, click the “+” and select “Jabber” from the drop-down menu. Fill in the following information:
    • Jabber ID: your Facebook username@chat.facebook.com
    • Password: your Facebook password

Pigdin

  1. Go to “Accounts” and select “Manage Account.”
  2. Create a new account with the following settings:

    Under Basic:
    Protocol: XMPP
    Username: your Facebook username
    Domain: “chat.facebook.com”
    Resource: “pidgin”
    Password: your facebook password
    Local alias: “Facebook Chat”

    Under Advanced:
    Uncheck Require SSL/TLS
    Connect port: 5222
    Connect server: chat.facebook.com

Now you’re all set, back to chatting.