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Archive for October, 2005

Camping at Petit Jean, Fall 2005

30
Oct

We just got back from a four-day camping trip on Petit Jean Mountain. It was, in my opinion, the best camping trip we have ever had!
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Christian Canuck rockers’s raw style hits home

10
Oct

Manic Drive If you are looking for a band with a unique take on the hip-hop/hardcore/rock genre with a pure message, you should do yourself a favor and check out the premier release "Reason to Move" from Manic Drive. This album marks the 5th release from founders and brothers Michael and Shawn Cavallo.
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OS X System Preferences icon size mismatch

06
Oct

Just recently I noticed a problem in my System Preferences on my Mac (I use both Windows XP and OS X Tiger at the office.) For some reason, my icons had become inconsistent when I opened system prefs. Some were normal, whilst others were tiny.

After living with this for a few days I decided to search for an answer. I couldn’t find anything, either through Google or the Apple discussion boards, that related to my problem. I decided to hunt for an answer on my own and started digging through the various configuration and cache files to find the key. After trashing several preference files to no avail, I finally went to /Users/HomeDirectory/Library/Caches/ and deleted the following two files:

com.apple.preferencepanes.cache
com.apple.preferencepanes.searcindexcache

Voilà, my system prefs panel is back to normal!
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Hashcash, Bad Behavior, and the depravity of man

05
Oct

I don’t get tons of comments here on my blog but I have a few posts that have gotten some attention in the blogosphere. As this site has grown, I have noticed more and more attempts at comment-spam. I might be getting a little ahead of myself, but let me say this: I truly believe that people are basically, in their heart of hearts, depraved. By that, I mean that man (left to his own devices) will come up with any number of dishonest plans and schemes to enrich himself at other’s expense. There, but for the grace of God, go I.

So, for the uninitiated, here is a little explanation of what comment spam is and why it exists.
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