Dear most Portland Coffee Cafes

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I love your mochas, but your place is nearly empty and you're losing money, because of silly decisions you've made. My body and half my brain appreciates the charge from your tasty drinks, but the second-half of my brain is drained over the course of a few hours. You can help me. As a very busy professional I'll often land in your place for a few hours to: - Meet with a client, and possibly Read more

How to upgrade Serendipity

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My personal blogging tool, Serendipity needed an upgrade. Here's how I did it: cd /path/to/blog/ wget "http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/php-blog/serendipity-1.5.5.tar.gz?download"<br /> mv serendipity-1.5.5.tar.gz\?download serendipity-1.5.5.tar.gz tar -xzf serendipity-1.5.5.tar.gz --strip-components=1 Then I went to the Admin Panel, and saw the Serendipity upgrader. It said all was good, Read more

What a fraud Vectrix

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How disturbing... Earlier yesterday I posted to a CAD/CAM machinist forum, seeking help with their software. Hours later I find that my posting has been doctored to not only remove information valuable to anyone visiting, but they fraudulently re-characterized my original message into a semblance of praise for their software. What's even more disturbing is their recent Award, and how they cited Read more

iPhone update due

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An update to my previous rant about Apple's attempts at forced obsolescence Rumor is, Apple is going to release a software update to Fix iPhone 3G performance issues...soon... I'll believe it when I see it. Until then, some of us have Real Work to do on these things and simply cannot wait for Steve Jobs/Apple to throw us long-time loyal customers a tiny little bone. Steps to fix slowness on Read more

Phishing for SEX! WOOT!

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For the past few months, I've been seeking a new place in inner-SE Portland. My reasons have been simple; despite the novelty of having a workshop in my condo, I miss having a real garage. I look forward to soon having the ability to use my lathe and CNC, without spending equal time cleaning up afterwards, and to complete fiberglass layups without ~1.5hr drives across town.<br /> Though, Read more

Quality of Clear WiMAX Services

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I live in downtown Portland Oregon, on the corner of 19th &amp; W Burnside, overlooking the city.<br /> Since moving to The Civic condos in October, I've been working with a clearly-overextended condo management organization; PREM Group. Despite initiating the process just days after moving in, nearly six months have passed, and the installation of a simple DSL connection still has not Read more

Home is where the tools are

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I have a small metal shop, but many have asked how one balances living in a condo, and maintaining a small metal workshop. It's a cramped setup, and I truly miss the space and flexibility of my single and two-car garages from the past decade...but, sometimes life takes turns no one expects, and all we can do is simply make the best of the path before us... When hidden, the workshop is just that; Read more

Yet another BIND vulnerabiity

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Yet another BIND vulnerability crawls out of the muck... Why does anyone still use this junk software anymore? Yawn...this is old news... I, as well as my customers and end-users, have nothing to worry about. We use DJBDNS, which was hardened against this age-old attack nearly a decade ago; the DJBDNS DNS engine continues to be invulnerable to the inherent flaws of BIND's design (and its Read more

Xpel 3M material = invisibleSHIELD material

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I just grabbed some of the 3M "paint protection" material sold by Xpel, and it looks, functions, installs, and feels EXACTLY like the invisibleSHIELD/ZAGG material. All the invisibleSHIELD/ZAGG folks appear to offer over just the raw material, is a very nicely cut out template. The template is a bit nice, as the 3M material is difficult to cut properly without SHARP knives/scissors, but I'm not Read more

Credit card swiped

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Think about the lengths I go to in regards to protecting my personal and credit information; shredding/burning discarded documents, the various unique passwords and such that I place on all my personal records, etc. Though I'm sometimes referred to as, maybe jokingly, paranoid, consider what occurred this morning, and then think about how you handle your personal information. I received a phone Read more
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