8-bit Crafts

8-bit Crafts

A long time ago, in a work place far far away, a co-worker gave me some Perler beads. They’ve been sitting in my game cupboard for years, but my wife finally found something fun for me to do with them: make re-creations of 8-bit sprites! For my first attempt, I’ve made a fire flower from Mario. It took an hour or so, mainly because the red I thought I was digging out of the tub of...

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Making my Android faster

I got an Android phone a while back (a Samsung Intercept). I like it a lot, except it started getting slower and slower and slower. After yelling at my phone profusely and spending an hour or so Googling, I discovered that a process called akmd2 was the culprit. This process is what automatically switches the screen from portrait to landscape mode when you rotate the phone. Seeing as I actually...

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Water Storage

Water Storage

My wife and I have been working hard on building up a good supply of food and water. This is partially because we hate going shopping all the time, but mainly because it is good to have extra food in case of an emergency. Last summer we were without clean water for a few days. Luckily we had stored some water in old juice containers so we had something to drink. It is difficult though to store a...

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Poor man’s process monitor

I lost some money a few days ago because Apache crashed on my VPS that is running the Fake Mail Generator. I’m too cheap to pay for web monitoring, so I had no idea it happened until I noticed my earnings were down. So I had a few options: Pay for a web monitoring service. Knowing that Apache crashed would have been nice, but I still might have to get up in the middle of the night to start...

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Postfix with MySQL support on CentOS

I had the need to get Postfix working with MySQL support today on CentOS 5. The version of Postfix that is in the CentOS yum repo, unfortunately, doesn’t have MySQL support, and I didn’t want to compile from source. Luckily, there is a way to get Postfix with MySQL installed using yum: Caution: These instructions will reset your Postfix config files to the defaults. Make sure you...

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