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Flash in Firefox on Windows XP

So today I finally got annoyed by all those broken quicktime icons when browsing the web to media rich sites with Firefox (1.0.2).

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TiBook with external monitor only

Yesterday my four year old sun finally destroyed my wife's aged titanium G4 powerbook by basically breaking off the LCD display. Now the machine is still fully functional, except that it can not be carried around anymore, due to the display literally hanging only by a thread.

So I am trying to turn the computer formerly known as a laptop into a desktop via an external 21" Monitor I have lying around.

How do you switch off the LCD screen and operate the laptop in closed state with external keyboard and external monitor only became the goal of 24 hour extensive googling.

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Blender3D Environment

I finally downloaded Blender3D again, after playing around with this awesome application some years ago. You should check out the demo.

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Mozilla/Firefox about:config

Would you know it. I am using Mozilla/Firefox for an eternity now, and I still go and edit the config files by hand.

Today I learned that one can just type "about:config" into the address field and voila, access to all configuration variables right in the browser.

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PHP5.0.3 on Solaris 10_72

Trying to compile php 5.0.3 on solaris 10 build 72 turned out to be not as smooth as expected. Apparently the config.guess script does not return the correct string.

In order for configure to work correctly I had to specify the build and host explicitly

./configure \
--host=i386-pc-solaris2.10 \
--build=i386-pc-solaris2.10 \

Also, Zend/zend_strtod.c should be (the __i386__ define has been added)

#if defined(__sparc__) || defined(__ppc__) || defined(__i386__)
#define u_int32_t uint32_t

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PayPal Fraudulent E-mail

A couple of days ago I received an e-mail that turned out to be not only spam, but a fraudulent attempt to rip off my PayPal login information.

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A year ago I purchased a used Apple 12" Powerbook because I had to do a lot of travel and needed something small and reliable. I have not regretted that purchase since. Those Apple Powerbooks seem a little on the highend if you compare the price to your typical Wintel based brands, but the design is unrivaled and you get a real operating system :>).

Unfortunately the constant [ab]use has drained my original battery to an unusable level, so I am in the market for a new Powerbook 12" Battery. It seems that Apple has the best offer.

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Celiac Disease

Christmas day I listened to a really interesting piece on the radio Diagnosing and Treating Celiac Disease. It was about Celiac Disease

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What is a Blog

I heard this so many times, and I still had to look up the word: what exactely is a blog? This is what webopedia.com says:

(n.) Short for Web log, a blog is a Web page that serves as a publicly-accessible personal journal for an individual. Typically updated daily, blogs often reflect the personality of the author.

(v.) To author a Web log.

Now that I can grok

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How to restore Windows XP file permissions

Since I don't know my way around windows very well (how odd that I can admit this without hesitation), I usually install cygwin first thing I have to work on Wintel.

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