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Mount an NTFS Filesystem in Linux

Under CentOS 5.6 OR Redhat Enterprise Linux RHEL 5.6
To mount NTFS file systems, you'll need to do this:
mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sda1 /mnt

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CentOS 5.6 HTTP Install

Website Name: mirror.centos.org
CentOS Directory: centos/5.6/os/i386

Sprint EVO 4G data reset procedure

In order to get your data working again after an outage of 3G or 4G you need to do the following in sequence:

  1. Phone this number: ##3283#
  2. Hit "EDIT" - it will prompt for a password
  3. Hit 287804
  4. Hit "OK"
  5. Select "DATA PROFILE"
  6. Go to Menu --> Restore
  7. Hit "OK" [Twice]

It will reboot, and do stuff...
Then, once it has fully rebooted, go to: Menu/Settings/System Updates/Update Profile
Once that is done, your data connection via 3G or 4G should be repaired.

Windows 7 Upgrade Clean Install - How to get it to accept the Upgrade Key

How to Install Windows 7 to a NEW Drive using an Upgrade DVD

I recently had to deal with Microsoft Support on this issue, and I can save you a great deal of time by passing on this procedure to you. Here's the scenario: you want to upgrade to a new monster SATA drive, and do a clean install of Windows 7 from an UPGRADE DVD, but the way the upgrade is setup, you need to first install the VISTA or XP version of windows so that the upgrade can run without activation errors. Well, I'm told by Microsoft Support that the following sequence will work:

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Fixing the WEBMIN module for APCUPSD in Ubuntu Linux 10.04

I recently enabled the APC UPS monitor in my Ubuntu Linux 10.04 web server, and as a part of that, chose to use the webmin module available at: http://download.webmin.com/download/modules/apcupsd-0.81-2.wbm.gz

And for the sake of complete disclosure, the APCUPSD module is available by a simple:

sudo apt-get install apcupsd

I then configured the "/etc/apcupsd/apcupsd.conf" to reflect the fact that I was using the USB connection:

UPSCABLE usb
UPSTYPE usb
DEVICE

Do you need to reboot your ubuntu ?

Just check for the existence of this file after an update:
don@etiikka:~$ ls -al /var/run/reboot-required
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 32 Oct  9 15:17 /var/run/reboot-required
If it is there, you need to restart the machine -- at the command line, do this:
don@etiikka:~$ sudo reboot

Xmarks - There is hope...

It seems there was sufficient response to the shutdown announcement on the Xmarks site that thye have opened up a pledge database to see what the numbers are like. If they get 100,000 pledges of willingness to pay between $10 and $20 per YEAR, they will consider not shutting down the servers.

Go to: http://www.xmarks.com/about/company

And make a pledge if you too would like them to continue to offer their service...

XMARKS to close down...

Foxmarks, which became "Xmarks" in 2009, have announced that they are closing their doors in January 2011. I have been a user of this service for several years now, and it is one of my favourite browser apps. See the blog entry announcing the closure here:

http://blog.xmarks.com/?p=1886

Dell 5224 Password Reset

The documentation doesn't appear to give this up very easily: to reset to Factury Defaults, you'll need to restart the switch while having a serial console open, and hit CTRL-F (lots of times) until the boot completes, and it drops down to a boot-rom style prompt.

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Fixing the Twitter module in Drupal

The Twitter module for Drupal now needs to use the new OAuth module for authentication in Twitter.  This has broken many web sites.  I use this feature on this site to automatically post a tweet whenever I add a new blog entry.  I use a global account in Drupal to do it, rather than individual Twitter accounts for each drupal user.

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