Replacing an oxygen sensor in a 1998 Honda Civic (how-to with pictures)
Fortunately, the Honda Civic’s oxygen sensor is located in an easily accessible location. A quick guide with pictures and a few options for removal follows.
Sony HDR-CX220 Handycam review – not impressed with this camcorder
I grabbed the Sony HDR-CX220 just after launch, and did a little testing. At a $250 launch price, I really expected a lot more.
9 marbles and a weight balance – which is the heaviest one?
A short, fun riddle regarding 9 marbles, a balance, and a 2 measurement limit. Complete with pictures.
How to remove a fulltext index in MySQL – switching from MyISAM to InnoDB
I had to work around a “The used table type doesn’t support FULLTEXT indexes” message to accommodate installation of a plugin. Just a few commands in MySQL and I was up and running.
the fix – WP Smush.it and the “Could not find” error in WordPress Media Manager
Upon switching the website to a new host, I was faced with the dreaded “could not find” message. I put together a walk-through showing how to fix it.
Workaround/fix – iPad + 3 security questions + your session has timed out
As time goes on, “it just works” seems to apply less and less frequently to Apple products. This was one of those times. I worked around it anyway.
VLC 2.x Mac Stutter – the fix
I’d previously worked around stutter in an earlier version of VLC. The new version had new options, so I took new screenshots and provided the workaround here.
A rundown of Handbrake settings (0.9.6)
I go over each of the Advanced Settings in Handbrake 0.9.6 (similar to other versions) in great detail.
Fighting noise/grain in handbrake – custom denoise settings
A detailed look at custom denoising in Handbrake. Note that I have since replaced this with a newer/better version, and have provided a link to it.
An APEVIA X-QPACK2 user review – small and light
One of the most interesting cases I’ve ever had, the APEVIA X-QPACK2 is insanely light and makes for a tight-fitting setup.
Samsung UN22D5003 review – a TV, and an awesome PC monitor
The Samsung UN22D5003 – they sell it as a TV, but it makes for one heck of a nice monitor.
A quick Antec NSK2480 user review…
The Antec NSK2480 is… well… an Antec. Nice and quiet, cools well, but I did run into a few issues.
Having trouble undervolting? Do more undervolting!
Usually, more voltage helps fight against stability problems. When hitting stability problems on the Maximus GENE-Z, I found that UNDER-volting was the solution.
Sandy Bridge undervolting – offset vs manual – observations
I spent some time trying to see whether a BIOS offset voltage or manual voltage allowed the best undervolting results on Sandy Bridge.
Intel’s HD 3000 – not as constrained on memory bandwidth as you might think…
Contrary to what I’d read elsewhere, faster RAM speed was providing faster iGPU performance on my Sandy Bridge processor.
Repairing a broken spider (on a Whirlpool Duet Washer)
If your washing machine has a broken spider and you’re thinking of trying to repair it, the steps I went through on mine are listed here.
THE FIX – Mass Effect 3 “diplomat terminal” bug
It wouldn’t be a BioWare game if it didn’t have at least 1 bugged quest that couldn’t be completed. Here’s how you fix the “diplomat terminal” bug on the PC.
Replacing thermal paste on the Samsung Q460 (and disassembly pics)
I give instructions for pulling apart the Samsung Q460 (with pictures) and replacing the thermal paste. It’s not easy, and I didn’t see an improvement. But it’s here.
A quick Samsung Q460 laptop review
It’s always tough to find a mid-range laptop with a mid-range dedicated GPU at a low cost. But the Samsung Q460 fit the bill. Here’s a closer look.
Cooler Master Storm Scout filtration review (and modding)
CM’s Storm Scout is one of the few full-sized cases that have handy carry handles. Instead of a gaming-focus, I look at filtration and methods of minimizing the dust that enters this beast.