Sony HDR-CX220 Overview

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

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.

Handbrake Advanced Options

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.

The NP-Q460 box.

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.

How to replace bearings in the Whirlpool Duet WFW9200SQ02 washing machine

A number of Whirlpool washers end up with bearing problems. You can throw it out, pay $ for a new basket, or replace the bearings. I did the latter.