Leliana’s Song – Find the Mages’ Cache

Having trouble finding the Mages Collective Cache in DA:O? I sure was.

in-win BL-631 case review – small, packed, and mostly quiet with decent airflow

The in-win BL-631 is a fairly small case, with a packed interior. I go over an installation and mention the quirks and qualms I ran into.

The fix when the P5KPL-CM won’t sleep

Who would have thought a motherboard wouldn’t sleep because of a default jumper setting?

FreeNAS – a powerful file serving solution, but not without its issues

I take a look at FreeNAS, with a slight focus on ZFS.

FreeNAS fix – afp file permissions

If you aren’t used to setting file permissions in your OS, FreeNAS might be your first introduction. Here’s how you set them.

FreeNAS fix – creating ZFS raid-5 (aka raidz) and UNKNOWN showing everywhere

A number of things in FreeNAS showed up as UNKNOWN when trying to set up ZFS partitions. Here’s how I worked around it.

FreeNAS error while installing – the fix

A workaround when trying to install FreeNAS to a USB stick and running into the “failed to dd image” message.

Cities XL vs Sim City 4

Having played both, here’s a comparison in case you’re trying to decide on one or the other.

Samsung ML-1210 and Windows 7 – the driver

Getting the Samsung ML-1210 driver to work well with Windows 7 wasn’t straightforward. Fortunately, the trick to get it working is easy.

FIX – JFolder::create: Path not in open_basedir paths

Solving a new issue in Joomla when migrating to a new server.

Hosted vs self-hosted DNS servers

I was pondering whether to host my own DNS or go with hosted DNS, and put together some pros and cons of each.

Deleting old WordPress database entries from MySQL

The downside to installing WordPress plugins is the junk often left behind in the database when you remove them. Here’s what I came across (and removed) in mine.

Best x264 settings for Handbrake

The best H.264 / x264 settings for Handbrake

A somewhat brief list of some quick-and-dirty “best” advanced settings for Handbrake, based on v0.9.3.

Reducing the Northbridge temps on the MSI X58 PRO-E motherboard

The northbridge on the X58 PRO-E is notorious for getting hot. I walk through the process of pulling the heatsinks and applying new paste to bring those temps down.

Antec Sonata III case review

I look at the Sonata III with a comparison against the old piano-finish variant.

MSI GT735 Notebook and Windows 7 64-bit

Bringing the MSI GT735 from Vista 32-bit to Windows 7 64-bit.

VLC Mac Stutter – the fix

Addressing stutter on the Mac using VLC 1.x, with a screenshot to help along the way.

2.4Ghz vs 5Ghz, D-Link DWA-160 short review, a kink, and the fix

A look at the DWA-160, with a deeper focus on the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz aspects.

Migrating CPanel awstats from one host to another

The downside to relying on AWSTATS for statistics tracking through WHM is that if you move to a new host, it can take some manual work to get that data transferred. Here’s how I did it.

Mac OS X Drivers for the HP Color LaserJet 1600

Trying to get the LaserJet 1600 working on Mac OS X isn’t a simple plug-and-play experience, though it is possible.