Monthly Archives: November 2012
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Is your CD or DVD drive stuck in your Dell Studio XPS? These machines have a slot-loading CD drive and there is NO EJECT HOLE! Sometimes the CD or DVD will come lose and the eject button does nothing – it makes some noise and tries to “eject” the CD, unsuccessfully. So how do you get that CD out? Wait – don’t take your computer apart! Some say you can use credit cards, but there is actually a much better and easier trick. Tools Required 8″ Plastic Zip Ties Steps Step 1: Insert two plastic zip ties – one into each end of the DVD/CD drive. You’ll want to leave about 1″ of space between each of these and the side of the slot. You will angle one up and the other down so that one goes above the CD, and one goes below the CD. You will only need to insert these about 1 – 1.5 inches. Don’t insert them any farther because you don’t need to, and you don’t want to damage any of the slot loading optical drive’s components. Step 2: After the zip ties are inserted, slide them both towards the middle. Step 3: When they are close to the middle they will be pinching the CD naturally. Gently tug on both of them. As you pull them out, the CD will start to inch out with them. If the fit is too tight, slide them a little bit towards the sides and away from the … Continue reading
When using rtorrent, you can set a folder to be watched for torrent files that will be auto-loaded. To do this, you’ll edit your ~/.rtorrent.rc file and add one of the following lines. See the comment below for more information: # Watch a directory for new torrents, and stop those that have been deleted. schedule = watch_directory,5,5,load_start=/home/user/torrent_files/*.torrent schedule = untied_directory,5,5,stop_untied=
OS X Mountain Lion has a known issue regarding hang during logon. This more commonly occurs after the computer has been sleeping, standby, or locked. There are a lot of issues that could cause this, and some people have tracked it down to different causes. However, for me, I got this error / problem message after upgrading from Snow Leopard. What I realized was that if the WiFi connection is off, the system will hang. If the WiFi / Airport is on, then everything is OK. After doing some research it appears to be related to the Bonjour service. The solution for me was to make sure I have WiFi / Airport turned on before putting the computer to sleep, locking it, etc, so that it doesn’t hang on the login screen after it wakes up.
Google is still following the model of having an open-source, beta-ish version of Chrome alongside their standard Google Chrome. It’s interesting the “about” pages are very similar.