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Panasonic SD5 - HiDef SDHC Camcorder
A self-purchase for my family and I. Upgrading from an old Sony Mini DV camcorder.Comment Icon
Interpol's got PhotoShop Skillz
Interpol has been able to reverse image effects unmasking a pedophile.Comment Icon
Amazon Launches DRM-Free MP3 Store
Cheaper than iTunes. Better quality than iTunes. DRM Free.Comment Icon
Raytheon brings the Pain Gun
"This machine has the ability to inflict limitless, unbearable pain."Comment Icon
How to Solve a Maze with Adobe Photoshop
This is the best hack of PhotoShop I have ever seen.Comment Icon
Urban Dictionary: Prewalking
Walking down the subway platform so that when you board the train, you'll be close to the exit or transfer point when the train reaches its destination.Comment Icon
How to Schedule MySQL Backups in Windows
Gotta love it when something you thought might be challenging is explained to be so easy.Comment Icon
Nintendo to release official MP3 Player for the Nintendo DS
The best handheld gaming system gets a media add-on. Nice.Comment Icon
Laptop sleeves like monster muppets
I don't care how much I like monsters and cartoons and such, I'd feel like the world's biggest weirdo if I actually carried this in public.Comment Icon
"Pee-wee's Playhouse" joining Cartoon Network's Adult Swim
Saturday mornings were so awesome as a kid.Comment Icon
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Errorik's Blog Archive

These are my blog entries - things I wrote, things I linked to, maybe a few rants, lots of improper grammar and personal stories.

Vote Arnold for President of California

Another fine piece of comedy from the folks at Jib Jab.

Tech Tip: Rolling out new passwords

If you ever decide that it's good to roll out new passwords across the board, and you are creating a new account for remote-access to your web server, or some other machine that you can't (easily) gain physical access to... It's smart to not delete a known working account without first testing the new account. I didn't follow this rule and now I am locked out of administrating my web server. Doh!

Pushing In 'n' Out's custom ordering to the human body's limit

This guy deserves a StinkFactor.com honorable mention for not only eating a 20x20 cheeseburger from In 'n' Out... but documenting it well with photos.
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Got a Sony Vaio notebook like me? Hate the touchpad like me?

So here is my beef. I have a sweet Sony Vaio GR notebook. It's a bit dated today, but what isn't dated the day after you buy it? But the worst thing about the notebook from day one is the touchpad.
The touchpad has a setting to disable when mouse is attached, but apparently that is only for PS/2 mice. And the GR series doesn't even have a PS/2 port, so of course any mice I attach is going to be USB.
I hated the touchpad getting in my way so much (even with the settings adjusted), I just disabled the mouse completely via a registry hack. But now since I bought my new Dell XPS desktop, my notebook is secondary, and I have moved my coveted Logitech mouse over to my desktop. So I have enabled touchpad again and have started using it again.
My main problem with the touchpad is that I can never find the correct setting that allows me to move my pointer around freely without it measuring that I am also clicking along the way. To me, the touchpad is only for moving the pointer. The two buttons below the touchpad are how you click. Imaging if your mouse thought that you wanted to click because the pressure in which you were resting your hand on it changed? Some might like that idea, but I don't.
I will be blunt, none of the setting with the default Synaptics touchpad software allows you to make your touchpad non-clickable. You must update your driver. You can going to the Synaptics website and download the appropriate driver yourself (near the bottom of the page). You must reboot.
When accessing the new touchpad software you may think as I did that you have even LESS controls before. I about flipped my lid when I first saw the new menu. But you have to to the "Device Settings" tab, and click on the "Settings..." button. Here is where most of the settings are editable at. Go to the "Tapping" node, and then uncheck the "Enable Tapping" feature. Done.
BTW... the updated Synaptics software does a much betting job at tell you exactly what each feature does. The default software does not give you any description of what the settings are doing.
Hope it helps.


I have spent the past week on a ranch in Utah. Time to get back to life.