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Kenwood KDC-BT752HD Bluetooth Through the Front Speakers Only?

A while back I installed a Kenwood KDC-BT752HD in one of my cars to replace the lame unit that came from the factory.  The main feature I wanted was BT audio (A2DP streaming), Pandora functionality and HD radio were bonuses.  I use the … Continue reading

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Android Bluetooth ODB Reader

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Secure Remote Backups on the Cheap

Like many “technically minded” families we have started to accumulate a startling amount of data at home.  A couple hundred gigs of storage on the file server used to be more than adequate.  I did a pretty good job of making sure … Continue reading

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Getting Permanent Marker off a Whiteboard

The other day while taking notes during a conference call I accidentally wrote on my whiteboard with a Sharpie marker. After several minutes of swearing I remembered a tip I had heard years ago. Using a white board marker scribble … Continue reading

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Batch gpg Decrypt and Unzip

In Linux: To batch decrypt with gpg: echo {yourpassphrase} | gpg –passphrase-fd 0 –decrypt-files *.pgp To batch unzip: unzip “*.zip”

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Common SQL Server Troubleshooting Queries

Last Query for All Open Connections (source): SELECT    * FROM    sys.dm_exec_requests er     CROSS APPLY    sys.dm_exec_sql_text(er.sql_handle) AS t Number of Open Connections (source): SELECT      DB_NAME(dbid) as DBName,      COUNT(dbid) as NumberOfConnections,     … Continue reading

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PayPal Link Generator

PayPal used to let you create a payment link in addition to the current payment button.  The link was nice for a quick and dirty method when the button wasn’t needed, but PayPal seems to have done away with it. … Continue reading

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Quick DVD Backup to ISO on Linux

I often want an easy command line way to easily backup a standard definition (non-BlueRay) DVD to and ISO image.  The command line is nice because I can do it remotely on an idle MythTV Frontend machine and can copy the … Continue reading

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Remove Unsed Linux Kernels

I hate manually cleaning out all of the old kernels here is a script to do it for you: dpkg -l 'linux-*' | sed '/^ii/!d;/'"$(uname -r | sed "s/\(.*\)-\([^0-9]\+\)/\1/")"'/d;s/^[^ ]* [^ ]* \([^ ]*\).*/\1/;/[0-9]/!d' | xargs sudo apt-get -y purge … Continue reading

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DSM Links

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