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Encoding Time Cues Into YouTube URLs

Category: Web Development

I recently wanted to send someone a clip from The 'Burbs on YouTube, but I wanted them to see a specific line from the movie. I knew that if you added a timecode in MM:SS format to a comment that YouTube would parse that as a link to that timecode in the video, but I figured they had to have a way to do it in the URL as well.

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CRF250X Tip: Short Circuit Clutch Switch For Aftermarket (ASV) Clutch Lever/Perch

Category: Motorcycles

A few months ago, I replaced my stock clutch perch with an ASV C5 lever/perch/hotstart assembly. I'm really happy with it, but at the time of installation, I was a little nervous. When I pulled the stock clutch perch, I realized that the new perch didn't have the same clutch switch for the starter that the stock one has.

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Graphics Kit Application Tip

Category: Motorcycles

When I recently slapped some new graphics on my CRF250X, I asked my friends for tips as I'd never applied fancy graphics before, just stickers. I had heard about using Windex before, but I didn't fully understand how it worked. My friends said to spray the plastic with Windex, then slap the sticker on, position it, and let the Windex dry and the sticker will set perfectly.

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CRF250X Tip: Tail Light Doesn't Work Without Battery

Category: Motorcycles

Someone pointed out that my tail light wasn't working. I did a little digging on Thumper Talk and found this thread.

Since my battery is dead, I took it out. Without a working battery (or without one at all, in my case), the tail light doesn't work on the 250X. Whew! Now I don't have to worry about tracking down an electrical problem.

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CRF250X Tip: Sunline Case Saver DOES NOT Fit

Category: Motorcycles

Perhaps this is more of an anti-tip, but here it is anyway.

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CRF250X Tip: Fuel Screw Installation, Reconnecting The Carburetor Boots

Category: Motorcycles

I recently installed a new Sunline Fuel Screw in my 2004 CRF250X. In order to do so, I had to break the carb loose from the airbox-to-carb boot and the carb-to-cylinder boot so that I could turn the carb out toward me to get to the bottom of it. Boots circled below, although airbox-to-carb boot is hidden behind frame.

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Wordpress 2.5.1 Bug - Admin Can't Publish

Category: WordPress

In Wordpress 2.5.1, after you've created additional publishing users, the administrator account can no longer publish posts or pages. Or rather, the administrator can publish, but it appears under another user's name as the administrator's account is not an option in the drop down.

After quite some digging, I found a solution, or rather a work-around, posted by jmrussell on this Wordpress forum:

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Kobayashi Maru For Developers

Category: Web Development

Being the geek that I am, I remembered the reference to the Kobayashi Maru from Star Trek many years ago, but I was surprised when one of my professors in college brought it up in reference to a sorting algorithm. His linking these two references changed the way I thought about solving problems.

But first, a brief history...

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Yahoo vs. Eric Meyer CSS Reset

Category: Web Development

In my post titled WebVisions 2008 Conference Debriefing, I mentioned the concept of a CSS reset and provided links to two versions: the Eric Meyer CSS Reset and the Yahoo UI Library CSS Reset. Both address the issue of browser having their own internal stylesheets that don't necessarily match.

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Remove Fancy Quotes From WordPress

Category: WordPress

If you're annoyed by the fancy quotes that WordPress replaces your normal quotes with (i.e. “these quotes” rather than "these regular quotes"), there's an easy way to get rid of them. Just use Semiologic's Unfancy Quote Plugin For WordPress and presto chango, your fancy quotes are gone!

I had found some lower-level hacks to WordPress and some crazy-complex Javascript that fixed this, but none of them were as simple and easy to use as Semiologic's solution.

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