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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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Remove Generator Field From WordPress Meta

Category: WordPress

WordPress automagically interjects meta content specifying that the generator of the webpage is WordPress and, specifically, what version it is. Like this:

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Sending Email From PHP On GoDaddy (And Possibly Other Hosts)

Category: Web Development

Recently, while working on the temporary site for Moonfar, I wanted to send the user an email as confirmation that they had signed up for email notifications. Essentially, you define the recipient, the subject line, the body, a few headers, and then call the mail() function while passing those parameters to it. PHP's mail() function does the rest, provided that your host has PHP configured properly.

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WebVisions 2008 Conference Debriefing

Category: Web Development

I recently attended the WebVisions 2008 conference in Portland, OR. It was my first conference, so I can't speak to the quality with much experience. However, my general opinion was that there was some good, some bad, and some ugly, as one might expect. That said, the good was well worth the experience. Plus, I won the grand prize raffle: Adobe CS3 Premier. Although, as of the date of this post, I have not yet received it.

You can find the podcasts of the presentations and the associated presentation slides with these links:

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Guitar Tips And Tricks

Category: Guitars

This is intended to be a living document, so check back often for new tips and tricks to help your guitar playing. These appear in no particular order.

Use a metronome when you practice. This helps establish consistent timing, accuracy, and synchronization between your left and right hands. Your playing will improve much faster by using a metronome. You can also build up speed by slowly increasing the tempo in small increments such as 8bpm at a time.

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Speed Picking Exercise 1

Category: Guitars

Learning to speed pick can be quite difficult. Many guitarists do it different ways from circular picking to stiffening their arm and wrist. I recommend trying to keep your arm and wrist as loose as possible and let the movement come from the wrist. Try to minimize the range of motion.

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