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Gmail hangs on loading, then displays error in Chrome

Posted on December 15th, 2009 |

I’ve been having issues with my Gmail while using the newest developer builds of Chrome. When clicking on an email message the loading display at the top of the screen would come on and it would just sit there for approximately 30 seconds before displaying an error message and then allowing normal use of email. I thought it may have been due to the dev build but it works fine running dev on my home machine.

Thankfully this one had a very simple solution. Click the wrench (settings) button. Go to Options. Personal Stuff, Clear Browsing Data… I only checked Clear Cache and set the Period to be ‘Everything’ and Gmail started working normal again.

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Warning – Google May Harm Your Computer

Posted on January 31st, 2009 |


Careful, according to Google, the site may be harmful to your computer.

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Covert UNIX Epoch dates in Microsoft Excel – Including Timezone Examples

Posted on January 22nd, 2009 |

There are many sites out there that will give you a full description of what the UNIX Epoch standard date system is, why it is used, and a thorough understanding of why that’s important to you. You also probably don’t have time for a history/computer science course when all you want to do is convert that time stamp into something that looks nice for your boss in Excel. In that case, here you go:

All examples shown assume that the UNIX time stamp is in column A.

GMT – Greenwich Mean Time – This is the standard example you see across the Internet

EST – Eastern Standard Time (GMT – 5:00)

CST – Central Standard Time (GMT – 6:00)

MST – Mountain Standard Time (GMT – 7:00)

PST – Pacific Standard Time (GMT – 8:00)

Now set your column format to a Date field to your liking. I use the 3/14/01 13:30 format so I can include the easily sortable military time format.

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Don’t set your WordPress address URL to something other than the folder WordPress is installed

Posted on January 22nd, 2009 |

I’ve recently redirected my home page of to using Apache’s mod_rewrite functions. This way users coming to the main site are transparently redirected to the blog yet the old Google indexed URLs that are referencing the blog subfolder still work. I wanted my sitemap which is built by a WordPress plugin to reference the URLs without the blog subdirectory since it’s cleaner. Instead of manually changing the xml output (which would have taken all of 10 seconds) I decided to change the WordPress address setting in the control panel. My thought was that it would then just reference instead of while still redirecting traffic to the proper path due to the mod_rewrite rule in place.

After doing this the website could still be viewed properly and all the links worked but when trying to sign into wp-admin the system would just bring me back to the login page without any error messages. To fix the issue I had to log into my virtual host site and manually change the siteurl field in the options MySQL table back to

Lesson learned. Read about what the functions do before making assumptions.

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This seems like a bad idea

Posted on December 10th, 2008 |

Saw a guy at a local gas station who forgot what side his fuel door was on.  Instead of turning around or selecting a different pump like a normal person would he decided to do this instead.

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Yes, I bought gasoline for far less than $2.00 per gallon

Posted on November 10th, 2008 |

Read it and weep. Now this is where gas prices should be!

$1.549 when DOE national average for that week was $2.28

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Get 2.5GB of Free Online Storage with Mozy

Posted on October 30th, 2008 |

Mozy is an online backup company owned by EMC. I’ve been giving their software a spin for around a month now and have found it to work quite well. They have clients for Windows, Mac, and I think there was one for Linux too. They offer free accounts that allow for 2GB of storage but using my referral link you can get 2.5GB of storage. Yes, I too get an additional 512MB of storage space if someone signs up and uses it but that’s just win-win.

Click here to signup.

The software can be setup to backup all your documents, pictures, and videos or you can selectively choose the folders you want backed up. If you find you run out of room with the 2.5GB the service is only $5 per month if you want an unlimited storage account. That’s right, unlimited backup space for only $60 per year.

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