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How NOT to calculate daily compound interest rate


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I wanted to work out how much interest I would gain by leaving some money in a certain account for a few days. I knew I could derive this myself using logarithms but I was too lazy, so I searched … Continue reading

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ZoneMinder: Bareword "ZM_PATH_LOGS" not allowed while "strict subs" in use

Since a recent burglary I have been using ZoneMinder to provide CCTV security for my house on my Ubuntu 12.04 machine. I noticed earlier today that zoneminder had stopped running over the weekend and when I tried to start the … Continue reading

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Acquiring hxcomp.exe without having Visual Studio installed

I have been using the excellent IDA Free to reverse engineer the driver for Akai's MPD16 as Akai have declined to support Windows 7 and it seems a shame for perfectly good hardware to be condemned to landfills prematurely. While … Continue reading

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BT Infinity and OpenWRT

So my girlfriend can't get reliable wifi upstairs on her iphone, maybe the bed's metal frame is acting as a faraday cage, maybe the BT HomeHub 3 router is not very good. Regardless of who's to blame for the wifi … Continue reading

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Secure MythWeb with Mythbuntu 12.04

When you install the MythWeb module, the default security settings in Mythbuntu allow password-less access from anywhere. If you wish to be able to schedule (or watch) recordings when you are away from home then you may want to allow … Continue reading

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Shuttle XS35GS V3 and Mythbuntu 12.04

I bought the recently released Shuttle XS35GS V3 (also called XS35GTA V3) to use as a mythtv frontend. As usual, nothing works correctly first time round and there were a few things I needed to set up manually to get … Continue reading

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Kworld PC160-2T remote control on Ubuntu Linux 11.10

I recently bought a dual tuner card for my Mythtv box (and I discussed getting it working with mythtv here). The good news is that the IR receiver on the card is detected by the driver, however the bad news … Continue reading

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Using the KWorld PC160-2T with Mythtv on Ubuntu Linux 11.10

The PCI card is internally implemented as a USB interface connected to the two tuners over USB which is interesting to say the least. Presumably its cheaper to put an extra USB chip on a PCI card than to make … Continue reading

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undefined reference to `ceil' (or pow or floor or ...) in ubuntu 11.10

There has been a change to the build tools in ubuntu 11.10 - The "--as-needed" flag is now passed to the linker. This primarily has implications for dynamic library linking but it also affects the order that libraries appear on … Continue reading

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EMU Legacy archive

Since Creative have taken the EMU Legacy pages offline, its not longer possible to get hold of for example OS updates for various devices such as the Proteus 2000, MP7, EMU Ultra etc. I am making available as much of … Continue reading

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Yamaha FS1R tutorial

I found this old tutorial for the Yamaha FS1R fm synthesiser in the wayback machine and have reproduced it here for posterity. Beginners Guide To The Yamaha FS1R © 2000 R.C.Strange written by R.C.Strange email: rcstrange@hotmail.com website: www.geocities.com/rcstrange2000 This Word … Continue reading

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M-Audio Delta 1010 sound stops working for some applications on Windows 7 x86

I've had occasional audio playback problems. My symptoms are that websites and videos will suddenly stop making any sound in firefox while I can still play tunes in vlc. Restarting firefox makes no difference. If I fire up other applications, … Continue reading

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Deciphering the TC Electronic M350 SysEx format

I recently acquired a TC Electronic M350 effects unit. One if its features is midi connectivity, which allows you to backup or edit the presets on a PC - although the interface exposes every setting so there's not much reason … Continue reading

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Running a python script that requires libgsf on Ubuntu 11.04

I was exploring a project concerned with reverse engineering some file formats (https://gitorious.org/re-lab/tools) and I needed to run a python script. This python script requires libgsf (the gnome structured file library: http://projects.gnome.org/libgsf/ ), however the debian/ubuntu packages for this aren't … Continue reading

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Increasing the size of the main linux partition (Ubuntu 11.04)

I have an installation of Ubuntu 11.04 running as a virtual machine under VirtualBox. It recently ran out of space, so I needed to expand the partition. First I made a new partition that was larger than my existing partition … Continue reading

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