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How to use Reason with ReBirth RB-338 on 64-bit Windows 7 or 8

Probably because I'd been listening to some Acid Techno earlier in the week, I woke up this morning with the urge to play with a 303. So the obvious thing to do was to dig out ReBirth RB-338 and run it through Reason. … Continue reading

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Building wine from source on 64-bit debian

If you need a particular version of wine to run a particular windows programme, you may well need to build wine from source. Most windows programmes need 32-bit wine so you can't simply build the package from source on your 64-bit installation … Continue reading

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Dealing with website forms that disable pasting

Occasionally I run across a website that thinks its a good idea to arbitrarily restrict fundamental functions of my browser. Recently I signed a petition which asked for my email address twice. Obviously I'm not going to type it twice, I'm … Continue reading

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Strip audio from a video in Ubuntu Linux

Lets say you have a video you recorded on your mobile phone, and you want to send it to someone but there is a noisy audio track which is irrelevant to the subject. Stripping out the audio track is fairly … Continue reading

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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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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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Dragon Age: Origins DLC authorisation problem

  I fired up Dragon Age: Origins for the first time in a while and it would get to the main screen but it would not load my saved game. It claimed that I was not authorised to use the … Continue reading

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procmon from sysinternals help file doesn't open

If you attempt to access the help file from within procmon on Windows Vista or Windows 7, its possible that windows may refuse to display the help file. It turned out that there was a security flag that needed to … Continue reading

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Windows 7 won't boot after removing a disc

I recently had to reinstall windows 7 due to a faulty Seagate 1.5TB hard disc - the second time this exact model has failed for me (although the two drives were manufactured 18 months apart from each other). After reinstalling … Continue reading

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ubuntu 10.10 upgrade nvidia driver stops working

I recently updated a machine from ubuntu 10.04 to ubuntu 10.10. After reboot the nvidia driver wouldn't load and /var/log/Xorg.0.log contains: [    25.820] (EE) NVIDIA: Failed to load the NVIDIA kernel module. Please check your [    25.820] (EE) … Continue reading

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