Me vs. My Wife

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I've figured something out tonight. My wife is NTFS, and I am Ext3. While my wife feels the house is "fragmented" when there are items all over the place, I just keep a catalog of where I see items and store that in memory for later. A rough metaphor, but I think it lends itself well to the situation. This is why my desk can seem to be in complete and utter disarray, but I know exactly where I left the screwdriver, digital photo frame, SATA cable, and SD card for later use.

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Two Months into Uverse

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I've had Uverse from AT&T for two months now. I love the speed. Seriously, I love it. I had some initial problems with connections dropping randomly, but thanks to great service from @ATTMike on Twitter, some techs came out and removed the bridge tap (which should have been removed in the first place) and now I'm not having network connections drop! The only issue I have is the equipment you have to use. From what I've read on AT&T's Uverse forums as well as other sites like DSL Reports, there is no other way to use Uverse except with the Router/Gateway. The reason for this is either once daily or once weekly the R/G checks back in with AT&T using a device-specific certificate to authenticate and keep the VDSL connection alive. Other than that, it's a straight VDSL Internet connection. I will laud AT&T the day they remove this restriction. But until then, we've got a R/G.

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Installing XBMC on an Apple TV Part 1

Recently I followed guides from here to install XBMC on first-generation Apple TV. The setup really worked, and as a result I've had some family members wanting me to do the same for them. Since my little brother isn't around to help me like he (and I) want him to be, I'm writing this tutorial in case he wants to do it himself.

The project is broken down into 5 sections:

  1. Updating the Apple TV and creating a patchstick
  2. Patching the Apple TV
  3. Installing XBMC on your patched Apple TV
  4. Installing the Broadcom CrystalHD hardware-based decoder
  5. Installing the CrystalHD drivers

This first part covers only 1, 2, and 3. I will do 4 and 5 when the CrystalHD card comes in.

Updating the Apple TV and creating a Patchstick

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Creating Drupal Cron Jobs on Hostgator

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The only issues I've had in moving my Drupal sites from one host to another is the Cron jobs. The previous one I was using was calling PHP5 correctly, but wasn't loading the right directory to run the job in and failed out every time.

According to this forum post, the correct way to kick off a Cron job on Hostgator is this:

cd '/home/username/public_html/' ; php -q 'cron.php' > /dev/null ;

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