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My Blog / De-stupefying Windows 8
« on: Feb 12, 2015, 9:01 AM »
So, if you are like me.... You have a hard time dealing with changes when it comes to Windows. After taking forever to finally migrate to Windows 7, I recently bought a new laptop with Windows 8.

Originally, I had planned on downgrading this new laptop to Windows 7.

After some discussion with my buddy Lefty, I have decided to keep it and at least give it a shot. Following some of my buddy's advice, I am up and running on Windows 8.

Note that some programs may differ on your system, depending on the manufacturer.

1. First thing, plug it in and turn on.

2. Search internet on another system for kinda obscure way to setup computer without making account with Microsoft - there is a way!...doing it because I only want to be tracked by google and not have my email data-mined by Microsoft - being snooped on by one company (and the government, of course) is enough. ;)

3. Once finished with initial setup - now to loose the "stupid".

4. Download Classic Shell and install - set it to boot directly to the desktop. Metro blows big time! Now I have a real start menu again - 60% of stupid gone!

5. Download Firefox and install - set as default browser. IE sucks - buggy - 10% more of stupid gone!

6. Uninstall office 365 trial version - I do not want to let Microsoft read all of my documents for data mining purposes in order to sell me crap (don't laugh or be amazed, Google docs and Gmail do the same thing)...and I'm not going to pay a yearly subscription fee to access my docs and edit them - Up yours Microsoft! - 10% more stupid gone!

7. Open Windows (File) Explorer, press alt-key, on the View Ribbon (part of the Stupid that can be removed, see #8) click Options. On the Options Dialog that pops-up under the General tab - check "show all folders" and check "automatically expand to current folder". Now select the View tab - check "always show menus", check "display full path in title bar" and UNcheck "hide extensions for know file types"(one of my biggest pet peeves!). - Click Apply at the bottom of the Dialog. - 5% more stupid gone!

8. Note: you can never get more than 90% of stupid removed from Microsoft products - it's built in too deep!

9. Now it's time to loose the "FAT".

10. Uninstall Pokki - I don't care what it is, it's gone.

11. Uninstall Wildtangent - Adware games and crap, useless, gone.

12. Uninstall Symantec Norton Anti-*whatever* or McAfee *whatever*- It might actually work nowadays, I don't know and don't care, buggy and bloated, gone!

13. Uninstall Amazon 1-button app - Why? Website still works in Firefox, right? - not using metro apps anyway - useless bloat-crap ware, gone.

14. Run Windows Update. Twice - just to make sure it's completely up-to-date.

15. Download AVG Antivirus and install. Why pay for something when there are other options that work. It's free and works great. I have been using it for almost 10 years with no problem.

16. Download Malwarebytes and install.

17. Install office suite, take your pick Libreoffice, OpenOffice, Microsoft 2003, 2007, 2010, even 2013, etc.

18. Copy files from old system to new system...don't forget to save backup!

19. Enjoy new system!

Recipes / Sweet Potato Casserole
« on: Feb 09, 2015, 12:47 AM »
Sweet Potato Casserole

3 cups sweet potatoes (1 large and 1 small can)
½ cup sugar
½ cup butter
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 cup milk

1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup light brown sugar
½ cup flour
1 cup chopped pecans

Boil and mash potatoes. Mix in sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla, and milk. Put in 13x9 in. baking dish.

Melt butter and mix remaining ingredients. Sprinkle on top of potato mixture. Bake 25 minutes at 350°.

Recipes / Mr. C’s Homemade Chili
« on: Feb 09, 2015, 12:42 AM »
Mr. C’s Homemade Chili

3 Onions
2 Packs of chili mix
2 Tsp. Chili Powder
2  15 oz. Cans of Hunts Tomato (Chili) Sauce*
1 Can Rotel Tomatoes
2 Bell Peppers
1 16 Oz. Can of Blue Runner Red Beans. (It’s a Louisiana thing)
1tsp Cayenne pepper (optional) Just depends on how ya’ tongue feels about it.
1 tbs Tony’s seasoning
2 Lbs. Lean ground meat
1 Qt. Of water.


Finely chop bell peppers and onions.
Brown ground meat and drain. Add all other ingredients and cook on low heat for 30 minutes. Add water as needed for consistency.

Recipes / Mr. C’s Beans
« on: Feb 09, 2015, 12:40 AM »
I have used this same recipe on white beans and butter beans. I have had success getting people to eat beans who never would eat them before.

Mr. C's Beans

1 Lb Pickled Pork
1 ½ Lbs of sausage
1 Lb Dry Beans
2 Lg. Onions (chopped)
2 Lg. Bell Peppers
¼ tsp black pepper
1 Tsp. Sugar
2 tsp. Vinegar
1/8 tsp powdered cloves
½ tsp Thyme
1/8 tsp. Powdered allspice
3 ribs of celery
4 cloves of garlic (minced)
½ Tsp Tony’s seasoning
Salt to taste

Sauté onions, celery, and bell peppers in a large pot. Slice sausage into ¼ inch pieces. With 2 ½ quarts of water, add sausage, pork and other ingredients except for Tony’s and salt (add these after beans have been cooking for about 3 hours). Cover and set on low heat until water starts to simmer. Do not let boil. Let simmer gently stirring every 15 minutes. When beans are tender, serve over rice.

Recipes / Artichoke Casserole
« on: Feb 09, 2015, 12:33 AM »
Great around the holidays. If you like stuffed artichokes, you'll love this.

Artichoke Casserole

2 med. Onions
1 cup olive oil
2 – 16oz. cans French string beans
4 cans artichoke hearts
1 ½ cups dehydrated parsley
2 cups Italian style bread crumbs
2 cups Romano cheese
Salt & pepper

Cut onions in quarters, chop in food processor. Do not puree. Pour cup of olive oil into large pot and add onions, cook until onions are clear.

Clean artichoke hearts and cut into quarters and chop in food processor. Add hearts to pot and cook another 5 minutes.

Add French string beans to pot and cook 5 minutes.

Add parsley flakes, cook 5 minutes.

Add bread crumbs, cheese, salt and pepper.

Bake in covered casserole dish at 350° for 15 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 15 minutes to brown top.

Stop Quote (selected) from showing in post when a regular quote is used from the bbc buttons with "dQuoteSelection" mod installed.

In Sources/Subs.php

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My Blog / 2010 Gulf Oil Spill
« on: Jan 29, 2015, 11:39 PM »
Response to the April 20, 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Originally posted on old site around June 2010

Katrina? Ha!!!

We now have he greatest environmental disaster in our backyard with no end in sight! Eleven workers have been murdered. Millions of gallons of oil have gushed from the Gulf of Mexico and will continue to for many months to come. This oil will most likely be around for many years to come and will leave our coastal wetlands devastated for decades. Our local fishermen are also suffering from this event. The effects have streamed down all the way to the people who work in restaurants. Peoples livelihoods are at stake here.

BP claims to be employing the local fishermen, but the part they don't tell is how they work some for a few days and then they are off for days, even weeks. These are days that they could be fishing if BP had not destroyed our fisheries. Yes, destroyed it.

Carelessness by BP has caused this disaster, a disaster that could have been prevented if the correct preparations had been in place and functioning.

Many have said that we (Louisianans') are the "looking for a hand out people". To those, I say this:

The disaster has left people out of work. This has come at a time when fishermen make most of their money (the beginning of shrimp season). Take this disaster and put it in any other community and you get the same result. People in need!!!!!

To BP, I say this:

Our coast, our wetlands, our way of life is dying. Step up and do what needs to be done to get this stopped! You have tried the "containment dome", "junk shot "and the "top kill" with no luck. Quit playing with our wetlands, wildlife and our peoples lives and step up.

Below is Garland Robinette's letter to President Obama on the oil spill.

(Source: WWL.com)

 Mr. President welcome back.  We're not sure how long we'll be able to say you're in the "Pelican State" or how soon we'll have to call ourselves "Presidential Hopes Graveyard."

      And hopefully, you'll pardon us if we remain sitting, we've been on our knees for over five years and we're really tired.

      I seem to remember that at one point you pushed the idea of "hope."  I hope you have some left, because we're almost out.  This message has nothing to do with Democrats and Republicans.  When your shrimp boat feels like its sinking partisanship seems childish at best.

      We also remember you saying…."words, just words"….and you were right.  We have proof.  Coast Guard representatives say they're slow and dumb.  The Corp of Engineers is at it again, with never ending bureaucratic delays.  The EPA has no teeth.  They tell BP to stop using a dispersant that BP's home country banned ten years ago.  BP says no.  Our governor and all the parish presidents along the coast keep saying "words," but mostly in the form of questions…and nobody will respond.

      But, the operative words here are costs.  We recently learned that BP will have to pay royalties on the oil spill.  That certainly suggests that BP's laughably low estimates of spilled oil were the byproduct of costs.  Supertankers worked in the Persian Gulf on a spill ten times larger than the Horizon leak.  Your commander-in-charge says our Gulf is too big for supertankers to be effective.  No footnote to back that up.  No studies.  No proof.  We know the real answer…costs.  There are many more examples that point towards a reluctance to foot the bill for a small, politically weak state.

      Mr. President, with all due respect, we have absolute proof that you are either misinformed or not being truthful, when you say we are your first priority…..or to quote you directly..."we will do whatever it takes."  Here is that proof.  No other state would be allowed to lose a football field of its land every 30 minutes.  If it occurred under Governor Schwarzeneger's roof, you would be there with the world's media in tow.  The same for Robert Kennedy Jr., in Hyannisport and Senator Nelson in Florida.  You could and would never reduce the 50% oil royalties for inland drilling that go to five states every year.  You would certainly never reduce them to less than 10% (like Louisiana)…we all know that would be political suicide.  You and Congress even have the audacity to promise us 37.5% in seven years….for what???  Beaches in Baton Rouge?  Senator Mary Landrieu is begging for that money now.  The tears and fears of thousands of seafood industry families and their children are begging you.  We hear you.  We hear silence.

      Amazingly, we are told that giving us 50% would take too much from the federal treasury during a recession.  This only reinforces our proof of lies or incompetence or both.  How?  Common sense.  If taking out 50% is too much, if we are in a recession...if we need money so badly that we treat Louisiana as a non-American state, then simply take 40% away from the other 5 states and add it to the federal coffers.  Hello? Hello?  Ah... we see the proof.  We hear the proof.  We hear your silence.

      I was on C-SPAN for an hour this morning talking to the nation.  One of the callers twittered a response.  It said Louisiana is a state of constant "whiners."  Mr. President, the idiot "twittered" on a cell phone.  A cell phone is only in existence because of the 30% of this country's petroleum products that we provide.  He has never stepped away from his dogma to understand that much of his phone is a product of strip mining, forged by coal to put in his sad little hand.  Take his phone away and tell me. Can you hear him?  Can you hear him whine?

      Mr. President, you are presiding over a nation of see no evil, hear no evil, believe no facts…that contradict.  A nation that rails against petroleum, nuclear, coal, and shale oil, while playing musical chairs around the wind, solar, and biomass tree.  They're humming loudly so they don't hear that only 3% of our alternatives are viable and billions of dollars would only increase that to 10% in the next 10 to 20 years. (The words of scientists, not mine.) But, if you don't believe me…please, just ask the rest of America one question.  What petroleum products would you volunteer to give up?  They refuse to see that we need a portfolio of every sovereign energy source available.  And when the musical chairs stop and those standing see nowhere to go to avoid--unaffordable utility bills, unaffordable gas bills, unaffordable food bills--who are they going to blame?  You.  The oil companies. The environmentalists.  The media.  Words…Mr. President…just words.  Words Americans can't hear, because they're dancing to the music of partisanship, dogma, and lack of education.  American's Cajun two-step towards the Tower Of Babel.

      I'm sure you would agree, Mr. President, that there don't seem to be many "absolutes" in the world of ours, but I have one for you.  First of all, in the statement that still angers our red-state audience…..I am a fan of yours.  I disagree with a whole lot of your decisions, but you seem to be a very intelligent, honest, caring man.  But my belief in you is being threatened.

      The fact of the matter is…in this case, I don't believe you.  A smart, honest, caring man could not possibly ignore that we are being treated as a non-American state.  A man who leads this country, because of the civil rights movement that forced equality for all...could not possibly stand by and let one state take all the risks for America's security both militarily and financially and not act to rectify the situation.

      I submit that I am not taking an admittedly complicated situation and over simplifying. It is perceived, sir, that you are simply using words, to reassure us long enough, for the next media frenzy to take the spotlight away. Just enough time for the lives of fishermen and their children to be destroyed.  Killing us softly. Killing us softly.  Perhaps not on purpose, but you have to know on some level, that if we were simply treated as the rest of the energy producing states…we could take care of ourselves.

      We will survive for quite a bit longer, but those who know history know that even the tough souls of the dust-bowl eventually had to admit defeat and leave their land, their life.

      We want to believe in equality.  We want to believe that we are Americans.  We want to believe we are not thought of as backwards and unable to help ourselves.  You remember those feelings don't you, Mr. President?  Don't you?

      We see only words.  Just words.  We hear only silence.  Just silence.

Source: WWL.com

SMF Forum tips & tricks / Edit BBC mod
« on: Jan 23, 2015, 5:46 PM »
Edit BBC

Latest Version: 1.0
Compatible With SMF: 2.0.x

This mod will add a "edit" BBC used to help identify the edited or added content in a post.
This is ideal for those who like to have edited content stand out in posts. This was made for and tested on SMF 2.0.8 but as far as I know, should work on all 2.0 versions.

There are no settings for this mod. As always, make a backup first!

Just wrap the content within the following tags.
Code: [Select]

This is what the mod does.

Mod History
Sep. 22, 2014 - First release. Thanks to BurkeKnight for the use of some of his code to learn from.

Since I installed SMF, the time format has been bugging me. I searched through many threads on the support site with no luck. After a bit of searching again today, I came across a thread about getting rid of the leading zero in the time.

April 05, 2014, 09:13:54 PM

I wanted it to read like this instead.

April 05, 2014, 9:13:54 PM
April 05, 2014, 9:13:54 AM

All of this time it was because I mistook an I for an l. If this bugs you also, you can set the time format to the following in Admin > Features and Options > General

Instead of this:
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%b %d, %Y, %I:%M %p
Use this to omit the leading zero
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%b %d, %Y, %l:%M %p

SMF Forum tips & tricks / Add header.php
« on: Jan 23, 2015, 5:12 PM »
Add header.php

This will add a header over your SMF forum incase you want to place your main site header above it.

In Themes\default\index.template.php
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Add After:
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Must add a file named "header.php" in the forum root directory to avoid errors in the forum log.

SMF Forum tips & tricks / Add footer.php
« on: Jan 23, 2015, 5:12 PM »
Add footer.php

This will add a separate footer under your SMF forum in case you want to place your main site footer below it.

In Themes\default\index.template.php
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// Show the load time?
Add Before:
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Must add a file named "footer.php" in the forum root directory to avoid errors in the forum log.

Add what is my ip address to ip links in SMF

Add a link to whatsmyipaddress.com for ip checking.

in Sources\profile-view.php
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$context['whois_servers'] = array(
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'whatisipaddress' => array(
'name' => &$txt['whatis_ipaddress'],
'url' => 'http://whatismyipaddress.com/ip/' . $context['ip'],
'range' => array(),

Then in Themes\default\languages\Profile.english.php
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$txt['whois_title'] = 'Look up IP on a regional whois-server';
And add after:
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$txt['whatis_ipaddress'] = 'What is my IP address (Whatsmyipaddress.com)';

Add more characters to those not allowed in usernames.

This exact edit will make it where only numbers and letters and spaces are allowed.

in ./Sources/Subs-Members.php

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// Only these characters are permitted.
if (preg_match('~[<>&"\'=\\\\]~', preg_replace('~&#(?:\\d{1,7}|x[0-9a-fA-F]{1,6});~', '', $regOptions['username'])) != 0 || $regOptions['username'] == '_' || $regOptions['username'] == '|' || strpos($regOptions['username'], '[code') !== false || strpos($regOptions['username'], '[/code') !== false)
$reg_errors[] = array('lang', 'error_invalid_characters_username');

Replace with:
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// Only these characters are permitted.
if (preg_match('~^[a-zA-Z0-9 ]{1,}$~', $regOptions['username']) == 0 || $regOptions['username'] == '_' || $regOptions['username'] == '|' || strpos($regOptions['username'], '[code') !== false || strpos($regOptions['username'], '[/code') !== false)
$reg_errors[] = array('lang', 'error_invalid_characters_username');

Websites etc... / Auto changing copyright code
« on: Jan 23, 2015, 5:09 PM »
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&copy;<?php echo date("Y");?> YourSite.com
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' . date("Y", time()) . '
Java Script
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<script language="javascript">
var enabled = 0; yeartoday = new Date();
var thisyear;
thisyear = (yeartoday.getFullYear());
document.write("&copy; "+thisyear+" YourSite.com");

MS Excel / Macro to print sheet
« on: Jan 23, 2015, 5:06 PM »
To print a specific sheet

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To print active sheet. (copies optional)

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ActiveWindow.SelectedSheets.PrintOut Copies:=1
Print a sheet depending on value from another sheet.

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If Sheets("Sheet1").Range("M30").Value = "1" Then Sheets("sheet2").PrintOut

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