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  • Test Image for Tuning Pixel Clock and Phase on an LCD Monitor
    03/06/2009 3:55PM
    If you have ever tried to get an LCD tuned just right when using a KVM switch you'll know that the key is in the pixel clock and the phase settings.

    Download and use the attached gif as a test image with which to tune your screen.

    Make sure that it is being viewed at 100% (not scaled in your browser) and set your pixel clock so that the pattern is uniform across the screen.  Set the phase such that there is minimal distortion or "static" on your screen and you should end up with the best viewing settings on your monitor.
    Attachment: screen.tune.pattern.gif 2960 bytes
  • Removing Extra Whitespace Between List Item Entries in IE
    03/06/2009 11:01AM
    Using a CSS styled unordered list you can create a fairly sophisticated navigational bar with rollover states.

    In IE6 and IE7 without some special consideration, you end up with spurious white space rendered between the list item.

    Click here for and HTML example of the problem (you'll need to be using IE 6 or IE 7).

    Click here for an example of the fix
    and a detailed explanation of how to do it.
  • VMWare: Fix for arrow and delete keys not working
    02/25/2009 9:33AM
    Under VMWare Workstation 6.5 I noticed that the arrow keys no longer worked.  After a bit of searching around I found the following: Edit your "/etc/vmware/config" file and add:


    xkeymap.keycode.108 = 0x138 # Alt_R

    xkeymap.keycode.106 = 0x135 # KP_Divide

    xkeymap.keycode.104 = 0x11c # KP_Enter

    xkeymap.keycode.111 = 0x148 # Up

    xkeymap.keycode.116 = 0x150 # Down

    xkeymap.keycode.113 = 0x14b # Left

    xkeymap.keycode.114 = 0x14d # Right

    xkeymap.keycode.105 = 0x11d # Control_R

    xkeymap.keycode.118 = 0x152 # Insert

    xkeymap.keycode.119 = 0x153 # Delete

    xkeymap.keycode.110 = 0x147 # Home

    xkeymap.keycode.115 = 0x14f # End

    xkeymap.keycode.112 = 0x149 # Prior

    xkeymap.keycode.117 = 0x151 # Next

    xkeymap.keycode.78 = 0x46 # Scroll_Lock

    xkeymap.keycode.127 = 0x100 # Pause

    xkeymap.keycode.133 = 0x15b # Meta_L

    xkeymap.keycode.134 = 0x15c # Meta_R

    xkeymap.keycode.135 = 0x15d # Menu
  • CRiSP Not Accepting a License Key
    02/20/2009 4:51PM
    I have recently been introduced to CRiSP, an amazing text editor.

    Also recently, I had Xwindows crash on me while I had a running instance of CRiSP.  When I went to fire up CRiSP again it told me I was in demo mode and that I needed to get a license.  ??  I have a fully licensed copy??

    I e-mailed the nice folks at CRiSP and within a few hours they e-mailed me back with the fix.

    rm -rf /tmp/.Crlock

    That fixed it right away.

    Not only is CRiSP the best text editor I have ever used but the people behind it are incredibly top-notch and stand behind their product and support it very well.

    It came highly recommended to me and I also highly recommend it to any programmer or developer.  They offer versions for AIX, Apple MAC OS X, Native DMG, FreeBSD, HPUX, Linux, OpenBSD, Solaris Intel, SolarisSparc, SunOS, Windows 2000 / XP / Vista, CYGWIN, and other flavors of UNIX.
  • How to Fix Getting a Black Screen When Attempting to Install Windows XP
    01/01/2009 3:02PM
    I recently was re-installing WinXP on my folks computer and instead of blowing away their existing disk used an extra one that I had lying around.

    When I went to run the WinXP set up disk I chose to boot from the CD and then got the "Setup is inspecting your computer's configuration" message.  And then just a black screen.  The CD drive spun down and then nothing.

    Turns out that since I was trying to use a disk that was formatted as ext3 that the Setup program couldn't continue.

    I solved the problem by dropping the disk in an external enclosure and reformatted it as ntfs.  Once I did that it worked like a charm
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