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Another reason smoking is bad

Another reason smoking is bad

Here’s another reason why smoking is bad (as if we need more reasons).  I was out walking my dog, and I always walk past a city bus stop.  Each day I walk by and am amazed at the number of extinguished cigarette butts people stuff in the sign post (through the holes) as they put their smoke out before getting on the bus.  Apparently, when you stuff a lot of flammable objects into a tightly contained area with exposure to…

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Welcome!

Welcome!

Here’s the new home of The Nullable Type! Eventually I’ll move all of my old posts over here from Blogger, and all new posts will happen here.

USB to 5VDC wiring diagram

USB to 5VDC wiring diagram

I can never remember what the pinout is to get 5VDC from a male USB-A connector, and being color-blind having a true wiring diagram helps a lot. Sure I could Google and Wikipedia search it, and combine the results, but hey, why not use my blog as a repository of stuff I’ve learned, right? Here is a link to a PDF document including pictures and data polarity/voltages. Basically, you want pins 1 and 4. Looking at the male connector head-on,…

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Upgrading a Cliq XT…when Motorola won’t

Upgrading a Cliq XT…when Motorola won’t

Like many Cliq XT owners (TMO), I got tired of everyone in the world getting a newer OS except me…even the Cliq owners got 2.1 this past month, but Cliq XT didn’t. Yeah, well, enough of that crap. Here’s how I rooted and upgraded my Cliq XT: 1. Root the phone – instructions here2. Install Recovery image – instructions here3. Download ROM zip file (leave as ZIP file!) and copy to root of SD card – instructions here4. Boot the…

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Reveal most useful settings in Windows 7

Reveal most useful settings in Windows 7

Most useful here is subjective, but here is a quick way to create your own quick listing of common Windows 7 settings, including shortcuts, links to Control Panel items, etc. It’s definitely not an all-inclusive list, but it works, and it’s pretty cool. Create a folder somewhere (desktop preferably until you see what it does). Right-click and rename the folder .{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} Note the period between and the unique identifier – very important! “Name of your choice” can be anything you…

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