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Kings Canyon: Paradise Valley

Here’s half the GPS track for the day-hike from Road’s End to lower Paradise Valley. I only included the “down” track because we had trouble getting a lock in the canyon for the first half of the hike. When we stopped for lunch I switched GPS receivers and got a decent lock most of the […]

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Kings Canyon: Hotel Creek Trail

Here’s a GPS track from the Hotel Creek Trail to the Cedar Grove Overlook in Kings Canyon National Park: And here’s the altitude graph for that hike: We did this one in about 2 hours and 45 minutes; we went pretty slowly, having hiked to Paradise Valley (~13 miles) the day before.

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Outlook: Expand IMAP Folders

If you use Outlook 2007 with IMAP and Exchange, you have probably noticed that every time you restart Outlook you have to re-expand your IMAP folders to see whether you have any new messages in your IMAP inboxes. When you’re used to Exchange and push mail, this can lead to a frustrating problem because I […]

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Outlook 2007 Menu Font

If you installed Outlook 2007 and you hate the menu font, it’s probably because you don’t like Cleartype. I can’t stand it. And it’s bad enough that in order to get rid of that hideous Segoe UI font in Outlook 2007 you have to change it in about 5 places. I can’t even remember them […]

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Roomba Battery Replacement

The battery in our trusty Roomba Scheduler went kaput after about 2 years of use (not bad). It wouldn’t hold a charge; the Roomba would run for about 10 minutes and then quit. I looked on Amazon and found some battery replacement options; the usual APS batteries for $50-$80, or an interesting option: a Tenergy […]

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Jury Duty Status Page Monitor

I was on call for jury duty last week. I wrote this little Perl script to check the jury status web page for my county and shoot me an email when it was updated. This script isn’t all that clean (it doesn’t f_lock the checksum file among other things), but it was a quick and […]

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1234567890

I wrote a little one-liner to celebrate the epoch time of 1234567890, reached at approximately 3:30 PST on Friday, February 13, 2009. Here’s the code: perl -e “print \`clear\`; print \”Starting at: \” . \`date\`; while (1) { \$exclaim = ”; if (time() == 1234567890) { \$exclaim = \” FTW\!\!\!\”; } print time() . \$exclaim […]

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Autodiscover for Microsoft Exchange

Let’s say you have a hosted exchange account somewhere and you’re using mail forwarding rather than MX records to push your email to their servers. And you’re getting errors like these in Outlook’s Sync Issues folder: 16:59:02 Synchronizer Version 12.0.4518 16:59:02 Synchronizing Mailbox ‘YOURNAME’ 16:59:02 Done 16:59:07 Microsoft Exchange offline address book 16:59:07 Not downloading […]