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Android App Permissions

When installing Android apps, look closely at the permissions they are asking for. For example, OpenSignal wants to read my text/MMS messages, my call log, and my contacts. Why do they need that information? I’ve asked them; I don’t expect to get a reply, or at least a reasonable one. Probably something about “to improve […]

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Payflow link invalid input errors

If you are a playflow link merchant and you recently started having “Invalid input” errors from your payment pages, check the source of your form that submits the data to payflow link. Sometime recently (May or June 2013) Payflow began rejecting HTML tags in form field input. I had a “<BR>” tag in my description […]

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Android poor battery life, Exchange Services

I had a new Android phone the other day, fresh out of the box; set up my hosted exchange account, and my battery life was measured in hours (as in 5-6 hours). The phone was getting hot all the time and the data arrows were constantly lit. Stopping “sync” or preventing email from syncing in […]

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ack – better than grep

An oldie but a goodie…filed away here because I tend to forget about cool tools like this. http://betterthangrep.com

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1099-K and transaction date or settlement date

I believe I’ve uncovered an accounting nightmare for merchants who receive 1099-Ks. I noticed that some of my monthly totals for 1099-K were off by small amounts vs. my (very) detailed monthly accounting. Turns out, the 1099-K’s appear to have been generated based on transaction date, while my reporting is traditionally based on settlement date […]

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RowPro Christmas Mod

The RowPro Christmas Mod is a (non-unauthorized) modification to the RowPro 3.0 scenery that changes some of the trees into decorated Christmas trees for your holiday enjoyment. If you’re already running 3D mode with no graphics issues, this modification will not cause performance problems and the modification is fully reversible.

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Apache: “couldn’t create child process: 720005”

If you installed Apache on Windows (I like WAMPServer myself) and you’re trying to run Perl scripts, you might encounter the dreaded Internal Server Error (500) and a cryptic entry in Apache’s error log: [Sat Jun 04 19:01:50 2011] [error] [client 127.0.0.1] (OS 2)The system cannot find the file specified. : couldn’t create child process: […]