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Forex News Feed

April 25th, 2012 No comments

For those of you that are interested, I just completed and deployed a new Twitter based news feed service that tweets Forex / Currency related news.

To check it out simply follow Circle8FX

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Wife’s Store

March 23rd, 2011 No comments

Some Google love for my wife’s EBay store:

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IP4 Internet addresses run out today!

February 1st, 2011 No comments

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HowTo: Boot Your Mac Into 64-bit Mode

January 22nd, 2010 No comments

For those of you that are running the new version of MacOS – Snow Leopard, it may come as a surprise that by default, the kernal boots into 32-bit mode. However, you can change the OS to boot the kernal into 64-bit mode by running the following:

1. Run:

ioreg -l -p IODeviceTree | awk -F'"' '/firmware-abi/{print $4}'

and make sure it returns EFI64

2. If the above command returns EFI64 then edit the following file:

sudo vi /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/

and replace the contents with:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "">
<plist version="1.0">
<key>Kernel Flags</key>

3. Save and reboot


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HowTo: Change Account Order in Thunderbird

January 4th, 2010 No comments

To change the order of the accounts in Thunderbird:

  1. Shutdown Thunderbird
  2. Edit ~/.thunderbird//prefs.js in GNU/Linux, C:\Documents and Settings\\Application Data\Thunderbird\Profiles\****.default\prefs.js in Microsoft Windows XP, and C:\Users\\App Data\Roaming\Thunderbird\Profiles\****.default\prefs.js in Microsoft Windows Vista and 7.
  3. Edit those the following 2 lines to change the order of the accounts. The default account is always first one.

user_pref("mail.accountmanager.accounts", "account5,account3,account2");
user_pref("mail.accountmanager.defaultaccount", "account5");

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Xbox 360 – HDMI Audio Problems

December 21st, 2009 No comments

I had an issue the first time I turned on my new Xbox 360 where I was unable to get audio working via HDMI. After many hours of experimentation I discovered that if you go into the Display settings there is an option called “Display Discovery” which is turned on by default. If you’re running your Xbox through an Audio Receiver or similar device it appears that the auto discovery mechanism built in to the Xbox occasionally results in Xbox being set to “DVI Mode” i.e. video only.

The way to resolve this problem is to just turn”Display Discovery” off and restart the Xbox.

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CPU Monitoring Script

June 27th, 2009 No comments

Have you ever had a rogue process chew up all the CPU on your Linux server for a days and nobody notice?

This happens to me quite a lot so I decided to write a bash script that looks for these processes and send an alert email.


# cpumon - monitors CPU usage and sends an alert email if limit is exceeded
# 2009 - martin [at] teamburns [dot] com


rm $file > /dev/null 2>&1

function sendEmail() {
   subject="High CPU on $host"
   /usr/bin/mail -s "$subject" < $file

while read a b c

   if [[ -z "$cpu_percentage" ]]
      echo "process $pid $cmd is using less than zero percent of the cpu!"
      cpu_percentage_integer=$(echo "$cpu_percentage"|sed 's/^\([^\.]*\)\..*$/\1/')

   if [[ $cpu_percentage_integer -gt 10 ]]
      echo "$pid $cmd is using $cpu_percentage_integer percent of our CPU" >> $file
done <<< "`ps --no-heading -eo pid,comm,pcpu`"

if [[ -f $file ]]

This script can be scheduled to run periodically by placing an entry in the crontab file. Make sure use replace username with a valid name:

*/30 *  * * *   username    /home/username/cpumon >/dev/null 2>&1
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Is QuickPwn Dead?

June 23rd, 2009 No comments

I just noticed that the iPhone DEV TEAM are no longer affiliated with  QuickPwn:

Is the is end of QuickPwn?

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Optus Tethering – Without breaking MMS

June 19th, 2009 No comments

Here is a mobile config you can download from your IPhone that will enable Optus Internet Tethering WITHOUT affecting your MMS functionality.


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Navcore 8.410.1218 Rev 1.2 for GO910

April 5th, 2009 No comments

For those of you interested in installing the latest x40 firmware on your TomTom 910 visit:


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