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Buying from the States, attempt 2: self declaring duty & VAT

I've placed an(other) order from the rather excellent site SplitReason. And, in an attempt to avoid a repeat of August's ridiculous episode (tentatively titled "Royal Mail Handling Fees, or, exorbitance and stupidity in equal measure") I've decided to give our besieged postal service a rest and handle the admin work myself. This involves one critical thing - getting SplitReason to […]

Tiplet: better foobar2000 playback title formatting

Foobar2000 is such awesomesauce, I use it all day every day. However, I do prefer slightly better titling (particularly as I listen to a mix of Shoutcast & Icecast streams and local files). Excellent stations like Radio Paradise now have metadata-enabled Ogg Vorbis streams but the way the metadata's encoded into the stream (everything in the title) doesn't work perfectly […]

Tiplet: PuTTY disconnecting when checking Exim via telnet? (554 SMTP Synchronization Error messages of doom!)

I've been checking the configuration of an Exim mailserver recently; from another server I could connect to the mailserver on port 25 and manually verify addresses. However, using PuTTY on a Windows boxen resulted in immediate "554 SMTP Synchronization Error" messages being shown in PuTTY before the connection was closed. (Protip: set your PuTTY windows to never close on session […]

Tiplet: one-click Lock Screen for OS X

It must be in the name... Chris Cook devised an excellent little (Automator-based) scriptlet, self-contained as an .app Obviously (obviously, natch) if you hit Command-Option-Q for Quick User Switch - which is one HELL of a difficult keyboard combo if you can't get your thumb to do the double keypress - plus it will close all open apps and processes […]

Tiplet: disabling TinyMCE's mangling of YouTube embed code

I've been hacking an install of phpns to make it work a little more neatly with my company's web site (which is a real Frankensite and in BAD need of a rip-and-replace). Anyway, if you use phpns - or any CMS which uses TinyMCE for WYSIWYG text entry / editing - you'll find that if you embed code like YouTube […]