Fixing Hidden Windows Tooltips

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Windows has had the annoying habit of hiding system tray tooltips behind the taskbar ever since Windows 95. This annoying bug, which MS refuses to patch, has finally been fixed by the brilliant humanitarian at Neosmart.

What is 'Middle Class'?

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How much does the middle class earn in America? Most Americans like to think of themselves as middle class, but it takes less money than you might think to be middle class and, if you really are middle class, it takes more money than you might think to be upper class.

Bailing Your Boat: Clearing Problem Floats

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Floats can be incredibly frustrating when they don’t work as you expect and they often don’t. The normal way allows for you to create drop caps, meaning the floated element sticks out beyond the borders of the containing box. Usually, though, you don’t want that when building web layouts and there are better ways to fix it than by adding an element with clear:both; Here’s one good method and a comprehensive list of links on the subject.

Meets Expectations (a one-sentence novel)

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As I sat in front of the television in my bathrobe eating cold soup straight from the can, I was struck by the feeling that I was not going to exceed my father’s expectations. Epilogue. My hopes were renewed when I noted that at least I had taken time to dig a spoon from the […]

A Modest Plea for Biblical Literalism

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A friend’s wife joined a good Christian church where they believe in beating the children in order to save their souls. Seems like a reasonable enough trade. But then, we’re talking beating with sticks and belts. We’re talking bruises, welts and blood. I suppose it will make the little tykes righteous. The friend was unable […]

Take Control of Popups in Firefox

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By default Firefox comes with a popup blocker enabled that prevents popups from automatically opening, that is the ones that you don’t specifically request, but that open just because you visit a page. So that’s fine. That problem is solved. What is more annoying is legitimate popups that are actually useful, but which are very […]

Why elephants have flat feet

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Q. What did Tarzan say when he saw the elephants coming over the hill? A. “Look! Here come the elephants!” Q. What did Tarzan say when he saw the elephants coming over the hill wearing dark glasses? A. Nothing. He didn’t recognize them. Q. Why do elephants have wrinkled knees? A. Their pink tennis shoes […]

Uninstall a Service in Vista, Repair Adobe CS3 and Clean Up the Registry

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I totally messed things up with a botched uninstall of Adobe CS3 [update: although, as you’ll see below, some people have used this on Adobe CS4 as well and I would bet this works for CS5 too]. Basically, all I was trying to do was get rid of the absurd and unnecessary Version Cue Server, […]

Welcome to Raised by Turtles

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Welcome to my brain dump. I have no idea what will end up on this site, but basically, I’m planning to use it to put some fiction up that has languised on my hard drive for years and also to be a sort of external memory to keep track of various things I learn. The […]

A Troubling Sort of Courage

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Review of Michael Beschloss, Presidential Courage I had high expectations of Michael Beschloss’ Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789-1989, but must say that I was disappointed. I had expected stirring narratives of cases where presidents stuck to their guns in the face of criticism and opposition. That’s more or less what’s […]