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  • _mark 11:34 pm on May 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Blog, CMS, Joomla, jUpdate, , Migration, Mootools, PHP, Upgrade, WebDev   

    CMS – Joomla, trouble migrating to 1.6 from 1.5.xx with jUpgrade?

    Using Firefox..

    enable ‘XML-RPC – Joomla’, ‘XML-RPC – Blogger API’ , ‘System – Log’.
    and then finally ‘System – Mootools Upgrade’ will appear. enable that.

    jUpgrade will work now.

  • _mark 4:17 am on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Android, , , , , , , , , Galaxy S, , Samsung,   

    Adobe Flash on Samsung Tab with Google Android 

  • _mark 2:07 am on June 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: .gz, .tar, apache, bash, batch, command, gzip, , , root, server, shell, ssh, terminal, unix, unzip   

    Two Awesome Shell Functions 

    Put these in your .profile and/or .bashrc file and you’re good to go. Enjoy!

    mkcd – Make a directory and then change into it in one go.
    extract – Extract all kinds of archived files without having to know what type they are.

    mkcd() {
    mkdir -p "$*"
    cd "$*"

    extract() {
    if [ -f $1 ] ; then
    case $1 in
    *.tar.bz2) tar xvjf $1 ;;
    *.tar.gz) tar xvzf $1 ;;
    *.bz2) bunzip2 $1 ;;
    *.rar) unrar x $1 ;;
    *.gz) gunzip $1 ;;
    *.tar) tar xvf $1 ;;
    *.tbz2) tar xvjf $1 ;;
    *.tgz) tar xvzf $1 ;;
    *.zip) unzip $1 ;;
    *.Z) uncompress $1 ;;
    *.7z) 7z x $1 ;;
    *) echo "'$1' cannot be extracted via >extract<" ;;
    echo "'$1' is not a valid file"

    Also if you get errors unzipping :

    gzip -d file.tar.gz then.. tar -xf file.tar

    ..extracts without errors.

  • _mark 12:50 am on April 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , Haters,   

    Apple is Wrong 

    HTML5 better than Flash? Quite the opposite.

    If you watch towads the end of the video on the Android HTML5 animation framerate is like 3 – 12 Frames Per Second. Kinda Pathetic (although they are working on it). While Flash 10.1 is 28 – 30 FPS and looks pretty normal. I benchmarked HTML5/JS VS. FLASH/AS animations myself using an animated cloth simulations and came up with very similar results about 2 months ago.. HTML5 and Javascript is worse than Flash and Actionscript in chewing up CPU AND MEMORY!! It’s what I suspected. HTML5/JS beats flash only when the animated particles / spites or physics crunching is VERY LITE.. when it is intense (lots of stuff going on at once) Flash is FAR SUPERIOR!!! It’s a fact.

  • _mark 1:14 pm on February 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Buzz, Buzz in Gmail, Buzz Tip, Buzz Updates, Gmail, Gmail Buzz, , Google Buzz, Google Mail   

    Google Buzz Tip #1 

    If you receive too many frequent Buzz Updates in your Inbox at an annoying rate, but you like having it nonetheless to keep track of your conversations, I have a quick and easy solution:

    1. Create a filter in Gmail with the subject keyword ‘Buzz:’ (use the colon or else you may capture any and all emails that simply say Buzz in the subject).

    Google Buzz Gmail Filter: Create Subject Filter keyword 'Buzz:'

    2. Label it ‘!Buzz’ (exclamation to make it appear at the top for easy access). Here’s the key: To get them to not appear in your inbox constantly, simply check the option that says ‘Skip the Inbox’!

    Google Buzz Gmail Filter: Label the Filter '!Buzz' and Check 'Skip the Inbox'

    This captures all your buzz updates in one nice place (accessible in your left sidebar filter list links) so you can still keep track of all your conversations with other google buzzers which is after all, the highlight and power behind google buzz!

    Silly, yet very effective. 😀

  • _mark 5:57 pm on February 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , Ubuntu,   

    Linux Ubuntu & Adobe Flash Works for Me! 

    Linux Ubuntu Running 2 Complex Flash RIA’s, 2 Adobe HD Videos, PLUS this picture!!! (Flash Player 10.0)
    On an 8 year old 2.2GHZ P4! Please Take Note of the CPU Data. Verdict: Flash works great on Linux!
    Websites in the Screenshot : | | hulu | facebook | sumopaint | donkey

    • Ad 10:23 am on February 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Haha try that test again, on a 1Ghz netbook (even with non-HD). Watch the video stutter and freeze, and your CPU fans drown out the audio.

      Repeat test using the YouTube HTML5 opt-in, and the web becomes usable again, and CPU drops to 50%. Just because your PC is 8 years old does not mean it is the lowest spec PC being used to access the web. With the proliferation of small devices, the incredible inefficiency of Flash which has been masked by high-spec PCs becomes apparent.

      Competition is good. Why are Adobe releasing Flash 10.1? Because they have become painfully aware that their product cannot survive on burgeoning netbook/slate/smartphone market which has ‘just enough’ processing power. Either Adobe will improve performance of Flash, or HTML5 will win out. Either way we all benefit – denying there is a problem helps no-one.

      • _mark 11:09 pm on February 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        The point of the test was to try to get Flash to crash. It did not! I tried more CPU load previous to this screenshot like nearing 100% for quite a long time and Flash never crashed. The test wasn’t to get it all to run smoothly.

        Flash Player 10.1 (currently beta 2) has made improvements on CPU Load and utilizes the GPU Pipeline in Windows and will probably be made available in Linux as well (Apple is currently uncertain). You can download the beta at Adobe Labs.

        you’re right, competition is good!

    • filipka 11:07 am on February 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Software crashes because of bugs, not because of CPU load.

      Verdict should be:
      Flash works great on Linux!
      But fully loads CPU, eats all ram + half of swap, and not smoothly.

      • _mark 11:32 am on February 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        This wasn’t to show how crappy the computer performs, on a new CPU it obviously would not have performed like this. I’m running RIA’s designed for the latest multi-core processors.

        I’ve just been on a mission lately to see if I could get Flash Player to crash like so many have claimed lately using Mac and Linux going to mainstream sites like hulu, facebook etc. Pretty much the people who claim it happens say it happens all the time, while the rest don’t experience this and say they never have problems. Do you have any insight / theories as to why this is such a split demographic?

  • _mark 9:40 pm on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   

    Mac OSX & Adobe Flash Works for Me! 

    Mac OSX Running 7 Complex Flash RIA’s, 2 Adobe HD Videos, & Google Street. My conclusion, It works great!
    Websites in the Screenshot : sumopaint | aviary | prezi | splashup | soundation | hulu | hboimagine | googlestreet

    So come on Apple users, Even though Apple won’t let Adobe use the GPU pipeline Flash still performs decent without skipping on all these sites with the new Macs. Update your boxes to the latest Flash Player or get a new Machine!

  • _mark 10:17 am on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, , , Puppet, Steve Jobs, , Walt Mosspuppet   

    Interview with Steve Jobs.. 

    • Bruce Thomas 12:02 am on August 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      very good _Mark. made me chuckle. ps. thanks for your thank you. really appreciated.

  • _mark 7:32 am on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Best Search Engine, Bing, , Search Engines, Search3,   

    Why Google is better than Bing 

    Take a simultaneous look at this search string in Google, Twitter and Bing (on search3) :


    As you can see, the relevancy of the search results in Bing aren’t accurate at all. Why? Because apparently Bing thought it would be ok to toss out part of the search string (in this case the underscore). How dumb. A simple thing that M$ has failed at and the reason that the results I get in Bing are always irrelevant in my experience. This is why I’ve dubbed Bing as the ‘Old Lady Search Engine’.

    Because in their effort to simplify the results, they’ve actually made it useless.

  • _mark 11:26 pm on December 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Chrome, Chrome Portable, Chrome Update Problem, Chrome Updater, , Standalone Updater   

    Google Chrome Portable (Standalone EXE) 


    Portable Chrome : Google Chrome Portable at

    Are you having problems updating your Chrome using the standard method? Do you want to update it to any available build (dev beta or release) on the fly? Download my Chrome Updater and simply place it in the same root directory (folder) as your Chrome.exe / ChromeLoader.exe and RUN IT!

    NOTE: You cannot have Chrome running while you update it.

    This works with the portable version of Chrome and should work on the standard installed version as well but is untested on the standard installed version. Feedback is welcome.

    Portable Chrome : Google Chrome Portable at

    3 Steps: Place Updater in Chrome Dir, Run updater, Choose Version

    • gardner 4:11 pm on February 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      thanks for the great utility! just a head’s up, it has stopped working on my system (win xp) after the last dev update (5.0.317.2) maybe google changed something. reply and i will send you a screenshot of the error dialog.

      • _mark 9:05 pm on February 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Go ahead and send the screenshot or error message if you can. Are you using the Installed Chrome or the Portable Chrome? I had this happen once with the portable but it ended up being Chrome was corrupted so I replaced all Chrome files with a backup I had and it worked again.

        BTW, on the portable Chrome it is still working. I just updated mine.

        UPDATE : The latest Dev Build (as of Feb 12 2010) is pretty buggy, I would recommend the Beta Channel for now until the 5.0X Dev Build becomes more stable.

    • gardner 2:19 pm on February 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I tried to run the updater on the portable chrome I downloaded from the link above (4.0223.11) Same error. Forward your email and I will send the screenshot your way.

      • _mark 2:39 am on February 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        sure send it to : hollywooddigital [at]

        UPDATE: The problem is due to restrictions set by Admin on Windows at your work.

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