London Briol Recipe

This is a simple recipe I use for baking a London Broil. What’s great about the London Broil is after you bake it, it’s good with potatoes, or in a steak sandwich, or thinly sliced over salad. This makes for great left overs for days to come. Prep time ~ 30 minutes

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Change Location of Your Desktop and My Documents Folders

The following is brief description of how to change the location of your desktop and my documents folders.

Go to the Start Menu -> Run -> Type regedit and press enter -> Drill down to the following location:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
In the right-pane, value named “Desktop”

You can change it to whatever you wish, i.e. Z:\NewDesktop

For the My Documents folder, go to the start menu and type in C:\Users\*Your User Name*->Right click on my documents and go to properties->click on location tab and make the appropriate change!

This is useful for relocating those folders to a partition other than what your OS is installed on for ease of backing up that data.

Research Lectures Posted on YouTube

I finally got around to posting both my dissertation and a lecture I gave at FIT on YouTube.

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Oven Baked Yukon Gold Potatoes

A big thanks to Nichole for sharing this recipe with me.  This takes about 10 to 15 minutes to prep and 45 minutes to an hour to boil & bake prior to serving.  These potatoes are great for serving with steak and/or chicken.

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Windows 7 Custom Shortcut Keys

I recently tried to set up customized short cuts within windows 7 and found that after right clicking on a given short cut, and going to properties and then entering the desired short cut key in that field, the key did not work to start the short cut.

Read on for the solution…
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Pepperoni Bread Recipe

A big thanks goes out to my Uncle Bob and Aunt Liz for teaching my family this recipe.  Thanks to my sister Nichole for reminding me how to make it.  This makes for great pick food at a party!

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Changing Switchy Pixel Post to Dark Default

I have a photoblog and one of my favorite templates is ‘switchy‘.  My only qualm with it is the default theme is the light instead of the dark with no option to control which theme the templates defaults to.

So after doing some Google searching (to no avail), I figured I would get my hands dirty and try to change it myself (which didn’t turn out to be too difficult).

First, I downloaded the switchy template, extracted the zip file and searched the folder AND its file contents for the phrase ‘light’.

The first hit ‘image_template.html’ contains the following on lines 17 and 18:

<link rel=”stylesheet” type=”text/css” href=”templates/switchy/styles/light.css” title=”light” />
<link rel=”alternate stylesheet” type=”text/css” href=”templates/switchy/styles/dark.css” title=”dark” />

Change this to the following:

<link rel=”stylesheet” type=”text/css” href=”templates/switchy/styles/dark.css” title=”dark” />
<link rel=”alternate stylesheet” type=”text/css” href=”templates/switchy/styles/light.css” title=”light” />

Now the default theme for the switchy template will be the dark instead of the light!


The Medball400

A friend of mine recently suggested to me trying out this workout he found online called the “Med Ball 400”.  The article was published earlier this year online in Men’s Health.  After work, I went to Sports Authority to pick up a 10 lb. medicine ball.  Later I returned it and decided I wanted a 12 lb. medicine ball instead.  Unfortunately, Sports Authority only had a $50 12 lb. medicine ball in stock.  Given the thing is pretty much entirely rubber and sand, I had to pass and ended up picking up this one (the 12 lb. yellow and black one) at Amazon.  What’s really awesome about the exercises described in the Men’s Health article is all you need is the medicine ball; no weights, machines, etc.  Furthermore, the 10 exercises described in the article gives you a total body work out, working several muscles at a time.  Despite the workout seeming anerobic in nature, I ended up being out of breath throughout the entire circuit.  This workout is really ideal for those rainy days where you lack the motivation to leave the house for the gym!

Configuring LibSVM to Work with Matlab in Windows x64

I wanted to explore toying with the libsvm Support Vector Machine library via Matlab in Windows x64.  I ran into several road blocks and figured I would share with the rest of our viewers at home how I overcame them.

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Doubletwist with HTV Evo – Sync Failed!

I recently had trouble getting my HTV Evo to sync with Itunes via Doubletwist.  Every time I tried to sync in the doubletwist desktop PC application, it would report “sync failed!”.

Admin “Doug.Wasmuth” over at offered the following advice to a user with the same problem, but on their Droid 2 (as opposed to the problem for me existing on my HTC Evo):

1. using windows explorer, navigate to your connected android device SD card. Delete the folder “.doubletwist”

2. using windows explorer, navigate to the following location on your hard drive:
c->users->*you*->appdata->local->doubletwist corporation->doubletwist desktop
*the appdata folder may be hidden on your system, if so do this:
A. select organize drop down menu on windows explorer window (top left area)
B. select folder and search options
C. select view tab
D. select radio button for “Show hidden files, folders and drives”
E. select OK.
F. appdata folder will now be displayed.

3. In the doubleTwist Desktop directory found in step #2, remove all the files that end with .sqlite3
4. Also delete the file for settings.xml
5. After removing these files, restart doubletwist.
6. After restarting the databases will be rebuilt, and your syncing issue should be resolved.

I wanted to share the above as this fix worked for me!