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Found a fix for WordPress and safari 3



Fri, 17 Aug 2007 17:28:26 +0000



I found a fix for the infamous paragraph/Safari 3 issue.

Basically, before you do this fix, when you write in wordpress, it will come up as one big clump of words, after you publish it.

Here’s how you fix it (You will lose some features, but it will work for now).

1. sign into the admin panel for wordpress.

2. click on users –> your profile.


4. Save Changes.

now, the rich text editor is gone, so if you want to make major edits, knowing html helps. but if you just want the regular font, etc. this will

be fine. there are some buttons and stuff at the top, so you don’t lose all the features. It just works a little differently.




How Good Is Your Ram?



Sat, 14 Apr 2007 16:55:51 +0000



� Memory testing is done by checking data integrity at randomly selected areas of the memory (addresses) with various test patterns, like walking through every single bit in ascending and descending order, random jumps, copying blocks of data as well as checkerboard patterns. The more addresses are tested and the more patters employed the better, but the longer it takes. After each test run a report is generated indicating a fault-free run or the faulty addresses. There are basically 4 ways how memory can be tested: The given devices and utilities are just examples:

Windows based


Non-memory resident self-booting utility



Software resident in self booting PCI card

RST-Pro from Ultra-X, Inc

Motherboard independent testing device


The first option is the least attractive: “if an operating system is running, the area of memory containing the OS or reserved for the OS cannot be tested correctly. The workaround in a situation like this is to alternate DIMMs between two memory slots since the operating system will be loaded onto the higher (Win9x) or the lower number DIMM (all other operating systems). Thus, by switching DIMMs back and forth between slots, one DIMM can always be kept free of the OS which, then allows complete testing of the module. The natural drawback is that every DIMM has to be tested twice which can be rather time-consuming. (quote from Lost Circuit

Hardware testing devices can be very expensive, and the advanced hobbyist might therefore settle for one of the software based solutions that run outside the OS. Memtest-86 and Goldmemory came out best in this comparison of memory testing utilities:

Taking the fact that a Sandra memory benchmark could be completed as evidence for the tested modulefs fault freeness at this frequency would be grossly overestimating the quality of this module. One of my 256 MB Twinmos PC 3200 modules for example could be benched with Sandra at 244 MHz, but could only complete the Memtest and Goldmemory tests at 220 MHz, because it is possible to take a SANDRA memory benchmark with a highly unstable system. As a rule of thumb the maximum frequency under which Sandra would run has to be reduced by around 20 MHz to get sustained fault free test runs with Goldmemory and Memtest-86.

It goes without saying that test results with software testing programs are only INDICATIONS ands do not suffice professional memory testing standards. Furthermore: Using software for testing leaves always the possibility that the overclocked system is generating false positiveh results, that is when errors are reported which did not occur.




Common Hard Drive Problems



Sat, 31 Mar 2007 10:12:54 +0000



First check all cables are tight, jumpers are in the correct position, its formatted and has an OS installed on it (in the case of the boot drive) and you can see the drive in the post screen.

1. Many hard drive problems are caused by physical damage. If you hear a tic tic tic sound coming from the HDD then it means that something has been bent and that there is now physical damage occurring. Backup NOW Do not reboot, start getting some form of back up happening as soon as possible.

2. Hard drives don’t usually die without some forewarning. Freezes, reboots, error messages, etc usually indicate that you have a problem and need to start troubleshooting to find out what it is.

3. Software from your HDD Manufacturer can assist in a big way. SMART (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) is available as a free download from the HDD’s manufactures websites and should be run to find out what errors are present. If you have to return a dud hard drive then print a copy of the smart report and include it with the hard drive.

4. If you don’t want to use the tools shown above then you can always get into the command prompt and use a DOS based command chkdsk /c (where c is the drive you want to check). CHKDSK will run a quick test to see if it can detect any bad sectors and will then show a summary of the tests conducted and the results. Me i’m too old to play with DOS any more and prefer the GUI versions instead.

While in CHKDSK you may be able to repair a bad sector in actual fact you are not repairing it but telling the file allocation table to ignore the bad sector and not to save any information on it. I have successfully repaired 1397 dud/bad sectors out of 1500+ bad sectors on a 40Gb hard Drive that allowed me enough time to recover 90% of the clients data using a combination of CHKDSK and GetDataBack.

It doesn’t always work and can take hours to complete the “Repairs”.

5. When in doubt use google to download free apps and tools to do a deeper check.

6. There is no magic cure for a failing hard drive. Backup backup backup.

7. If all else fails contact the supplier and see if they have a repair option or a repair agency they can send it to. Usually this means sending it overseas to somewhere like Malaysia and can take upwards of a couple of months to get it back.


8. Placing hard drives in

and freezing them may sometimes work but I don’t recommend it.

9. Bashing them on a table top may free up a stuck read/write head but it will certainly also stuff up the hard drive.

10. Disassemble the hard drive and attempting to repair the problem yourself. The instant the platters are exposed to unfiltered air they will start to corrode especially if you touch them with your bare fingers.

11. The read write heads are meant to float above the platters at some ridiculously small distance so if you touch the read/write head you have just completely screwed it.

12. If all else fails and drive is unrecoverable then rip it apart to see how it works, marvel at the strength of the magnets that control the read/write heads and then throw it away.

Common Hard Drive Problems – Software

Hard drive software problems are common. The most common being a virus totally corrupting all data and programs on the hard drive.

But because you are a smarter than the average mud crab you have an Antivirus program in place, Spyware removal programs, Ghost or some other image of your drive and have extensively backed up every day so a minor problem like a corrupted hard drive wont worry you at all.

Then fdisk is your friend. Both flavours of XP, Windows 2000 and ME have a form of fdisk built into them. For the others then click on

and download the Ultimate Boot CD.

In Conclusion

When in doubt do not turn off your PC until you have done as much as possible to recover your data.

You may be able to replace the circuit board if it’s burnt out with one from the SAME model and capacity hard drive that you have.

There are any number of freeware and expensive programs that you can use to recover data from a non booting hard drive. If the hard drive is detected and is working in the post screen then you have a reasonable chance of recovering some or almost all of your data.




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