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RealityMe Has a New Host October 13, 2011 11:41 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Announcements, Of Interest
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For years, I have hosted RealityMe on 1and1 and I still recommend 1and1 for inexpensive hosting for low volume sites. I have decided to move RealityMe to DreamHost‘s VPS. This is a more expensive way to host a website but gives a more quality experience when bursts of traffic, like yesterday’s iOS5 post drew 2319 people, will not take down the site.

Please let me know if you experience any problems during this transition! You can comment here, email juggler@gmail.com, Tweet @djuggler, or a number of other ways. Thank you!

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DreamHost $8.95/mth

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How to Fix iOS5 Restore Error 3200 October 12, 2011 3:51 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Communications, Gadgets, Hardware, Software, Technology
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UPDATE: See also Gizmodo’s The Complete Guide to Updating to iOS 5.

UPDATE: Mashable and other sites are reporting that Apple’s servers are being overwhelmed and only about half the requests are getting through. The error is related to authentication and there is nothing we the users can do to fix it. Simply keep trying to get your update. As demand settles, the error will go away.

To anyone getting “An internal error occurred.” (3200) while installing iOS 5.0, Apple’s servers are swamped, and failing half the requests.

[Source, TheNextWeb, iOS 5 Error 3200 or “internal error” update issues? Apple’s servers are getting slammed.]

Word in the Ether is that you must update iTunes before updating your iPhone, iPod, or iPad to iOS5! If you are experiencing this error, I personally would try updating iTunes and try syncing again before doing any of these steps. I personally have not tried anything in this post.

xiphone.org has been hammered and is over its resource limit so I’m reprinting their instructions here.

  1. Install newest version of iTunes while do not connect your iPhone, iPod or iPad yet.
  2. Once installed, run new iTunes for a while then close it.
  3. Windows users simply go to folder
    C:\Documents and Settings\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates (replacing C: with the appropriate drive letter)
    Mac users need to locate it. I don’t really sure where it is.
  4. Cut and paste files there to somewhere else.
    Do not delete them in case the steps does not work for you, you can still copy them back to the folder. You can find out your username by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del.
  5. Put your iPhone into DFU Mode (alternate link)
  6. Finally, proceed with iOS 5 restore procedure

[Source, xiphone.org, HOW TO Fix iOS 5 beta Restore Error 3200]

To enter DFU mode:

DFU stands for Device Firmware Update. Unlike Recovery Mode, DFU Mode doesn’t load the firmware/OS currently installed before restore attempt. DFU mode will be considered as a last resort to restore if a restore using Recovery Mode doesn’t work and you are getting error while restoring you device.

  1. Open iTunes and connect the iPhone via USB.
  2. Press and hold the Home button and the Sleep/Wake button at the same time.
  3. Continue holding the both buttons for exact 10 seconds. Then release the Sleep/Wake. Keep holding the Home button until iTunes pops up that it has found an iPhone in Recovery Mode.

It may take a few attempts to get your iPhone into DFU mode. Generally, I hold down both buttons then release the Wake/Sleep button just before I think the Apple logo would appear. If you are still holding both buttons down and you see the Apple logo you are holding them down for too long!

[Source, iphoneheat.com, How to Put iPhone in DFU Mode]

See also How to put an unresponsive iPhone into DFU mode

Learn How to put an unresponsive iPhone into DFU mode. For more Cell Phone, PDA, iPhone How-To Videos & Articles, visit WonderHowTo.

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Nope! Chuck Testa October 12, 2011 2:19 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Interest
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So who is Chuck Testa? Knowyourmeme.com explains:

Read more at KnowYourMeme.com and see more of Chuck Testa at Smosh

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Chuck Testa Stuffed a Girl! October 12, 2011 2:10 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Humor, Of Interest
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Who is Chuck Testa?

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Which XBOX 360 replacement DVD drive should I buy? October 11, 2011 11:44 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Hardware, Technology
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My xbox 360 dvd drive has died. I’ve found reasonably priced replacements but each seems to be a different brand. For instance, one is a Samsung Toshiba MS25 TS-H943 while another is a Hitachi LG 59DJ 79FX GDR-3120L and http://www.xboxslave.com/ has Beng, Samsung, Hitachi, and Phillips ‘Lite On’ Does the manufacturer matter? I’m aware of the daughter board replacement or flash update need.

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Mandatory Retirement Age for Strippers October 11, 2011 9:16 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Humor
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As funny as this is, I have to respectfully disagree. Being male, I personally know that even sad tits are still something to be admired.

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My roof will outlive me October 7, 2011 10:47 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, From the mouths of babes
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I spoke to one of my neighbors this morning. Or rather, I said a bunch of words and I think he managed to understand a couple of them.

Me: "I like your new metal roof."
Him: "It’s a poor man’s roof.”
Me: "I bet it sounds nice in the rain."
Him: "It’s got a 35 year warranty. I’m 98 years old."
Me: "And an optimist!"

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Steve October 6, 2011 9:56 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Deep Thoughts, Philosophy
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Click here for 1280×800 version.

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Venn Diagram of the Day October 4, 2011 10:01 am

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Things you have to learn on your own – lube September 30, 2011 10:23 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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When I was 20, had you told me the quantity of Liquid Wrench and Astroglide I would use in my life, I would have never believed you.

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A sign of growing up September 29, 2011 10:15 am

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Recognizing that you should own a nice pen.

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Dad Fail September 28, 2011 5:43 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Family, Of Being Dad
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Came home early to cook dinner and spend time with my kids. Now everyone is tense and in tears. Should have stayed at the client’s office.

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Protected: That hollow feeling in the chest September 27, 2011 1:59 pm

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Lawrence O’donnel on MSNBC on NYPD Police Brutality during Occupy Wall September 27, 2011 8:48 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Activism, Economy, Of Interest, Politics, Touchy Subjects
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Wow! Main stream media stood up! This is an excellent piece of journalism. Well worth the nine minutes.

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Silly Non-comformists September 26, 2011 11:30 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Humor
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everyone walk in a different direction
"everyone walk in a different direction" by Cathy McCaughan

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