Beginners Head-fi

Here are my first “high end” in-ear monitors. These Shure SE535 IEMs came my way from a fellow Audiokarma member. They are in great shape according to the original owner because they had recently been given to him as a replacement for an earlier model (maybe the SE530?). Being in chicago and only a few miles from Shure’s Chicago headquarters has it’s advantages. As the story goes, he walked into Shure after a


Chi Flatiron Repair – Fix it Yourself – User Photos

My previous page seems to have generated quite a buzz with folks looking to repair their Chi Flat Iron. If you have not seen my original take-apart and repair guide, look here.

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passwordless SSH on osx

Use at your own risk people!
For user:
ssh-keygen -t dsa
cat ~/.ssh/ | ssh ‘cat >> ~/.ssh/authorized_keys; chmod 644 ~/.ssh/authorized_keys; cat ~/.ssh/authorized_keys’
For Root:
sudo ssh-keygen -t dsa
sudo cat /var/root/.ssh/ | ssh ‘cat >> ~/.ssh/authorized_keys; chmod 644 ~/.ssh/authorized_keys; cat ~/.ssh/authorized_keys’

Bash script to break apart a Mastery Manager Export

# This code is only for use under adult supervision. Proceed at your own risk. 🙂
# set $IFS to end-of-line
IFS=`echo -en “\n\b”`
if ( !$1 )
echo ‘usage: batch.command Name_Of_MM_Export_To_Process’;
for l in $(cat $1 )
if `echo ${l} | grep  “Student” 1>/dev/null 2>&1`
#this line is the header, start a new output file
echo $l > $file.txt
echo -n ‘.’
# this line is not a header, write it to the current file
echo $l >> $file.txt
done;  # end the loop
# return the original IFS
plue a little one liner to rename the files using line 2, column 2 as the title.
n=0 ; for i in $(ls) ; do mv $i $(cat $i | head -n 2 | tail -n 1 | cut -d, -f2 | tr ‘ ‘ ‘_’ | tr ‘/’ ‘-‘ | tr -d ‘”‘)–$n.txt ; n=$(($n+1)) ; done

SSRS Expressions: Scope and Commenting Tips

In SSRS, Scope is confusing as hell. Below is an example of adding comments to SSRS expressions and how to probe scope. Adding a line like:


will display a “[d]” in cells that are in the scope of group “matrix_dept”, and nothing if it is outside that
scope. By adding multiple scope tests, you can see where cells lie in the scheme of things.

Replacing The Fuse in a Panasonic TAU TV

Sure, this is a standard definition TV, and sure it is a CRT, but I love this TV. It has served us well for around 7 years and I still enjoy watching it. I take good care of the tv, use good cables, and keep it pluged into a power conditioner. However, yesterday when i turned it on to attempt to watch a little True Blood, the tv did not respond at all. I pressed the power button and saw no lights, no buzz, no hum. I checked all the power connections and power strips  that i could but no matter what i tried, the TV was dead.

After some googling i learned that this is a fairly common issue for this TV. I also learned that the problem may be resolved by simply replacing a fuse in the power supply. I was very happy to learn that I had a shot at resurrecting the TV without having to lift the monster to move it, and without having to take the main shell off of it.

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