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Totally awesome. The above sums up how I describe my new cell phone, the latest electronic toy added to our menagerie. After  years of merely getting by with a free Motorola Razr, I am now living large with a Nokia N85. As with most Nokia phones worth owning, the N85 is not available from AT & T. It can be [...]

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This post adds to the collection of fixes for the dreaded WordPress HTTP 500 and HTTP 404 errors  users can encounter after an update . In particular, the article targets the scenerio when default Permalink settings (e.g. http://pitelspot.com/?p=123) work, but not custom structures (e.g. http://pitelspot.com/2009/04/sample-post/)  which produce HTTP404 errors. Below, I have summarize solutions that the [...]

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While in Oklahoma, Oscar had a small cat tree where he spent a large portion of his time. So much time in fact, that the structural integrity was destroyed by his constant jumping, bouncing, and swinging. Our first attempt to replace the cat tree with a hardier, taller model proved to be out of our [...]

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For the holidays, Grant bought our mom a set of Luigi Bormioli Duo double-wall drinking glasses. These glasses have a two thin layers of glass separated by an air pocket. This construction apparently provides superior insulation and fends off condensation. Bodum has a similar range of glasses. Reviews of these glasses from all over praise them [...]

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23660 In an effort to make my life easier I decided to put PitelSPOT on its own dedicated server. In the past, all my web applications were run from my workstation, which has obvious disadvantages. I appologize to all those cutoff mid-article because I was doing some routine MATLAB/Vista reboot.  I wanted to share the [...]

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Despite living far above the Mason-Dixon line for almost a decade I have not adapted to winter weather. So after an unusually frigid month of December, I was fearing what torture January would bring. Last week gave the answer: a cold snap swept across the Midwest, lowering temperatures far below zero. At worst the wind chill [...]

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Expect server outages this week. PitelSPOT is getting a major upgrade that will be described in a later post.

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I don’t remember how long it has been since Grant lost his car and house keys, and to be honest, it’s been so long that we totally forgot about it. Until yesterday, that is, when a mysterious package arrived in the mail from Iowa. The return address was ScoreCard Customer Care, and it contained the long-lost [...]

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I decided to post my University of Illinois doctorate dissertation. If you have questions, please leave a comment below so we can have open discussions. This dissertation applies large-signal and time-domain models along with digital control to achieve fast control performance and to quickly test/design multi-block power controllers. Fast controls are needed for motherboard level [...]

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  Update 12/20/08: The Truth Behind This Article When Tim Ferriss came to our class to speak the day his TV show premiered he challenged us to compete in this promotion, except we were playing for a different prize. He offered us a $4000 ticket to The Entertainment Gathering, a 3-day conference of people from all [...]

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