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Access WMI directly from java

January 7, 2011 shaun Posts

Did you know that you can make WMI (Windows Management Interface) queries directly from Java? In this tutorial, I present the jWMI library which provides access to the WMI in pure java. With jWMI, you no longer need JNI, COM, or other libraries to query the Windows registry, system services or other Windows information. Take […]


Updated airsoft ballistic goggle review

December 3, 2010 shaun Posts

If you are looking for a an inexpensive pair of ballistic, mil-spec rated goggles for airsoft or other sports, you need to take a look at this review of the Pyramex XSG Ballistic goggle:


New review of a tactical flashlight video camera

November 26, 2010 shaun Posts

If you are looking for a small profile video camera to attach to your airsoft rifle, hunting rifle or shotgun, you need to take a look at this review:


Ooma review: 1 year update

November 22, 2010 shaun Posts

It has been almost a year since we purchased and installed the Ooma Telo and we have recently added a couple of “vintage” cord-style phones to our home phone system.  So far, they are working great with the Ooma Telo.  Take a look at this review for an unvarnished perspective on the Ooma Telo VOIP […]


Syndicate Press released

October 17, 2010 shaun Posts

With a new season, comes new features in Syndicate Press.  This version allows the admin to preserve or remove the formatting in a feed article.  Additionally, a customized message can now be displayed when a feed is not available.  If you are looking for a great news aggregation plugin for WordPress, look no further than […]


WordPress requested URL ‘/$’ error

October 13, 2010 shaun Posts

If you recently updated your WordPress installation, you may see the following error when trying to post a comment: “The requested URL ‘/$’ was not found on this server. “ If  you see this error, relax… it is likely just a plugin that is not compatible with your new version of WordPress.  To fix the […]


How to backup your website

October 6, 2010 shaun Posts

Backing up your website does not have to be a difficult thing to do.  If you have a static website, the easiest way to make a backup is by using the open-source tool ‘wget’. To recursively back up your site, including all of the images, execute the following at a command line: wget -r -k […]


Filter coffee with a bombilla

September 14, 2010 shaun Posts

Did you know that a bombilla makes a great coffee filter?   The bombilla is a traditional South American drinking straw with a filter on the bottom and is typically used to filter yerba mate.   While the bombilla has a long history as a yerba mate filter, it also works great as a coffee filter. To […]


Hot yerba mate for cool fall evenings!

September 12, 2010 shaun Posts

What is better on a brisk fall evening than a hot cup of yerba mate?  Not much compares to a cup full of strawberry or vanilla yerba mate on a chilly fall evening.  If you are looking for some good flavors of yerba mate and an honest review of some of the brands, then checkout […]


New review of the Blue LiPo brand battery

September 11, 2010 shaun Posts

In the market for a LiPo battery that works in your airsoft AEG gun, model airplane, helicopter or RC car and won’t cost an arm and a leg?  Hopefully you are looking for just the right balance of price and performance.  If so, then I think I have found the perfect candidate for you.  Take […]


Syndicate Press released

August 16, 2010 shaun Posts

Syndicate Press has been receiving a lot of new users lately.  In this release, we have added a new feature that displays the feed item publication time-stamp.  See the Syndicate Press homepage here:   If you have not yet donated, please show your support for Syndicate Press by donating via the Paypal link.


Mint, strawberry and vanilla flavored Yerba Mate for the summer!

June 20, 2010 shaun Posts

Cool summer mornings, hot summer days and beautiful summer evenings… What better way to enjoy the summer than with a cup of iced yerba mate! Take a look at this review for some great summer mate recommendations:   If you are a fan of iced tea and you have not yet tried iced yerba […]


New tutorial on how to find out where a java class was loaded from

May 29, 2010 shaun Posts

Have you ever been working on some java code, when all of the sudden it appears that the app is NOT doing what you expect and the code clearly does something different than the compiled app?  You probably have an old version of the compiled class lurking somewhere in your classpath!  Check out this new […]


Awesome tequila shrimp!

December 10, 2009 shaun Posts

These tequila shrimp are nothing short of awesome and if you like shrimp, then you need to try this.  All you need are some simple ingredients and about 15 minutes including prep and cooking time. Ingredients: 1/2 to 1 pound of raw or cooked shrimp that have been peeled, de-veined, thawed and gently rinsed. I […]


Syndicate Press WordPress plugin being prepped for release

November 17, 2009 shaun Posts

The Syndicate Press RSS/Atom/RDF syndication plugin for WordPress got one step closer to it’s initial release today with the cleanup of code, testing of features and optimization of the formatted output cache.  See for more information. If you would like to be a beta tester, please request the beta release access information by leaving […]


Syndicate Press RSS/Atom feed WordPress plugin nears release

November 6, 2009 shaun Posts

The Syndicate Press plugin for wordpress took a major step forward this week with the release of Version 0.6 for beta testers.  This release uses a completely redesigned feed parser implemented from the ground up. See for more information


Secure that coffee shop wi-fi!

November 4, 2009 shaun Posts

We have all browsed the internet over an unsecured wi-fi network at some point in time. Obviously, this presents numerous security and privacy implications. Fortunately, there is a relatively simple solution that will allow you to securely “tunnel” back to your home broadband network and browse as though you were at your house. The key […]


The crippling of PHP’s file_get_contents()

November 1, 2009 shaun Posts

If you have been around the PHP scene for a while now, you are probably aware of the file_get_contents() function. This function has been used in many web applications for years, but has been under increasing attack from nefarious evil doers. Due to the security issues when using this function to download URL content, many […]


Chicken in a bag

October 3, 2009 shaun Posts

Ever wondered how to transport a chicken in your car when you don’t have a cage or a box? While traveling in East Africa several years ago, my wife and I faced just such a quandary. We had traveled about 4 hours by very rough roads to a small town where we were the lunch […]


New Yerba Mate review

August 29, 2009 shaun Posts

Posted a new review of various Yerba Mate brands and blends.  Check it out here.


Looking for the site?

August 29, 2009 shaun Posts

Welcome to, where we bring you a holistic mix of articles, tutorials and reviews covering topics such as software and technology, sustainablity and rural living. The site content has been folded into the new and improved site. Please take a moment and check out the new articles, tutorials and reviews here at […]


It’s just two acres

July 4, 2009 shaun Posts

Two acres.  Before moving out of the city, we thought that two acres was a lot of land.  From the perspective of a suburban dweller, two acres is a lot of space.  After living here for the last five years, our perspective has changed.  Two acres is just about enough for a large garden, a […]


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