34,000+ miles in 2.5 weeks through 6 cities in 3 countries

Sometimes you imagine, or even go so far as to fantasize [about] an extravagant vacation, and leave it at that. An entertaining dream that you are reminded of each time you flip by the Travel channel at home, catch a glimpse of an airline ad on the side of a billboard, or find yourself staring […]

Fix Photoshop CS3 missing scratch disk problem in OS X

Yesterday I was in a state of panic. Adobe’s Photoshop CS3 was crapping on me at the most unexpected and inopportune time. The Photoshop icon would do its dance in the dock a few times, load the splash screen, then scream for attention with an error reading: Could not initialize Photoshop because the disk is […]

Are you protecting [power surge] your mobile gadgets?

You never understand just how important a surge protector is until you experience the downside of being without. As your collection of mobile gadgets grows, so to does your need for safe power. If you’re lugging around a notebook computer (or two), your cellphone, or any other valuable electronics, I highly recommend investing in a […]

Audi S6 LED install for Volkswagen MkV R32

I admit that when I first began this project, I had the utmost confidence that I would complete the installation in 5 hours or less. With help from Kevin, I was sure that I could prune that time down to 3 hours or less. I was wrong. Overconfidence can be very misleading. The plan? Take […]

BLIK, paint with stickers – patience definitely required

Living in an apartment has its ups and downs. One undeniable downside is the fact that in order to recover the full deposit at lease end, the apartment must be in near perfect shape – the same condition that it was on move-in day. Being Derek, I decided against mounting the television and painting a […]

The Uber Cow, Volkswagen MkV R32 Teaser

Since its purchase date via CarsDirect, the Volkswagen MkV R32 has earned itself the nickname "uber cow" due the black & white motif and its curb weight (shout out to Accutint and Speedware Motorsports for the help). After a few modifications, the car feels like a completely different set of wheels. Derek’s R32 teaser from […]

WordPress 2.3+ official support for custom database error page

Some time ago a tutorial was posted on 5ThirtyOne which addressed customizing the DB Error page rendered whenever visitors landed on heavily trafficked WordPress site. Since then, the method has been proven "useless", ushered away by recent updates to the WordPress code base; more specifically with the release of WordPress 2.3.2 (current release is 2.3.3). […]

My 7 Mbps connection allows me to surf at 350 kb/s, yay for DSL

Ok. Just venting here… I moved again. This time, it wasn’t as significant as the last. This time, it was simply across the hall; a mere 6 ft. away [from door to door] from 650 sq. ft to 1325 sq. ft. For the most part, the move has been positive. Aside from the fact that […]

Tracking Key, GPS tracking for your clandestine bag of gadgets

GPS technology is becoming increasingly attainable by the average consumer. Decreasing prices have resulted in an increase in the number of portable GPS units on the road today. I recently picked up the entry level Garmin Nuvi 200W and find myself becoming increasingly dependent of the technology. Roughly one out of 10 vehicles I see […]

Planning on carrying the momentum, 2007 to 2008

Syl caught a photo of Boo (Mini Rat Terrier) in a rare "not bouncing off the wall and couch" mode The later part of 2007 was more or less a turning point in my life on both a personal and professional level. Life was moving at such a pace that the Christmas Holiday and ushering […]