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Goodbye Drupal, thanks for the … learning.

In 2004 I discovered this thing called a content management system or CMS. Community Server was a really great tool that integrated discussion forums, blogs, photo galleries, file galleries, search, RSS tools, content management, advanced user permissions and...

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My battle with invasive Japanese Knotweed

Last year's gardening season was devoted to purging a pernicious pest. It's an invasive, noxious variety called Japanese Knotweed (godzirraweed japonicus). This bamboo-like perennial had been in our back garden for years, dozing in the shade of a large ash tree. Then...

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Taming the cable bill part 6: Life without CATV

We have cut the cable bill, but not the cord. So now we use our over-the-air antenna to watch (and record) the major networks and live sporting events (like football). That works great, and I really wish I had done that sooner.  We use google voice for our land-line...

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Taming the cable bill part 5: Cancellation Day!

I gathered all the gear I had been renting from Comcast and made a trip to the Comcast service center. First gotcha: they moved from the cruddy service center behind the barbed wire to a sleek new Xfinity retail store. It's a few miles aways and 15 minutes later...

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