Author: ericblue

Once you have Mac you'll never go back!

Reading Time: 2 minutes I made the leap this week and bought a Mac Book Pro! I have to say that so far I am pretty impressed. It’s fairly amazing that in my 20+ years of computer experience I have probably only clocked in a dozen hours or so using an Apple computer. And most of that time was…
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Simple recursive search and replace with perl

Reading Time: < 1 minute I recently needed to do a mass search and replace for some content on my website. I vaguely recalled doing this in the past with find, sed, and/or xargs so decided to ‘Google’. My memory was jogged when I found this example: find *.ext -type f -exec sed -i ‘s/OldText/NewText/’ {} \; and I was…
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Enabling plain text login for UW IMAP

Reading Time: 2 minutes I recently had the fun task of upgrading IMAP on one of my older Linux servers. This server doesn’t get much use lately and I’m sad to say that I hadn’t upgraded the IMAP daemon since around 2000(IMAP4rev1 beta). Last night I noticed that I was unable to retrieve or delete any messages due to…
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My Fat Tire Obsession: Finding Fat Tire Beer in LA

Reading Time: < 1 minute I’ve never been too much of a beer fan, but I definitely do like darker beers, or beer with more flavor than your typical Bud. I experienced Fat Tire for the first time 2 years ago while visiting Denver, Colorado, and since that time I’ve been mildly obsessed with finding this beer in Los Angeles.…
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New blog URL

Reading Time: < 1 minute I’ve decided to setup Movable Type and have now moved my blog to my personal website. Going forward, this blog will be hosted at

WWFSMD Motivational Poster

Reading Time: < 1 minute This afternoon a friend of mine brought a nifty Motivational Poster Generator to my attention. Being that I’m a huge fan of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, I decided to put this poster generator to good use. For those of you who would like to become more familiar with FSM, I’d recommend visiting (FSM image…
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Removing the login prompt from the Eclipse Koders plugin

Reading Time: 2 minutes is a search engine for open source code. I’ve been aware of this service for sometime and find it very useful on occasion to locate different code snippets. I know that they started offering plugins for various IDEs and figured that I’d give the Eclipse plugin a shot. My first impression of the plugin…
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Essential Eclipse Plugins

Reading Time: 2 minutes I’ve been using Eclipse now for a few years (Since version 2.1), and one of its best features is the great selection of plugins. The de-facto sight for getting the latest and greatest plugins is at This site has really helped me find a great selection. The following list is only a *fraction* of…
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Getting XMLSpy to support EXSLT dynamic functions

Reading Time: < 1 minute Recently I have been using XSLT to transform XML from one format to the other. I use Xalan (for Java) in the application itself, but often develop and debug with XMLSpy. I needed a way for XSLT to dynamically evaluate and select a given string, and found no easy way to do this other than…
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Real Rhapsody uses SQLite for its database

Reading Time: < 1 minute By shear coincidence this evening, I discovered that Real Rhapsody is using SQLite for it’s local cache. After some brief inspection, it looks like this db is used to store playlists, user credentials, radio stations, and info about music that was imported from local disk. I thought this was pretty cool since I’m a big…
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