Author: ericblue

Creating music with Apple Garage Band

Reading Time: < 1 minute I started experimenting with Garage Band 3 earlier this week. I have to say that I’m very impressed with how intuitive it is to compose new songs. I do have a moderate musical background: 8+ years (throughout school) in various bands (concert, marching, jazz) and orchestra. But, none of it was really necessary while using…
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Converting RSS Reader XML to OPML

Reading Time: 2 minutes A little over a year ago I started using RSSReader to manage all of my RSS feeds. In that time, I’ve acculated a little over 100 different feeds. Since I recently switched over to a Mac I started searching for a comparable solution. One that immediately impressed me was Vienna for Mac OS X. I…
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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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