Are USAirways In-Flight Movies Worth $10 Million?

According to what I’ve read, the reports are saying that domestic flights from USAirways are undergoing a bit of a makeover – they are having hardware removed so that they will no longer be able to show in-flight movies.

This makeover will allegedly save $10 million per year in fuel and “other costs”. Now I get that there is a certain amount of money to be saved by taking out the box that plays the movie. But $10 million is a lot. Plus, don’t they need it to play the safety film on the flight?

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The DNS Client Service Failed to Start

Thanks Microsoft! Another present. At least this one has an answer (of sorts) in the knowledge base. Unfortunately if you read that article, you might be more confused than when you started.

First, the problem will generally manifest with a more detailed message in the log like “The account specified for this service is different from the account specified for other services running in the same process.” What that means in a nutshell is that the login credentials have a problem.

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Can't Find Template 'Styles'

Have you been publishing something in Movable Type and received an error that included this message or one like it? Maybe instead of “styles”, your message was “feed_recent” or “javascript”. What in the world does it mean? Luckily, the answer is really simple, it’s just a matter of figuring out where to find the answer.

The details are all in your error message. It will tell you what was being published: Usually a particular tag within a specific template. That’s the template you need to go to, and in that template, you need to check for the missing value, to determine what you need to do next.

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Your Feed Appears to be Encoded as UTF-8

If you receive this message, it means that the feed headers are being sent as one encoding, but the feed itself is likely declaring another one. This can be problematic for the contents of the feed.

Generally within an XML document you will see the first line read something like this:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

This means that the feed is being declared as UTF-8. But if the headers of your feed don’t match, then the contents might be scrambled when received on the other end. Luckily, this can be a simple fix.

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Will the Old Double Nickel Help Save Gas?

I read recently where Republican John Warner wants to revive the 55 mph speed limit in an attempt to save gas. You read that right. Bring back the old double nickel. Maybe I should get on the horn to see if I can find Sammy Hagar in defense of not doing so.

But before I do, the first thing to look at would probably be to decide on whether or not such a move would actually be worthwhile – not that it matters to the government, but it does matter to yours truly. So let’s see what we can find out.

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Steve Smith Suspended (Again)

The star receiver for the Carolina Panthers who is perpetually carrying a chip on his shoulder, Steve Smith, is in hot water again. This time for his fight with cornerback Ken Lucas.

No one really knows what exactly happened, but there is not exactly any love lost between the two, especially since they go up against one another regularly during practice. We just know that the war of words is now a war of fists. Or fist, at any rate – Smiths.

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Pick a Feed and Stick to It

If you’re like most people, your blog has an RSS feed. Chances are, you don’t even know what RSS stands for, but you likely have one (if you’re wondering, it most often stands for really simple syndication, but that isn’t important).

Unfortunately, you may have more than one, which means if you want to know how many subscribers you have to your feed, you have a problem. At best, you have to add up each of the subscriber counts and get a total. At worst, you have potential eyeballs who want to see your latest and greatest, but they’re looking at outdated content. Isn’t it time you fixed this?

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Update Your Movable Type Spam Filters (Please)

Movable Type version 3.2, released in April of 2007, included a plugin known as SpamLookup. This plugin was able to submit comments to a lookup service (hence the name of the plugin) to one of a number of blacklist services, which in turn would determine if the IP address used for the comment submission is suspicious, allowing you to better judge if you had encountered a spam comment.

However, way back in May of 2007, Six Apart released a guide on updating your spam filters for the plugin. Without the change, your comment-posting process will be horribly slow, because the process has to timeout before it will continue. Also, the default for the other service probably isn’t the best (though that isn’t mentioned). Want to know more? Read on!

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All the Slow-Turners are in the South

Maybe I’m just getting old. If I am, I hope that it doesn’t involve the need to signal that I’m going to turn a mile down the road – and then come to a complete stop before starting up again to actually make the turn.

I’ll admit that it’s been a while since I’ve lived anywhere other than the South (approaching twenty years now), and when I did it was – gasp – California. But the people in North and South Carolina are really bad at turning.

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