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Bold Letter L and Other Bold Lines when Using Adobe Photoshop to Create PDFs Viewable in Reader

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:52:11 -0600

Recently I've run into a problem with the latest version of Adobe Photoshop. I would create documents that looked fine as PSDs, but when I turned them into PDFs, sometimes certain lines randomly appeared bold or, most frequently, the letter l would show up in bold typeface in a word. For example, lion would appear lion. I could not understand why the PDFs were turning out this way.

After searching a lot online and not coming up with any answers, I did find a solution. Originally I had been using the Photohop dialogue to Print... the PDFs and then save the file, not using the Save As...feature. The reason I didn't use the Save As... feature and select PDF was because the file sizes were simply too large. However, the solution was to follow this route, then open up the large file size PDF in Adobe Acrobat, and then Print...and select the PDF maker from this dialogue box rather than the Photoshop one. In this way I was able to get manageable file sizes out of my PDFs without any visual artifacts. Please drop a note in the comments if this solution worked for you or if you have any questions about the technique. Thanks!

P.S. Another option is to delete whichever page(s) are giving you trouble from the compiled PDF and then insert a max quality JPG (with 300 DPI if it will be printed) into the document. Adobe Acrobat will then convert the JPG (but your filesize will increase quite a bit).

Stop Click Bombing From Amazon

Fri, 11 Nov 2011 08:46:02 -0600

Lately in my logs I've seen some Amazon IPs visiting my sites and clickbombing them like mad. The IP addresses are never the same, but they always have an amazonaws referrer.

I'm adding this to my htaccess file and hoping it stops them. Basically it will identify any Amazon AWS referrer and redirect it to the Amazon home page. It seems this will be more effective than reporting abuse to Amazon Web Services.

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{REMOTE_HOST} ^(.*)amazonaws.*
RewriteRule ^(.*)|(.+)$1 [R,L]

I will reply to this post to confirm if it works.

UPDATE: That didn't work.

I went with something much more simple:

order allow,deny
deny from
allow from all

Problem solved!

Laptop Battery Plugged In, Not Charging

Mon, 05 Sep 2011 21:59:50 -0500

The fix is quite easy. Most likely the problem is not with the charger, the motherboard, or the battery, but rather the software that Windows Vista or Windows 7 is using. This software is called the power management software and is easily fixed. To do so do the following:

In order to correct problems with the battery's power management software, follow the steps below.

1. Open the Device Manager

2. Select the Batteries category.

3. Right-click the Microsoft ACPI Compliant Control Method Battery listing and choose uninstall. Do not remove any of the other battery entries.

4. Scan for Hardware Changes

Windows will then automatically detect that your power management software is missing and install the newest working version.

After completing these steps you should now see the battery being charged in the system tray.

Niban San Diego Sushi Menu

Sun, 29 May 2011 17:14:23 -0500

Since the Niban site at Weebly doesn't seem to work very well, here's the menu as it used to appear (prices may have changed in the meantime): Niban Restaurant Appetizer Edamame $2.15 Seaweed salad $3.15 Chicken katsu salad $3.95 Green salad Sm....$1.25 Lg....$3.50 Fried calamari (5 pieces) $4.25 Shrimp tempura (4 pieces) $4.95 Fried shumai (6 pieces) $2.75 Steamed shumai (6 pieces) $2.75 Fried gyoza (6 pieces) $3.25 Steamed gyoza (6 pieces) $3.25 Egg roll $1.00 Croquette $1.25 Miso shiru (soup) $1.25 Steamed rice Sm....$1.25 Lg...$1.45 Seafood (served with rice and salad) Fried seafood mixed (6 pieces) $6.75 Fried or baked salmon (2 pieces) $6.95 Ginger or teriyaki seafood (6 pieces) $6.95 Fried jumbo shrimp (5 pieces) $7.95 Shrimp tempura (5 pieces) $7.95 Meat . Fowl (served with rice and salad) Chicken teriyaki, or beef, pork $6.25 Chicken ginger yaki, or beef, pork $6.25 Tonkatsu (pork) $6.25 Chicken Katsu $6.25 Combination A $7.95 Bento B $9.95 C $9.95 Chicken, beef, or pork teriyaki with $6.95 (F. seafood mix, egg roll, or Cal. roll (6pcs) Ginger Chicken, beef, or pork with $7.50 (F. seafood mix, egg roll, or Cal. roll (6pcs) Chicken teriyaki & fried shrimp (3 pcs) $7.95 Chicken teriyaki & shrimp tempura (3 pcs) Noodle (Dine in only) Stamina Noodle $6.25 Shrimp tempura noodle $6.25 Katsu curry noodle $6.50 (chicken, pork, or shrimp) Vegetarian Vegetarian teriyaki or ginger yaki $5.95 Vegetarian sukiyaki bowl $5.75 Vegetarian noodle (dine in only) $5.75 Vegetarian roll (5 pieces) $5.25 Bowl (served with miso soup and salad) Chicken teriyaki bowl $6.25 Katsu don (chicken, beef, pork, or shrimp) $6.25 Oyako don (chicken) $6.25 Beef or chicken sukiyaki $6.25 Curry ( served with salad) Curry $5.50 Katsu curry (chicken, pork, or shrimp) $6.50 Nigiri (price per piece) Tuna (maguro) $1.60 Yellow tail (hamachi) $1.60 Eel (unagi) $1.60 Smelt roe (masago) $1.60 Albacore (seared white tuna) $1.50 Salmon (sake) $1.50 Shrimp (ebi) $1.40 Squid (ika) $1.40 Octopus (tako) $1.40 Egg omelet (tamago) $1.30 Crab (kani-kama) $1.30 Combo Mixed sushi (14 pieces[...]

GoDaddy Database Password Wordpress

Thu, 26 May 2011 13:31:39 -0500

A lot of times I'll see people having trouble logging in to their GoDaddy database and getting an incorrect password. Especially when they're trying to access phpmyadmin through the hosting equivalent of the control panel, using the Starfield page. It has happened to me numerous times.

The problem is that the wrong language is selected. Rather than using the default option of English iso, use English UTF 8. You should then be able to log in without a problem.

GIF looks Blurry in Firefox, but Normal In Internet Explorer, Safari, and Chrome

Sat, 07 May 2011 13:43:21 -0500

Not sure why I was getting a blurry transparent GIF in Firefox, since I wasn't attempting to resize it, but for some reason my image was quite blurred. It looked fine in Internet Explorer (that's a switch - usually it's the reverse and Firefox is the browser displaying as I intended! :). Safari and Chrome were fine too. To solve the issue, one can add:

style="image-rendering: -moz-crisp-edges;"

Voila! Problem solved.

64 bit Python Installers including lxml.html

Sat, 23 Apr 2011 22:20:07 -0500

For when setup tools says Python Version 2.7 required which was not found in the registry

Wordpress CSV database files

Wed, 13 Apr 2011 21:31:45 -0500

Instead of using " as a delimiter, use $ or some other rarely used character. This will preserve your quote marks without causing a field number error when you try to import it back.

Remove Category and or Tag from URL in Wordpress 3

Tue, 12 Apr 2011 18:53:01 -0500

After spending some time mucking about with Wordpress, I've finally been able to remove those troublesome /category/ and /tag/ folders from my urls.

To do so, first add the following to .htaccess file:

RewriteRule ^category/(.+)$$1 [R=301,L]

Make sure to put this before the www/no-www redirect section -- this is what tripped me up before.

Now, your urls will be of the type instead of

You may notice however, that the category links under the posts still show the /category/ tag. For this, we go to the permalinks section and change the permalink structure to



change the category base to


Save it like that and you should be in business -- the url links under posts will no longer have /category/ or /tag/ appended to them (for the purposes of removing /tag/, just follow the above instructions while making the substitution for /category/.