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Making Wireless Work on a Dell D600 with Ubuntu

I recently inherited an old Dell Latitude D600 laptop, but the wireless wasn't working on it. After some investigation, I learned that it somehow didn't have a wireless card! Digging around on eBay, I found a Dell Wireless 1370 Mini PCI card for my D600. After installing it, I wanted to make Ubuntu work with it, and I came face-to-face with the mysterious b43-fwcutter.

Getting PHP Debugging with XDebug Working (on Windows)

I've been learning about Drupal Module Development the past few weeks. I'm using the venerable "Definitive Guide to Drupal 7" and a few times in the module development chapters (18, 19, 20), author Ben Melançon mentions running Drupal "in an IDE" to see how Drupal creates its various internal arrays.

Hiding HTML Using Data URIs and base64

I've been spending the past few evenings noodling with the HTML5 <canvas> element. I often bring up the HTML Canvas 2D Context Working Draft specification. The spec shows what functions are available to the canvas' context, and the examples are instructive. However, the spec also introduced me to a method for "hiding" HTML text directly inside another HTML file, using the "data URI" technique.

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