Windows XP SP3 Power-save Issues

Ever since I installed SP3 last year during a lull in my fall classes, I noticed that the power saving state on my display wouldn’t always work. Eventually, it didn’t work at all. If I opened the dialog to configure power saving modes, clicked apply, and then closed the menu, power savings would return to normal–until the next reboot. It was infuriating at best, especially if I forgot to turn my monitor off and left for a half hour or more. I’d return, the monitor would still be on, and the screensaver would be happily chugging away.

Thankfully, I believe I fixed the problem. Read more…


Writings Added and Updated

I’ve added a new navigation link and page (accessible to the right in that little box–yes, that one!) for my writings. I’m planning on posting new works over the course of the next month or two as time permits. Since most of my writing consists of snippets written as an exercise or toying with a new idea, many of my works aren’t exactly in a finished state. Thus, the real challenge is sifting through the majority for a handful of short stories that are in a reasonably finished state, revising them, editing them for the web, and posting them here.

As it stands, I have posted an epic poem written back in 2004. It’s unfinished, but if people enjoy it, I may sit down and complete it. I plan on finishing it eventually, but I do have other interests at the moment which happen to be taking priority. To that extent, the reception of my work will determine how soon I get around to working on it!


Screen Gotchas

If you’ve used *nix-based operating systems for any length of time, you’ve probably come across the gem that is screen. While Gnome and KDE both provide tabbed terminals that largely supplant the needs of screen, the latter is perfect for maintaining multiple sessions on a remote–or not so remote–host. Screen does have a few “gotchas” that can surface and they’re hugely annoying if you’re not familiar with some of its more esoteric shortcuts. Read more…

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