MICHAEL W. DEAN

Feeding the hamster in your brain

Heavy Inspiration for the Boondocks Theme Song

When I was a kid growing up in the 70s, whenever I went to the local movie theater, there was this 20-second or so motion logo with some really hip music that would play after the trailers and before the main feature. If we  were…

How To Bypass BitTorrent Throttling, step-by-step settings

A lot of ISPs throttle BitTorrent traffic: Charter, AT&T, Qwest, ComCast, CableVision, and many more. There’s a full list HERE. There are lot of tutorials out there on bypassing the evils of throttling. Some work, some don’t, some work for a while then stop working…

How to speed up ANY website, especially WordPress websites

This is a VERY simple webmaster trick to speed up the loading of ANY website you create. It is particularly noticeable in WordPress. Simply add this line of code anywhere in the .htaccess file: AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/html text/plain text/xml text/css application/javascript application/x-javascript application/x-httpd-php application/rss+xml application/atom_xml…

Mrs. Dean’s Ginger-Toffee Cookies

My wife makes me these awesome cookies every Christmas, yum! Mrs. Dean’s Ginger-Toffee Cookies Yummy, chewy, very spicy cookies with a festive crinkled appearance. Great for the holidays. 3 cups flour 2 ½ tsp ginger 2 tsp baking soda 3 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp ground…

People should hire me to name things….

Kinda cool thing I just realized, I named something! In 2008 when the Zoom H2 recorder came out, I dubbed it the “Studio on a Stick” in my O’Reilly Media column, and a Google search shows that “Studio on a stick” has now become the…

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