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Ride for Refugess 2007

October 2, 2007 at 11:56 pmCategory:Stuff

It is October already and time mount up and ride for a great cause! On October 13 I will be heading out for a 100km ride to support my favorite fund raising event “Ride for Refugees”. I am looking for your help to make my 100km ride worth the journey.

This cycling event is held each fall and this year it is bigger than ever. This year I am only one of three hundred riders who will be riding on that day. I am very excited to see the number of cyclists growing with each passing year. I am also thankful to see the awareness and the rising support for refugees being served through the heartfelt organization, International Teams Canada

Last year’s ride was tough; it rained, sleeted, snowed and hailed over the course of the ride. There was 35km of head wind on the ride out, one inch of snow on the road and at times not more that 50ft of visibility. But with all that said; this ride still dwarfs in comparison of the challenges faced by a refugee.

The following link is a video put together from interviews and video shots taken during last year’s ride. From this you will get a sense of what the conditions were like.

This year’s event goal is to raise $250,000 and I am looking to raise my share of that goal. This year my personal goal is to raise $2,500 and any amount you give will help reach or exceed it. Please help me reach my goal and help these people, in giving you too will be riding with me on that day.

Would you sponsor me?

There are over 35,000,000 refugees in the world. Many come to Canada and they need our support as they adjust to our Canadian way of life. Imagine snow for the first time. Imagine if the letters all ran backwards to what you were familiar with reading. Imagine being alienated from your friends and family. They need our support and International Teams ( has been serving refugees for over 25 years.

Don’t hesitate to sponsor me today!

You can go directly to my personal page to sponsor me by clicking on the link below;

You can also go online to and click on sponsor a rider. Once there you can donate with any credit card to my personal fundraising goal. This site also contains a ton of information about the ride and the cause we are riding for.

Thank you so much for your support and God bless

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How to Bypass BIOS Passwords

February 13, 2007 at 6:01 pmCategory:Stuff

Backdoor passwords

Many BIOS manufacturers have provided backdoor passwords that can be used to access the BIOS setup in the event you have lost your password. These passwords are case sensitive, so you may wish to try a variety of combinations. Keep in mind that the key associated to “_” in the US keyboard corresponds to “?” in some European keyboards. Laptops typically have better BIOS security than desktop systems, and we are not aware of any backdoor passwords that will work with name brand laptops.

WARNING: Some BIOS configurations will lock you out of the system completely if you type in an incorrect password more than 3 times. Read your manufacturers documentation for the BIOS setting before you begin typing in passwords

Award BIOS backdoor passwords:
aLLY Condo PINT 01322222
ALLY d8on pint 589589
aPAf djonet SER 589721
_award HLT SKY_FOX 595595
AWARD_SW J64 SYXZ 598598
AWARD?SW J256 syxz
AWARD SW J262 shift + syxz

AMI BIOS backdoor passwords:

PHOENIX BIOS backdoor passwords:

BIOSTAR lkwpeter
biostar setup
biosstar SETUP
cmos Wodj

Manufacturer Password

VOBIS & IBM merlin
Dell Dell
Biostar Biostar
Compaq Compaq
Enox xo11nE
Epox central
Freetech Posterie
IWill iwill
Jetway spooml
Packard Bell bell9
Siemens SKY_FOX
Toshiba Toshiba

Most Toshiba laptops and some desktop systems will bypass the BIOS password if the left shift key is held down during boot

Press both mouse buttons repeatedly during the boot

Password cracking software

The following software can be used to either crack or reset the BIOS on many chipsets. If your PC is locked with a BIOS administrator password that will not allow access to the floppy drive, these utilities may not work. Also, since these utilities do not come from the manufacturer, use them cautiously and at your own risk.

Cmos password recovery tools 3.1

Using the Motherboard “Clear CMOS” Jumper or Dipswitch settings

Many motherboards feature a set of jumpers or dipswitches that will clear the CMOS and wipe all of the custom settings including BIOS passwords. The locations of these jumpers / dipswitches will vary depending on the motherboard manufacturer and ideally you should always refer to the motherboard or computer manufacturer’s documentation. If the documentation is unavailable, the jumpers/dipswitches can sometimes be found along the edge of the motherboard, next to the CMOS battery, or near the processor. Some manufacturers may label the jumper / dipswitch CLEAR – CLEAR CMOS – CLR – CLRPWD – PASSWD – PASSWORD – PWD. On laptop computers, the dipswitches are usually found under the keyboard or within a compartment at the bottom of the laptop.

Please remember to unplug your PC and use a grounding strip before reaching into your PC and touching the motherboard. Once you locate and rest the jumper switches, turn the computer on and check if the password has been cleared. If it has, turn the computer off and return the jumpers or dipswitches to its original position.

Removing the CMOS Battery

The CMOS settings on most systems are buffered by a small battery that is attached to the motherboard. (It looks like a small watch battery). If you unplug the PC and remove the battery for 10-15 minutes, the CMOS may reset itself and the password should be blank. (Along with any other machine specific settings, so be sure you are familiar with manually reconfiguring the BIOS settings before you do this.) Some manufacturers backup the power to the CMOS chipset by using a capacitor, so if your first attempt fails, leave the battery out (with the system unplugged) for at least 24 hours. Some batteries are actually soldered onto the motherboard making this task more difficult. Unsoldering the battery incorrectly may damage your motherboard and other components, so please don’t attempt this if you are inexperienced. Another option may be to remove the CMOS chip from the motherboard for a period of time.

Note: Removing the battery to reset the CMOS will not work for all PC’s, and almost all of the newer laptops store their BIOS passwords in a manner which does not require continuous power, so removing the CMOS battery may not work at all. IBM Thinkpad laptops lock the hard drive as well as the BIOS when the supervisor password is set. If you reset the BIOS password, but cannot reset the hard drive password, you may not be able to access the drive and it will remain locked, even if you place it in a new laptop. IBM Thinkpads have special jumper switches on the motherboard, and these should be used to reset the system.

Overloading the KeyBoard Buffer

On some older computer systems, you can force the CMOS to enter its setup screen on boot by overloading the keyboard buffer. This can be done by booting with the keyboard or mouse unattached to the systems, or on some systems by hitting the ESC key over 100 times in rapid succession.

Jumping the Solder Beads on the CMOS

It is also possible to reset the CMOS by connecting or “jumping” specific solder beads on the chipset. There are too many chipsets to do a breakdown of which points to jump on individual chipsets, and the location of these solder beads can vary by manufacturer, so please check your computer and motherboard documentation for details. This technique is not recommended for the inexperienced and should be only be used as a “last ditch” effort.

Using a professional service

If the manufacturer of the laptop or desktop PC can’t or won’t reset the BIOS password, you still have the option of using a professional service. Password Crackers, Inc., offers a variety of services for desktop and laptop computers for between $100 and $400. For most of these services, you’ll need to provide some type of legitimate proof of ownership. This may be difficult if you’ve acquired the computer second hand or from an online auction.

Links to Motherboard Manufacturers

If you need additional documentation about your motherboard, location of jumpers / dipswitches, location of the battery, BIOS settings, etc., we’ve included links to most of the major motherboard manufacturers here.

2 the Max A-trend Elite Computer Systems Matsonic
Abit Epox Microstar American Megatrends
PC Chips Amptron Freetech QDI
Aopen Giga-Byte Fujitsu Siemens ASUS
IBM SuperMicro Biostar Intel
Tyan Chaintech

Click Bank Steals Money from “The Little Guy”

December 18, 2006 at 7:29 pmCategory:Stuff

If you are considering doing any affiliate selling through Click Bank, do not bother.

Click Bank was one of the first affiliates I has signed up. I finally made my first affiliate sale two months ago, not a huge amount but big enough for the “little guy”. I waited patiently for the check to arrive. I waited one month after the billing cycle date and still no check. I checked over my snail mailing information, to make sure it was correct, I then emailed Click Bank asking them to reissue the check because it must have gotten misrouted. A day later I received an email saying could not collect my commission because, according to their terms of service, you must receive five sales from five different credit cards before a check is cut.

Now I don’t know about the rest of you but, I am probably in the boat where I will only see a few affiliate sales per year. At this rate, I will see a check every few years.

I am currently replacing any ad space on my sites that contains Click Bank ads and put up something that will actually pay. I hope to be a “Big Guy” someday but for now, I am still a “Little Guy” and in my opinion, this person will not be doing any more business through Click Bank.

Best Keyword Research Tool Around

October 25, 2006 at 2:33 pmCategory:Stuff

Keyword EliteThis product has saved me so much time end effort finding releative keywords during the research phase of a project. It has helped me gain quick insight into keyword competition, enabling a well informed decision.

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I can’t believe that I ever got a long with out Keyword Elite!

Here’s A Quick Run Down of The Projects

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Will You Sponsor Me For A 100km Ride for Refugees Fund Raising Event?

September 17, 2006 at 3:34 amCategory:Stuff

I’m posting this to you to ask for your help because, this year on October 14th I am going all the way and riding full 100kms in the third annual Ride for Refugees fund raising event. I am looking for sponsors to make it all worth it. I am training for the challenge as I have never ridden that far but with God’s strength, he will carry me to the end. This cycling event is held each fall near Elmira and I am joining a growing group of cyclists who are raising support and awareness for refugees being served through International Teams Canada

I volunteer at our Welcome Home facility here in Kitchener/Waterloo and getting to know the refugees there has been very eye opening. The challenges involved with a 100km ride dwarfs in comparison of the challenges faced by a refugee. Imagine in a moments notice, force to leave everything you have and know to travel the refugee highway in hopes of a new future.

The event goal is $150,000 and I am looking to raise my share of that good goal. This year my personal goal is to raise $1000 and any amount you give will help reach or exceed it. Please help me reach my goal and help these people, in giving you too will ride with me that day.

Would you sponsor me?

There are over 35 million refugees in the world. Many are coming to Canada and they need support as they adjust to our Canadian way of life. Imagine snow for the first time. Imagine if the letters all ran backwards to what you were familiar with reading. Imagine being alienated from your friends and family. They need our support and International Teams ( has been serving refugees for over 25 years.

Don’t hesitate to sponsor me today!

You can go directly to my personal page to sponsor me by clicking on the link below;

You can also go online to and click on sponsor a rider. Once there you can donate with any credit card to my personal fundraising goal.

Thank you so much and God bless

HTML Character Codes

August 11, 2006 at 7:02 amCategory:Stuff

Description Character HTML Entity
Exclaimation Point ! !
Double Quotation Mark " "
Pound (Sharp) Symbol # #
Dollar Sign $ $
Percentage Symbol % %
Ampersand & &
Single Quote Mark ' '
Left Parentheses ( (
Right Parentheses ) )
Asterisk * *
Addition Symbol + +
Comma , ,
Hypen - -
Period . .
Forward Slash / /
Zero 0 0
One 1 1
Two 2 2
Three 3 3
Four 4 4
Five 5 5
Six 6 6
Seven 7 7
Eight 8 8
Nine 9 9
Colon : :
Semi-Colon ; &#059;
Less-Than Symbol < &#060;
Equals Symbol = &#061;
Greater-Than Symbol > &#062;
Question Mark ? &#063;
At Symbol @ &#064;
A A &#065;
B B &#066;
C C &#067;
D D &#068;
E E &#069;
F F &#070;
G G &#071;
H H &#072;
I I &#073;
J J &#074;
K K &#075;
L L &#076;
M M &#077;
N N &#078;
O O &#079;
P P &#080;
Q Q &#081;
R R &#082;
S S &#083;
T T &#084;
U U &#085;
V V &#086;
W W &#087;
X X &#088;
Y Y &#089;
Z Z &#090;
Left Bracket [ &#091;
Back Slash \ &#092;
Right Bracket ] &#093;
Carat ^ &#094;
Underscore _ &#095;
Single Quotation Mark ` &#096;
a a &#097;
b b &#098;
c c &#099;
d d &#100;
e e &#101;
f f &#102;
g g &#103;
h h &#104;
i i &#105;
j j &#106;
k k &#107;
l l &#108;
m m &#109;
n n &#110;
o o &#111;
p p &#112;
q q &#113;
r r &#114;
s s &#115;
t t &#116;
u u &#117;
v v &#118;
w w &#119;
x x &#120;
y y &#121;
z z &#122;
Left Curly Bracket { &#123;
Pipe | &#124;
Right Curly Bracket } &#125;
Tilde ~ &#126;
ƒ &#131;
Ellipses &#133;
ˆ &#136;
Š &#138;
Ž &#142;
˜ &#152;
Trademark &#153;
š &#154;
œ &#156;
ž &#158;
Ÿ &#159;
¡ &#161;
¢ &#162;
£ &#163;
¤ &#164;
¥ &#165;
¦ &#166;
§ &#167;
¨ &#168;
Copyright © &#169;
ª &#170;
« &#171;
¬ &#172;
­ &#173;
Registered ® &#174;
¯ &#175;
Degree Symbol ° &#176;
Plus/Minus ± &#177;
Power of 2 ² &#178;
Power of 3 ³ &#179;
´ &#180;
µ &#181;
· &#183;
¸ &#184;
¹ &#185;
º &#186;
» &#187;
1/4 Fraction ¼ &#188;
1/2 Fraction ½ &#189;
3/4 Fraction ¾ &#190;
¿ &#191;
À &#192;
Á &#193;
à &#195;
Ä &#196;
Å &#197;
Æ &#198;
Ç &#199;
È &#200;
É &#201;
Ê &#202;
Ë &#203;
Ì &#204;
Í &#205;
Î &#206;
Ï &#207;
Ð &#208;
Ñ &#209;
Ò &#210;
Ó &#211;
Ô &#212;
Õ &#213;
Ö &#214;
× &#215;
Ø &#216;
Ù &#217;
Ú &#218;
Û &#219;
Ü &#220;
Ý &#221;
Þ &#222;
ß &#223;
à &#224;
á &#225;
â &#226;
ã &#227;
ä &#228;
å &#229;
æ &#230;
ç &#231;
è &#232;
é &#233;
ê &#234;
ë &#235;
ì &#236;
í &#237;
î &#238;
ï &#239;
ð &#240;
ñ &#241;
ò &#242;
ó &#243;
ô &#244;
õ &#245;
ö &#246;
÷ &#247;
ø &#248;
ù &#249;
ú &#250;
û &#251;
ü &#252;
ý &#253;
þ &#254;
ÿ &#255;
Description Character HTML Named Entity
Ampersand & &amp;
Cent Sign ¢ &cent;
Copyright © &copy;
Degree Sign ° &deg;
Mid-Dot · &middot;
Greater Than > &gt;
Less Than < &lt;
Non-Breaking Space   &nbsp;
Not Sign ¬ &not;
Paragraph Sign &para;
Quote " &quot;
Trademark ® &reg;

HTTP/1.1 Response Codes

August 11, 2006 at 6:57 amCategory:Stuff

Informational 1xx
100 Continue
101 Switching Protocols
Successful 2xx
200 OK
201 Created
202 Accepted
203 Non-Authoritative Information
204 No Content
205 Reset Content
206 Partial Content
Redirection 3xx
300 Multiple Choices
301 Moved Permanently
302 Found
303 See Other
304 Not Modified
305 Use Proxy
306 (Unused)
307 Temporary Redirect
Client Error 4xx
400 Bad Request
401 Unauthorized
402 Payment Required
403 Forbidden
404 Not Found
405 Method Not Allowed
406 Not Acceptable
407 Proxy Authentication Required
408 Request Timeout
409 Conflict
410 Gone
411 Length Required
412 Precondition Failed
413 Request Entity Too Large
414 Request-URI Too Large
415 Unsupported Media Type
416 Requested Range Not Satisfiable
417 Expectation Failed
Server Error 5xx
500 Internal Server Error
501 Not Implemented
502 Bad Gateway
503 Service Unavailable
504 Gateway Timeout
505 HTTP Version not supported

Unix Cron

August 11, 2006 at 6:50 amCategory:Stuff


cron is a utility that you can use to schedule and automate tasks. By defining items in the cron table, called crontab, you can schedule any script or program to run on almost any sort of schedule.

For example, run a program each day 5 minutes after midnight on mondays, wednesdays and fridays. Or schedule something to run every five minutes, or once a month.


Each user has their own crontab, the scheduled scripts run as that user take this in account with regards to permissions. To edit the crontab use the following command:

$ crontab -e

You can list what your currnet crontab is using the
following command:

$ crontab -l

Crontab Format
The following is the format entries in a crontab must be. Note all lines starting with #are ignored, comments.

   5     *      *     *    *    echo 'Hello' 

Item Definition Valid Values
MIN Minute 0-60
HOUR Hour [24-hour clock] 0-23
MDAY Day of Month 1-31
MON Month 1-12 OR jan,feb,mar,apr …
DOW Day of Week 0-6 OR
COMMAND Command to be run Any valid command-line


Here are a few examples, to see what some entries look like.

#Run command at 7:00am each weekday [mon-fri]
00 07 * * 1-5 mail_pager.script ‘Wake Up’

#Run command on 1st of each month, at 5:30pm
30 17 1 * * pay_rent.script

#Run command at 8:00am,10:00am and 2:00pm every day
00 8,10,14 * * * do_something.script

#Run command every 5 minutes during market hours
*/5 6-13 * * mon-fri get_stock_quote.script

#Run command every 3-hours while awake
0 7-23/3 * * * drink_water.script

Special Characters in Crontab

You can use an asterisk in any category to mean for every item, such as every day or every month.

You can use commas in any category to specify multiple values.
For example: mon,wed,fri

You can use dashes to specify ranges.
For example: mon-fri, or 9-17

You can use forward slash to specify a repeating range.
For example: */5 for every five minutes, hours, days

Special Entries

There are several special entries, some which are just shortcuts, that you can use instead of specifying the full cron entry.

The most useful of these is probably @reboot which allows you to run a command each time the computer gets reboot. This could be useful if you want to start up a server or daemon under a particular user, or if you do not have access to the rc.d/init.d files.

Example Usage:

# restart freevo servers
@reboot freevo webserver start
@reboot freevo recordserver start

The complete list:

Entry Description Equivalent To
@reboot Run once, at startup. None
@yearly Run once a year 0 0 1 1 *
@annually (same as @yearly) 0 0 1 1 *
@monthly Run once a month 0 0 1 * *
@weekly Run once a week 0 0 * * 0
@daily Run once a day 0 0 * * *
@midnight (same as @daily) 0 0 * * *
@hourly Run once an hour 0 * * * *

Miscelleanous Issues

Script Output
If there is any output from your script or command it will be sent to that user’s e-mail account, on that box. Using the default mailer which must be setup properly.

You can set the variable MAILTO in the crontab to specify a separate e-mail address to use. For example:


Missed Schedule Time
Cron does not run a command if it was missed. Your computer must be running for cron to run the job at the time it is scheduled. For example, if you have a 1:00am scheduled job and your computer was off at that time, it will not run the missed job in the morning when you turn it on.

Related Links

[] At Command Mac OS X and eBayat is similar to cron but for one time jobs, not reoccuring

CronniX Home page
CronniX is a Aqua (Mac OS X) front-end to the Unix utility cron. I haven’t used
this but looks pretty cool. If you prefer a GUI interface and have a Mac, check
it out. (Freeware)

Memorial to Tiger

August 4, 2006 at 4:57 amCategory:Stuff

Today we had to bid a fond farewell to our family cat named Tiger. He had developed a thyroid condition that was making him extremely thin, no matter how much he ate. This condition also caused him to loose partial control of his tongue so he could not lap up anything. The vet said that even if we got a Thyroidactomey he made never regain full use of it. He had even developed a bad case of arthritis in his hips and could not get around very well.


Tiger was almost 13 years old and was well natured cat that love to play and cuddle. Tonight the house feels very empty. He would always come into the office around 12:30am to remind me to feed him and to tell me it is time to call it a day.

He will be missed and this is my memorial to a good friend.

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