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Connect Laptop Through TMobile Blackberry 8320 for Internet Access

It is fairly easy to turn your T-Mobile Blackberry 8320 into a modem for your laptop on Windows XP. Follow the simple instructions below and you will be surfing the Internet from anywhere you have cell coverage in no time.

  1. Install Desktop Manager: First make sure you install the Desktop Manager software provided with your Blackberry cell phone. You should receive a CD with your Blackberry 8320 that includes the software so follow the step by step instructions for installing the Desktop Manager which allows you to sync your contacts, appointments, etc. with your computer.
  2. Blackberry Desktop Manager

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How to Turn Off Auto Complete on Touch

I am sad to say that currently there is not a legit way to turn off Auto Complete on the iPod Touch. Many people might recommend to Jailbreak the Touch so you can modify anything including the auto complete functionality. In my opinion Jailbreaking your iPod Touch should only be done if you have way above average technical skills so this would rule out most people.

There are a lot of people who claim all you need to do is SSH or FTP to your Touch or iPhone and you can modify a file and turn off auto complete. You can only SSH or FTP to your phone if it is jailbroken. Again I would not recommend doing this unless you either have a spare Touch/iPhone or your technical ability is above average.

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Monarch Configuration Tips and Tricks to Manage Nagios Configuration Files

As you add services, contacts, contact groups, commands, and devices to Nagios the bulk editing begins to become very tedious. Monarch is a great tool to manage Nagios configuration(.cfg) files.  To install Monarch follow the instructions provided in the README.txt that comes with the product. Below I provide instructions to assist in that installation along with some tips and tricks that I learned along the way.

**UPDATE** I realized when reading back through this article that I had not included a download link for Monarch so click here to download Monarch to manage your Nagios configuration files.

How to Install Monarch

  1. Install Perl Modules: Install the following perl modules via the CPAN shell: CGI-Session, Class-Accessor, XML-LibXML-Common, XML-NamespaceSupport, XML-SAX, XML-LibXML-1.58, CGI, DBI, DBD-mysql, File::Copy, CGI-Ajax, Data-FormValidator, JavaScript-DataFormValidator, Carp, IO-Socket, Time-Local, and URI-Escape.First start CPAN.

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Upgrade Denon 3808ci Firmware

The Denon 3808ci is an awesome receiver for the mid level home audio user. I use them to power two different setups in my house and try to update the firmware once a month by using the following instructions.

  1. Open Menu: Click menu on your remote control
  2. Manual Setup: Use the up or down arrow to navigate to the Manual Setup menu.
  3. Options Setup: Use the up or down arrow to navigate to the Options Setup menu.
  4. Firmware Upgrade: Use the up or down arrow to navigate to the Firmware Upgrade menu and click start upgrade.