Dell laptop with Windows 8.1, brightness control not working?! [SOLVED]

If you have a recent Dell laptop and are doing a clean install of Windows 8.1, you may encounter an issue where the brightness controls (F11/F12 down/up) do not function properly. Specifically, the buttons pull up the Windows 8 brightness control slider BUT the changes do not take effect Thankfully, the fix was simple. Install the latest Intel HD video drivers! As soon as I installed the latest drivers, the buttons immediately started working (I didn’t even have to reboot).

Enable remote MySQL connections on Turnkey Linux LAMP

I am a big fan of Turnkey Linux. It is great for working on projects locally, though sometimes I need to allow others access to the MySQL server on our LAN. Here are simple instructions for enabling remote MySQL connections and for allowing user access: How to allow remote access to databases | TurnKey GNU/Linux docshttp://www.turnkeylinux.org/docs/database-remote-accesssed -i “s/^bind-address/#bind-address/” /etc/mysql/my.cnf Configure MySQL to accept remote root connections (from any host (‘%’)): (added line breaks for readability)

Negotiating an Oil and Gas Lease (Creek County OK)

Recommended PDF: Lease clauses and forms, negotiation (RECOMMENDED) http://www.montana.edu/softwaredownloads/energydownloads/MineralLeasingHandouts.pdf Landmen.net – Clauses and Formshttp://www.landmen.net/clausesforms/clausesforms.htm  LEASE PROVISIONSOption to Extend Lease Surface Damages No Surface Operations Oil & Gas Only Royalty Increase Escalating Royalty Clause Minimum Royalty Clause Shut-In Royalty Clause Pugh… Negotiating Your OIl & Gas Lease | Oil, Mineral & Gas Lawhttp://www.kwgd.com/negotiating-oil-and-gas-leaseOne of the more difficult things landowners are called upon to do is negotiate an oil and gas lease.  Oil and gas leases contain many unique terms in the

Mini-itx AM1 gaming system w/discrete video card and DC PSU!

Compact but packs a punch :-)

Mike sent me some info and photos of his awesome mini-itx system: I crammed the AM1H-ITX along with a 5350, a Kingston HyperX 4gb DDR3-1600 stick, Slimline DVD-Rom, Microcenter house brand120gb SSD, a couple 40mm fans, and an EVGA GTX 750 2GB (non-ti) into a Travla C158 case. I’m powering it with a DC power brick (part number 316688-001 or spare 317188-001) from either a beefy HP laptop or possibly a docking station. The specs are 18.5v, 6.5a, 120 watts.

Control joints in concrete basement slab

Black lines indicate control joints

We are building a house and I have been learning a bit more about concrete lately. You may know the old saying ‘there is only one sure thing with concrete, it WILL crack’. 😉 Of course the trick is getting it to crack where you want to ‘Control joints’ are cuts made in the concrete so that hopefully when the slab cracks it will follow the pre-made cut. This is the control joint layout that I came up with: The

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