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Adobe Photoshop CS5.5 text tool error – ‘could not complete your request because something prevented the text engine from being initialized’.

Recently after upgrading from Photoshop CS5 to Photoshop CS5.5 whenever I tried to use the text tool, I received the following error, “could not complete your request because something prevented the text engine from being initialized”. It’s possible that a bad font could cause this error, but that’s what the problem was in my case. [...]

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How to use custom fonts in your HTML with Google Web Fonts

Google has made adding custom fonts to your web pages very simple. You no longer need to find a public domain font, download it, convert it, and then upload it to your site. Plus, it only takes a simple edit to change the font. First go to Google Web Fonts and choose the font(s) you [...]

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Web-safe fonts with CSS

Web-safe fonts is a common problem that I run into when cleaning up web pages for customers. My primary goal when cleaning up or rewriting a web page is to try and make things consistent across all platforms and browsers. This is easier said than done in many cases. Not only are bad font declarations [...]

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You may receive a NO_PUBKEY error after adding a PPA from Sometimes the public key does not get added to your system and you will receive a NO_PUBKEY error when trying to update. This is applicable when updating a Debian based GNU/Linux distribution, such as Ubuntu or Linux Mint. If your system did not [...]

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Stuck at the grub prompt after upgrading a kernel?

If you get stuck at the grub> prompt after upgrading a kernel you might be able to fix it easily. This tutorial applies to Debian and Debian based distributions, such as Ubuntu or Linux Mint. I have had this happen to me a few times after a kernel upgrade is downloaded and installed with the [...]

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winmail.dat attachments and Thunderbird

“winmail.dat” or “Part 1.2” attachments are not understood by Thunderbird. These attachments are created by Microsoft Outlook and cannot be decoded by Thunderbird without the help of an extenstion. The problem is that Microsoft Outlook sometimes chooses to use Transport Neutral Encapsulation Format (TNEF) encoding. When Microsoft Outlook is configured to send e-mail in rich [...]

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Make a full screen <div> overlay that does not move when the page scrolls

If you need to make a full screen div overlay to load a popup, like a system modal dialog or an animated loading image and want to keep it full screen without it moving with the scroll bars, there is a simple solution. You just need to add the correct CSS to lock the <div> [...]

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Accidentally associate a program with a folder using the Nautilus file manager in the GNOME Desktop?

If you accidentally associated a program with a folder in the Nautilus file manager in the GNOME desktop it can be very frustrating. This happened to me and it took me a while to find the answer. I make many DVD’s and I often use VLC Media Player to play the VIDEO_TS folder directly. While [...]

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Linux Mint Custom Google Search

Do you have some Firefox plug-ins that utilize the Google search results, but no longer work because Linux Mint 10 has a customized Google search? NOTE: I don’t recommend disabling this unless you really, really need it. Linux Mint relies on that search feature to generate income so that they can keep on producing a [...]

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