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Fix: Vim not scrolling, coloring or displaying text correctly when using GNOME Terminator

Terminator and vimI recently installed GNOME Terminator as a replacement for the default terminal emulator on my Linux installation, due to its great ability for easy and quick screen splitting (among other features). However, when I would try to use vim from within one of the terminator screens, vim would not function properly. It would either not display the file’s content at all, or when I would scroll it would exhibit very bizarre behavior, not updating the screen with the correct content (like getting stuck at the bottom or showing an incorrect line offset), or coloring the text incorrectly (e.g., black text on a black background). Searching online suggested that the problem had to do with ncurses and .terminfo, but this was not the case. The problem was with one of my configuration settings in my .vimrc file. Continue reading Fix: Vim not scrolling, coloring or displaying text correctly when using GNOME Terminator

How to fix Netflix DRM Error N8156 (it is a Silverlight problem)

We recently had a problem with Netflix streaming. The problem occurred whether trying to use Windows Media Center or in a web browser (like Internet Explorer or Firefox). We could view our queue and everything, but when trying to play a streaming movie, the error message below would appear. Solutions for Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP and Mac are all shown below.

Netflix DRM Error N8156-6013

Digital Rights Management (DRM) Error
Error Code: N8156-6013

We’re sorry, but there is a problem playing protected (DRM) content.

The date on your computer is set to 4/6/2011, which may be incorrect. Please correct the date on your computer and try again.

If the problem persists, please call Netflix at 1-866-579-7113.

The problem, it turns out, Continue reading How to fix Netflix DRM Error N8156 (it is a Silverlight problem)

Wireless connection disconnects and reconnects randomly (or, wireless droppings stink real bad)

I thought that this little tidbit might be useful to a few people. My netbook’s wireless connection recently started disconnecting and reconnecting randomly at school. This didn’t happen last year, it only started a few weeks ago. Looking up this problem online didn’t give any conclusive answers, but made me believe that some settings got changed either on my netbook (e.g., an automatic driver update), on the routers’ configurations at school (e.g., an updated credential persistence policy or supporting a new standard like 802.11n), or a combination of the two.

My netbook’s disconnect and reconnect problem was fixed by changing two settings on my netbook. Implementing #1 below made the problem a little better, and implementing both made the problem go away completely. Continue reading Wireless connection disconnects and reconnects randomly (or, wireless droppings stink real bad)

CD, DVD, or Hard Drive reading, writing, or burning too slowly

Despite the many projects that I should have put on my blog lately, I have been too busy to add them and I haven’t been taking pictures of the projects anyway. However, I came across a common computer inconvenience today that sometimes can be difficult to solve. The good thing was that I have experienced this particular problem before, so it was easy to fix. Furthermore, since it was an easy fix, it will be a quick one to add to the blog, too! Continue reading CD, DVD, or Hard Drive reading, writing, or burning too slowly