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IPB Forum Error Fix

Are you getting this error?

Warning: Base directory HTML_PURIFIER_PATHcache/tmp does not exist, please create or change using %Cache.SerializerPath in /ips_kernel/HTMLPurifier/HTMLPurifier/DefinitionCache/Serializer.php on line 133

I searched the web trying to find a fix, only to find more posts with the problem.

Luckily, I came across one post that did have a fix.

Here you guys go:


Open /admin/sources/base/ipsRegistry.php and search for:

 # Define cache path define ('IPS_CACHE_PATH', (! Empty (ipsRegistry :: $ settings ['ipb _cache_path']))? IpsRegistry :: $ settings ['ipb _cache_path']: DOC_IPS_ROOT_PATH);  


 if (! defined ('HTML_PURIFIER_PATH'))    


Please comment if this helped you 🙂

March 29, 2015 Posted by | Computers | , , | 2 Comments

Javascript not working with Webbrowser control in VB.NET? Fixed.


I actually ran into this the first time yesterday – the Webbrower control works, but any page with JavaScript would never work right. Here’s the issue:

For some reason, VB runs the control in IE7 compatibility mode. See here:


It all has to do with Permissions Microsoft added in IE7. Yes, you can view standard webpages and such, but as soon as it tries to run JS or anything else it tends to hit a wall because of the Permissions Microsoft added.

This was actually a big problem back when IE7 came out – addins for IE wouldn’t work anymore, some programs that relied on IE for certain things didn’t work anymore either, and the solution is the same as the one I am posting, although it was done by hand in the registry by the user for whatever app they had installed.

I followed a page about the issue to some code which fixes the issue here:


The code is in C#, but I converted it for (and have posted it at the end of this explanation).

Once I implemented this code and checked real quick, everything was fixed.

Just a FYI.

Click here to download the Code

In the Form’s New() method, you need to add:


under the InitializeComponent() statement, or it won’t work.

I hope this helps people.

February 17, 2015 Posted by | Computers | , , | Leave a comment

Tips on loading Safariland COMP Speedloaders

I recently created a video for Youtube on how to easily load the COMP I/II series speedloaders from Safariland.

Some people have said they are difficult to load, and while they were for me when I started, I quickly found a foolproof way to make it easy – so have a watch!

November 29, 2014 Posted by | Guns | Leave a comment

The Walking Dead Rick’s Holster & Belt Gear

walkingdead For those of you who have been looking for the EXACT gear Rick wore on The Walking Dead TV series, I am proud to present you an EXACT list of the equipment. When you are going to this level, you are actually buying equipment that actual police officers use, so it is NOT cheap, so be forewarned.

Rick is wearing a 4 inch holster for a 6 inch Python revolver, and that is why the barrel sticks out below the holster. Oversight by the filmmakers or not, there is much debate.

Outside of all of that, all of these items I list CAN be had for different models of guns – including all 38 specials, 357 magnums, etc. – just contact or order from Tex Shoemaker’s website and they will more than likely be able to do it. I have had my “Rick” holster done for a 4 inch S&W 686.

But onto the details – here you go!


Exact reproduction is Tex Shoemaker & Sons Sam Browne Belt, Basketweave Style, Chrome buckle, Fully Lined. Sized to fit your waist.

However, any standard Same Browne, Basketweave Style, Chrome Buckles belt will work.


Exact reproduction (and was actually made for the show by!) is Tex Shoemaker & Sons, Model #43A, “Walking Dead Zombie Holster”. Can be made for most revolvers. Black basketweave w/ chrome snaps.

Speedloaders & Speedloader pouches:

Exact pouches are the standard HKS Speedloader “Medium” size pouch, Basketweave style, chrome snaps.
The exact speedloader is HKS Model “PYA” for the 6 Shot Python.

Can be found in various places, including local gun stores. The Python speedloaders may need to be ordered directly via HKS.

Handcuff pouch:

For the earlier episodes, it is again a Tex Shoemaker & Sons, Model #204, Black Basketweave style. Chrome snaps. The handcuffs themselves are unknown, but any Police-quality chain-link cuffs from S&W, Peerless, or Hiatts work fine.

However, any standard black basketweave style Handcuff pouch will work.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment, or email me.

August 17, 2014 Posted by | Guns, Other | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Recipe Book: Three more Bachelor “Very Easy & Cheap eats”

Beef & Rice-A-Roni (feeds 1 to 2)

    • 1 Package of Rice-A-Roni “Quick Serve” Beef flavor (prepare per directions)
    • 1/2 or 1 pound Ground Beef, cooked

Cook the Ground Beef, and throw it into the Rice-A-Roni Beef when both are done. Very tasty, and cheap!. Recommended to serve with canned Del Monte’s French Style w/Roasted Garlic Greens beans, or drained cut carrots.

Chicken & Fettuccini Alfredo (feeds 2)

    • 1 Package of Lipton/Knorr “Fetuccine Alfredo” Noodles
      • Add additional noodles to make a more heartier meal
    • 1 Package of Tyson Grilled & Ready Diced Chicken Chunks
      • Microwave for 30 seconds in a small bowl

After the noodles & sauce have cooked, throw the chicken chunks in and mix. It’s now Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo! Add pepper for a twist. Recommended with drained canned Carrots for a side.

Bachelor’s Dinner Salad (feeds 1 to 2)

    • 1/2 to 1 Package of “Fresh Express” Lettuce Trio
    • 1 Package of Tyson Grilled & Ready Diced Chicken Chunks
      • Microwave for 30 seconds in a small bowl
    • 1 Whole Tomato, your choice of kind, cut into quarter or third chunks
    • Hidden Valley Ranch “Lite” dressing
    • Hormel or equivalent Bacon Bits
    • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Ranch, Bacon Bits and Cheese quantities to your taste, or add additional things to your taste & Enjoy!

August 4, 2014 Posted by | Food | Leave a comment

What does a “Tune-up” mean today?

Today, some people still bring their vehicles in for a “Tune-Up” to their mechanics.

Fortunately, the days of the actual Tune Up are actually gone. In days gone by with vehicles that had carburetors, several things involved a tuneup, including:

  1. Adjusting engine timing;
  2. Adjusting the carburetor;
  3. Adjusting distributor points (70’s and older cars);
  4. Replacing the spark plugs and/or spark plug wires;
  5. Replacing the air filter, PCV valve, etc.;
  6. Adjusting other emissions components, if necessary

Today, a Tune-Up basically involves only two, sometimes three, of those: The air filter, the PCV valve, and the spark plugs, if needed. Otherwise, the biggest part of a Tune-Up is a Fuel Injection flush service. That includes running a solvent thru the engine to dislodge and break up gum, varnish and carbon deposits that have built on the Fuel Injectors and Throttle body causing poor performance and rough idle – in the industry, it’s typically called a “De-Carb”, or De-Carbonization. You can easily find more info online about this procedure – also known as a Fuel Injection service, Fuel Injection flush, etc.

So if your’e curious what a Tune-Up involves today, that’s pretty much it!
Most spark plugs don’t need to be changed for half the life of the car or more, and plug wires for the most part don’t even exist these days. Check your car’s maintenance guide for the proper maintenance schedules, and follow them. By following them at the recommended intervals, or sooner, you guarantee a car that will work well for many years.

And if you have a Check Engine light – don’t ignore it!
In the world of computer-controlled everything, if you have this light, your fuel economy is likely suffering, and if it’s flashing at you – STOP! A flashing Check Engine light means the engine is causing severe damage to your Catalytic Converter, and that will cause you to FAIL emissions testing, as well as cost a bunch of money – so take it to your mechanic IMMEDIATELY. Otherwise, with the light on steady, take you car to your mechanic as soon as possible. The faster you fix the issue, the less it will cost you in the long run – that includes regular maintenance. However, many automobiles today also illuminate the light based on different things outside of emissions, but even if the car feels OK, you might be flushing cash down the drain! Get it checked out ASAP.

I suggest visting Scotty Kilmer’s website at for some general Auto help and info.

Also, find a mechanic you can trust. Ask friends, family, etc. for a mechanic recommendation, or see if your local shops are BBB Approved or an BBB Ethics Subscriber.

Getting to know more about your car, and cars in general, may just save you money down the road!

April 21, 2014 Posted by | Cars | Leave a comment

Why are Razor blades so expensive? Here’s why, and solutions…

Many people today know the cost of their razor blades are absolutely astronomical. How can 4 or 5 cartridges be $22?
And we all wonder why they could be this expensive, and would like a reason why companies like Gillette are charging so much for something that doesn’t last that long.

The simple reason:fusion

Because they can.

There is no reason outside of corporate greed and the knowledge every man has to shave that razor prices are so high. Recently, an article in the UK broke down the cost for Gillette to produce one single Mach 3 cartridge. The price? 12 cents. It’s only a few pennies more for the Fusion.

You pay 2000%+ markup on ONE cartridge.

Some companies such as Shick provide comparable razors, but the prices are still very high for what they are.

There’s several solutions to this problem. The first is to purchase razors from Dollar Shave Club, or direct from Dorco, a South Korean razor manufacturer. Many users state they get just as good of a shave, and sometimes better, than their Gillette razors.

The second, and my preferred, solution is the good ol’ Safety Razor (or for the daring, the old-fashioned Straight razor). Many men of all age groups are re-discovering this 100 year old tool that fathers and grandfathers used for decades.

With a small initial investment for the handle, you get a razor that will likely outlast you. Blades can be had for as little as 9 cents a piece, with the best going for about 50 cents a piece. You can get 3 or more shaves from each blade – and that equates to as little as 3 cents a shave.

Many people also recommend a shave brush and soap – no canned foam or gel. The shave brush and soap have natural ingredients unlike the canned goop, and the brush helps exfoliate the skin lightly. Both of these contribute to better skin.

I get a shave that is much closer than anything the Fusion or Mach 3 ever did for me. Even with multiple passes, the Mach 3 or Fusion will leave a rough spot on my chin. Using the Safety razor (properly), it’s like I have no hair at all there.

Gillette techNow, with Safety Razors and Straights, there is a learning curve, and it takes a little more time to shave. The first few times, yes, your probably going to cut yourself. It can take months to master it, and no one says on the days your in a rush you can’t use your cartridge. But if you hang with it, the rewards are:

  • Better Shave – hardly any or no noticeable stubble – exactly smooth face
  • Better Skin – less or no ingrown hairs – multi-blade razors are notorious for causing these. Some people even have their complexion improve.
  • Saving Money – costs are thousands times less.
  • Environmentally Friendly – you are throwing away no plastic, only a metal blade that degrades into Iron naturally.
  • Enjoyment – many people who switch report actually looking forward to shaving now and having some fun

There is plenty of information and people willing to help out on forums on the Internet, as well as many instructional videos on YouTube if you need help.

Now, if your interested in trying it out, check out some of these links:

Learn to Shave like your Grandpa – The Art of Manliness
Shaving with a Safety Razor – The Grooming Lounge

And if you have any questions or want to get more info – head on over to Badger & Blade – you’ll have any and all questions you need answered!


April 21, 2014 Posted by | General, Health & Wellness | Leave a comment

Verizon Wireless Internet blocking UDP

For all of you who use Internet applications on your phone, you may be surprised to learn that Verizon Wireless is actively blocking UDP packets – and it’s not selective – it’s ALL UDP packets.

I tried over a period of a week to setup OpenVPN and SSH on my router – but OpenVPN would NOT work until I changed it to TCP mode. Same thing with SSH – but there is no way to change that to TCP.

Just a piece of info for those of you who may need to use your phone’s Internet connection to access stuff at home – if it’s Verizon, and it’s UDP – it’s BLOCKED.

Comments and/or Suggestions?

August 9, 2013 Posted by | Computers | Leave a comment

Weird song but it’s got a beat…

Writing Bareback

I’m not Dr. Tom, so take my opinion on this tune for what it’s worth, but I am diggin’ it. BTW, if you haven’t been paying attention to the Dr. Tom anthology that’s been building over the last couple of months, it’s pretty impressive. Here’s what he’s thrown up in 6 posts (with my opinion on best to worst):

  • Grouplove (3)
  • The Cinema (5)
  • FUN. (1)
  • Childish Gambino (6, but it was for Hip-Hop Friday, so duh (soda?))
  • The Early November (4)
  • Butch Walker and the Black Widows (2)

Anywho, as you may or may not have seen, I was completely enamored with the Dollar Shave Club commercial, and wasn’t too surprised to see that I was one of thousands that searched out the song from the spot on YouTube. So it’s posted here for you to enjoy too, along with the lyrics.

One last thing: now that I’ve heard…

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March 4, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Opinion on Marijuana Legalization

I watched an episode of Penn & Teller’s Bullshit today on Marijuana and thought I’d post my thoughts.
I agree there is substantial evidence that is being ignored by the Government and hard-line Medical community that Marijuana has medical benefits. Medical Marijuana should be available at any Pharmacy with a Doctors prescription for side effects from Chemo, etc. that help alleviate Nausea where all other treatments have failed. And guys, I’m sorry – IF ALL ELSE HAS FAILED, I DON’T GIVE A FUCK – PAIN IS THE MOST FUCKING HORRIBLE THING – AND NAUSEA AINT MUCH LESSIF IT STOPS PAIN AND NAUSEA, I DON’T GIVE A FUCK WHAT IT ISGIVE IT TO THEM TO STOP THEIR SUFFERING!. Cannabis seems to do it for those conditions. So as far as I’m concerned, end of argument there.

On the area of total legalization, I am still torn, but heavily leaning for it. For years I have been totally against Marijuana. Never liked it. As I have gotten older and wiser, when I look at Marijuana compared to Tobacco and Alcohol, I see something that is basically in the same realm. It’s not creating dangerous or unruly behavior as Alcohol or PCP, for example, can. The behavior it creates seems to be almost non-dangerous – just like one drink or a cigarette. Even when used in excess, compared to Alcohol, which IS legal, the person’s behavior continues to be non-violent. If you can put Alcohol or Nicotine into your body, why not Marijuana? What makes it so damn bad compared to Alcohol or Tobacco?

We have those that say crime will go up if we do, people will be stoned everywhere, etc.

I’m sorry, but I don’t find that argument very persuading. People drive drunk despite the law. People smoke Marijuana despite the law. Furthermore, Alcohol use isn’t tolerated by employers, and Marijuana use would (and does) face the same stigma. You don’t go into Work drunk, so you don’t go into work Stoned. Nothing changes except it’s now legal.

And for the issue of more kids will be interested in it – hogwash. All parents have to do is dissuade their children from trying it or using it just like they do now – and Alcohol and Tobacco – again as they also do now. The more and more you look at it, in a way, nothing changes with legalization…

I also feel we are throwing too many users of Marijuana into Jail & Prison, or ruining their lives with a criminal record because they chose to toke a bowl in the privacy of their own home, and forgot they kept the extra in their pocket or something and get pulled over & searched. Unfortunately, what the Government want us to believe is the typical marijuana user is a pothead without a life. I’ve found this to be the exact opposite – many professional people, people with kids and working a white collar job – everyone who’s your average Joe – is the majority who use Marijuana.

Still, I don’t like the way Marijuana makes me feel (only tried it twice when I was younger). I personally could care less if others smoke it, as long as it’s not TOO strong around me (i.e. Clamming). And regardless of my opinion, I still respect the law – and what the law says at this time is it’s illegal. Hopefully as time progresses, and newer doctors and politicians come on the scene, we might see the law change.

ADDENDUM 1/3/13:
I’ve gotten some emails on whether I would report smoking since I “still respect the law”.

I have friends that smoke weed regardless of the legality. I don’t care. I’m not going to report them. Period.
I drink…If they want to toke a bowl, fuck if I care. Let them chill if weed is their thing. Like I said, I’m starting to see it ain’t no worse than Tobacco.

January 6, 2013 Posted by | General, Other, Politics | Leave a comment

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