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Get a $25 discount when you sign up for internet, cable, or phone through Wide Open West (WOW)!! WOW offers service in these states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. I signed up for Wide Open West internet service in April 2006 because I was sick of all the problems I was having with Time Warner RoadRunner. WOW's service has been outstanding!!! As a customer, I can refer people to WOW so they can get a $25 coupon off their new service. How cool is that!? Here's how it works:

1. Leave me a comment in this blog with these three pieces of information:
A) First and Last Name
B) E-Mail Address (put in the Email field, not the comment box, please)
C) City, State, and Zip Code of the address that will receive service

2. I submit these three things on WOW's refer-a-friend page (

3. WOW will send you an email with a referral code that you can use at the time of ordering. Note: This email typically gets caught in the Junk Mail folder, so please add my email address to your address book (...

I recently bought a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with a Verizon service plan through They have tons of free phones and the whole buying process was great! As a customer, I can refer others to so they can receive $25 off their purchase of a phone/calling plan!

Here's how it works:

1. Start your shopping at using THIS SPECIAL LINK! (it activates your coupon)
2. Add your phone, plan, and optional accessories to your cart.
3. At checkout, you will see an 8-digit coupon code pre-populated and you will see -$25.00 dollars taken from your order.

So, what are you waiting for? Save some money today!



P.S. has lots of services to choose from including: Cingular, Nextel, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, AllTel, CellularOne, Centennial, Cricket, Dobson, edge Wireless, Einstein, metroPCS, nTelos, U.S. Cellular, Tracfone, and NET10. has phones from the...

I recently needed to reinstall my OS and, as a result, it lost some configuration for MAMP. I was running a drush command that needed to connect to mySQL and I received this error message:

Brian-Stevensons-MacBook-Pro:acquia.local brianstevenson$ drush core-status
PDO::__construct(): [2002] No such file or directory (trying to      [warning]
connect via unix:///var/mysql/mysql.sock)

Here are some quick steps to get Drupal's Drush working on your MAMP mySQL when you receive this error:
1. Open up Terminal (Go to: Spotlight menu, type Terminal)
2. Type in this command: sudo mkdir /var/mysql
3. Type in this command: sudo ln -s /Applications/MAMP/tmp/mysql/mysql.sock /var/mysql/mysql.sock


If you run any other distribution of mySQL, simply modify the command in step 3 to point to the location of the mysql.sock file. If this fixes your error, drop me a quick note to let me know (and include any other commands that were helpful to you below!).

Today I got a real mind-bender of a problem. PowerPoint 2010 was refusing to print slides. After sending the print job to the printer, it would just sit there doing nothing. Giving up, I exited out of PowerPoint and got this error message:

PowerPoint is currently printing. Quitting will cancel all pending print jobs.

Really... it doesn't appear to be printing from my end! As it turns out, there are two workarounds:

Workaround #1 - Uncheck "Print Comments and Ink Markup"
In the Print dialog box, look for the Settings section. In the drop down list labeled, "Full Page Slides" click to see all of the available options. At the very bottom of that list you will see something CHECKED that says, "Print Comments and Ink Markup". UNCHECK that bad boy and you'll be good to go!

Workaround #2 - Save As... PDF then Print from Acrobat Reader"
From the File menu in PowerPoint, choose Save As. Under the "Save As Type" list, select: PDF (*.pdf). Click Save. Open that document in Adobe Reader and viola, it prints like a champ.

If this workaround was helpful, take moment to...

This morning I tried to open a PDF from GroupWise, our email program. Immediately, I got an error message in Adobe Acrobat Reader X, "There was an error opening this document. Access denied." Since we recently upgraded to Adobe Reader 10.0 (X), I figured it was a new security setting in the application.

As it turns out, this new version of Acrobat is using the "principle of least privilege". I darn near bored myself to death reading a three-part series on Adobe's new Protected Mode.

To make things simple for you, here are two ways for you fix the problem:

A. Fix One PC

  1. Launch Adobe Acrobat Reader X
  2. Go to: Edit > Preferences...
  3. Click on "General" in the left pane.
  4. Uncheck "Enable Protected Mode at startup"
  5. You will prompted with a dialog box to remind you to close the application for the change to go into effect. Click Yes.
  6. Click OK to save your change.
  7. Exit Adobe Reader

B. Fix Several PCs in Your Organization
Following the above steps aren't...

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