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Great Timing

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I decided to carry Ryan on my shoulders today for the first time.  Since he can't sit up on his own, I held onto his arms so that he wouldn't fall over backward.  I carried him into the kitchen and Emily said "oh, he's smiling!"  I wanted to see it myself, so I carried him back into the bathroom.  At this point, he wasn't smiling anymore.  But as I was watching him watch me in the mirror, he

Reduce the number of threads Boxee / XBMC / Kodi uses for thumbnailing

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In Kodi/XBMC/Boxee, Canon .CR2 and other raw photo file thumbnailing speed is pretty slow. On a slow computer, using a large number of threads to generate thumbnails in parallel can use up a lot of CPU and memory and lock up the UI.

The number of threads used for thumbnailing can be reduced by creating a .boxee/UserData/advancedsettings.xml or .xbmc/userdata/advancedsettings.xml file with these contents:

On couch, looking around

Ryan is rolling over onto his stomach on his own very regularly now

Make alt tab switch between all windows in Ubuntu Unity

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Upgrading from Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" to Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot" installs Ubuntu's Unity, which changes the configuration of the window switcher that is usually bound to Alt-Tab. Instead of switching between all windows, it now switches between applications.

These are instructions on how to revert the behavior back:

In gconf-editor:

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