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How to Speed Up WordPress in Firefox

How to Speed Up WordPress in Firefox

I like to use Firefox when authoring articles via Wordpress, but I experienced unexplainable slow-downs when typing in the editor. I thought that it might be Firefox’s built-in spell check, or some setting within Wordpress. Come to find out there are a few tweaks you can do to Firefox to restore the speed you once had.

Manage Electricity Costs During the Holidays

Manage Electricity Costs During the Holidays

The same holds true with electricity, which are a bit like icebergs: it’s what you DON’T see that can kill you. Most people have no idea exactly how much electricity they use, even when the monthly bill comes.

Multipage Toolkit screwing up WordPress Permalinks FIXED!

Multipage Toolkit screwing up WordPress Permalinks FIXED!

The Multipage Toolkit plugin is invaluable for many bloggers and webmasters, as it visually allows for page separations and page headers within the WordPress WYSIWYG editor. Unfortunately since WordPress 3.1, this great plugin screws up permalinks, if you have them set to use anything other than the default. Fortunately there is a fix for this, […]

Symbolic Links: Easily Increase Your NAS’ uPNP Library

Symbolic Links: Easily Increase Your NAS’ uPNP Library

Many full-features Linux-based Networked Attached Storage (NAS) devices support a plethora of multimedia features.  Many have native support as an iTunes server, web server, ftp server, photo share, and Universal Plug n Play (UPNP) server.  UPNP allows devices such as the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Squeezebox, and many other streaming clients to play your music […]

Purchasing a DVD Recorder

Purchasing a DVD Recorder

DVD (“Digital Versatile Disk”) players and recorders have all but replaced the VCR (“Video Cassette Recorder”) and its associated analogue technology, at the heart of home entertainment systems. A DVD recorder, for example, allows you to record from standard definition, analogue television, as well as digital cable, satellite and “Freeview”, and you can, of course, […]

Why Ethernet Needs Jumbo Frames

Why Ethernet Needs Jumbo Frames

Whether or not Gigabit Ethernet (and beyond) should support frame sizes (i.e. packets) larger than 1500 bytes has been a topic of great debate. With the explosive growth of Gigabit ethernet, the impact of this decision is critically important and will affect Internet performance for years to come. Most of the debate about jumbo frames […]

Where to Locate Your Personal Server Room

Where to Locate Your Personal Server Room

The decision is not clear cut about whether to keep your server room in house or to use a co-location. Some experts suggest that for an increased return on investment, that hosted systems are a better solution. However, if a company is interested in a long term IT growth strategy, it may be better to […]

Overburning: An Intro to the Dark Side

Overburning: An Intro to the Dark Side

We’ve all been there.  You get that file that is just a little too big for the data disc you wish to back it up to.  If it’s too big for a CD-R, you could simply stick it on a DVD-R - although I consider that an immense amount of wasted space.  DVD-Rs are cheap now, […]

Apps purchased on iPhone Won't Sync to iTunes

Apps purchased on iPhone Won't Sync to iTunes

The issue I’m tackling today is the problem with apps that I’ve purchased directly on my iPhone. These apps do not appear in the Applications library, and there is no apparent way to sync them other than to purchase the applications again.

Linux Firewall Part 2: Determine Your Network Setup

Linux Firewall Part 2: Determine Your Network Setup

Many firewalls make certain assumptions and use several standard conventions.  Understand the standard terminologies and you’ll have an easier time when setting up your firewall. Nearly every firewall’s first level of protection is NAT, or Network Address Translation.  This means that an external address is “translated” from external to internal addresses, so the public never has […]

Full-size photos not working on WordPress with IIS7

Full-size photos not working on WordPress with IIS7

I thought I had all the weird caveats figured out when hosting WordPress on IIS7.  It looks like there’s another one. Apparently by default you cannot view full-size images uploaded through the WordPress interface.  You can show the thumbnails, but not the full-size version.  The full-size version is completely blank. This can also be demonstrated […]

Use Password Phrases for Better Security

Use Password Phrases for Better Security

Did you know that Windows supports using passwords of up to 127 characters? I don’t use passwords anymore, and I haven’t for years. I’ve switched to using password phrases instead. Why do I use password phrases? Why would you want to remember a password like 2%d7as$d when you could just remember a sentence like “nsync […]

How to Clean Your Printer

How to Clean Your Printer

Does your printer have frequent paper jams? Does it put ink where ink shouldn’t be? Is the outside of your printer dirty or covered with smudges? If so, it is time to clean your printer. First, there are some general rules that apply to cleaning just about any electrical device. It is best to turn […]

Should You Host Your Own Blog?

Should You Host Your Own Blog?

So you’ve decided to blog, but aren’t sure whether you should host the blog yourself or sign up for a free service like blogger.com. It’s a dilemma that many bloggers face. There are pros and cons to both, which makes the decision difficult for many. Neither is perfect, and neither is for everyone. Fortunately, you […]

Pinging Tricks for Bloggers

Pinging Tricks for Bloggers

You’re a blogger and are constantly hearing about pinging. The thing is, you don’t know what it is and what it can do for your blog. Well that’s fine because a lot of bloggers don’t quite understand pinging. In this newsletter, we will explain what pinging is, how it helps your blog, and what the […]

Why You Need to Make Regular Blog Posts

Why You Need to Make Regular Blog Posts

Keeping people interested in your blog, whether it is a business or personal blog, is key to attracting a lot of regular visitors. Many blogs have died because people have just lost interest. The main reason for the lack of interest is simply a lack of posts by the blogger. Regular, frequent posting, which will […]

SEO Tricks for Affiliates

SEO Tricks for Affiliates

The majority of the world’s working population perform their jobs  in offices and most of the world’s working population do not  like their jobs because, well, who wants to work? So, if you  don’t like to work but have to work anyway, why stick yourself  into a job with low pay? The best solution would […]

Choosing the Right Graphics Tablet

Choosing the Right Graphics Tablet

There you are: you have finally decided to purchase a graphics tablet. Whatever your reasons may be for purchasing one, you are now faced with a very major decision: amongst all the numerous graphics tablets out there, which one would best suit your needs and your budget ? Wacom is without any doubt, a genius […]

7 Ways to Prevent Spam

7 Ways to Prevent Spam

Spam is the bane of everyone’s existence. Unsolicited mail flooding mail boxes has caused many problems world wide. The widely accepted definition of spam is “Electronic communication that contains material of a commercial, solicitational, or illegal nature, directed as part of bulk distribution to any address.” The first step towards fighting spam is to learn […]

Choosing Keywords for your Blog

Choosing Keywords for your Blog

These days, our needs for knowledge, information, everyday  necessities and novelty materials can be found just with one  single click on an internet website. It’s no surprise that  people prefer to surf the WWW rather than go to a library or  shopping center to look for or buy what they want. More and more  people […]