Category: how-to

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How-To: Access online content offline on the iPod touch

Clearly, the biggest (and most obvious) drawback to the iPod touch is the lack of always-on Internet access. But then again, there are no data fees and the ithing does most everything else that its fancy big brother, iPhone, can do.
But what about using the iPod touch offline, like the headline promises?! Enter Instapaper, …




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Security First: A Short and Sweet Primer on Passwords

The more I talk to friends and family about “Web safety,” the more I realize that most people generally under estimate the importance of having a strong and somewhat abstract password (formula). For whatever reason (or perhaps due to the increase in family/friends chatter during the winter holiday season) now seems like as good a …




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ID and block hotlinks in WordPress with PictPocket

If you have a blog/site with lots of images on it, chances are someone is hotlinking to them. What is hotlinking, you ask? Good question.
According to the all-knowing Wikipedia:
Inline linking (also known as hotlinking, leeching, piggy-backing, direct linking, offsite image grabs and bandwidth theft) is the use of a linked object, often an image, from …




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Add a unique signature for each email account in Gmail

Update: FYI – The add-on discussed below seems a bit finicky…works sometimes and not others.
One of my favorite features in Gmail is the ability to consolidate multiple email accounts into a single, much more manageable “parent” account. For more on how to setup multiple accounts within your default Gmail account, give this official Gmail …


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PoddoX: The easy way to extract music from your iPod

There are plenty of reasons why you might want/need to extract music files from your trusty iPod. Maybe your computer crashed, taking your entire precious digital music collection with it beyond the blue screen of death. Whatever the reason, you can’t accomplish the “reverse add,” i.e. extract, via iTunes.
Luckily, there are a variety of freeware …




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How-To: Add dynamically scaling columns to your site

So, you’ve got a spiffy (say, WordPress-powered) website with great content and a generally satisfying layout. Only problem is, you can’t seem to get your side menu (and/or various other columns) to lineup vertically with your main content area. Happens to the best of us.
Having all the columns on be of equal length adds a …




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Share all your posts with FeedMingle and Twitterfeed

If you have more than one blog or online platform that uses RSS and you’re looking for a quick and (relatively) easy way to share all of your posts via RSS and Twitter, give FeedMingle and Twitterfeed a try.
Similar to Yahoo! Pipes, but far less complicated (and also less powerful, but more than adequate for …




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How-to: Get a free, short(er) URL for your website

No, I’m not talking about a URL shortening service such as u.nu, bit.ly or tinyurl.com. Rather, I’m talking about getting a free alternative URL for anyone who has a long domain name, but would prefer it was a few (or a lot of) characters shorter (keeping in mind that most good short .com/.net/.org URLs are …




How-to: Use Filters to Make Gmail More Organized

After a recent conversation with my sister, I realized there must be a lot of non-tech (i.e. ordinary folks) Gmail users who have yet to discover (let alone use) its built-in filter feature. Filters provide an incredibly effective tool for managing your ever-growing inbox.
Setting up a new filter is really quick and easy. …


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How-to: Setup Blogger with a custom URL after registering a domain through Google Apps

A friend recently asked me to help him start a blog. He had a few requirements such as keeping costs to a minimum, using a custom domain name, and maintaining anonymity in the process.
Although I am a die-hard fan (and exclusive user) of WordPress, I knew the simplest and cheapest solution for him was to …