Tag: how-to


Extend a gadget’s manufacturer’s warranty for free with AMEX

OK, so maybe y’all knew this already, but apparently when you purchase electronics* with an American Express, AMEX will automatically extend the original manufacturer’s warranty for up to an additional year…for free.

Excited by this news, I called AMEX to confirm that the iPad, for example, is in fact eligible for the additional coverage — it …


YOURLS: Now with random short URLs and other plugins

A few months back, I wrote a post on how to run your own URL shortener using YOURLS. Since then, the free, self-hosted shortening tool has undergone a major update – v1.5.
As the headline alludes to, the biggest change from YOURLS 1.4.3 to 1.5 is the addition of plugins. Now, instead of being forced to …


How-to: Run your own URL shortener with YOURLS

URL shorteners have become quite a thing over the past couple years. The ability to shorten an unwieldy URL can be really helpful in a variety of situations, be it in a Tweet, sharing via email, or to maintain a more obvious link to a favorite site or posting.
There are no shortage of options available …


How-to: Get better battery life from your HTC Droid Incredible

IMHO, the HTC Droid Incredible is the Android device to beat, for the time being. Despite having a smaller display (albeit with the same resolution), no kickstand, and no 4G in comparison to Sprint’s new HTC Evo, the Droid Incredible shares the same 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 8MP camera, and Android 2.1, to name a few …


How-to: Setup your own Twitter photo site with WordPress

There are plenty of capable third-party services that make uploading and sharing mobile photos simple and easy, such as Twitpic, yfrog, and Flickr, to name a few. But what if you want more control over how the content is displayed, and perhaps more importantly, where and how the images are stored (i.e. control over your …


How-to: Get Google Earth on your HTC Incredible

Update: Not sure when it showed up, but Google Earth now appears in the Android Market. If you followed the directions below (or elsewhere) to install Google Earth on your Droid Incredible, you will most likely need to uninstall the unofficial version before installing the official version from the Market.
So you just got yourself …


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, …


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: 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 …


How-to: Enable “retro” tabbed outlines in Word 2007

As someone who splits his time between an older XP laptop and a newer Vista (x64) desktop, I’ve generally grown accustom to the slight changes in how each machine operates. However, moving between Word 2003 and Word 2007 is a whole other story.
Take creating a simple “tabbed” outline (a.k.a. a multilevel list), for example. …