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A collection of Mac tips and tricks, as well as information about websites and technology.
Disable Wordpress Autosave
Starting a website and blog has been a very interesting learning experience for me. I’m continually looking for ways to improve the blog and make it more enjoyable. That includes writing good content, and checking the stats at the end of the day. I’ve noticed recently that the file admin-ajax.php has received a very high ...
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Download the Wordpress theme viewer
Wordpress themes are some of the greatest pieces of software to come out of the open-source movement. Created by anyone for anyone else to use, they offer some terrific designs and can be an easy way to get a website online. If you visit the Wordpress theme viewer, you’ll see sample themes that you can ...
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The trials of releasing your own software
It’s been an interesting few days since I released my first Wordpress plugin, Comment Connection. I had no idea how many people mind find value in the plugin, but I was very happy when 18 people downloaded it in the first 24 hours. No GTAIV release to be sure, but there is something deeply satisfying ...
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iPod touch is a pocket full of awesome
After hearing about the new software upgrades for iPod touches and iPhones, I knew I had to get one eventually. After some penny-pinching and a few eBay sales, I finally have a touch to call my own. I’ve only used it for a few weeks, but already I can tell this is going to be ...
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Wordpress Plugin: Comment Connection
Have you ever had a lot of comments on a blog post and had trouble following the conversation? Now you can have no trouble at all, with my new Wordpress Plugin - Comment Connection . Comment Connection is a simple plugin that detects the @commenter reference in a comment and turns that name into a link to ...
Remove unread count from Gmail IMAP
If you’re still using a POP email account, you should have a look at other providers. Gmail recently began offering IMAP service for its clients, and it is a much better way of organizing your email. IMAP is different from POP email because it keeps all messages and attachments on the central Gmail servers. This ...
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How I avoided a potential eBay scam
Recently I’ve started to use eBay more often, mostly for getting rid of older electronics while they are still in their shelf life, and have never had a problem. That includes 3 sales and about 9 other purchases to and from the UK, US and Canada. My most recent sale was/is a 20 GB iPod ...
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5 things I miss when I use Windows
It’s no secret that I’m a Mac fan; after all, on a website with the tagline Macs and more you’d think it’s pretty obvious. That doesn’t mean that I don’t use Windows at all, or that I despise it completely. For some jobs, I need to use Windows, often because of software requirements. Mostly this ...
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My Adium Xtras
Adium is a terrific instant messaging program that I have talked about before. It offers robust features, reliability and a dedicated developer base that strives to make it the best possible IM program available. Perhaps the most interesting part of the program is the large group of people who submit Xtras, little collections of dock ...
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A collection of Automator actions
Automator is an under-rated application that shipped with Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. It allows mere mortals to create small applications that simplify repetitive tasks; kind of like your own personal robot. Many people haven’t yet embraced the full potential of Automator, so here I present a few simple Automator workflows you may use. This ...
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How to: Use Mail for auto replies
Email may be a necessary evil. With so many messages being sent on a daily basis, it becomes very hard to get away from it all. But what if you really do need to maintain communication with people while you’re gone? Setting up an auto reply is an easy way of notifying people that you’re gone, ...
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The Airport Extreme
After 3 years of using a D-Link wired router and Apple Airport Express to provide wireless network access in my house, I decided to upgrade to an Apple Airport Extreme with Gigabit. I thought that it was time to move into the future with a router that provides Wireless Draft N speed, along with compatibility ...
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When Time Machine runs out of space
When I upgraded to Leopard, I was excited to use Time Machine and finally have a way of backing up my important files. I did not have an extremely large backup drive, however, so I was forced to backup to a 40GB drive from my old iBook that I put inside a FireWire enclosure. Naturally ...
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Wordpress Plugins I use
You’ll notice that this blog is quite a bit different than the default setup of a regular Wordpress blog. I’ve changed a few things to the design and code to make it do exactly what I’m looking for. Besides my custom design, I have a few Wordpress Plugins that make this site work. They are: Akismet ? ...
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Install Windows after getting the ?Disk Error? message
When I got my MacBook, I was excited to put Windows on it and play a few games. Shocking, I know, but the games that I was interested in just weren’t available for the Mac. Soon after, I learned one of my classes required us to use a Windows program for some design work. I ...
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Move your blog and retain Google rankings
After my small firewall problem, I began looking for ways to increase my Google ranking back to where it was earlier in the year. In searching for solutions to my original problem, it was suggested that my site would be a lot more efficient if the root of the website (wesg.ca) was the opening page, ...
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Fix the ?robots.txt timeout? problem with Google
I started this blog/website in December of 2007. For a month and a half it was crawled regularly by Google , and I slowly climbed the Google ranks for searches like wesg, mac cool apps and MacBook 5.1 surround sound. Typically I would be on the first result page, and if not, I’d be at the ...
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When good computers go bad
For the most part my MacBook has been a great machine, but recently it has decided to become evil. It all started when I downloaded and installed the most recent software updates ? Front Row, Security Update, iTunes and Quicktime. When I restarted the computer, it failed to get to the Apple loading screen, and ...
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Get two computers in one with Parallels and Boot Camp
When Apple moved to Intel chips and introduced the MacBook, MacBook Pro and Mac Pro (and now, MacBook Air), people were excited to find a way to have both operating systems on one machine. That would allow the best of both worlds; you could use OS X for your daily work, and when an application ...
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Thin is In: The New MacBook Air
At Macworld 2008 today, Steve Jobs unveiled a brand new notebook called the MacBook Air. There is no shortage of information about it, including the official site, Engadget and Macworld.com. This 0.78″ wedge-shaped computer ? billed as the “world’s thinnest notebook” ? indicates a new approach to computing from Apple.
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Properly label iTunes movies
With the advent of the iPod Video, iTunes let you organize your movies into one convenient location. However, if you are anything like me, you’ve collected a large number of videos that aren’t exactly “movies”. You might have TV Shows, or live performances that have been ripped from your DVDs, and now they don’t all ...
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Using true 5.1 surround sound with a MacBook
So you just got a new MacBook, have a big, powerful surround sound system, and want the two to cooperate with each other. What do you do? One of the little known features of the MacBook, as well as all of the current Macs available, is that it can output full surround sound using the ...
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