Category Archives: Walkthroughs and How-tos

A selection of walkthroughs and step-by-step directions on how to get things done.

So you Bought a Router, What Now? (For the Beginner)

So, you bought a router today? Not sure how to hook it up? The diagrams below will show you waht to do! Click the images for a larger view.

Follow the instructions that came with your new router!

  • Phone cord: thin (usually flat) wire with 4 pins in the connector
  • Cable: thick round cable with a metal connector and a single copper wire in the center of the connector
  • CAT-5: round cord thicker than phone cord, but not as thick as cable with 8 pins in the connector
What you have now (if you have DSL) diagram

If you have DSL

What you have now (if you have a cable modem) diagram

If you have a cable modem

What you need to do diagram

How you need to hook it up

Back of router diagram (what goes where)

Where the wires go

Get Started Blogging: Some Tips for Beginners

Blogging KeyboardYou don’t have to be a journalist to be a blogger. As any blogger will tell you, blogging has its ups and downs. Some days you’ve got it, some days you don’t. The good thing about it is: it is yours. No one can tell you that what you write is wrong; however, many will disagree with your post(s) from time to time. a negative comment every now and then is to be expected. That is a good thing. Discussion is what a blog is all about. Getting started is the biggest hurdle. Once you start, it becomes an addiction. The more you write, the more you will want to write. Here are a few tips to get you started. Continue reading

Multiple Site Admin Permission Solution in WordPress MU…Kind Of

Now what do I do?Admission: I am a tech-freak. My idea of Christmas presents this year? WEB SITES FOR EVERYONE! Now, I made this decision and just started purchasing domain names. As an afterthought (I know…great time to think about it), it occurred to me that I am the only web-minded person in the family. Great! Now everyone has a website that they are going to want help maintaining. Great planning, kruser! Then it hit me (again…my timing is impeccable), I have WordPress MU! Problem solved. But wait, there’s more. One of the sites was for my niece, a rather web-centric person as well. I wanted her to have full reign of her own domain instead of being bound to my themes and plugins. I figured making her an Administrator of her domain would solve this issue. NOPE! Well, damn…back to square one!
NOTE: If you are not well versed, or at least adventuresome with your hosting service and database management, just skip this article! Continue reading

2 Steps to Stopping Splog Registrations in WordPress MU

Comment Spammers Burn in HellI was doing some routine maintenance on all of my blogs today, when I noticed an unusual number of new blogs had been created on one of my domains. Immediately, I was filled with a feeling of pride…one of my blogs had finally gone mainstream! Out of sheer excitement, I logged in to the site to see what my new authors were posting. As the page loaded (my internet is running a tad slow tonight), I felt like child unwrapping the BIG present Christmas morning. I eagerly anticipated reading the newest blog posts, but was instead met with a stunning revelation: sploggers had invaded. Continue reading

Get WP-Slimbox2 to Autodetect Additional File Extensions

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Those of us that use WP-Slimbox2 plugin for WordPress (by Transient Monkey) have the simplest Lightbox/Slimbox integration yet. All we have to do is include an image link in the post, and WP-Slimbox2 does the rest. There is only one problem with it: by default it only autodetects .jpg, .png, and .gif file extensions. This is fine, if those are the only file extensions you use. What if you have some .jpeg or .bmp files referenced? It does not autodetect those extensions. Luckily, there is a fix. Continue reading

Erase your iPhone or iPod Touch

Have an iPod touch or an iPhone you are getting rid of? Send me an email, I will send you my address! Yes, that was a joke, but I’ll take it if you send it! Regardless of where the device goes, you might want to erase it first. If you don’t, whomever you give it to will have all of your data and network info. Not good. Continue reading

Take a Screen Capture on your iPhone or iPod Touch

Ever need to capture what you see on your iPhone or iPod touch? Need to show step-by-step directions in your blog or email whats going on to tech support? On the older iPod touch versions, you had to install a third-party app to get it done. Not anymore! Continue reading

Solve a Vanishing Network on your iPod Touch

Having issues with your iPod touch not retaining your Wi-Fi settings? Getting tired of having to enter your Wi-Fi settings every time you want to connect to your network? Irritating, isn’t it? I feel your pain. I argued with this for weeks before I finally found the solution. With a few simple steps, and about 5 minutes of your life, you can put this problem to rest! Continue reading

Restore Lost Speed, Reset your iPod Touch

iPod touch giving you random problems? Have you noticed a lag developing in its performance? You probably need to reset it. You next question is probably something along the lines of, “Will I lose everything when I do it?” That was my first question, anyway. The answer is no. This is a basic step equivalent to restarting your computer. A reset should always be your first troubleshooting step for your iPod Touch. Continue reading