May 24, 2010 | HowTo

Normally when you want to access a server on the Internet, you specify its name, like “www.google.com”. What actually happens behind the scenes is that your computer finds out the “IP address” of where you want to go. The IP address is like the “telephone number” of a server. The IP address for Google is 64.233.181.104 .

Read on to find out how to set IP address manually.

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January 27, 2010 | HowTo

Miro Windows Install: Main Window

I covered installing Miro on Windows the other day.

Miro is a free and open source podcast downloader and viewer. But did you know you can also download and view torrents in Miro?

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January 22, 2010 | HowTo

Technorati

Once you’ve signed up for a Technorati account, you should claim your blog. Claiming your blog allows you to use Technorati tags to drive traffic to your blog from Technorati, which is the biggest blog search engine and aggregation site on the Internet. Before Technorati associates a given blog on the Internet with your Technorati [...]

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January 16, 2010 | HowTo

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Earlier this year, X.org made a boneheaded move to drop the Ctrl+Alt+Backspace key combination as a default for killing the X Server. Huh? The X Server is the part of a Linux operating environment that provides graphics. Once in a while it may lock up, usually due to bad drivers. Other times programs just happen [...]

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December 29, 2009 | Blogging, HowTo

WordPress

Some of my posts have been getting longer and longer, especially how-to’s. It’s hard to scan the front page for articles, and I thought it was time to switch from full posts to excerpts on the home page. Why have excerpts instead of full posts on your home page Some reasons you might want to [...]

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December 27, 2009 | HowTo, Linux/Unix, Power User

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Some reasons you might want to lowercase your filenames include: 1. Most webservers are case-sensitive. Because of this, most websites stick to the rule of having all files in a single case, namely lower. 2. If you’re using the command line to manipulate files, it’s easier when all the files are lower case. It’s a [...]

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December 24, 2009 | Blogging, HowTo

Gravatar

Your Gravatar account can have more than one e-mail associated with it. Gravatars are so-called “Globally Recognized Avatars” which allow you to show your choice of image (photo, drawing, whatever) alongside the comments you make on your own or others’ WordPress blogs. You might find it handy to have multiple e-mails associated with your Gravatar [...]

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May 23, 2009 | Developer, HowTo

Java

VisualBasic and a lot of other languages have a handy function to show a message box to the user. In typical Java fashion, Java’s equivalent has a lot more power, but also complex. To get simple message box functionality, you have to specify a number of options: JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(parent, "Message", "Title", JOptionPane.INFORMATION_MESSAGE, icon); This shows a [...]

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September 8, 2008 | HowTo, Power User

Sometimes, a video’s audio isn’t synchronized with video for some reason or another. To sync audio and video on the fly in VLC: In VLC 0.9.4: press Ctrl+k to increase delay, and Ctrl+l to decrease delay. In VLC 0.8.6: press k to increase delay, and j to decrease delay. That’s without holding Ctrl. If you [...]

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July 7, 2008 | HowTo, Power User

Even though Flash FLV movies have become something of an Internet standard, some sites persist in presenting movies in Quicktime format. Here’s how to view them if you have trouble playing them in your browser. Reasons Quicktime movies might not play in your browser might include: You don’t have the latest Quicktime plugin installed. You [...]

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