December 30, 2009 | Blogging

WordPress

Want a quick way to double your pageviews? When a reader comes to the end of a blog entry, do you want him to leave your site? Or view another article? Chances are, if he was interested enough in the current post to open it up, he’s likely to be interested in other posts on [...]

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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

Ubuntu Logo

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 25, 2009 | Power User

OpenSSH

You can avoid the annoyance of typing in your password every time you want to log in to your webserver (or other computer) by using public keys with SSH. What Is SSH? SSH is the Secure Shell protocol, which is a way for two computers to talk to one another without anybody being able to [...]

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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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December 23, 2009 | Blogging

WordPress

If you’ve seen weird URLs with “evalbase64″ in your server logs, it’s because there’s an organized attack underway against old WordPress versions. The attackers are taking advantage of certain vulnerabilities and installing a hidden admin user to be able to log in to your WordPress installation at any time without your knowing it. Your server [...]

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December 23, 2009 | SEO/SEM

Target

Target.com is unfairly flooding Google with 15 million error pages that show up as the first result in a lot of searches for products. Google enforces its rules by playing a game of chicken with websites: If they don’t follow its rules, it won’t show them in its SERPs (search engine results pages). But with [...]

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December 19, 2009 | Blogging, Software and Downloads

WordPress 2.9 is out and it has a lot of new features to make using WordPress easier. 1. Global undo/trash 2. Image editor 3. Batch plugin updating 4. Easier video embedding It also has 4 under-the-hood features that make blogging better with WordPress: 1. Canonical URLs 2. Automatic database optimization 3. Comment metadata 4. Faster [...]

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December 18, 2009 | Uncategorized

I noticed today that VLC’s icon has a Santa hat. That was surprising, since I haven’t updated the current version of VLC since I installed it. Actually, I think it’s an Easter egg, as people are discovering on Randy Jensen’s blog, Gear Diary, and Help for Linux. It’s happening on Windows, too, according to the [...]

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December 18, 2009 | Blogging, Software and Downloads

The upcoming WordPress 2.9 release has a lot of new features. Here are 10 that may make your life easier: Trash status for posts, pages, and comments (includes restore and permanent delete) Allow user registration to be enabled by an XMLRPC client rel=’canonical’ for singular pages Scroll back to the same location after saving a [...]

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