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Use Facebook securely with HTTPS

Facebook just added an option to secure your connection with HTTPS! This is great news for any security-conscious Facebook users. Normally, when you use Facebook, anyone on the same network can sniff the network traffic and see what you're doing. Firesheep made this even easier than it already was. It used to be that you […]

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Fix broken images in WordPress with SQL queries

I used the Export and Import tools in WordPress to move this site to new web hosts, twice. In the process, many of the images were broken. They didn't appear in the page, and I could see that the links all pointed to file names ending in 1, such as picture1.jpg, picture1.png, and picture1.gif. My […]

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Amazon price alerts: and

I like buying through, but I hate watching prices rise and fall. Rather than waste time manually checking prices, I use automated price alerts. and are 2 sites that allow you to set price alerts for Amazon items. They'll automatically email you when the price of your monitored item drops.

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Passwords with Simple Character Substitution are Weak

Learn why you shouldn't use the common advice of substituting numbers or special characters for letters in passwords.

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Book review: Teach Yourself VISUALLY Web Design by Rob Huddleston

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Web Design (Teach Yourself VISUALLY by Rob Huddleston My rating: 2 of 5 stars Absolute novices may benefit from this book's introduction to HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, and SQL, but it's so elementary that it's useless for anyone with any web design experience. Only the essentials of each technology are covered, so […]

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10 common WordPress plugins for starters

These are 10 free, popular WordPress plugins that I've found useful for most WordPress sites. I presented this list at the Kalamazoo/West Michigan WordPress Users Group on Dec 9, 2010. Please add your feedback and favorite WordPress plugins in the comments! Akismet filters comments and trackbacks for spam you need an Akismet API key Chap […]

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Book review: WordPress for Dummies by Lisa Sabin-Wilson

WordPress For Dummies by Lisa Sabin-Wilson My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the best WordPress book I’ve read so far; it’s great for beginners and intermediate WordPress designers. Lisa Sabin-Wilson, a well-known WordPress authority with firsthand experience, starts with the basics and builds up in each chapter. Beyond the essentials, there’s an appropriate […]

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Listen and learn with podcasts

If you listen carefully, you’ll hear one of the sounds I hate most in this world... that’s the sound of wasted time. How many hours a week do you spend cleaning the house, working out, driving, or doing other things that put your brain on idle? Put those otherwise wasted hours to good use by […]

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Budget home computer Fall 2010

I recently built a custom home productivity PC for a client. The PC was built for web browsing, Microsoft Office, and watching DVDs. The operating system (OS) is Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. Here are the components, with links to Newegg. Processor (CPU): AMD Athlon II X2 245 Motherboard: Foxconn A6GMV Video card: GIGABYTE […]

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Book review: Website Owner's Manual by Paul Boag

Website Owner's Manual by Paul Boag My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book instructs website owners in using their website(s) to engage customers and build their brand. I’ve read several technical web design books lately, but wanted to read this one to see things from the site owner’s perspective, in preparation for working with […]

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7 technology trends from Holland Chamber of Commerce Tech Lunch

Today I went to the Business Technology Trends Tech Lunch at Herrick District Library, put on by the Holland Chamber of Commerce. Jason Kehrer, Chief Problem Solver at The Image Group, presented 7 emerging technology trends to an audience of local business owners and professionals. Throughout the presentation, we discussed how these technologies are affecting […]

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xkcd map of online communities (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.)

xkcd, one of my favorite geeky web comics, posted their second proportionate map of online communities: Online Communities 2. It represents the relative amount of social activity of various sites and programs as the size of fictional countries on a map. I wasn't surprised that Facebook is so huge, but I had no idea that […]

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