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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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18 keyboard shortcuts for Windows

Stop wasting time moving your hands from the keyboard to the mouse! These keyboard shortcuts will work for most Windows programs: Alt+underlined letter: Open menu, select option, or press button F2: Rename file or folder (after clicking to select it) Windows Key+E: Open My Computer Windows Key+D: Minimize all open windows, show the desktop Home/Ctrl+Home: […]

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Book review: Sams Teach Yourself WordPress in 10 Minutes

Sams Teach Yourself WordPress in 10 Minutes by Chuck Tomasi My rating: 2 of 5 stars Don't let the title fool you, because you won't learn WordPress in 10 minutes! Each of the 13 lessons takes 10 minutes, and at the end, you won't be able to say you taught yourself WordPress because it barely […]

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Book review: Teach Yourself Visually WordPress

Teach Yourself Visually WordPress by Janet Majure My rating: 2 of 5 stars This book is for absolute beginners looking for the most basic essentials of WordPress. If you've graduated from beginner to amateur or above, there's not much for you here. I also wasn't a fan of the cartoony robot pictures infesting the book. […]

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Budget AMD gaming PC Fall 2010

I recently built another custom gaming PC for a client. I previously blogged about the budget Intel gaming PC for Fall 2010; this PC uses an AMD processor instead of an Intel one. Here are the components, with links to Newegg. PC Processor (CPU): AMD Athlon II X3 440 Motherboard: ASRock M3A770DE Video card: XFX […]

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Book review: Smashing WordPress

Smashing WordPress by Thord Hedengren My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book is for the experienced WordPress designer, not the beginner. Although it does touch on some WordPress essentials, it's mostly a how-to guide for creating WordPress themes and plugins, and generally bending WordPress to your will. The book is laid out well, with […]

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Activate a used phone on Verizon Wireless

Note: this post was published in 2010, and may no longer be accurate. Can you buy a used Verizon Wireless phone from a friend or from Craigslist, eBay, etc., then activate and use it on the Verizon Wireless network? I emailed Verizon Wireless, and here's the answer straight from Verizon Wireless Customer Service: Yes, a […]

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Budget Intel gaming PC Fall 2010

I just finished building a custom gaming PC for a client. Here are the components, with links to Newegg. Processor (CPU): Intel Core i3-530 Motherboard: ASUS P7H55-M PRO Micro ATX Intel Video card: EVGA GeForce GTX 460 768-P3-1360-TR Memory (RAM): OCZ Gold 4GB DDR3 OCZ3G16004GK Hard drive: Samsung Spinpoint HD103SJ 1TB SATA Optical drive: ASUS […]

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Fix Windows Photo Viewer Yellow Tint Background

Step-by-step instructions to fix the yellow tint in Windows Photo Viewer.

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