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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

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 previously used Verizon Wireless device can be activated on your account, provided the […]

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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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Growing up geek

Slammed into the lockers? Check. Picked last for sports? Check. Wedgies in the hallway? Check. Yup, I grew up a geek. In grade school, I preferred reading to playing sports. I especially liked science; Bill Nye the Science Guy was one of my favorite TV shows. When I was 7 or 8, my dad brought […]

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Book review: Design and Launch an Online Web Design Business

Design and Launch an Online Web Design Business by Jason Rich My rating: 3 of 5 stars My long-term goal is for OptimWise to become a web design firm, creating and promoting websites for small businesses. I've been looking for the best books about succeeding in the web design business. I wasn't very impressed by […]

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Book review: How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Web Site Design Business

How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Web Site Design Business: With Companion CD - ROM by Charlotte Evans My rating: 3 of 5 stars After meeting with a few local web designers a few weeks ago, I was inspired to accelerate my plans to move OptimWise into web design. I know how to […]

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How to write email subject lines

One of my favorite podcasts, Get-It-Done Guy (on the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network), just did an episode about email subject lines. Poorly written (or missing) subject lines are one of my pet peeves. Here are a few points from Get-It-Done Guy, which apply to messages sent by email, Facebook, LinkedIn, or any other […]

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