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Blogger Theme Data Tags for Widgets

Author David O
Posted January 28, 2014 10:17 pm
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Structure of Custom Blogger Themes

Author David O
Posted January 27, 2014 9:52 pm
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MinGW Fix Permission Denied LD and Error 1

Author David O
Posted January 23, 2014 12:48 am
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Splice Audio File into Multiple Clips Audacity

Author David O
Posted January 21, 2014 3:12 am

If you're interested in creating songs or remixing existing ones, you need a way to sample existing songs. Sampling, or also called splicing, is the method of grabbing segments from audio to be used in mixes and more. With these audio clips, you set them to specific pads on your MIDI hardware. Now there is professional software out there that can do this, but I prefer a free method using software I already have installed unless I really need the advanced features.

Using Audacity, you can simply turn one song into many segments and clips and have them export all at once. Or, if you have a LP recorded you can split it into the proper segments. You will need to download Audacity, which is free and very fast to install. Other than splicing music, Audacity can do much more, such as recording audio and performing some basic effects to existing audio.

Importing Audio to Audacity

To begin, you need to open your audio file in Audacity. Some songs will be protected and audacity won't allow you to edit them and sometimes won't allow you to open them. You will need files that you properly own without protection. Also, when re-using other people's work, you need to have their permission unless this is used only for personal use (not releasing it or using it anywhere).

Drag your audio file right into Audacity (anywhere). You should see a new audio track appear. You can play it by pressing the Play Arrow, or by pressing space on your keyboard.

Creating a Label / Splice

Move your cursor and click to a part of the song you want to have a segment of. You can zoom in using ctrl + mouse wheel. Once your marker is in the correct location (a line appears where the marker is), you can add a new label.

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Hide FTP Files and Folders

Author David O
Posted January 20, 2014 3:57 am
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Windows 8.1 Login Mouse Sensitivity Speed

Author David O
Posted January 15, 2014 4:21 pm
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Theme Hospital in Linux - GOG Version

Author David O
Posted December 23, 2013 2:25 pm
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XFCE Desktop Icon Text

Author David O
Posted November 14, 2013 9:37 pm

If you are using XFCE, you probably have the issue of the desktop icons text or labels being hard to read. This can easily be fixed by modifying the xfce gtkrc files. I only tested this on Linux Mint 15 XFCE, but it should work in all xfce environments.

Our New File

We have to create a new style file for XFCE. This is easily done by creating a normal text file (use Gedit, vim, or any editor). This file then has to be included into the current theme, which is easy.

Copy the code above into our new file and save it to your users directory /home/username/.gtkrc-xfcegtn. After saving it, open up the file /home/username/.gtkrc-2.0. In the 2.0 file, we have to add a rule to use our new file. Add the following code to the bottom of the .gtkrc-2.0 file.

Now you can logout and back in to see your desktop icon label changes or you can restart the xfce desktop. The above style is white text with a black text shadow. This will be visible on all background colors and is the same style they use in Windows to make the text always available.

To restart XFCE, run the following two commands in terminal. After the second command, it will appear as the terminal is still active (since it is), but you will be able to close out of it or cancel the operation and still have xfdesktop running.

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Gravatar Avatars and Profiles

Author David O
Posted November 13, 2013 10:28 pm
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YouTube Data API Recent Uploads

Author David O
Posted November 13, 2013 3:25 am
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Chrome Canary Shows Speaker in Tabs

Author David O
Posted November 12, 2013 3:25 pm
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WordPress Move Domain Names

Author David O
Posted November 12, 2013 7:04 am

Switching domain names when using WordPress involves a few steps you may not think are required. Since WordPress saves the domain name permanently to the database, we have to modify the database along with a few configuration files to move WordPress to a different name. Below is a step by step guide to move your WordPress installation from your old domain name to your shiny new domain name.

This tutorial requires a few key pieces of software. You can either use the programs I list off or use your favorite alternative for each of these programs. Also, with any tutorial in which you have to edit files, creating a backup of everything is highly suggested

  • FTP Client: FileZilla, WinSCP, SmartFTP, or one of the many others that exist.
  • Database Backup Method: PHPMyAdmin, MySQLDump, WordPress Plugin, or use an equivalent method to MySQLDump that your specific database uses.
  • Notepad: Any notepad will work (that doesn't add formatting) that is able to replace text. I suggest Notepad++, Sublime Text, Geany or any other programmer notepad.

Backup the Database

Download the full database in SQL format. It's going to be a very large file depending on how many posts, images, and comments your site has. Downloading your database, or better known as backing up your data is a simple task, but there are many different ways to go about it. The best known way is using PHPMyAdmin, which will be explained below.

  1. Open up PHPMyAdmin through cPanel or your equivalent of a web server manager, or directly through your web browser.
  2. Find the Database which WordPress is installed to. Some table names for WordPress will be *_users, *_postmeta, *_posts, *_terms and others. The asterisk acts as a wildcard, and is usually wp_ unless changed during your installation.
  3. In the controls for this Database, you should see "Structure", "SQL", "Search", a few others, including the one we need of "Export".
  4. Using the Quick backup option with the file format SQL should set everything you need. If you are like me though, taking a look behind the scenes of Custom is more of the way to go.
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Parsing AWStats with PHP

Author David O
Posted November 11, 2013 3:27 am
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Direct Share Links for Social Networks

Author David O
Posted November 8, 2013 2:57 am
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Google Helpouts - Helping You Get Started

Author David O
Posted November 6, 2013 12:42 am
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TweetDeck Getting Started Tips

Author David O
Posted November 5, 2013 5:15 pm

If you don't know what TweetDeck is, then you probably don't need it. Though, for the slim possibility that you do need it and don't know about it, TweetDeck is a Twitter Manager... in short. You can tweet from multiple accounts, keep track of searches and messages, have lists for each account, and more. It's all of Twitter in a single screen with support for multiple accounts. TweetDeck is both available online as a website and as a desktop application for OSX and Windows operating systems. They also have a Chrome App, which is basicly just their online version.

Knowing that TweetDeck can manage multiple accounts and do all of the listed above, you still have a lot to learn. Personally, I use TweetDeck to monitor how my various sites are being talked about and how the visitors are liking or disliking the changes. At times I will send out a tweet or schedule a tweet, but I'm not that large of a talker though, so this is very rare. Even if you don't tweet a lot or have a huge Twitter following, having TweetDeck can help you track trends and see what your audience is thinking and talking about that day. Or if you are in news and article writing, tracking news is a large part of it. TweetDeck can help you get the news as it's happening, just as if you were there.

Below are some getting started tips and tricks. A few of them I didn't even think of until recently, and I've been using TweetDeck nearly every day. If you don't already have TweetDeck, go to TweetDeck.com and create an account.

Composing new Tweets

  1. Click on the Blue Button with a Notepad and Pen on the Top Left of TweetDeck.
  2. Select which accounts you want the tweet to be sent out as. Selected accounts will have a green checkmark on the bottom right and the avatar will be opaque.
  3. Enter your tweet like normal in the text area, located right below the account selection.
  4. Before clicking on "Tweet" check out the various options below such as Adding Images, Scheduling the Tweet, and changing the tweet to a Direct Message.
  5. Scheduled Tweets are normal Tweets, but you can set them to be sent to the public at a specific time. This is great for holiday promotions or Hourly Contests. You can setup all the questions and promotions and have them sent out at the exact time to the minute. There is even a column you can add to view all pending scheduled tweets.

All Account Columns

Having a column such as Mentions for each account can take up a lot of space. TweetDeck has "All Accounts" columns, which merges all of the content into a single column. Currently they have a Mentions and Messages columns which include all the accounts into a single column. Having all of your Tweets appear in a single column isn't built in by default, but there is a work around I figured out recently.