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    Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Google Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide

A must-read for anyone who is interested in SEO, or Search Engine Optimization.

Posted by S Girard on 11/1/11; 1:44:55 PM from the News dept.


    Thursday, May 12, 2011

Web Fonts

Web fonts are all the rage these days. Check out Font Deck, Google Web Fonts, and TypeKit.

Posted by S Girard on 5/12/11; 8:56:24 PM from the dept.


    Friday, March 13, 2009

Ruby on Rails Web Application Development Services

BIGSEA offers web application development services based on the Ruby on Rails web application framework.

Posted by S Girard on 3/13/09; 5:08:07 PM from the News dept.


    Friday, January 18, 2008


Netgate is offering a nice M0n0wall-based firewall for about $200. It seems to be a new item, because when the Soekris and WRAP boards went end-of-life, Netgate was forced to drop their M1n1wall products. It's nice to see the M1n1wall is back.

Posted by S Girard on 1/18/08; 1:24:59 AM from the dept.


    Thursday, January 17, 2008


m0n0wall is a really nice open source packet filtering firewall. It is designed to run on a firewall appliance. Learn more about m0n0wall here: m0n0wall

Posted by S Girard on 1/17/08; 4:52:47 PM from the dept.


    Saturday, November 24, 2007

Install Drupal on Signature Hosting Accounts

Here's a quick tip for installing Drupal on a Signature hosting account.

Follow the installation instructions on the Drupal site, but before you run the install script, modify your sites/default/settings.php file like this:

Fill in your database connection details in the following line:

$db_url = 'mysql://username:password@localhost/database';

Then fill the following line about the URL of your Drupal installation:

$base_url = '';

Save the settings.php file, then run the installer script.

I found this tip here.

Posted by S Girard on 11/24/07; 12:38:16 PM from the dept.


    Thursday, November 30, 2006


Desktopple is a cool donationware application for quickly clearing your desktop for a screenshot, presentation, or to just make you feel better about your lack of organization skills.

After launching Desktopple, you will see a new menu bar item that triggers a toggle from messy desktop to a clean slate. Messy to clean, clean to messy. It's fun just to see it work.

Try Desktopple and see what I mean.

Posted by S Girard on 11/30/06; 9:43:29 AM from the News dept.



Host-Tracker is a free web-based service for monitoring remote web servers.

Simply set up an account, set your preferences and the servers you want to monitor, and Host-Tracker will monitor your servers and send you email reports of server uptime (or downtime).

It's a nice, clean, simple service that makes you wonder "Where's the catch?"

Posted by S Girard on 11/30/06; 9:29:11 AM from the News dept.


OS X Tiger More Sticky Menu Problems-- and a Solution!

After installing the latest OS X Tiger security update, the problems I was having on November 13 have returned. But this time, I think I have identified the problem after finding this thread on the Apple OS X Tiger discussion forum.

It turns out I had never installed the Logitech Control Center for my Logitech wireless laser mouse. I just assumed OS X didn't need the additonal software as the mouse had worked fine right out of the box for months.

After downloading and installing the current Logitech Control Center mouse drivers, the problems have gone away.

Posted by S Girard on 11/30/06; 12:25:06 AM from the News dept.


    Friday, November 17, 2006

How to reset Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) in Windows XP

I was having difficulty getting a friend's Windows XP laptop connected through his new BellSouth FastAccess DSL router, and after trying everything I knew, I threw in the towell and called BellSouth FastAccess technical support.

The strange thing was that the laptop could connect to the router, it just couldn't route through it. Using ipconfig, I could see that the gateway was incorrect, but I could not figure out why. The laptop was configured to get its network config from the DSL router using DHCP, but I could not see any settings on the router that would give a gateway address (the correct gateway address is

I spent about an hour on the phone with the BellSouth tech and I thought I had him stumped when he came back to the phone and said we could try one more thing. He walked me through the command to reset TCP/IP on Windows, and it worked. Here is the command we used:

netsh int ip reset resetlog.txt

I did a little research and found this page which describes the very thing. Cool.

I need to give the BellSouth FastAccess techs more credit. They really do know their stuff.

Posted by S Girard on 11/17/06; 11:53:07 PM from the News dept.


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