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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

But I Don't HAVE an iPod!!!

I was excited to get a Yukon Denali XL this year because, well, it's cool. Hindsight's 20/20 of course, the $100/week in fuel. Well, I just don't go anywhere. I can only afford to sit and marvel at the sleek lines of the vehicle.
That aside, when you open the glovebox in this lovely vehicle you find a little iPod connector. Cool, right? Well, insanely cool...if you have an iPod. I, however, do not have an iPod. I have a Droid. Before the Droid, I had a Blackberry. That's where I keep my music because I'm 36 years old and I feel I've surpassed the point in my life where having the latest fashion in tunes on their own special device is important.
The problem exists now though. I want to listen to the music on my Droid via my car speakers...but how? There's no little plug-in for any other input device. I've looked. I've tried to plug my Droid into random holes throughout the vehicle simply out of desperation.

Seeing my plight, my favorite friend finds this little gadget on Amazon:
iPod Female to 3.5 mm Cable

Guess what? This gadget is no longer available. I hemmed & hawed too long, didn't want to pay the shipping because I'm cheap, and so it's not there anymore. And it seems as if this was the only thing of it's kind in existence??

I am a sucker for "As Seen on TV" gadgets. It's a weakness, and I know I'm not the only one because that's a thriving industry there. It's my favorite section in Walgreens. I've been eyeballing a particular gadget as of late but Walgreens was out. Fresh out! A couple days ago I visited Fred Meyer and saw they had a fresh batch. I bought one.

What is it, you ask? Jupiter Jack. This little unit is touted as a "complete hands-free cell phone device" making it possible for you to hear the caller on your phone through your car speakers.

Well....guess what ELSE it does? That's right, it transmits the music from your SmartPhone right into your car speakers at the flick of a switch. I was insanely pleased with this find, and I'm hoping that this information helps just one more person out there.

The sound quality could be better, but it's actually not bad at all. Again, I'm not cruising the streets in my pimped out ride looking for hot chicks...er...guys. I'm driving down the highway with my three screaming children trying to drown out the sounds they make. This will do the trick for me...for now.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Parsing php as htm on GoDaddy Hosting

NOT my area of expertise, but I tried every stinking line I could muster. If I wanted to take the time and read up on Apache and MIME types and mod_rewrites....this may have gone faster. But, what fun is that? I may have even said this wrong...parsing what as what??

I have files that contain php but I want to render them as htm. On GoDaddy (always the fun part -- cue eye roll). This is the line you need to add to your .htaccess file:

AddHandler x-httpd-php5 .php .htm .html

That's it! Hope it helps SOMEONE out there. Eesh...it took me long enough to figure the stupid thing!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009

iStock Weekly & Monthly Freebies


It's nice when you design for other people, to have a few extras - just in case. iStockPhoto offers weekly freebies. Some of them are really good images too, so be sure to check them out. You'll need an account to download.

Quick Tip ~ Use GoogleChrome or Firefox because Internet Explorer has issues with this site.

This week:

Freebie Photo of the Week

Free Vectors of the Month

Check out the Weekly Archive for more freebies, including audio & video!
Monday, November 2, 2009

Registry Cleaner & More!

Everyone has unwanted garbage in the registry, left over by old programs and who knows what. So part of maintenance is cleaning out your registry. Anyone who is anyone will tell you to BE CAREFUL and back up your registry first. Screwing up your registry is probably one of the least fun things you can do to your computer.

I found a really good gratis registry cleaner. It's very well written and was overall easy to use. You can remove all invalid entries, or you can pick and choose.

This program also cleans out any temporary files - not just internet files - but files from program backups as well. It will allow you to remove old programs from the uninstall list as well as your system startup entries (msconfig). Disabling an item from msconfig doesn't remove it, but this does.

Without further adieux....CCleaner. Have a look-see! http://www.ccleaner.com/
Saturday, October 10, 2009

Free Help Desk & Knowledgebase Solution

It's all about the gratis with me. I'm not a total tightwad, but WHY pay when you don't have to? Shelling out money just for show, not my gig! I happened to download this particular software when it was free, but now I see there's a small fee attached. $40 - totally worth the dough for what you're getting.

If you have a business that could benefit from having a Help Desk and/or Knowledgbase, then have I found the software for YOU! I use it on my own site.

The solution.......HESK! Found at http://www.hesk.com/ - this software is written in PHP and runs from a standard MySQL database. Easy to install if you know your way around FTP.

This help desk allows you to build up a knowledgbase of FAQs, as well as the provision of a support ticket system. You're able to add users in your admin area should you need others to help you answer tickets; categorize tickets, browse, archive, the full deal.

This really is an excellent software. I've shopped around and this is a winner!

WAIT! What if you don't need the support ticket system? ANOTHER fabulous solution, and totally free....68KB - found here: http://68kb.com/download/ . I've also used 68KB and it does a great job with simple FAQ management.

Two great products, worth every penny!