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Title: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on March 05, 2010, 11:52:05 AM
Trying to setup a blog? Podcast? Spam filter?

I'll answer your questions if you post them to this topic.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Docwatmo on March 05, 2010, 12:42:40 PM
Great Idea. 

There are a some VERY knowledgeable techs with lots of different backgrounds and specialties on this forum. I could see this section going very well.

+1 Ladieu
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on March 05, 2010, 01:07:49 PM
@docwatmo.... feel free to answer any  too... won't offend me a bit.. thanks for the +1
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: CyborgX on March 05, 2010, 06:50:50 PM
Good topic!

Something to which I'm sure I can contribute a fair bit.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: MaddoginMass on March 06, 2010, 06:02:04 AM
I'll throw my hat in the ring too.......
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ShadowPeo on March 06, 2010, 09:44:28 PM
I will throw my hat into the ring to answer as well
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: 18C Troll on September 02, 2010, 12:43:54 PM
OK since no one else is asking, Ill throw you guys a bone.  I have 5 cp towers sitting in my garage, the oldest one being 6 years old.  I would like to combine some features to make one tower that I can use as a base station.  My wife and I have laptops for daily use with wireless throughout the house. I am kind of familiar with taking apart motherboards and such, but need to know where to plug in additional features, are the differant components are com patable, and what to do with the leftover pieces.  I am a scrapper but would hate to scrap two extra dvd-rw's that someone might be able to use.  Your thoughts are appreciated.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: mckeyes on September 02, 2010, 01:36:37 PM
Oh man, a hardware question... ;)

without knowing the specifics of what you have I can give you some ideas. By a base station I assume you would like it to be a file/print server.

If this is just for file and print sharing, RAM and hard drive space are the two important pieces (hard drive being number one). Everything else doesn't really matter. Take the best of those and combine into one. Since RAM is so cheap you could be 1GB RAM cards for each slot.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on September 02, 2010, 02:58:42 PM
were going to need model numbers of the PC or maybe some pictures of the insides
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: dustyz on September 02, 2010, 02:59:03 PM
Mckeyes nailed it...

First, take an inventory of the components in each system. Take each one apart and jot down the following...

- motherboard model (should be written on the motherboard in bigger letters)
- memory type & speed (240pin DDR2, 184pin DDR)
- memory size (should be written on the side, a sticker probably)
- hard drive type (SATA or IDE. Sata has a small cable with a little leg on one side, IDE is wide and flat with a bunch of pins)
- hard drive capacity (20Gb, 40Gb, 120Gb, etc)
- Power Supply size (sticker on the side)

Find out which case is heaviest and best ventilated. Pick that as the base. Install a fan in the back sucking out, and one in the front pulling air in. The largest power supply in the mix is probably still pretty low, so power consumption shouldn't be a big concern. Use the biggest you have available. Now for the motherboard. Look for SATA ports. The board with the most SATA ports is probably your best board for a file server. If you have more/bigger IDE hard drives than you do SATA hard drives, you'll probably want to go with an IDE motherboard. Only 4 IDE devices can be installed on one system at a time tho... remember that. So, if you put a DVD-RW IDE drive in, the maximum number of IDE hard drives you can have is 3. Sata, well, it usually has one IDE port for the DVD-RW and several other SATA ports for hard drives. It can have over 8 on a newer board. Being some of yours are 6 years old, you'll be lucky to find one with 4.

Now you have your case, power supply, and hard drives. Next, memory. Take the motherboard model number and type it in google. Find the spec sheet to see what memory sizes & speed types it can handle. Ideally you would match the memory up with the FSB of the processor, but at this point I'd say that isn't as important. Just use whatever processor is in the best motherboard... and put the maximum amount of supported memory you can fit in the board. While you are on the spec site, download the manual for the motherboard... it'll help you hook up the front panel connectors for the on/off switches and such.

That should do it for simple build. You'll install an OS and setup a network from there...
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: “Mark” on September 09, 2010, 11:23:03 AM
Unless you're doing this to learn or for fun, you're almost always better off buying a lower powered device for a file/print server, as PCs guzzle electricity.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Dunetos K-9 on January 10, 2011, 05:41:29 PM
I have a question regarding podcasting from a Mac.  I am starting my research this week, but thought this would be a good place to start.  Primarily, what programs do you use on the Mac (especially if there are native programs such as iLife) to compile and if necessary edit sound?  I also have a cheap MP3 recorder, is there anything I can do with a relatively inexpensive mic that will boost sound quality?  After that, I need to know how to start uploading the podcasts.

Thanks in advance.

Joel
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: KYdoomer on January 10, 2011, 08:05:15 PM
I know this is Nick's thread but I know him well enough he can tell me to buzz off for answering you.

First, I'd say go to Jack's other site www.jackspirko.com (http://www.jackspirko.com) and look around that forum.  The site is kind of in limbo for the moment as I'm sure Jack is busy but the forum still has all of our information there.

In short though, start out with Audacity, nothing wrong with it.  I use compressor, noise removal, pop removal and normalize effects and all work pretty well.  I record into my laptop, for some reason Audacity messes up on my desktop.  No problems with the laptop.  I use a cheap cheap cheap headset mic I bought at Wally world for using with Ventrillo.  It has not failed me to date.  For on the road podcasting I use a cheap RCA digital recorder.  It doesn't sound great but the noise is not distracting. 

Honestly, and everyone says this.  I would not worry about sound quality too much.  Get some podcasts out there and see what happens first. 

You need a hosting site or Libsyn or Podbean to hold your uploads.  The process at any of those sites is pretty easy.  Get a Feedburner account.  www.feedburner.com (http://www.feedburner.com). You will need this to standardize your feed, and if you ever move it you won't have to go through such a hassle.  Trust me...I know.

Hope that helps.

J
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on January 11, 2011, 07:48:48 AM
No problem at all! Answer away...

Yes audacity is great.

If you have a smart phone like an iphone or android I find recording the podcast on there has superior audio quality.

Here are a few things to bear in mind


In audacity after you record your track set it to mono... its on one of hte menus at the top "stereo to mono" you'll find it

when you export I think 80kbps is a good setting

My friend has a mac and used the built in mic on his laptop and it was find... better than my quality on my cheap mic on my computer... but probably not as good as the iphone

-Nick
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Dunetos K-9 on January 11, 2011, 07:38:01 PM
Thanks for the great information.  One more question.  Where do you guys post your podcasts for linking from iTunes?  I have been reading up on it, and while I have a web hosting company that I use for my website, I don't think they support podcast storage.

Thanks again and I look forward to hearing from you.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: cerakoter on January 11, 2011, 07:52:51 PM
Question:
My daughter-in-law bought a webcam and wants the wife to buy one to communicate to her with. 

Can't she use her iPhone as a webcam?  If so, how?
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: KYdoomer on January 11, 2011, 07:58:39 PM
Thanks for the great information.  One more question.  Where do you guys post your podcasts for linking from iTunes?  I have been reading up on it, and while I have a web hosting company that I use for my website, I don't think they support podcast storage.

Thanks again and I look forward to hearing from you.

I put mine on my hosting server at Hostgator.  I highly recommend them. By the way if you use them click through either Jack's link or mine because there is a substantial referral fee!  LOL

I used Fatcow at first and after a guest post at Survivalblog and 1000 hits they shut me down due to some stupid fine print in the ToS. 

But no one I know that uses Hostgator has any problem with them.

I use Wordpress for the blog and Blubrry Powerpress as my plugin to handle it.  They work almost always without fail.

J
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: LvsChant on January 11, 2011, 08:14:58 PM
Thanks for all the great info. and offers of help, guys.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: KYdoomer on January 12, 2011, 07:50:48 AM
Question:
My daughter-in-law bought a webcam and wants the wife to buy one to communicate to her with. 

Can't she use her iPhone as a webcam?  If so, how?

Maybe but it will depend on the model she has and I can't imagine it would be easy. Webcams are pretty cheap and easy to set up though.

J
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on January 12, 2011, 09:22:50 AM
http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/04/iwebcamera-lets-you-ditch-your-webcam-for-an-iphone/ (http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/04/iwebcamera-lets-you-ditch-your-webcam-for-an-iphone/)

"iphone webcam" on google, first hit... i didn't test it out myself but might work for you
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: mckeyes on January 13, 2011, 11:00:18 AM
Quote
Question:
My daughter-in-law bought a webcam and wants the wife to buy one to communicate to her with. 

Can't she use her iPhone as a webcam?  If so, how?

If she has an iphone 4 with the front facing camera she can download the skype or qik app.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Jackncoke on February 18, 2011, 09:04:09 AM
HELP

My wife is starting a travel business, and is not computer savvy. I have tipped my toe in the web page development waters, but I haven't been involved with computers as deep as I used to be. I'm familiar with a bunch of stuff, but need help.

I'd like advice on setting up a laptop fresh out of the box.

Also need advice building a website for her. We are using "Host Gator", and she has registered her domain. I understand it's a major ordeal getting it set up, but I'd appreciate any advice.

Also I can provide much more detail as to what I know already. I'm just at work trying to type this out between helping customers...
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Docwatmo on February 18, 2011, 09:39:48 AM
There are lots of options in that question.

2 things that spring to mind first.

1.  Backups, If your going to use a computer for business, ensure you have multiple thumb drives or external hard drives to backup the data.  This is essential. 

2.  Web development can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be.  Most hosts (I use some free hosts) have their own basic site editors built in.  (000webhost.com is my current preferred host).  Since yo already have a domain name, its pretty easy to get the free host set up.  They have a basic site tool that makes getting your first couple of pages up and running pretty easy.   Then you get to decide how far you want to take your site.

The best tool I've seen yet for site building is Joomla. (Version 1.6 from Joomla.com)   Really easy to setup.  Unzip the Joomla files and upload them to the web site, run the wizard and BAM, you have a great website with lots of features and content control.

If you want help getting the initial site up, PM me and we can work through it, I'm a bit busy today, but over the weekend I've got some free time.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on February 18, 2011, 12:08:01 PM
Everyone has their preferences... however mine would be for wordpress... it is extremely easy to setup... also Jack has some videos on setting this up within host gator hosting platform over at http://jackspirko.com (http://jackspirko.com)

http://www.jackspirko.com/episode-15-two-minutes-to-blogging-with-wordpress-and-fantastico (http://www.jackspirko.com/episode-15-two-minutes-to-blogging-with-wordpress-and-fantastico)

For a design I would use either of the following resources:

http://themeforest.net/category/wordpress (http://themeforest.net/category/wordpress)
http://www.templatemonster.com/wordpress-themes.php (http://www.templatemonster.com/wordpress-themes.php)
Please note that template monster also has joomla stuff
http://www.templatemonster.com/joomla-templates.php (http://www.templatemonster.com/joomla-templates.php)

As Doc pointed out you don't need to go crazy with web-dev... just install a predesigned package, slap in your logo.. good to go

As far as logos go. I used http://www.99designs.com (http://www.99designs.com) a lot at work and most recently for the SOS logo at http://www.saveourskills.com (http://www.saveourskills.com)

Here is a recent site I deployed in wordpress.. total time invested was just a few hours:
http://www.pristinepaintinginc.com/ (http://www.pristinepaintinginc.com/)

BACKUPS - i would take it much farther if you are planning to have business stuff in htere

1) It is essential that you have offsite backup. I recommended 2 services. -

1: carbonite.com
2: elephantdrive.com - what i currently use

Also see my article on digital prepping:

http://www.saveourskills.com/digital-prepping-how-to-create-a-highly-redundant-backup-system (http://www.saveourskills.com/digital-prepping-how-to-create-a-highly-redundant-backup-system)

Please feel free to email or PM me if you need more help. I can reference you to some people that can setup the wordpress for you or take advantage of docs offer on joomla... either way your in good hands.



There are lots of options in that question.

2 things that spring to mind first.

1.  Backups, If your going to use a computer for business, ensure you have multiple thumb drives or external hard drives to backup the data.  This is essential. 

2.  Web development can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be.  Most hosts (I use some free hosts) have their own basic site editors built in.  (000webhost.com is my current preferred host).  Since yo already have a domain name, its pretty easy to get the free host set up.  They have a basic site tool that makes getting your first couple of pages up and running pretty easy.   Then you get to decide how far you want to take your site.

The best tool I've seen yet for site building is Joomla. (Version 1.6 from Joomla.com)   Really easy to setup.  Unzip the Joomla files and upload them to the web site, run the wizard and BAM, you have a great website with lots of features and content control.

If you want help getting the initial site up, PM me and we can work through it, I'm a bit busy today, but over the weekend I've got some free time.

Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: idelphic on February 18, 2011, 12:15:10 PM
Don't forget that you will want to back up your website too.  I can't say for Wordpress, but Joomla does have tools that will back up the site for you. 

Both Wordpress and Joomla will allow you to 'build your site' offline and test things out.  So you can work on the site offline without changing your live site.

Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on February 18, 2011, 01:42:04 PM
An excellent point and you should check with our webhost and find out what their backup policies are. But having your own backup = never a bad thing

regarding backing up WP

http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Backups (http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Backups)
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Jackncoke on February 19, 2011, 01:24:50 PM
I have backed up my back ups. Now my focus is on building my wife's webpage. I feel like I'm trying to fix a car, when I've never held a wrench...

Story so far... (short version)

Wife finds theme she likes on Host Gator site. Theme 4682 to be exact. After a few hours of trying to get the template to work, I surrender and head to bed. Today I go at it again.  I will make this square peg fit in the round hole...

Bzzzt! Wrong! So I contact Gator techies. Although my typing skills look like I'm punching my keyboard, the tech straightens me out. I learn I have to use an HTML editor for those templates. Gator does not offer one. So now I have another dilemma. Either I figure out an HTML editor so wifey gets her theme she wants, or I find something similar in a WordPress theme. Guess it's time to drop back and punt.

Guess I should have stayed in college and finished my EE degree. Live and learn I guess...

Here's what I have so far...
http://sunsetshorestravel.com/ (http://sunsetshorestravel.com/)
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Sister Wolf on February 19, 2011, 03:58:26 PM
HELP

My wife is starting a travel business, and is not computer savvy. I have tipped my toe in the web page development waters, but I haven't been involved with computers as deep as I used to be. I'm familiar with a bunch of stuff, but need help.

I'd like advice on setting up a laptop fresh out of the box.

Also need advice building a website for her. We are using "Host Gator", and she has registered her domain. I understand it's a major ordeal getting it set up, but I'd appreciate any advice.

Also I can provide much more detail as to what I know already. I'm just at work trying to type this out between helping customers...

I have backed up my back ups. Now my focus is on building my wife's webpage. I feel like I'm trying to fix a car, when I've never held a wrench...

Story so far... (short version)

Wife finds theme she likes on Host Gator site. Theme 4682 to be exact. After a few hours of trying to get the template to work, I surrender and head to bed. Today I go at it again.  I will make this square peg fit in the round hole...

Bzzzt! Wrong! So I contact Gator techies. Although my typing skills look like I'm punching my keyboard, the tech straightens me out. I learn I have to use an HTML editor for those templates. Gator does not offer one. So now I have another dilemma. Either I figure out an HTML editor so wifey gets her theme she wants, or I find something similar in a WordPress theme. Guess it's time to drop back and punt.

Guess I should have stayed in college and finished my EE degree. Live and learn I guess...

Here's what I have so far...
http://sunsetshorestravel.com/ (http://sunsetshorestravel.com/)

If you're thrashing and are having a hard time coming up for air on the website issue, PM me.  I'll get it set up for you in about a day.  Cost = $50 if you have everything you need already (logo, etc).  If you need design work, I can do simple stuff (not drawing out a whole new creation, but creating word logos, etc) for very cheap.  If you need a really great graphic artist, get ahold of Nicodemus here on the forum.  He's amazing, and will treat you extremely well.

To our computer gurus: I appreciate all those external links, but keep it in the family.  If somebody here can take care of somebody's computer issue, suggest them.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Sister Wolf on February 19, 2011, 03:59:52 PM
Oh, and if you just need a little bit of HTML coding (something that will take me an hour or less), I'll do it for free.  I'm not about to let you go pay somebody a minimum of $100 just to fix a broken line of code.  That's nonsense.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: cpf240 on February 19, 2011, 04:47:59 PM
Oh, and if you just need a little bit of HTML coding (something that will take me an hour or less), I'll do it for free.  I'm not about to let you go pay somebody a minimum of $100 just to fix a broken line of code.  That's nonsense.

SW is TEH AWESOME!
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Jackncoke on February 19, 2011, 05:44:11 PM
If you're thrashing and are having a hard time coming up for air on the website issue, PM me.  I'll get it set up for you in about a day.  Cost = $50 if you have everything you need already (logo, etc).  If you need design work, I can do simple stuff (not drawing out a whole new creation, but creating word logos, etc) for very cheap.  If you need a really great graphic artist, get ahold of Nicodemus here on the forum.  He's amazing, and will treat you extremely well.

I appreciate that offer very much.  For the time being, all I have to spend is sweat equity. But in the future, you'll be at the top of my list.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: creativem2 on February 19, 2011, 06:09:01 PM
Here's my quick rundown of getting your podcast on iTunes.  This is of course considering that you've recorded it and have uploaded somewhere.

I use Feedburner http://feedburner.google.com (http://feedburner.google.com).  Setup an account then get you feed setup and they will give you a url like this one http://feeds.feedburner.com/creativem2/PWQj (http://feeds.feedburner.com/creativem2/PWQj)

From there you'll need iTunes. 

Go to the iTunes store, then click on Podcasts on the top dark grey menu bar.  When the page loads, on the right pane you'll see a Submit a Podcast link, go there.  You'll paste the feedburner link into the 1st prompt then fill out the rest of the info. 

Once you submit iTunes will send you an email confirmation that they received the request and that it is under review.  If everything is good, it should be no more than a couple of days before you'll show up in iTunes.

I'm using Wordpress with PowerPress to publish my podcast and I store the mp3s on my host, no problems yet, not many listeners though... :)
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: MacReady on February 19, 2011, 10:37:13 PM
I'm also trying to make a website for my wife's business.  I just registered the domain this evening after watching Jack's video about host gator.

www.manypennylaw.com (http://www.manypennylaw.com)

Right now it's as basic as it gets.  It was easier than I expected to get the website hosted and to the point it is now.  Going further seems like it'll be as difficult as I originally thought.  I had considered hiring someone to create the site and its still a possibility. Before investing more money, I have to make sure I can get the site to come up in search results.  Its main purpose will be as a marketing tool.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: creativem2 on February 20, 2011, 02:25:13 PM
I'm also trying to make a website for my wife's business.  I just registered the domain this evening after watching Jack's video about host gator.

www.manypennylaw.com (http://www.manypennylaw.com)

Right now it's as basic as it gets.  It was easier than I expected to get the website hosted and to the point it is now.  Going further seems like it'll be as difficult as I originally thought.  I had considered hiring someone to create the site and its still a possibility. Before investing more money, I have to make sure I can get the site to come up in search results.  Its main purpose will be as a marketing tool.

Jack has a couple of videos on SEO at http://www.jackspirko.com (http://www.jackspirko.com). 

Sign up for a webmaster tools account with google http://ww.google.com/webmasters/tools/ (http://ww.google.com/webmasters/tools/) and get your site indexed and picked up by the google search engine.  They have directions for all of that once you setup your account.  From there you'll need to research some SEO (search engine optimization) tricks to get you site up in the ranks on search terms.  Jack has some good tips on his website mentioned above, they are in some of the earlier videos.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on February 21, 2011, 07:58:59 AM
Apologies SIS... do you have a separate website for your business?

At work we turn down these small type of jobs all the time (not that we are so awesome, it's just not our business model) and I've been referring them to various vendors. I would much rather pass them your way.... you can shoot me an email if you want to discuss further.

Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on February 21, 2011, 08:19:08 AM
I want a post on this thread just so I can come back to it for reference and questions.

Thanks to everyone so far!
You people make this forum the best place on the internet, in my opinion. And I tend to favor my opinion. :o
 ;D :D ;D :D JK

:hare:
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: idelphic on February 21, 2011, 01:26:22 PM
For a decent Open Source HTML editor, try NVue or now what is called KompoZer  It can be found at
www.portableapps.com (http://www.portableapps.com)
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on February 21, 2011, 01:34:47 PM
I'm partial to notepad++

at work i use phpedit by waterproof software... it is excellent but i think it is like $100
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Sister Wolf on February 21, 2011, 04:31:07 PM
I'm partial to notepad++

So'm I.  Or dreamweaver if I am feeling particularly colorful.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Sister Wolf on February 21, 2011, 04:32:54 PM
Apologies SIS... do you have a separate website for your business?

At work we turn down these small type of jobs all the time (not that we are so awesome, it's just not our business model) and I've been referring them to various vendors. I would much rather pass them your way.... you can shoot me an email if you want to discuss further.

No apologies necessary!  I just want to be sure that folks who'd like to do this for a living can support one another here at TSP.  I wasn't drumming up work for myself - Honest!  I've got way too much to do for me to add this to the list.  I was just trying to help a fellow TSPer in this case.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on February 21, 2011, 07:19:02 PM
ok because i was ready to drop the flood gates

i sent you a PM with a very small job i need help with BTW when you get a chance....
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Docwatmo on February 21, 2011, 07:54:58 PM
I used to do a lot of hand coding HTML in notepad, and then discovered hot-dog many many moons ago.  Then I got my first WYSIWYG editor (Hotmetal pro) and was hooked.  That was the BEST tool back in the day.  I then moved up to Dreamweaver and front page and ended up in front page 95% of the time because of the Microsoft systems running Front page extensions I was working on.  Now I've discovered Joomla and will probably never use anything else again LOL  (Not really, I still love my Adobe collection and am still learning lots of the ins and outs, plus for work I ended up getting the new Microsoft Expressions since they dropped front page.  Its ok, and still dumbed down quite a bit from Dreamweaver or any of the others.   But I like having several tools for the job because you just never know when one little feature from a program will make or break the site your working on.  Most of what I do now is internal so nobody but the employees get to enjoy it  ;) LOL, but I am enjoying getting back into development and will most likely start moving back out into the real world with it.  I also haven't programmed in 15 or more years and recently picked up the latest Visual Studio package (Man they have come a long way).  Probably do some basic internal development for a while until I get comfortable with it again and then move on.   I did spend a year or so doing embedded programming with MS Embedded for phones/handhelds etc.  I developed some mini truck computers that ran off of CF cards and were fully windows compliant to run any windows software.  But the development cost was equal to Laptops and then the after installation maintenance proved to be far too expensive.  Ended up dropping some Dell ATG laptops in the trucks with a couple spares and presto.   So that project went out the window but I learned a lot and have some nice embedded tools to go along with it.


Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on February 22, 2011, 08:33:48 AM
i'm all for wysiwyg... i use WP for my personal stuff and have developed our own custom CMS as well... however for my job I have to use text editors due to the nature of work i do, so when I got on a wysiwyg editor I start getting frustrated and wanting to view the source, since that is what i am used to.   

It's like when i get on excel, i can't do basic things that people take for granted, lol... because I don't use excel... anyway it's all what your used to. 

BTW I always thought notepad was not so great to use... no syntax highlighting... i remember back in the day it was cool to have a "made in notepad" banner on your site.... ha ha

BTW notepad++ is a different beast.

Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Docwatmo on February 22, 2011, 10:09:41 AM
Yep, thats why I LOVED hotdog back in the day.  It was my first syntax sensitive editor.  Trippled my editing speed in about 5 minutes. LOL

Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on February 22, 2011, 05:15:50 PM
I really need an MS sharepoint developer for a contract... If that is YOU please contact me!!

Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Serenity Gulch on February 23, 2011, 02:17:27 PM
If you have a smart phone like an iphone or android I find recording the podcast on there has superior audio quality.
-Nick

Super-noob question here...once I record the podcast how do I get it off of my iphone and onto my laptop? I have a 3GS if that makes any difference.

Sherri
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Hurricane on February 23, 2011, 02:34:24 PM
Video newbie here -- I only recently got a fast enough connection where I could bother with online videos. How can I save the YouTube-type videos posted here (and other places) so that I can review them off-line? I am running Windows Vista with IE 7.
 ???  :-[

Thanks!
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Sister Wolf on February 23, 2011, 02:44:46 PM
Video newbie here -- I only recently got a fast enough connection where I could bother with online videos. How can I save the YouTube-type videos posted here (and other places) so that I can review them off-line? I am running Windows Vista with IE 7.
 ???  :-[

Thanks!

Hmmmm. Technically that's illegal... And we don't allow discussion of illegal stuff here.  But... Do a google for what youre asking, and you'll likely come up with something.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: creativem2 on February 23, 2011, 04:21:55 PM
Video newbie here -- I only recently got a fast enough connection where I could bother with online videos. How can I save the YouTube-type videos posted here (and other places) so that I can review them off-line? I am running Windows Vista with IE 7.
 ???  :-[

Thanks!
If you download the Google Chrome web browser there is an extension that's made just for downloading YouTube vids.

http://www.chromeextensions.org/music-videos-photos/youtube-downloader/ (http://www.chromeextensions.org/music-videos-photos/youtube-downloader/)
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: creativem2 on February 23, 2011, 04:26:24 PM
Hmmmm. Technically that's illegal... And we don't allow discussion of illegal stuff here.  But... Do a google for what youre asking, and you'll likely come up with something.
How is it illegal?  I haven't researched the legality of it but if you're not re-distributing the material I don't see an issue.  I mean, if it's on YouTube, it's kinda free, right?
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Sister Wolf on February 23, 2011, 05:10:51 PM
Actually, it's NOT illegal.  I was totally wrong.  It's against YOutube's TOS, but *shrugs*  not illegal.  So go for it.  :)
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Mr. Bill on February 23, 2011, 05:28:52 PM
Based on my copious legal knowledge (i.e. half an hour with Google ;) ) the legality issue just depends on whether the video itself is a copyright violation.  If it is, then it's illegal to even watch it, much less download it.

I'm using a Firefox plugin called "DownloadHelper".  Seems to work pretty well.  I really don't know what (if anything) is available for IE7, though.  If you can find the video file in IE's cache (wherever that is!), you can just save a copy from there.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on February 24, 2011, 08:10:43 AM
This first set of steps is one time only. It will chance your itunes to use MP3 (needed for podcasts) rather than M4A (apple format nobody uses)
1) edit menu > Preferences
2) General Tab....
3) Click the button that says "import settings"
4) under "Import using" select "Mp3 encoder"
5) Select OK on both windows


1) click on your phone in itunes
2) go to music tab
3) click checkbox "include voice memos"
4) sync your phone
5) click on music under "library"
6) in the search box type "voice" to filter your music to just your voice memos
6) right click on the voice memo your recorded and select "Create MP3 version"
7) You will see your new file being created (grayed out)
8) after this has completed right click on the new file and select "show in windows explorer"






Super-noob question here...once I record the podcast how do I get it off of my iphone and onto my laptop? I have a 3GS if that makes any difference.

Sherri
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on February 24, 2011, 08:12:30 AM
This is the best of the ones I tried.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/easy-youtube-video-downl-10137/

I use this not to pirate, but to create music video playlists in windows media center to play on my xbox (yeah i am a huge nerd)
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Hurricane on February 24, 2011, 08:52:12 AM
Video newbie here -- I only recently got a fast enough connection where I could bother with online videos. How can I save the YouTube-type videos posted here (and other places) so that I can review them off-line? I am running Windows Vista with IE 7.
 ???  :-[

Thanks!
Found this
http://youtubedownload.altervista.org/ (http://youtubedownload.altervista.org/)
which seems to work well enough with IE, so far...

Thanks for the input, y'all  :)
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: LvsChant on March 07, 2011, 02:04:18 PM
My oldest son is learning C++ programming on his own (got a book at the library). He had a problem with his hard drive (had to be replaced) and had to re-install all the software, etc. Well, he no longer has access to the disc he used to load up the compiler initially. I looked online and find such a huge array of free compilers available that I have NO idea which one to choose. Can anyone help me with this?

Thanks so much for offering advice for the rest of us...
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on March 07, 2011, 02:09:07 PM
For your son I would recommend that he get a copy of linux. Any edition such as ubuntu would be fine. These can be booted directly off of a thumb drive and that is what I recommend.

There are command line compilers such as gcc for c++.... if he is making console programming such as we learned in school then this is what we used.... if he is doing something else like making visual C++ apps then of course this advice does not apply.

-Nick

My oldest son is learning C++ programming on his own (got a book at the library). He had a problem with his hard drive (had to be replaced) and had to re-install all the software, etc. Well, he no longer has access to the disc he used to load up the compiler initially. I looked online and find such a huge array of free compilers available that I have NO idea which one to choose. Can anyone help me with this?

Thanks so much for offering advice for the rest of us...
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Docwatmo on March 07, 2011, 02:14:25 PM
Agree totally with Ladieu on the programming side.  I'm trying to switch over entirely to Linux and there are some great tools available.

But if he is going visual in windows and wants the nice GUI and lots of built in tools,  Then the Microsoft compiler is now free.

http://www.microsoft.com/express/Windows/ (http://www.microsoft.com/express/Windows/)

Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: archer on March 07, 2011, 04:07:30 PM
good suggestions above guys. i'd suggest Linux first. did not know that MS made it free now.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on March 07, 2011, 09:54:22 PM
first off, of course i love linux and I am going to take some heat for this comment, however .net programmers have more job opportunities at the moment... OF COURSE you should do whichever appeals to you...

I program in the linux side of the house, but if i was just thinking about $$$ i would go get my sharepoint developer certification and go make intranet sites for big corps... they seem to like that

anyway do what you like of course, that is what i do, but something to consider



good suggestions above guys. i'd suggest Linux first. did not know that MS made it free now.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Foxfire on March 08, 2011, 01:04:30 AM
I'm having a major problem with keeping more than two windows open.  How can I change this?  Most times you can just click on the back button but this new computer is different.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: MaddoginMass on March 08, 2011, 06:05:20 AM
Foxfire,

Few questions:

1)  What operating system are you using?
2)  Are these Windows Explorer windows or Internet Explorer windows or some other window?
2)  Can you expand on the "problems"?  What is actually happening?
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: creativem2 on March 08, 2011, 09:57:41 AM
Ahhh linux.  I love it, Mint is pretty cool.  I run it as my main OS and setup a VM for Windows.  I have an old box with CentOS running LAMP that I use for dev.  Does that make me a nerd?
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: LvsChant on March 08, 2011, 05:40:56 PM
Thanks for the advice guys... downloading ubuntu now. (No real clear idea what to do with it once I get it, but maybe I can figure it out :) )
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: bartsdad on March 09, 2011, 12:21:12 AM
Thanks for the advice guys... downloading ubuntu now. (No real clear idea what to do with it once I get it, but maybe I can figure it out :) )
Burn it to a disc and do a dual boot system. I had a minor hiccup when I did it, but it eventually got fixed. I would suggest that you have another 'puter with internet access while setting up and installing Ubuntu to access help if needed. That really saved my 6.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Foxfire on March 09, 2011, 01:46:02 AM
Foxfire,

Few questions:

1)  What operating system are you using?
2)  Are these Windows Explorer windows or Internet Explorer windows or some other window?
2)  Can you expand on the "problems"?  What is actually happening?

Hi MM!


I have Microsoft Windows and I'm using Internet Explorer.

The problem I'm having is this...if I'm reading the forum and a link is given to another article...if I click on that link I cannot get back to the forum by clicking the back button...I have to click out and go back in.  For some reason the second I click on the link the back button is rendered unless.  Does that make sense?
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: LvsChant on March 09, 2011, 05:51:58 AM
Burn it to a disc and do a dual boot system. I had a minor hiccup when I did it, but it eventually got fixed. I would suggest that you have another 'puter with internet access while setting up and installing Ubuntu to access help if needed. That really saved my 6.

Ok... I saved it to a flash drive instead of burning to a disc... I'm going to need to do it again. thanks, BD.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: bartsdad on March 09, 2011, 08:46:51 AM
Ok... I saved it to a flash drive instead of burning to a disc... I'm going to need to do it again. thanks, BD.

Working from a flash drive is fine.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: creativem2 on March 09, 2011, 09:41:31 AM
If you're going to put it on a flash drive I recommend using Unetbootin.  Just copying the iso to the flash drive will not work.  You'll also be able to test it out running it from the flash drive (it's slow) instead of installing the OS on your hard drive right away.

http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/ (http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/)
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Docwatmo on March 09, 2011, 01:02:10 PM
Ubuntu is ok, I believe there is a utility in it now for making a bootable USB stick (I haven't done an Ubuntu build in a while now though so I'm not sure).   I use Puppy linux as it has a simple utility for making a bootable USB stick.  (Just boot off a Puppy CD and run the wizard, presto).  It runs FAR faster off a stick than any other linux distro I've tried and it seems to have the widest range of compatibility with hardware when running off the stick.  The last version I had I tested on over 50 machines and it worked on all but 1, the new version 5.2 worked on that new one but i've only tested it on about 9 or 10 machine so far.

The quality of the USB flash drive and its read/write speeds will make the big difference in performance.  But puppy loads completely into memory if you have 512MB of RAM.  So its as fast as it can possible run once loaded.  (Boot time is far faster than Ubuntu or Debian also.


Hit me up if you need any help with it.  the puppy ISO is only 120 MB or so compared to the full CD/DVD downloads for other distros.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Hurricane on March 16, 2011, 11:46:11 AM
Hi MM!


I have Microsoft Windows and I'm using Internet Explorer.

The problem I'm having is this...if I'm reading the forum and a link is given to another article...if I click on that link I cannot get back to the forum by clicking the back button...I have to click out and go back in.  For some reason the second I click on the link the back button is rendered unless.  Does that make sense?
You didn't say which Winows and IE, but in general:
  Most forums, including this one, open external links in a new window. Therefore you cannot go Back to the forum. You have to either close or minimize the article window, or look on the taskbar for the tab for the forum, and click on it. This will bring the forum to the front. This actually applies anytime you have two or more windows open.
I have seen some sites which have a trick (re-direct ? ) built in so that you cannot go Back unless you use the dropdown list of previous pages ( the little down arrow next to the Back button ) and skip back a couple of pages.

Hope this helps!
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on March 16, 2011, 01:29:24 PM
firefox + tabs mix plus = new windows open in new tabs

Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Docwatmo on March 16, 2011, 03:07:26 PM
Yep, thats why I like Chrome best so far.  All new window links open in new tabs.  Plus I always right click and "Open in new tab" when I hit links so that I maintain my current windows.

Not being a Firefox user, I was curious if it allows you to save your "account" so that no matter what machine you log into, you have your favorites etc without installing any 3rd party software?  thats my favorite feature of Chrome.

Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on March 16, 2011, 03:43:38 PM
there is a new firefox sync user but I use other plugins for a long time so i haven't tried it.

I have to use FF for work due to superior JS debugging... but i install chrome for all friends/family who give me computers that stop working due to IE usage

-Nick


Yep, thats why I like Chrome best so far.  All new window links open in new tabs.  Plus I always right click and "Open in new tab" when I hit links so that I maintain my current windows.

Not being a Firefox user, I was curious if it allows you to save your "account" so that no matter what machine you log into, you have your favorites etc without installing any 3rd party software?  thats my favorite feature of Chrome.


Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on March 16, 2011, 03:51:21 PM
Figured this would be a good way to procrastinate on the task i should be doing... list of plugins i currently use for firefox

AffiliateFox - auto adds your affiliate ID to any amazon page
ColorZilla - ads a color picker to bottom bar. (useful for getting hex and rgb codes)
Delicious Bookmarks
facebookvideo - allows DL of facebook videos
firebug - the best JS /html tool
firefox sync - installed it but haven't used it
google bookmarks button reloaded - for my google bookmarks
google bookmarks for firefox - also for my gmarks
greasemonkey - does various things
html validator - a work tool
java console -
lastpass - to hold all of my less important logins (bank ones etc i enter each time)... it disabled insecure built in PW storage and replaces it with secure storage in the cloud. when you start the plugin you login with a master password to enable it...
measureit - allows you to take pixel measurements of any rectangle you draw on your screen
phpedit xdebug extension - work BS
pwgen - generates random passwords
reload plus - allows me to customize page reloads to be the way i want them (before a new FF version changed it)
shorten URL - a must have! click it an a bit.ly link of whatever page you are on is put in your clipboard... so easy!!
tab mix plus - another must have! tons of options regarding how events effect tabs
web developer toolbar - just that

retired:
zoho notebook... i now use evernote for web clipping... much better... this is a must have tool for any blogger doing research. Much more useful than bookmarking!
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Sister Wolf on March 16, 2011, 05:39:00 PM
Thank you for that!!

I grabbed ColorZilla, shorten URL, and pwgen.  You just made my life a HECK OF A LOT easier, Nick.

Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on March 17, 2011, 05:20:45 PM
Any suggestions?

I just loaded Audacity software and am learning it.
I need to set up a pc with two mics so I can do interviews.
Some of my interviews will be two people sitting at my desk talking and some will be with me at my desk and the person I'm interviewing calling me on my home phone. I thought I could just use speaker phone and point it at a mic.
In a perfect world, I would like to record mobile with two mics but I haven't seen any portable MP3 devices with two mic plug ins.
Eventually these will be posted on my website. I have no idea how to do that yet, but I'll deal with that as I need to.

Quality is not a big concern. Money is limited.
 :)
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: archer on March 17, 2011, 05:36:47 PM
I need to set up a pc with two mics so I can do interviews.
Some of my interviews will be two people sitting at my desk talking and some will be with me at my desk and the person I'm interviewing calling me on my home phone. I thought I could just use speaker phone and point it at a mic.
In a perfect world, I would like to record mobile with two mics but I haven't seen any portable MP3 devices with two mic plug ins.
Eventually these will be posted on my website. I have no idea how to do that yet, but I'll deal with that as I need to.
Not sure if you can do 2 mic's w/o adding another soundcard. But I'm not 100% sure on this.
For phone interviews i think google voice can record calls.
or see if Skype can record calls placed using it. Or you might be able to record a skype call on your computer.

hmm. research time

Update: google voice can record incoming calls to your google voice #.
Skype requires a 3rd party app to record.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Calista on March 17, 2011, 06:10:38 PM
Non-Techie Alert...

I just upgraded my '97-vintage desktop ;D to this system before the special offer disappeared:

Dell Optiplex 380 Desktop Intel Dual-Core 3.2GHz (4GB/250GB/Win7 Pro) $304 Free Shipping

On the advice of a techie friend, the only upgrade I decided on was a video card from New Egg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121377 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121377)

My questions are:

1. Will I need tools to open the case and insert the new card? (I've never done this sort of thing before.)
2. How do I get rid of the pre-installed bloatware?
3. How do I transfer all my files and bookmarks off the laptop I've been using, along with my Firefox add-ons?

Please type S-L-O-W-L-Y. I've read all the posts in this whole thread and stand in awe of you youngsters who have known all this stuff since kindergarten when I was still taking notes in stenography. :D

Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: archer on March 17, 2011, 06:33:09 PM
My questions are:
1. Will I need tools to open the case and insert the new card? (I've never done this sort of thing before.)
yes. usually not too tricky to do. but when you boot it you'll probably have to go into the bios settings to turn off the old video card so the new one is the default card.


2. How do I get rid of the pre-installed bloatware?
Download and run: http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner (http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner)
works good, allows you to see what is on your system and delete crap.

3. How do I transfer all my files and bookmarks off the laptop I've been using, along with my Firefox add-ons?
that is harder to do. Microsoft has some tools for xfering data.
For Firefox, you can export your bookmarks or use something like XMarks/SyncPlaces to store your firefox info on an external server. Check them out of the firefox add-ons page.
Anyone else have suggestions?

Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Mr. Bill on March 17, 2011, 07:00:06 PM
1. Will I need tools to open the case and insert the new card? (I've never done this sort of thing before.)

Probably just a Phillips head screwdriver.  You may have to stare at the back of the case a while before you see how things fit together.

Be sure you don't electrocute your computer and video card with static electricity.  Try to find somehwere to ground yourself before touching any of the electronics.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Docwatmo on March 17, 2011, 07:43:29 PM
No need to disable the on-board video display.   Just plug the new card in and move your VGA/DVI cable to the new card.  Boot the computer up.  The system should display just fine on the new card (or at low resolution until the drivers are installed).  Then if you ever want to add a second monitor, just plug it into the old on-board card and presto, dual monitors.

Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: bartsdad on March 18, 2011, 12:46:14 AM
I like X marks (http://www.xmarks.com/) for browser transfer.

Probably just a Phillips head screwdriver.  You may have to stare at the back of the case a while before you see how things fit together.

Be sure you don't electrocute your computer and video card with static electricity.  Try to find somehwere to ground yourself before touching any of the electronics.


Make sure to touch the case first and this should mitigate most static issues.

Quote
2. How do I get rid of the pre-installed bloatware?

The easiest is to reinstall the OS and drivers. Sure you can remove the programs, but that often only removes "most" of the program and can cause bugs you won't want to deal with on a new PC.

Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on March 18, 2011, 09:46:02 AM
Hare,

darcy from stumblinghomestead.com uses one mic and just cranks his speakers up loud while using skype to record his calls... so that WILL work

My suggestion? ipadio.com

you call a phone then conference your guest on. I've demoed it and it works great!!

To download the MP3 just subscribe to your ipadio feed in itunes (advanced > subscribe to podcast > paste in your feed)  then after you record just update that feed and it will download the MP3... they don't offer a direct link to download from their website.

 if you have a "smart phone" try the ipadio app on android or iphone

ipadio is FREE and unlimited record time on calls!! Also great to do jack spirko inspired "car casts"

check out nickladieu.com for my ipadio podcast


second option... use skype...

skype to skype is best for audio quality


you will need http://www.conversationsnetwork.org/levelator (http://www.conversationsnetwork.org/levelator) whenever you record a guest to even out the levels after you record

in audacity noise removal is your #1 tool

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlKX6p85R2M# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlKX6p85R2M#)


hit me up with any questions... also what is the link to your podcast?  #2 i know you are doing some backyard permaculture... any interst in being a guest on saveourskills.com?

Any suggestions?

I just loaded Audacity software and am learning it.
I need to set up a pc with two mics so I can do interviews.
Some of my interviews will be two people sitting at my desk talking and some will be with me at my desk and the person I'm interviewing calling me on my home phone. I thought I could just use speaker phone and point it at a mic.
In a perfect world, I would like to record mobile with two mics but I haven't seen any portable MP3 devices with two mic plug ins.
Eventually these will be posted on my website. I have no idea how to do that yet, but I'll deal with that as I need to.

Quality is not a big concern. Money is limited.
 :)
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on March 18, 2011, 09:48:05 AM

Skype requires a 3rd party app to record.

you can record it free in audacity if your soundcard supports the stereo mix or "what you hear" channel
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on March 18, 2011, 10:01:08 AM
for interviewing one person just get nice and close to each other. one mic will do you just fine!

No need to overthink it.

Also if you have a "smart" phone like an iphone or android recording from a voice memo app will give you superior quality i have found, and a benefit is you can record anywhere

-Nick

Any suggestions?

I just loaded Audacity software and am learning it.
I need to set up a pc with two mics so I can do interviews.
Some of my interviews will be two people sitting at my desk talking and some will be with me at my desk and the person I'm interviewing calling me on my home phone. I thought I could just use speaker phone and point it at a mic.
In a perfect world, I would like to record mobile with two mics but I haven't seen any portable MP3 devices with two mic plug ins.
Eventually these will be posted on my website. I have no idea how to do that yet, but I'll deal with that as I need to.

Quality is not a big concern. Money is limited.
 :)
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on March 18, 2011, 11:10:49 AM
Wow! Thanks ladieu!
I don't have anything recorded yet but as soon as my site is ready I'll be telling everyone.
As for interviewing me, I'm doing a bunch of stuff this spring so maybe after that.
Thanks again!
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ZenGunFighter on March 18, 2011, 11:15:55 AM
My wife is trying to find someone to build a website for her small property management company.
She got one proposal for $2500.00. This person is using Wordpress as a basis. She is going to make
a new template.

Does this make sense?

Alternatives?

Website would be pretty basic. a few photos, but she wants to post management info/advice.
I suggested a blog, but she doesn't want that type of formate (not chronological)
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on March 18, 2011, 12:18:35 PM
It is a fair price for the work first of all, but I'll give you some alternatives anyways

I have 2 suggestions for you

#1 you can pm sis wolf on the forums

#2 99designs.com

bonus:

#3  http://themeforest.net/category/wordpress (http://themeforest.net/category/wordpress)


My wife is trying to find someone to build a website for her small property management company.
She got one proposal for $2500.00. This person is using Wordpress as a basis. She is going to make
a new template.

Does this make sense?

Alternatives?

Website would be pretty basic. a few photos, but she wants to post management info/advice.
I suggested a blog, but she doesn't want that type of formate (not chronological)
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Sister Wolf on March 18, 2011, 12:43:36 PM
My wife is trying to find someone to build a website for her small property management company.
She got one proposal for $2500.00. This person is using Wordpress as a basis. She is going to make
a new template.

Does this make sense?

Alternatives?

Website would be pretty basic. a few photos, but she wants to post management info/advice.
I suggested a blog, but she doesn't want that type of formate (not chronological)

WordPress makes all kinds of sense in this case.  It'll be a cleaner, more efficient way for her to post without having to dive into the HTML.  It WILL be a blog, but blogs don't necessarily have to be chronological, or allow comments, or any of that.

$2500 is a good price to make a totally new theme (there's a LOT of work that goes into a totally new theme, but I'd have to see this company's previous work to tell you if I thought their work was worth $2500 - a judgment you're able to make on your own, I think).

I charge quite a bit less than that (and have a discount for TSP or Hoodlum members, and offer a huge discount for former clients), but I do NOT make entirely new WP themes.  If I did, my price would be about the same as the company who quoted your wife.

If you wanted to shop around, I suggest exactly what Nick suggested:

It is a fair price for the work first of all, but I'll give you some alternatives anyways

I have 2 suggestions for you

#1 you can pm sis wolf on the forums

#2 99designs.com

bonus:

#3  http://themeforest.net/category/wordpress (http://themeforest.net/category/wordpress)

Alternatives are iffy.  A regular website would require that your wife knows HTML and can dive into it and make changes without breaking the site.  It's possible, but it would require more work on your wife's part than is necessary nowadays.

Have her ask that company for a WP leaning portfolio, so that she can take a look at what they've done in the very recent past.  Remember that all web developers improve dramatically on a very regular basis if they have any desire to "stay fresh", so look at their most recent stuff, rather than the work they did a year or more ago.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Gas-Mask on March 19, 2011, 01:12:21 AM
Man!  This is exiting.  The suspense...  Keep the exchange going.... 

Oh, heres a questions
I have a BlackArmor NAS server plugged to my router....  And that about all I have for a server.  I run 2 PC's, and one Laptop.  Should I run a PC as the server?  Or is the NAS server eliminates the need for it.  Also, I always run into trouble running multiple printers for all computers...  they always have to be plugged to the comp that is printing directly....


Tnx
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: archer on March 19, 2011, 07:42:25 PM
I have a BlackArmor NAS server plugged to my router....  And that about all I have for a server.  I run 2 PC's, and one Laptop.  Should I run a PC as the server?  Or is the NAS server eliminates the need for it.  Also, I always run into trouble running multiple printers for all computers...  they always have to be plugged to the comp that is printing directly....
What do you need a server for? Are you going to host a web site? Host a game server? The NAS provides a shared disk storage area (and might also offer some web server capability).
You can plug the printers into a single computer, then config that computer to share the printers with other computers. Can the NAS act as a printer sharing device? Some can. I'll look up your NAS.
ok, yours can serve USB printers from it to other computers. But I dont see a web server feature.
So if your printers are usb, you can share them thru the NAS.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Gas-Mask on March 19, 2011, 09:26:40 PM
Thanks....
So printers are an option... 
I'm using it for my home business.  I'm a freelance designer and that's where I keep all of my files.  Many times my computer crashes or hard drive fails.... I'm good.  But would love to do more.

Would the NAS Server stay on the router or go through the server (PC) along with the printers?

Also, would it be possible to install office, AutCAD, etc on my server and use it from my desktop?   Or is it asking for too much?
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Sister Wolf on March 19, 2011, 09:36:04 PM
Thanks....
So printers are an option... 
I'm using it for my home business.  I'm a freelance designer and that's where I keep all of my files.  Many times my computer crashes or hard drive fails.... I'm good.  But would love to do more.

You're a designer!!  That's wonderful!  What sort of designer?  Pen & Ink? Cartoon?  Digital stuff?
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Gas-Mask on March 21, 2011, 12:35:32 AM
Industrial-Petro-Chemical (Piping Designer, concrete and structural steel)  mainly draw up what engineers come up with...  Currently not working in that industry anymore.

Residential - New, Remodel, & Seismic Retro-fit/upgrade.  I do blueprints.  Ive done remodels, legalization's, structural upgrades, structural concrete and steel, load bearing trellis for solar panels, & so forth.  
Homes all over Los Angeles area to Newport Beach and even a home in Palm Springs.  A lot of the heavy stuff is done with a civil or structural Engineer.

No cartoon...  That would be fun though.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on March 21, 2011, 08:26:37 AM
You can save some coin by getting a pre-made theme and then paying someone like sis to customize it. This is my suggestion vs making a new theme.

 Also don't get hung up on designs... the best design is one that gets out of the way of your content....




Alternatives are iffy.  A regular website would require that your wife knows HTML and can dive into it and make changes without breaking the site.  It's possible, but it would require more work on your wife's part than is necessary nowadays.

Have her ask that company for a WP leaning portfolio, so that she can take a look at what they've done in the very recent past.  Remember that all web developers improve dramatically on a very regular basis if they have any desire to "stay fresh", so look at their most recent stuff, rather than the work they did a year or more ago.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on March 21, 2011, 08:30:14 AM
if your using this for your business I beg you to setup some off site backup in addition.

A friend of mine had suffered a burglary. Lost her backup drive and her laptop!  ... don't think it can't happen to you!!

i currently favor elephantdrive.com

also i would not install your programs on a network drive... it will make your computer run like poo.

In fact consider putting in a solid state drive to run your programs and OS... that is what I am doing currently.

-Nick

Thanks....
So printers are an option... 
I'm using it for my home business.  I'm a freelance designer and that's where I keep all of my files.  Many times my computer crashes or hard drive fails.... I'm good.  But would love to do more.

Would the NAS Server stay on the router or go through the server (PC) along with the printers?

Also, would it be possible to install office, AutCAD, etc on my server and use it from my desktop?   Or is it asking for too much?

Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on March 23, 2011, 06:11:56 PM
In WordPress I'm trying to set up jump links (I think that's the name) where I can have a word in a FAQ page link to a different spot on the same page.
For some reason I can't figure it out and I can't find anything about it in the docs.
Am I looking for the wrong thing? Is it called something other than jump links?
 :-\


thanks
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Sister Wolf on March 23, 2011, 10:15:13 PM
Try this....

Where you want the link to be, go:

Code: [Select]
<a href="#codeword">words that you want to use as a link</a>
Then where you want that link to take you (needs to be on the same page), go:

Code: [Select]
<a name="codeword">
Note that you need to be in the HTML side of the post editor to even try this, and also note that the link MUST have the # sign at the top, and it must NOT have the # sign at the bottom (where you're linking to).

And... of course, change "codeword" to be whatever you want the codeword to be.

I'm not sure this even works on WP, but I can't imagine why it wouldn't.

Hope that helps!
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on March 24, 2011, 07:28:22 AM
Thanks Sis.
I'm doing something wrong. I'll keep playing with it.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on March 24, 2011, 11:42:07 AM
popular topic... might i suggest it as sticky?
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: archer on March 24, 2011, 12:45:14 PM
popular topic... might i suggest it as sticky?
covered with honey and sticky now
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: bartsdad on March 24, 2011, 12:50:16 PM
covered with honey and sticky now
Have you been hanging out with DEV again? ;)
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: archer on March 24, 2011, 01:21:01 PM
Have you been hanging out with DEV again? ;)
psh. DEV prefers molasses.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Sister Wolf on March 24, 2011, 01:47:00 PM
Thanks Sis.
I'm doing something wrong. I'll keep playing with it.


Yup, it works.  I tested it here:  http://tiffanyrockwell.com/blog/2011/03/24/testing-2/ (http://tiffanyrockwell.com/blog/2011/03/24/testing-2/)

Remember that it will put the text at the very top of the window.  :)
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on March 25, 2011, 02:40:36 PM
Yup, it works.  I tested it here:  http://tiffanyrockwell.com/blog/2011/03/24/testing-2/ (http://tiffanyrockwell.com/blog/2011/03/24/testing-2/)

Remember that it will put the text at the very top of the window.  :)
It seems like something this simple would be ...... simple.
I did the view/page source on you page just to see if the html was the same and it looks like it is, but mine still wont work.
Is some plug in required? (I ask because I don't even know what to ask)
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Sister Wolf on March 25, 2011, 05:46:11 PM
It seems like something this simple would be ...... simple.
I did the view/page source on you page just to see if the html was the same and it looks like it is, but mine still wont work.
Is some plug in required? (I ask because I don't even know what to ask)

Nope.  :)  I'll go sign into your blog and see if I can test it.  Is that alright with you?
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on March 25, 2011, 05:57:40 PM
Nope.  :)  I'll go sign into your blog and see if I can test it.  Is that alright with you?
Very much alright.
I'll PM you with some info.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Sister Wolf on March 25, 2011, 08:58:57 PM
Very much alright.
I'll PM you with some info.

Capitalizations didn't match.  Fixed it and it fixed yer problem.  :)
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on March 26, 2011, 05:30:43 AM
Sister Wolf is the best.
How silly of me not to notice something that simple.

Thanks.
 ;D
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: idelphic on March 26, 2011, 11:29:09 AM
Sister Wolf is the best.
How silly of me not to notice something that simple.

Thanks.
 ;D
If you are not used to code, HTML, PHP or CSS - you don't realize that CAPS are a difference... Took me a while to, and sometimes it still hits me from time to time.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: bartsdad on March 30, 2011, 11:42:38 AM
Is there a way to change the default print settings in "paint" in Windows XP Pro?

Thanks
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on March 30, 2011, 01:31:27 PM
I don't think you can change it for just one program.. go to control panel > printers to change it for all programs

Is there a way to change the default print settings in "paint" in Windows XP Pro?

Thanks
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: D Haught on May 15, 2011, 01:54:59 PM
Can someone list some good reference resources for building a PC from scratch?
I have an old PC I use for the web surfing, and podcast downloads but it's just not up to snuff for editing my AVCHD home movies or good audio editing. (Old Gateway with Pentium 4 530 3Ghz)

Also how high up the list should I go for a CPU to accomplish these tasks? I have been considering going with an AMD Athlon II X4 635 processor.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Docwatmo on May 15, 2011, 02:06:31 PM
Considering the specs you were running at anything more modern should do well.
When it comes to buying or building a PC I always tell everyone to decide how much you are willing to spend FIRST.  then build it out to spec to use up the money you want to spend.  You'll always end up with the best price/performance/comfort level that way.

CPU, any dual core or better 2 ghz processor will do the job easily.  I'm an intel guy but AMD has some good ones as well.
memory is cheap, I'd go 4 gigs (for any 32 bit OS) or if you go 64 bit, I'd go 8 gigs.
The rest is dependent on what exactly you want to get out of the machine.
For lots of video and audio work, I'd prefer dedicated video and audio cards.  the motherboards with built in video and audio are ok for basic stuff, but you will rapidly outgrow them if you do heavy or multichannel work.
If you plan to edit video, then Spend extra on the video/capture card and CPU.  Those two items will make the most out of your money.

I've always built my own for 20 years so I don't know where to go look for build specs LOL.   

If you want to post the amount your willing to spend or a rough number where you want to be at.  I can pull a parts list and give you a good idea of what kind of equipment you can get for that price.  (It wont be until tomorrow afternoon though).

Its fun and not as hard as people tend to think.  It more of a jigsaw puzzle (Just pluggin in parts) than anything now adays.  Don't have to do too much under the hood stuff with modern equipment.

Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Docwatmo on May 15, 2011, 02:08:46 PM
I get all my parts form either www.tigerdirect.com or www.newegg.com  Between those two you can get a good idea of parts costs.    there are others that you can get parts cheaper at, but those are my two Goto shops.  I have a business account with Tiger and get even better pricing so my numbers may be a little different than yours.


EDIT: fixed link
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: D Haught on May 15, 2011, 02:21:30 PM
I'd like to be able to edit my AVCHD files and render finished video's without waiting for hours for the video to finish compiling or whatever you call it. I'd also like to be able to edit audio like music and podcasts but the video is my main priority.
I was looking at parts on tiger direct but wasn't sure what all would work together.
Would it be worth it, or possible to use the HD that's in my current computer and transfer it to a new build so my OS and everything else is already there and I'd just be upgrading all the hardware. I use XP home and have a 250 GB 7200 rpm SATA HD with 8mb cache. Is it possible that it would plug into a new motherboard or should I just buy a new HD and OS if I build a new computer and use Windows 7 64 bit?

I don't really care about processor brands it just looked like AMD had some higher performing processors comparing price points with Intel.

Oh yeah and I'd like to come in under $500.00
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Docwatmo on May 15, 2011, 03:42:44 PM
The HD would transfer just fine.  (Is it an older IDE or newer SATA drive?)  If its IDE, you just need to choose a motherboard with IDE slots or add an IDE card on a machine that doesn't.

However I would recommend that the OS be reinstalled from scratch (Either XP or preferably Windows 7 64 bit). 

With that many component changes theres to big a chance you'd have problem
$500 is pretty reasonable if all your replacing is MB, Video, Memory and maybe a Power supply or sound card components and you already have a license for windows 7.  The OS might push it a bit if you still need to buy a license for windows 7.   

Also, is the license you have for windows XP transferable?  If it was an OEM install, it probably isn't, if you bought it yourself than its good to go in most cases.

Using your numbers and wants list. I'll put together a compatible component list tomorrow when I have a bit more time.

 
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: D Haught on May 15, 2011, 07:08:43 PM
The hard drive in my computer is an SATA 250 GB. 7200 rpm 8mb cache. The computer came with XP installed. Perhaps I will just upgrade to windows 7. I thought it would be as simple as just transferring the hard drive between machines and the OS would still work. Guess not.

I could go up a little on the budget if I have to but at much above 500 I start seeing refurbished computers for sale at Tiger Direct and other places that have performance like what I am looking for.
Is there any particular advantage to my building one vs. buying a refurb?
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Michael Johnson on May 15, 2011, 07:50:33 PM
First time setting up a website and I am struggling. I bought a domain name at domain.com. I have a mac so I am using mobile me and iweb. From what my research tells me I am suppose to go to domain.com and direct it to point to MobileMe using "WEB.ME.COM" then using iweb I tell it I am hosting at mobile me and link it to my mobile me account. Once I did this it said it should take 48-72 hours for the information to update, after over two weeks the only thing that comes up is still the error message.
there is no support for this on domain.com or apple, they both pretty much say to ask the other guy.

any ideas what I should do?
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on May 16, 2011, 07:39:47 AM
teaspoon... what is the domain name... I can try to see what you have going on
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Docwatmo on May 16, 2011, 07:54:16 AM
The biggest benefit of building your own is knowledge.  Once you put one together you have a better idea of how they work and customization and upgrading get easier.  Just like any project.  The more you know about it the better informed decisions you can make regarding the subject.

Also, warranty items are a blessing and a curse.  An OEM system may have a 1 year warranty on parts (Even though some individual parts have longer warranties).  Most hard drives have warranties running into 3 to 5 years and some components like memory could even have lifetime warranties.  Its a trade off, the hassle to tracking warranties vs ease of single source for warranty.

If you can take your time to build a system and for the same money, score higher end individual parts at lower prices.  It all depends on how much time you want to put into researching.  The most fun for me is searching for parts, comparing them, determining the top 2 or 3 and then finding the best price on them I can.  Kind of a challenge.   You can get a bit more selective on components that way also.  If you don't need a motherboard with certain features or a tv tuner card etc built in.  You can get a higher end (but with fewer features) MB and slap a better video card in to get faster video performance etc.   

Also, dedicated components tend to have a higher performance ratio than mixed or combo devices.  Specialization breeds performance gains.

I'll try to put together a decent parts list for your price.  Kind of a "What would Doc do" if I had $500 to build the same machine.  It would not be the end all be all, just a guideline of what kind of components you might want to consider.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Docwatmo on May 16, 2011, 09:49:48 AM


If I were building to your specs and price.  This is roughly what I would choose.  (please remember these are just guideline parts.  I haven't had time to go out and research each component to ensure best of breed/price).  Also,  I just pulled them all from tiger so you may be able to find parts cheaper elsewhere. 
I did not do my due diligence to guarantee compatibility either.  That takes a little digging and research to ensure there are not any major known issues with the components. 

Case (Assuming you keeping your old case unless its some kind of proprietary job).

Power  Supply: I would recommend absolute minimum 500 watt, but for clean power with high end video (or to add a second video card in an SLI configuration later) get a 700 watt with dual video power supplies.  This will run around $50 or higher.  Power Supply (http://biz.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7220653&CatId=2533)

Motherboard/CPU combo:    ASUS M4A785-M Motherboard and AMD Phenom X4 9750 Quad Core Processor Bundle  Motherboard CPU combo (http://biz.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5466797&CatId=241)

Memory:  Kingston KVR800D2K2S/4GETR 4096MB PC6400 DDR2 Laptop Memory Upgrade - 2x2048MB, SODIMM, Dual Channel, Non-ECC, Unbuffered (http://biz.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1962&CatId=4242)  (Start with 1 pack for 4 gigs, and you can always add another 4 gigs later if you need more ram (or if you go with windows 7 64 bit).

Video card:  This is where it gets sticky.  Lots of variety in cards.  Also, how do you capture your video now?  Via dedicated card, or seperate USB/Firewire capture device or TV tuner card?   For the sake of simplicity, I like the ATI multifunction cards.  Such as the ATI All-In-Wonder cards.  (I've used them for years).   ATI All-In-Wonder  (http://biz.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4329810&CatId=3585)    Dedicated TV tuner/video capture cards can be better performers though.   

Capture card External:  I like the Canopus stuff but it runs a bit more.  Pinacle extremal devics work great and have both Firewire and USB connectivity.  If you want the faster speeds of firewire go with the pro   Pinnacle Movie Studio Pro (http://biz.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6008487&CatId=1428)  Or if USB is good enough, the regular is just fine. Pinnacle movie studio (http://biz.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6008488&CatId=1428)

Internal is less convenient but can have much faster throughput than USB/Firewire.  Like the hauppauge card  (http://biz.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=9152&CatId=3493) for example.  I find that throughput on the externals is usually good enough and I can move them to other machines easily if I need to.

Last but not least is Audio.  On-board audio is getting better all the time, but I still tend to see interference and distortion on built in audio so I like to use dedicated audio cards (which tend to filter better).  The sound-blaster stuff has always worked well for me.  Sound Blaster Xfi (http://biz.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3594531&CatId=2771)

So with these components your looking at: roughly $425 and leaves some overhead for boosting other components or throwing in an additional hard drive.  (I didn't get into raid which can boost performance, but adding an additional hard drive and using the on-board raid controller you may get better I/O performance).

power supply $60
MB and CPU $129
Memory $60
Video (With built in capture and editing) $125
Audio $51

OS ranging from $80 to $300

Again, this is just a quick search and grab parts list.  You can spend a little more time looking for components and pricing them out to get better pricing.

Hope this helps

Doc
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: D Haught on May 16, 2011, 05:34:55 PM
Thanks for the info, it will help a great deal. I think I may need to buy a case since the one we have now is a Gateway and I'm not sure if it's proprietary to them or not.

Another question I just thought of is; do the components come with the necessary connectors or wires or are there any miscellaneous pieces I need to purchase to complete the assembly?
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Mr. Bill on May 16, 2011, 09:16:49 PM
Another question I just thought of is; do the components come with the necessary connectors or wires or are there any miscellaneous pieces I need to purchase to complete the assembly?

If you purchase a "barebones kit" (which is a case, power supply, and motherboard pre-assembled), it ought to include any cables and connectors and hardware needed inside the case, and sometimes a CPU fan if the case requires a custom design.  I've used barebones kits for building 3 computers.  The downside is you get somewhat less choice (e.g., you can't get every available motherboard model in a barebones kit bundle).

If you buy the case, power supply, and motherboard separately, I'm not sure what cables and stuff you'll get.  The product description should list what's included.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Docwatmo on May 16, 2011, 09:43:19 PM
Yes, you will almost always end up with many extra cables and connectors.  The low end components might only come with one cable, but the high end components usually have every connection option available with them.  I don't think I've ever had to buy separate cables on any of my last 30 or so builds.   (I have 3 rubermaid totes full of "Extra" connectors and cables LOL).

Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on May 17, 2011, 09:19:09 AM
I just got my first SSD drive... excited (250GB)
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Docwatmo on May 17, 2011, 09:59:56 AM
SSD's ROCK.  Been using them in several forms for the last 2 years.  Rolled out all of our truck laptops with them over the last 2 years and not had a single failure.   Performance is good (not as earth shattering as they like to advertise though LOL).

Been very happy with them. 

Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Jackncoke on June 01, 2011, 08:54:27 PM
I have another question. Now that my wife has her business started, what make a website "good". I don't want a 90's website. I envision something with a little more meat on it's bones. Anyone have any suggestions on reference material, experience, opinions, etc?
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Jackncoke on June 02, 2011, 09:56:35 AM
I think I may have found something. Here's a little something for those with the same question:
http://bit.ly/lFWG0W
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: MacReady on June 04, 2011, 03:35:19 AM
Greetings computer gurus.  I need help acquiring a video file from a news website.  I tried videodownloadhelper (or something close to that) and was only able to save the short 15 second ad that preceded the news clip.  If you think that you can help, please send a PM and I'll provide a link to the video.  For opsec purposes, I'm reluctant publicly post the link.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Clybrad on June 09, 2011, 11:09:53 PM
I have a question... I have been working at a pet store for a while and have gained a lot of knowledge about fish and small animals... I started a podcast on podbean and considering purchasing a package but I do not like the fact that at the end of the website name there is a podbean.com listed... is there a good podcast website hosting company that is really reliable, under $50 a year, and does not have their domain name listed at the end but still easy for me to use?
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on June 13, 2011, 07:35:20 AM
We are recommending host gator. Use the link on the TSP home page.

here is a video to get you rolling
http://www.jackspirko.com/episode-15-two-minutes-to-blogging-with-wordpress-and-fantastico

here is a site with good wordpress themes

http://www.themeforest.net


I have a question... I have been working at a pet store for a while and have gained a lot of knowledge about fish and small animals... I started a podcast on podbean and considering purchasing a package but I do not like the fact that at the end of the website name there is a podbean.com listed... is there a good podcast website hosting company that is really reliable, under $50 a year, and does not have their domain name listed at the end but still easy for me to use?
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on June 13, 2011, 07:36:16 AM
Also check this out http://www.saveourskills.com/setup-podcast
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Clybrad on June 16, 2011, 04:47:34 PM
Alright.  Yeah right now I am working with podbean and I hate it... so another question... I have some people that I want to have an interview with over skype and I want to know if there are any particular programs that I can use for the occasion.  The only programs that I am finding are the ones that cost 50 dollars or more if you want to use it for longer than 15 minutes.  I figure there are other programs out there outside of skype.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on June 17, 2011, 08:04:56 AM
it is possible to record skype using http://www.mp3mymp3.com/

try it out first on your mom or something... just to make sure it works
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: NickyTheHeel on June 22, 2011, 09:11:40 AM
This is an article that appeared on one of my feeds a couple weeks ago so I'll post it here.  Can't vouch for it but it is aimed at those wanting to do podcast interviews (and the guy who wrote it does a ton of them).

http://www.entrepreneurs-journey.com/6837/how-to-conduct-a-quality-podcast-interview-in-7-steps (http://www.entrepreneurs-journey.com/6837/how-to-conduct-a-quality-podcast-interview-in-7-steps)
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ChrisFox on June 22, 2011, 10:06:51 AM
An old reporter who set me up on my first podcast taught me about Double Ending. We did it over the phone. We would both set up to record our own side of the conversation and at the start we would both count down from 5 together. Then I would send him my wav file and he would sync up both tracks, it ended up sounding like we were both in the same room. Easy to cut out any coughs or sneezes if they happened when the other person was speaking with each of us on our own track.

Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on June 22, 2011, 12:21:51 PM
@chris.. we use that for drowninginthemainstream.com

however what you will discover is in our niche people can't even use skype, much less record an mp3 and send it to you... so it depends on the abilities of your guest


check out ipadio.com  ... if you have a conference line (such as on most cell phones) you can record an mp3 using their free 1800 #

there are also a number of free conference call services online

I have used freeconferencecall.com and it does a good job
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ChrisFox on June 22, 2011, 03:56:09 PM
Don't I know it. One of my first interviews was with a wife of an old baseball trainer. I tried to explain what I wanted to do but she wanted nothing to do with computers, no problem I recorded it over the phone. 4 weeks later a 1/4 inch reel to reel tape of her side of the conversation showed up by UPS. Turns out she used to work at a radio station in Houston years ago and still had alot of the old gear. Blew me away. Took me a few days to find a machine to play it so I could record it on to the computer  ;D
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Clybrad on June 23, 2011, 11:00:50 AM
it is possible to record skype using http://www.mp3mymp3.com/


When I go to download this my antimalware program keeps alerting me that I am downloading a contaminated file.  Any reason why?
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: bartsdad on June 23, 2011, 11:07:51 AM
Don't I know it. One of my first interviews was with a wife of an old baseball trainer. I tried to explain what I wanted to do but she wanted nothing to do with computers, no problem I recorded it over the phone. 4 weeks later a 1/4 inch reel to reel tape of her side of the conversation showed up by UPS. Turns out she used to work at a radio station in Houston years ago and still had alot of the old gear. Blew me away. Took me a few days to find a machine to play it so I could record it on to the computer  ;D

I keep a player like that around just in case.  ::) I never figure on needing it, but hey you never know.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ChrisFox on June 23, 2011, 12:38:51 PM
What I've learned is that digital is not a very good archival medium. Sure it can hold tons of data and if you store it right you should be ok. I have old zip discs that I'll probably never get around to. I heard from a friend of mine that works on restoring old movies, that we'd loose more on digital format incompatibilities than the old reels going bad. As long as you can shine a light though the strips or have a magnet over the audio tapes you can see or hear whatever is on there.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on June 24, 2011, 10:32:58 AM
When I go to download this my antimalware program keeps alerting me that I am downloading a contaminated file.  Any reason why?

Hmm... maybe that is the wrong url.. just in case use this link instead  http://download.cnet.com/MP3-My-MP3-Recorder/3000-2170_4-10369269.html
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Adam B. on June 29, 2011, 02:48:28 PM
Here are some tips for podcasting and programs I found very useful.

I use a Macbook Pro with Snow Leopard right now for my day-to-day but I also used to work with a separate windows laptop for testing and running windows software (now I use a virtual machine on the mac and can boot my mac into OS X, WIN7, WINXP, Ubuntu Linux and even the new Chrome OS).

I use Adobe Audition for editing audio files on a Windows box. It is not a free program and the Macintosh equivalent from Adobe really sucks in comparison. I have used Audacity on OS X and it isn't bad though.

One program that is just absolutely awesome and useful is a mac utility called "Audio Hijack." This can be used to "hijack" any application on your computer and record any audio playing from the software.

For example, you can open a youtube URL and record the audio from a video file. You can record sounds from video games, record audio from Skype, your built-in Microphone, and any other source.

It can actually be used to record the audio tracks into seperate files (for example, you can set it to record your microphone input into one track and the incoming sound from skype into a second track.

I would use Adobe Audition to record my own audio with the PC and run the sound-out port into the sound-in port on the mac, which is basically feeding my microphone audio into the mic jack of the macintosh... Then I could call someone with Skype and record THEIR audio using audio hijack and ONLY record the other party. In the end I would have 2 seperate audio tracks that could me merged and edited seperately in Audition which supports multitrack editing.

In Audition, you can set up additional tracks for sound effects, background music, etc.

Just about any program that can easily convert audio files around, record, and edit are useful.

As for setting up a podcast feed I did it manually by editing an xml file (which is all a "podcast" is). The XML file needs to be formatted in a certain standard format where each show is a node, with child nodes for description, audio file url, and other information contained within. I know there are online services / sites / open source tools to automate that step for you.

The best part about the skype setup is if your other party is using a computer with a decent microphone the audio quality of their track will be MUCH better than if you are recording them over a phone line. If they are using a condenser mic then it will be about as good as if they were sitting next to you recording through the same mic plugged into your computer. 
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Clybrad on July 05, 2011, 09:18:18 AM
ok so I have a new concern.  I have gotten an email from a guy named Bruce Kimble and apparently he is with last minute domains.  He is telling me that understandingpets.com (my podcast name) is going to go on sale soon and I should buy it. 

To me that sounds like a scam.  I also do not want to loose that domain name.  Have you guys ever heard of this kind of issue?

By the way... understanding pets is the name of the podcast.  That is why it matters to me.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: MaddoginMass on July 05, 2011, 10:28:47 AM
Sounds fishy.  The domain expires in 4/2012....not "soon" to me.  Here is the registrar info:

   Registrar Name....: Register.com
   Registrar Whois...: whois.register.com
   Registrar Homepage: www.register.com
 
   Domain Name: understandingpets.com
   Created on..............: 2002-04-03
   Expires on..............: 2012-04-03
 
   

edit: archer: removed personal info (i know, still easy to get if you know how)
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: archer on July 05, 2011, 02:47:03 PM
To me that sounds like a scam.  I also do not want to loose that domain name.  Have you guys ever heard of this kind of issue?

scammer. ignore it. i've seen it tons of times. just keep track of your domains yourself.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: slingblade on July 05, 2011, 03:25:01 PM
Looking to make the jump from MS Access.  A dozen or so tables, a few hundred fields.  Any ideas on the tools to use?  I'm leaning toward Dreamweaver + LAMP.  I'll be running my own server and it will be some *nix variant.  Should be web accessible.  Ipad friendly might be nice too.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: archer on July 05, 2011, 03:46:51 PM
Looking to make the jump from MS Access.  A dozen or so tables, a few hundred fields.  Any ideas on the tools to use?  I'm leaning toward Dreamweaver + LAMP.  I'll be running my own server and it will be some *nix variant.  Should be web accessible.  Ipad friendly might be nice too.
LAMP = Linux+Apache+MySQL+PHP.  a good set of tools that work good together. I've not tried any good GUI tools myself recently.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Smurf Hunter on July 05, 2011, 04:16:05 PM
It's been a few years since I used this seriously, but for LAMP this is incredibly helpful (esp. if you have your site hosted remotely):

http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/index.php
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Adam B. on July 06, 2011, 12:38:01 PM
I'll second that. All the PHP sites I have at hosting companies are using phpmyadmin in their control panels. We also use it for a LAMP server here at work.

Beats the hell out of the other open source options for managing mysql databases that existed before.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Clybrad on July 06, 2011, 01:20:35 PM
Hey guys, thank you for all your help so far.  I think I will go to the libary one day and start reading on some of the things that I need help with.  Im sure there are book out there that I can find that will explain this kind of stuff to me.  I went to college to work my way up the ranks in the fire service, not computers... which when I think about it, it would have made more money...

+1 to everyone that responded to my cries for help!  Im sure I will use you guys again soon!
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on July 08, 2011, 12:07:53 PM
we use sqlyog at work and it rocks pretty hardcore.

It's been a few years since I used this seriously, but for LAMP this is incredibly helpful (esp. if you have your site hosted remotely):

http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/index.php
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on July 08, 2011, 12:09:25 PM
http://www.webyog.com/en/
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: MaddoginMass on July 11, 2011, 11:56:14 AM
Wordpress Question?

What are people using to combat spam comments in Wordpress?
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Smurf Hunter on July 11, 2011, 01:54:31 PM
http://akismet.com/ (http://akismet.com/)
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Clybrad on July 21, 2011, 08:44:34 AM
ok so another question.  I listen to many different podcasts and I hear songs that are used from songs you hear on the radio to songs that are like sound clips. 

For example, the first song that Jack used on his podcast was the "another day another dollar" and Bob Mayne from Today's Survival Show has some beach music.

So for the actual question... How do they get to use that song?  Do they just download them and put the on the podcast or do they buy the rights to the song?  I am trying to re amp my podcast and this is another way of doing it.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: archer on July 21, 2011, 08:47:48 AM
ok so another question.  I listen to many different podcasts and I hear songs that are used from songs you hear on the radio to songs that are like sound clips. 

For example, the first song that Jack used on his podcast was the "another day another dollar" and Bob Mayne from Today's Survival Show has some beach music.

So for the actual question... How do they get to use that song?  Do they just download them and put the on the podcast or do they buy the rights to the song?  I am trying to re amp my podcast and this is another way of doing it.
from what i've heard (literally), you need to get music that has open rights. lots of podcasters use 'podcast safe music'. there are a few sites on the web for that, google it.
you dont want to use any music you find, the owner could come after you...
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on July 21, 2011, 08:53:50 AM
you can use a song from the radio and as long as you stay a small fry you *might* not be bothered.   I would suggest buying stock music OR download free podsafe audio

from what i've heard (literally), you need to get music that has open rights. lots of podcasters use 'podcast safe music'. there are a few sites on the web for that, google it.
you dont want to use any music you find, the owner could come after you...
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: archer on July 21, 2011, 08:58:38 AM
you can use a song from the radio and as long as you stay a small fry you *might* not be bothered.   I would suggest buying stock music OR download free podsafe audio

thanks for making my muddy comment clearer ladieu!
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Clybrad on July 21, 2011, 09:16:48 AM
Thanks folks!
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Clybrad on August 11, 2011, 05:19:57 PM
Ok... so I have a website and a Blog reel going... now I want to add a plugin that will allow people to listen to the podcast from the main page like Jack does... I am using Wordpress to do this... I can not figure it out!
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on August 21, 2011, 07:12:21 AM
Clybrad
I use the Wordpress plug-in "blubrry"
It adds a player right to the page.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on August 21, 2011, 07:17:36 AM
I have a question.
Is anyone familiar with RawVoice?
I received an offer from them and I'm trying to figure out if its worth looking at or if its just a scam.
They are saying they will publish and promote my podcast for 30 days as a trial, and pay us $17.50 per 1000 downloads.
Currently we come close to 1000 downloads a day without their promotions.

So has anyone had any experience with RawVoice?
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on August 23, 2011, 12:50:13 PM
Never head of them, but if you give it a try let me know how it works out for you

I have a question.
Is anyone familiar with RawVoice?
I received an offer from them and I'm trying to figure out if its worth looking at or if its just a scam.
They are saying they will publish and promote my podcast for 30 days as a trial, and pay us $17.50 per 1000 downloads.
Currently we come close to 1000 downloads a day without their promotions.

So has anyone had any experience with RawVoice?
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Smurf Hunter on August 30, 2011, 09:26:33 AM
Domain registration question. 

I've had my old domain name since the late 1990s.  Back then you had network solutions and not much else.  My renewal is due in a month and the price seems ridiculous, it was like $49.00/year (I'm only speaking of the domain reg, not hosting).

Any suggestions for transferring to a cheaper competitor?  Godaddy appears to cost a fraction, but want to make an informed choice.

Thinking of getting back into the blogging gig, and know there are folks much more hip on modern options here.
Any advice is appreciated.

Thanks
-Sean
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: archer on August 30, 2011, 09:42:10 AM
Domain registration question. 

I've had my old domain name since the late 1990s.  Back then you had network solutions and not much else.  My renewal is due in a month and the price seems ridiculous, it was like $49.00/year (I'm only speaking of the domain reg, not hosting).

Any suggestions for transferring to a cheaper competitor?  Godaddy appears to cost a fraction, but want to make an informed choice.

Thinking of getting back into the blogging gig, and know there are folks much more hip on modern options here.
Any advice is appreciated.

Thanks
-Sean

i've moved from netsol to godaddy/register.com. both are good and offer extra stuff if you want. for more commercial domains  i've used nettica.com.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Smurf Hunter on August 30, 2011, 10:20:48 AM
Cool.  Filled all the stuff out and saved a bunch per year.  Looks like it might take a few days for the switch to take place. 

Per godaddy this is the step I'm at:

"   
Step 3: Accept/Decline
The transfer is waiting for the customer to accept it at the losing registrar. If the customer does not accept the transfer at the losing registrar within 5 days, the transfer will be accepted automatically.
Recommended Action:
The customer should accept the transfer.
"

Think I'm done.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: archer on August 30, 2011, 10:28:06 AM
Cool.  Filled all the stuff out and saved a bunch per year.  Looks like it might take a few days for the switch to take place. 

Per godaddy this is the step I'm at:

"   
Step 3: Accept/Decline
The transfer is waiting for the customer to accept it at the losing registrar. If the customer does not accept the transfer at the losing registrar within 5 days, the transfer will be accepted automatically.
Recommended Action:
The customer should accept the transfer.
"

Think I'm done.

check your netsol account, you may have to approve the xfer there.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Smurf Hunter on August 30, 2011, 11:17:07 AM
check your netsol account, you may have to approve the xfer there.

I checked and couldn't find anything for me to do there.  Godaddy.com mentions:

"NOTE: For most domain name extensions, a transfer between registrars takes five to seven days from the time you authorize it. The process and time required for transfer completion can vary for certain extensions, such as country-code top-level domain names (ccTLDs). For more information, see About ccTLDs (Country-Code Domain Names), and then click the Help article for your extension."
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on September 06, 2011, 07:52:48 AM
Ok... so I have a website and a Blog reel going... now I want to add a plugin that will allow people to listen to the podcast from the main page like Jack does... I am using Wordpress to do this... I can not figure it out!


http://www.saveourskills.com/setup-podcast
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Clybrad on September 09, 2011, 03:39:12 PM
I have a few questions...

One, how do I check out how many people have subscribed to me on iTunes?  I can see on my awstats report that I have "hits" on the iTunes feed but that does not particularly mean that they have subscribed.

Two, what the heck is a Googlebot? or Spider? Here is a picture of this information.  I do not know how to read this or know where to begin to understand it.

(http://i1199.photobucket.com/albums/aa466/Clybrad/awstats.jpg)

Any help is VERY much appreciated!
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: archer on September 09, 2011, 04:50:28 PM
a googlebot is a piece of software that google uses to crawl web pages and collect information for the google database/search engine.
a spider is a similar type of program, run by other companies, collecting into from web pages. and itunes it seems
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on September 13, 2011, 07:01:09 AM
It might be too late for you, however anyone new that reads this should consider "burining" their feed using feedburner. Then if you can track accurate statistics about your subscribers and also if you ever move your website you can easily update the source URL without disrupting your subscriers

http://www.feedburner.com

I have a few questions...

One, how do I check out how many people have subscribed to me on iTunes?  I can see on my awstats report that I have "hits" on the iTunes feed but that does not particularly mean that they have subscribed.

Two, what the heck is a Googlebot? or Spider? Here is a picture of this information.  I do not know how to read this or know where to begin to understand it.

(http://i1199.photobucket.com/albums/aa466/Clybrad/awstats.jpg)

Any help is VERY much appreciated!
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Hurricane on September 30, 2011, 12:09:09 PM
I am running Windows Vista Home Premium. I recently upgraded my browser from IE 7 to IE 9. Also updated Java and Flash. Generally everything is good but on a few sites the graphics aren't right. The main site I want to be able to use is the National Weather Service radar loop. The static image site works but the loop does not.
Here is the link to the site
 http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=mlb&product=NCR&overlay=11111111&loop=no
When I click on the link for the loop I get a very short page with only the thumbnails for regional images.
Changing to Compatability View in IE gets me a big white box where the radar should be, with a red X in the corner.
I have tinkered with the settings but nothing helps. I have found a few other sites where graphics show a similar box.

Any ideas ??

Thanks!
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: archer on September 30, 2011, 01:41:19 PM
I am running Windows Vista Home Premium. I recently upgraded my browser from IE 7 to IE 9. Also updated Java and Flash. Generally everything is good but on a few sites the graphics aren't right. The main site I want to be able to use is the National Weather Service radar loop. The static image site works but the loop does not.
Here is the link to the site
 http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=mlb&product=NCR&overlay=11111111&loop=no
When I click on the link for the loop I get a very short page with only the thumbnails for regional images.
Changing to Compatability View in IE gets me a big white box where the radar should be, with a red X in the corner.
I have tinkered with the settings but nothing helps. I have found a few other sites where graphics show a similar box.

Sounds like the IE upgrade did not upgrade some plugins.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on October 03, 2011, 01:21:43 PM
Here is the snarky tech guy answer (sorry, I'm obligated to do this)

Please download google chrome or firefox and discontinue use of IE

Chrome = fastest (best option for most people)
Firefox = most configurable


Sincerely

Computer Nerds of American Against Use of Crappy browsers

I am running Windows Vista Home Premium. I recently upgraded my browser from IE 7 to IE 9. Also updated Java and Flash. Generally everything is good but on a few sites the graphics aren't right. The main site I want to be able to use is the National Weather Service radar loop. The static image site works but the loop does not.
Here is the link to the site
 http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=mlb&product=NCR&overlay=11111111&loop=no
When I click on the link for the loop I get a very short page with only the thumbnails for regional images.
Changing to Compatability View in IE gets me a big white box where the radar should be, with a red X in the corner.
I have tinkered with the settings but nothing helps. I have found a few other sites where graphics show a similar box.

Any ideas ??

Thanks!
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on October 03, 2011, 01:25:30 PM
Sounds like the IE upgrade did not upgrade some plugins.

Speaking of the weather... I think weather underground's map service is far superior to the one you linked to... you might be interested to check it out

http://www.wunderground.com/

example

http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/?lat=40.47164917&lon=-79.98975372&zoom=8&pin=Pittsburgh%2c%20PA&type=hyb&rad=1&wxsn=0&svr=0&cams=0&sat=0&riv=0&mm=0&hur=0

It has a ton of various overlay data sets

Click "animate" in the right hand toolbar






Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Clybrad on October 08, 2011, 10:19:00 AM
Im back!  So I have another question.  I am looking for a good program that will allow me to record my desktop screen.  Any suggestions?   I have had a comment asking how to subscribe to my RSS feed. 

Also, is there anyway to find how many subscribers I have?  I downloaded the google feedburner thing and it ended up screwing up my RSS feed.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Hurricane on October 08, 2011, 03:15:52 PM
Im back!  So I have another question.  I am looking for a good program that will allow me to record my desktop screen.  Any suggestions?
If you are looking for a still image, in Windows you can hit the Prt Scrn key. This copies the current desktop view to the clipboard. Then just paste into Paint or PhotoShop or whatever.
If you hit Alt-PrtScrn, it gives you just the current window.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Docwatmo on October 10, 2011, 05:53:49 AM
Are you just wanting to take snapshots of your desktop or are you looking to record the desktop as you perform functions?  Also, what OS are you using?  If your using windows 7, there is a built in recorder for recording the desktop, just type PSR into the search field and it will launch.

If all you need is to take a snapshot when you want one, press the <Print Screen> button on the keyboard and it will capture your current desktop (The whole desktop), then paste it into whatever graphic program you want to use to crop out stuff you don't need.

Also, if you hold the <ALT> key as you press the <Print Screen" button, it will only capture the open application, so you can size it on the screen first, then snapshot it.

There are tons of screen capture utilities out there.  Hit downloads.com and read through them and find one that has features you are looking for.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: NotoriousAPP on October 10, 2011, 09:41:29 AM
For the windows OS I've used SnagIt and Screen Hunter to do selected screen captures: just drag a window around the region you want to copy.  I prefer Screen Hunter; it's Freeware.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Smurf Hunter on October 10, 2011, 04:18:18 PM
For the windows OS I've used SnagIt and Screen Hunter to do selected screen captures: just drag a window around the region you want to copy.  I prefer Screen Hunter; it's Freeware.

Windows 7 has a decent built in "snipping tool" that works well.  When my company migrated to win7 for corporate stuff (nerds in engineering use Linux or OSX) several people continued using snaggit.  I'm not sure if it was due to ignorance, or if it's a far superior tool.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on October 11, 2011, 11:30:17 AM
evernote works really well for making screen shots, also it si completely awesome for doing web clipping (*the best by a long shot)
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Clybrad on November 02, 2011, 08:09:33 PM
I want to use something to record my actions while I'm doing it. My OS is Windows xp. Lol old but reliable.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on November 04, 2011, 06:56:09 AM
free is http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html?gclid=CLfVxeaDnawCFQjc4AodyBGJ2Q but limited to 10 or so minutes

a low cost solution is snagit studio

http://www.techsmith.com/snagit.html?gclid=CI7T-dCDnawCFYTe4AodsyAo1g
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: nimzy88 on November 22, 2011, 02:15:23 AM
So I started watching Jacks podcasts and I notice he talks a lot about having a mailing list. How do you setup an email with nimzy@whatever.com as an example. I have only had yahoo and gmail accounts before.

Thanks
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: nimzy88 on November 22, 2011, 03:08:21 AM
So I think I may have answered my own question by reaching episode 15 on jackspiriko.com. I assume that using wordpress it lets you make your email or atleast thats what Jack did in the demo. Do I need to go through somthing like Thunderbird or Outlook then to access the mail.

Will continue to watch the episodes tonite so we will see if I get my answers before then.
Thanks all
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: archer on November 22, 2011, 01:13:30 PM
So I started watching Jacks podcasts and I notice he talks a lot about having a mailing list. How do you setup an email with nimzy@whatever.com as an example. I have only had yahoo and gmail accounts before.

Thanks
a mailing list is a list of email addresses you send messages to on a periodic basis. so if you have 20 people you want to email a newsletter to, you create a mailing list to send to them. you can do this thru most email programs. just make sure you bcc (blind carbon copy) the email addresses. this hides the email addresses so the people on the list cannot see the other email addresses.

Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: idelphic on November 22, 2011, 01:20:41 PM
So I started watching Jacks podcasts and I notice he talks a lot about having a mailing list. How do you setup an email with nimzy@whatever.com as an example. I have only had yahoo and gmail accounts before.

Thanks
I host a few web sites,..  for family and friends.  As part of my hosting package with Hostmonster, I have the ability of having a mailing list.  I look at the mailing list as something close to Constant Contact.. 

You can have a mailing list in any email site (gmail, yahoo, etc)  But they may have issue with sending to large number of people.. they may view it as spam...  You also might be limited to the number of people you can send to.  IDK.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: nimzy88 on November 23, 2011, 02:03:29 AM
Thanks for the replies, I think playing around with the tools I have email figured out. Now I have created twitter and FB pages to correspond with my website, does anyone know the best plugins to push to those sites. I have the twitter posting what FB says but thats about it so far.

Thanks again.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on December 01, 2011, 08:07:37 AM
use mailchimp.com  - free for up to 2000 subscribers... after that it is worth the money

You won't be sorry
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Adam B. on December 01, 2011, 12:13:13 PM
Quote
Thanks for the replies, I think playing around with the tools I have email figured out. Now I have created twitter and FB pages to correspond with my website, does anyone know the best plugins to push to those sites. I have the twitter posting what FB says but thats about it so far.

In my experience I have found that all of the methods I know of for automatically posting twitter to FB and vice versa are not reliable 100% of the time. For whatever reason (several variables at play) I would get maybe 75% of twitter posts ever making it to the linked Facebook wall.

Even at the company I work for, we manually do it all even though they want to purchase some ridiculously expensive tool to handle those things (just another reason none of us will get raises) LOL. But even at our company we have ONE Facebook profile and ONE twitter account, and 3 people with access to them who handle the updates.

One larger company I worked for in the past, the main issue and time waster with those profiles ended up being that they needed to hire a TEAM to handle the sheer volume of people communicating with them through FB and twitter (sometimes 1,000 questions, comments, complaints, etc per DAY). But that is a different entity than automating cross-talk between the platforms.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on December 01, 2011, 12:41:29 PM
My 2 cents on automating Facebook and twitter... don't do it. You want to customize those messages and also it takes up 2 extra minutes on a blog post your probably spent hours crafting.

Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: yoshi on December 01, 2011, 01:21:19 PM
SexyBookmarks is a very good plugin to try out, but it won't necessarily automatically post your entries to those services. You can try Wordbooker if you want to have your posts automatically go to Facebook, but it can be a huge pain in the tush if/when you change passwords on FB.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: mikem on December 01, 2011, 02:03:48 PM
use mailchimp.com  - free for up to 2000 subscribers... after that it is worth the money

You won't be sorry

+1 - nothing comes close to hosted list management.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Adam B. on December 01, 2011, 02:40:11 PM
Quote
My 2 cents on automating Facebook and twitter... don't do it. You want to customize those messages and also it takes up 2 extra minutes on a blog post your probably spent hours crafting.

Agreed. They are 2 different entities, a Facebook post can contain many more words, links to MP3s or Videos playable directly on the wall while effective Twitter posts use shortened URLS, hash tags, and a character limit that really does not apply to Facebook.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: nimzy88 on December 02, 2011, 04:17:47 AM
Thanks for the advice, I decided to manually do all my FB posts but do, do my twitter posts automated. I just don't go on twitter enough. Also I added mailchimp and will see how that goes.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: idelphic on December 13, 2011, 12:31:51 PM
So, I have a list of websites that might be of use to others.  Would they go here or a new thread?
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Mr. Bill on December 13, 2011, 03:02:13 PM
So, I have a list of websites that might be of use to others.  Would they go here or a new thread?

You can put them here, and we'll split them off into a new thread.  Or you can put them in a new thread, and we'll merge them into this one.  Whichever you prefer. 8)
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Mr. Bill on December 19, 2011, 07:23:20 AM
Here's a question for someone who knows Wordpress and .htaccess:

On our site (let's call it example.com), Wordpress is installed in ~/public_html/, so when you go to example.com you see the Wordpress blog.

Other software is also installed in subdirectories.  For example, SMF forum software is in ~/public_html/forum/.  If you go to example.com/forum/, you see the forum.  Great.

Yesterday I tried to set up some malware-detection software in a password-protected subdirectory, ~/public_html/test/.  What I want to happen is, when you go to example.com/test/, you get prompted for a username and password, and then you see the test software.

What I get instead is a Wordpress 404 "page not found" page.

I don't want Wordpress intercepting this.  How come it works for the forum but not for a password-protected directory?  Do I need to play around with .htaccess?  I've found some info online suggesting I need something like this:
Code: [Select]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/(foldername|foldername/.*)$
Suggestions?
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Mr. Bill on December 19, 2011, 12:58:17 PM
Found my own answer. :)

WordPress and .htaccess Password Protected Directories (http://www.andrewrollins.com/2008/01/22/wordpress-and-htaccess-password-protected-directories/)

Needed to define an error document for 401 errors.  Adding this at the top of ~/public_html/.htaccess fixed the problem:

Code: [Select]
ErrorDocument 401 default
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: archer on December 19, 2011, 01:07:01 PM
Found my own answer. :)

WordPress and .htaccess Password Protected Directories (http://www.andrewrollins.com/2008/01/22/wordpress-and-htaccess-password-protected-directories/)

Needed to define an error document for 401 errors.  Adding this at the top of ~/public_html/.htaccess fixed the problem:

Code: [Select]
ErrorDocument 401 default

opps, sorry bill, that is what i was thinking it was but too busy to look up the syntax...
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Mr. Bill on December 19, 2011, 01:23:51 PM
opps, sorry bill, that is what i was thinking it was but too busy to look up the syntax...

No problem -- Now I've learned something about .htaccess, about which I was previously oblivious.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: archer on December 19, 2011, 02:11:24 PM
No problem -- Now I've learned something about .htaccess, about which I was previously oblivious.
good! you an go back to bed, you're learned your one thing for today.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on December 20, 2011, 03:22:59 PM
that is what i do also. It would be more optimal to customize my twitter posts, however I decided it is not worth it for me at this point. If I start treating my site more like a business this might change... that being said Jack automates his twitter and customizes his facebook

Just a quick note about facebook. I like to end my facebook posts with a question. Here is an example:

Check out my article on homemade fermented hot sauce. What is your favorite hot sauce recipe?

It encourages engagement. My fan page is, by far, the most successful thing about my blog. I'm up around 3k users with very high engagement just by keeping up on that. Now if I would actually focus on the content I could start making some progress.... :D



Thanks for the advice, I decided to manually do all my FB posts but do, do my twitter posts automated. I just don't go on twitter enough. Also I added mailchimp and will see how that goes.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on December 20, 2011, 03:27:32 PM
Oh, thought i would throw this out there... if you just need a quick mailing list and you don't envision ever making your site into a business then google groups works great for that

We have about 1200 subscribers over at http://www.porcmtbclub.org and that works for a free solution.  One thing is sites like mail chimp will allow you to craft autoresponders and email campaigns..
its a deep subject and I could write a tome about it.

I'm going to recommend a good book that really goes deep into the nuts and bolts of leveraging your list. I purchased this on audible.com but you can get it print too obviously. I find audiobooks on business easier to stomach as they are quite boring to read.

http://www.amazon.com/ProBlogger-Secrets-Blogging-Six-Figure-Income/dp/B003Y56X7W

Fair warning... the narrator is ANNOYING AS F__K!  LOL  the inflection KILLS me... still better than reading it though. It's good content
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: idelphic on January 11, 2012, 12:32:25 PM
Hey Guys,... I could use some suggestions...

In previous years,.. I used to use PKzip/PKUNzip  and ZIP2EXE.. ZIP2EXE was nice to use from time to time to create a self extracting backup.

Now it looks like I need to do so again, but there doesn't seem to be as many options, or at least I don't seem to be able to locate them.

While I mention making a EXE, I know I should be able to do the same with a MSI package..  Either way, I need to package up some changes (registry, short cuts, updates) to some remote computers, and I'd like to use a self extractor

Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ag2 on February 28, 2013, 11:26:33 AM
Clearing the cobwebs on this thread.......

I recently installed 12.10 Ubuntu.  Now I want to get bluetooth audio adapters to work, so that I can use this box for listening to podcasts, music and just playing around.
I have four or five different BT devices, all made by Plantronics.
BT300 (3 of these) and one D100 adapter.

I can not seem to get Ubuntu to recognize the hardware.
I have followed recommendations on the command line from these sites.
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BluetoothSetup
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1g0FOkPNo2Q
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Greekman on July 22, 2013, 03:28:11 AM
a question from me....

Since i migrated from XP to Win 7 i have this problem with MS Word Custom dictionary.
I have succesfully transfered the costom.dic file (Office 2003 IIRC) and now Word (office 2007) does recognize past dictionary additions.
But the option of adding new one is not active (left click on the word and "add to dictionary"

BTW
- I think i have saved the original win 7 dic file in its original place by renaming
- older dic was on win XP Greek, MS Office Greek, now Win 7 is English and MS Office 2007 is Greek
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on September 06, 2013, 12:36:18 PM
Possibly??? http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/office_2010-word/add-to-dictionary-greyed-out-in-word-2010/10e3e209-784b-4ccf-8a70-7b44cbdeff15

a question from me....

Since i migrated from XP to Win 7 i have this problem with MS Word Custom dictionary.
I have succesfully transfered the costom.dic file (Office 2003 IIRC) and now Word (office 2007) does recognize past dictionary additions.
But the option of adding new one is not active (left click on the word and "add to dictionary"

BTW
- I think i have saved the original win 7 dic file in its original place by renaming
- older dic was on win XP Greek, MS Office Greek, now Win 7 is English and MS Office 2007 is Greek
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: archer on September 06, 2013, 12:43:41 PM
I know I should not say this.. but I cannot resist...

It's all Greek to me..
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: theBINKYhunter on September 07, 2013, 04:59:25 PM
I know I should not say this.. but I cannot resist...

It's all Greek to me..

you need this shirt:

(http://a.tgcdn.net/images/products/zoom/binary-people.jpg)
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: nelson96 on September 07, 2013, 05:06:24 PM
Question. . .  I use IBM Lotus Notes on my work computer, how do I send an email that includes a picture (jpeg) that will allow the person reading my email to see it without having to click on a file?
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: TexDaddy on September 07, 2013, 07:24:14 PM
Have you tried opening the picture, right click on the picture, select copy.

Go to the body of your note, right click, paste.

We used to use Lotus Notes, but we just went to outlook instead so I can't try it to see if that still works in Lotus Notes.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: nelson96 on September 07, 2013, 08:43:41 PM
Have you tried opening the picture, right click on the picture, select copy.

Go to the body of your note, right click, paste.

We used to use Lotus Notes, but we just went to outlook instead so I can't try it to see if that still works in Lotus Notes.

No, it copies the file and that's all you see.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: archer on September 08, 2013, 11:23:47 AM
Lotus Notes is still out there? jeesh, that is 1990's tech
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: nelson96 on September 08, 2013, 11:43:13 AM
Lotus Notes is still out there? jeesh, that is 1990's tech

Wellit is version 6.5.1  ;D
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ladieu on September 09, 2013, 09:15:40 AM
https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/blogs/checkingin/entry/lotus_notes_getting_images_to_appear_inline_in_emails_sent_to_internet_addresses2?lang=en
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: nelson96 on September 09, 2013, 03:31:39 PM
https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/blogs/checkingin/entry/lotus_notes_getting_images_to_appear_inline_in_emails_sent_to_internet_addresses2?lang=en

Bummer. . . .  That wasn't an option available to me in my mail tab or any other that I found.  And the instruction is not quite what I'm looking for. . .  I want to send an email (that I produce) with images from my own files that appear as images within my message instead of the picture file.  I think your linked instruction was more for sending images obtained off the internet.

.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Denny27 on January 22, 2016, 12:52:09 PM
Looking to learn Wordpress. I want to build a simple website for a part time business I'm thinking about getting into.  Any good places to learn it?
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Mr. Bill on January 22, 2016, 06:05:49 PM
Looking to learn Wordpress. I want to build a simple website for a part time business I'm thinking about getting into.  Any good places to learn it?

Depending on how simple of a website you're talking about, "learn by doing" is a pretty good method.  You can probably get a basic site (a blog, or a few static pages) up and running over one weekend, even if you're starting with zero knowledge.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Greekman on March 03, 2016, 01:30:35 PM
regardign using phrases as paswords....

I cannot understand what advantage there is to it.
I am assumign thta password breaking is down with trying al the possible combinations of the available characters.

thenwouldn't be easy to add word prediction routines and search for word combinations?
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Docwatmo on March 03, 2016, 01:42:59 PM
Pass phrases are a step up in mitigating dictionary attacks.  Dictionary attacks contain common words.  (Up to and including the entire dictionary). 
For example.  A single word, even a long word would be the least secure in this example.   

Example A  Single word  "Expatriated"  A dictionary could contain the real word and would crack this password.

The next step up is to use a pass phrase (Depending on the limit of the software that allows your password length). 
Example B  Pass-phrase "thedogfellofftheporch"   This password hash is exponentially more secure due to it's length over the single word, but because it's made up of real words, a hashing algorithm could break it down by sections and eventually crack it.   

I prefer a pass-phrase condensed.    using the same pass-phrase above, we can make it exponentially more difficult to crack by just using the first letters of each word.  tdfotp  No real words, even though it's shorter, it would foil every dictionary attack and would have to have it's hash cracked. (With the caveat that your not using a well known pass phrase like "Every Good Boy Does Fine" There are dictionary attacks for known pass phrases as well.  you have to make up your own).

I use this in combination with special characters and numbers for both the strongest passwords, but also easy to remember. 
My example would use the same passphrase above but with the following alterations.

TdFoTp@41045

This is easy to remember, in this example, every other letter is capitalized, the special character is thrown in and the numbers are random (in this case I used gun calibers 410 and 45).   

now the great part of this, I can use the same password for multiple accounts with just some minor changes.

TdFoTp@35740 for email and TdFoTp@223006 for bank etc, etc.      And i know, if I forgot a password, I can figure out it's one of my passwords with different numbers.

This system works great and is far more secure yet easy to use than any other system I've tried.

Doc
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ChrisFox on March 03, 2016, 02:15:57 PM
I used to use phrases. Had a whole system to it. I just use a password manager now. Every site that needs a password now has pseudo random one now. All I have memorized is the one for the manager.  Makes changing passwords easier too. When heartbleed happened, I spent a couple of weeks changing passwords. Now I can go down the list and just swap in new ones.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: John Doe on March 03, 2016, 07:59:45 PM
I have a question which has bugged me for too long.
How do I setup a home network with file & printer sharing & a smart tv.
I've tried all the multitudes of examples online but I guess it's just not my forte

My laptop is Win 10
I'm on comcast xfinity
TV is a Vizio wifi smart TV

I'd like to have a file server for music, pictures, movies & file storage & maybe even have that automatically backed up to an external HD..
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Greekman on March 04, 2016, 12:07:44 AM
NOW I get it.....
Pss phrses are an improvement over using your pets name as apssword.
I thought they were better over efgh8678g&*%gkbo type passwords
TNX Docwatmo!
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: archer on March 04, 2016, 11:48:41 AM
study this also:
https://xkcd.com/936/
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Greekman on March 04, 2016, 02:46:15 PM
but this is the opposite that Docwatmo said. the pass phrase is vulnerable to the dictionary aaatacks
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: archer on March 04, 2016, 04:33:25 PM
the longer the passphrase is the better. if you can remember random characters that is good, but most ppl write them down. and that invalidates the security. i frankly dont trust password reminders, loose that password/device and you are screwed.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Docwatmo on March 04, 2016, 05:27:59 PM
Condensed passphrases like I mentioned are better than regular word or word number passwords.  But length is the ultimate complicator.  Although the one caveat is Microsoft Windows hashes are 8 characters long, so a 7 character password is actually better than 10 character password. (Cracking algorithms break the longer password hash into 8 character chunks, so the algorithm only has the crack the 2nd chunk (only 2 characters) and then use the same algorithm on the first chunk of 8 characters).    16 character or 24 character become exponentially more difficult to crack and and throw in another 8 or 16 characters and it would take super computers running billions of calculations years to crack the hash.

 
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Mr. Bill on March 04, 2016, 06:58:47 PM
...Microsoft Windows hashes are 8 characters long, so a 7 character password is actually better than 10 character password. (Cracking algorithms break the longer password hash into 8 character chunks, so the algorithm only has the crack the 2nd chunk (only 2 characters) and then use the same algorithm on the first chunk of 8 characters). ...

 :wtf: :facepalm: :banghead:

I like using things from my childhood, especially made-up words that nobody else in the world would know.

But yeah, I do have to write them all down somewhere.  For the most important ones, I'll just write down a password hint rather than the actual password.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ChrisFox on March 04, 2016, 08:36:58 PM
I didn't realize until I used LastPass on how many sites I used the same password. I knew I shouldn't have but it happened anyway.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: ChrisFox on March 04, 2016, 08:40:18 PM
I have a question which has bugged me for too long.
How do I setup a home network with file & printer sharing & a smart tv.
I've tried all the multitudes of examples online but I guess it's just not my forte

My laptop is Win 10
I'm on comcast xfinity
TV is a Vizio wifi smart TV

I'd like to have a file server for music, pictures, movies & file storage & maybe even have that automatically backed up to an external HD..

I followed the guys over at Tested and build a FreeNAS server to hold my ripped blu rays and other media. Run everything using Plex

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICblwRtUito (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICblwRtUito)
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: theBINKYhunter on March 04, 2016, 08:49:26 PM
study this also:
https://xkcd.com/936/

This is such a fantastic comic. I should read it more than I currently do.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Smurf Hunter on March 07, 2016, 05:12:35 PM
so a 7 character password is actually better than 10 character password. (Cracking algorithms break the longer password hash into 8 character chunks, so the algorithm only has the crack the 2nd chunk (only 2 characters) and then use the same algorithm on the first chunk of 8 characters).   

While that sounds theoretically accurate, I think it's not quite as bad as you make it sound.

e.g. my password is "chocolatey"

Suppose that MSFT hash first splits into two byte[8] strings

Code: [Select]
part1 = "chocolat"
part2 = "ey"______"
(I put 6 underscores to represent the absences of characters)

If I follow you, it generates a hash for each part.
Here's md5sum values just for a colorful example (I know it's a totally different algorithm)
 
Code: [Select]
hash1 = d8729025d3be00402ed19188828f029c
hash2 = df89f053799f662e9c5d481e98aa4b4e
How can you know if the source string contained 6 blank characters?


I really think that's the secret ingredient.  If you know the length of a given password in plain text, AND you have the hash, that information will be helpful in cracking the hash algorithm. 

To me, cracking an encryption algorithm is different than brute forcing Sally's personal password
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Docwatmo on March 08, 2016, 05:30:17 AM
You are absolutely correct.  My CEH class was 5 years ago so I'm getting a bit rusty.   ;D
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: GerrieRPh on June 02, 2016, 03:01:06 PM
Website build questions. My business initially (first 1-4 years) will be local. After year 5, potential for national sales on a small scale. Think Etsy size.
1. Website domain: Check.  I'm leaning towards buying my domain (vs. free from hosting) because technology changes to fast. 
2. WordPress: I'm leaning towards using this for design. I'm a computer nerd in real life, so no fears. But I dont have alot of time. So, this seems to be the fastest, cost effective choice.
3. Hosting: Ok, this is where I need help. I want to post files, blog, be able to email, and later accept SSL transactions for products. I dont want spam ads to hit my website, nor those annoying ads when viewing sites on your phone.  I suspect my blog might be photo heavy. So which hosting company would work best for my wants?
4. Add ons: I'm not crazy about affiliate links, although I suspect I will want to use a few.  I would like my webpage to appear on the first pages of a google search. Which add ons should I be exploring
5. What questions haven't I asked? You dont know, what you dont know.

Thanks for all the help!
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Smurf Hunter on June 02, 2016, 03:36:20 PM

and later accept SSL transactions for products

No.  With all due respect, I don't think you are ready for such a responsibility.  Payment processing involves tons of regulation and has a lot of risk to you as a business owner.  I highly recommend you outsource this portion of your website, at least initially.  Use PayPal, Spreedly, etc.

If you process and/or store payment details on your server - you are responsible for:

1) ensuring your code accesses PII and PCI details in a safe manner
2) ensuring your data is secure and accessible in appropriate ways
2a) this includes website security
2b) physical network security (can you guarantee the dudes at the hosting company can't login and query your DB for Credit Card #s?)
3) you also get into chain of custody issues for financial reporting, etc. etc.

On the one hand, you want as much direct control, but on the other you want to outsource the liability away from you and your business.

Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: archer on June 02, 2016, 04:06:48 PM
host-gator is what jack started out on. it's ok. use a virtual server for now, cheaper per month. you can get it with cpanel on it for configuring it. there are tons of other virtual server providers out there that can do cpanel/wordpress. Do a search on 'virtual private server wordpress' or something like that.

and i strongly agree with Smurfie about outsourcing your payment system.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: I.L.W. on June 09, 2016, 07:00:09 PM

Quote
1. Website domain: Check.  I'm leaning towards buying my domain (vs. free from hosting) because technology changes to fast. 
As long as the ICANN registration is in your name, you own it, even if it was "free with hosting service". However, some companies which "anonymize" the who-is info actually buy the domains for themselves and lease it to you, sometimes at a flat service rate, sometimes they hike the rate if the website becomes popular, and in rare instances some have sold domains out from under the business owners. Just make sure it's your name on the registration and you will be fine.

Quote
2. WordPress: I'm leaning towards using this for design. I'm a computer nerd in real life, so no fears. But I dont have alot of time. So, this seems to be the fastest, cost effective choice.
Personally, I hate wordpress. Some of the addons open up big security holes (you really have to do your homework, and by the time you've read and tested the addon code, you could have just written it, lol). Vanilla installs are pretty secure as long as you stay current with updates.

The problem is, nobody will hack you via wordpress, they'll compromise 100,000 sites running the same version of wordpress all at once using a kit. This is how some of the nastier malware has spread, including things like CryptoWall. The authors hijack hundreds of legitimate websites with fake ads that look just like the regular google AdSense ads, but initiate an XSS attack to install the malware. The sites then host the ransom screens, and if you look at the people serving the ads, the "malicious" site is a taxidermist in Wyoming, or a shoe store in London (really, the last two cases I looked into, that's who was hosting it). The admins of these sites were running wordpress, didn't do their updates (or were hit in the zero-day window) and had no idea they were infecting their customers. They just trusted cPanel and their host to auto-install critical patches.

It's the popularity of things like Wordpress that make it vulnerable. You need to manage it closely and routinely or hire someone to do that for you. Using a less common platform can save you a lot of headaches in the security department. However, Wordpress has enough users, when things like this happen, there's an immediate response from the community, making it easy to get help and solve the problem, it just happens after the fact (not good for business). It's unlikely you'll run into this problem, the TSP has been using Wordpress for years and I've not heard of a single mass exploit affecting anyone here, but the admins also know what they're doing and are attentive.

My opinion, don't use it. Others may disagree, and there are valid arguments for and against it. I may be biased as I work with people who have been hacked almost exclusively, so everyone I deal with has security problems. It's very common, but they are in the minority. Just do your research and use your best judgement.

Quote
3. Hosting: Ok, this is where I need help. I want to post files, blog, be able to email, and later accept SSL transactions for products. I dont want spam ads to hit my website, nor those annoying ads when viewing sites on your phone.  I suspect my blog might be photo heavy. So which hosting company would work best for my wants?


I agree with the others, outsource the payment system.
With regard to ads, unless you're usings some shitty "free hosting" service, none of the hosts should be injecting ads. Those are at the owner's discretion.

Here's a trick if you need to start with an ad-heavy free host:
Prefix your Div Tags with some random characters (but use the same characters in all Div IDs).
<Div ID="header"> & <Div ID="footer"> become <Div ID="_lwfrg3_header"> & <Div ID="_lwfrg3_headerfooter">

Now add in some javascript to hide all div (and span) elements not containing that prefix.
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<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<body>
<button onclick="myFunction()">Hide Divs without "_Token_" prefix</button>
<script>
//"Token" is a prefix you can choose for any divs on your page. Just replace that with your preferred code, like "lel23el2rebdfc".
function myFunction() {
    var divs = document.getElementsByTagName("div");
    for(var i = 0; i < divs.length; i++){
        if (divs[i].getAttribute("ID").indexOf("Token") != 1){
          divs[i].style.display = 'none';
        }
    }
}
</script>
<div ID="_Token_valid">Valid Div Containing the Token Code</div>
<div ID="adInjected">Ad Injected Div</div>
</body>
</html>

That code should provide you a sample, implement as you like. Now if the hosting company tries to stick an ad on your page, it's automatically hidden. This also helps prevent exploit-kit code injections on things like wordpress, and if your customer has malware (think malicious toolbars like grandma used to get) that is injecting ads, your page is immune, lol. This should be implemented in some form as standard course on any website just for the added security.

To use this code, instead of linking it to a button, add it to run a second after the page finishes loading (after any injections would have occurred). If you use any approved ads to monetize your site, you'll either have to add your prefix statement to those elements manually, or write a white-list function (only a couple of lines of code, pretty easy).

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4. Add ons: I'm not crazy about affiliate links, although I suspect I will want to use a few.  I would like my webpage to appear on the first pages of a google search. Which add ons should I be exploring

That's a huge question, there are many, many books written on the subject. Search engine ranking is complex. I'll give you the bullet points:
• Get a good domain name which is descriptive of the content of the site.
• Get sites with related content to link back to you directly (not through things like Blogroll addons).
• Leverage Social Media, as they drive a lot of the ranking these days. Facebook, Twitter & YouTube are the big ones.
• Keep the site on-topic. The more diversified the content, the more competition you have in categorically based algorithms.

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5. What questions haven't I asked? You don't know, what you don't know.
That's the broadest question of all. What do you hope to accomplish with the website? What kind of business is it?
If you'll have local products or services, definitely include your business name, address, phone number etc on the footer of every page to rank higher for people in your area. Really work the local shop angles first. Google has their own listing system for local businesses. Also get active on Craigslist just for the location-specific links back to your site. In business social media accounts look to affiliate yourself with other groups in your area. Join them all, even if you don't contribute to those groups. You're just linking metadata at that point to boost your ranking.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Cave Dweller on November 22, 2018, 03:41:19 AM
I would like to set up a website to promote a fiction novel I wrote.
My goal is to direct traffic to the website by doing interviews, promoting online and possibly facebook adds.
Once a person visits the site they will be prompted to sign up for a free copy once the book is released on amazon. Amazon will allow me to offer a book for the first five days for free and I would like to use this option to boost it’s standing.
When I release the book I can send out an email blast telling people to go download their free copy.
I know Jack has talked about a plugin he uses for his web site to collect info.
I am open to sugestions, I want my own domain name and I want to own the website so when and if I grow I can shop around for deals and just move the whole thing to a new hosting service.
I’m thinking Ipage for hosting and wordpress for site building.
Does anybody see a problem with this plan? Ipage has a good intoductory offer if I buy three years in advance, I’m sure it will go up but by that time I can just move the site if I want.
What plugin would you recomend for building a customer database?
What questions do I not know to ask?
Did I post this in the wrong place?
Thanks.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Mr. Bill on November 22, 2018, 06:19:24 PM
Did I post this in the wrong place?

Yup. ;D  I've tacked it onto the end of a very long discussion of website/computer issues.

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I want my own domain name and I want to own the website so when and if I grow I can shop around for deals and just move the whole thing to a new hosting service.

This is a good plan.

You said this is your first website, so I assume your experience level is newbie.  WordPress is probably a good choice, but it depends on how much material you intend to put on the site.  If you are only providing some basic info about the book, plus an e-mail signup list, there may be simpler software available.  But WordPress gives you a lot of expandability, between the core features and the zillion available plugins.

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I know Jack has talked about a plugin he uses for his web site to collect info.

Jack is using AWeber (https://www.aweber.com/) for his mailing list.  They charge $19/month and up, depending on the size of your mailing list.  (I know he ran into some sort of bug involving AWeber a few months ago, but I don't know about the details or how he fixed it.)

AWeber doesn't even require WordPress.  There's just a bit of HTML required to implement the signup list.  So you could even use it on an old-fashioned website that consists of nothing but pure HTML.

AWeber has lots of competition.  You can, in theory, send e-mails directly from WordPress with an appropriate plugin, but this may not be your best choice:

https://www.wpbeginner.com/opinion/why-you-should-never-use-wordpress-to-send-newsletter-emails/

https://winningwp.com/best-newsletter-plugins-for-wordpress/

https://www.ipage.com/legal/antispam-policy

I don't have any comments on Ipage since I've never done business with them.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Cave Dweller on November 22, 2018, 11:35:06 PM
Thanks Mr. Bill,
I see constant contact as a good value, although I might only send out one email blast a year. Maybe two if I get buisy. This is in adition to an automatic confirmation email when a visitor signs up and gives consent.
You’ve almost talked me out of using wordpress to send the emails, but $20 a month (at the low end) is pretty steep for what I’m wanting to do.
Do you see any problems with using a plugin to collect info and manage consent forms but exporting the list to a mass mailing service like constant contact when I want to promote the big release?
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Mr. Bill on November 23, 2018, 11:06:01 AM
Do you see any problems with using a plugin to collect info and manage consent forms but exporting the list to a mass mailing service like constant contact when I want to promote the big release?

Sounds reasonable, but I'm pretty ignorant about what would be required.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Mr. Bill on November 23, 2018, 12:17:36 PM
Oh, as long as we're talking about WordPress, I wanted to mention something about themes.  (A "theme", for those of you who are unfamiliar, is a chunk of software that you add to a website in order to control how it looks -- screen layout, fonts, colors, etc.)

There are 1.72 quadrillion WordPress themes available (I counted).  Most of them allow for rather limited customization -- i.e., "Your Site Shall Look Like This, but you can change the picture at the top if you insist."

At the other extreme, some websites hire a designer to create a custom theme (entirely from scratch, or as a "child" of an existing theme).  This requires a skilled designer, who will bill you a lot.

In the middle, there are a very few themes that allow a huge amount of customization, with pages and pages of settings, and the ability to add your own CSS if that's not enough.  I'm aware of only two themes that do this:
Both come with a selection of sub-themes, which you can use as a starting point for your customization.

Weaver Xtreme is the only one of these that I've used, and I like it a lot -- but I enjoy tinkering with settings.  It doesn't include the latest website-fad-of-the-year features, but within its limitations you can make it look like almost anything.  For example:
http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/
http://blog.statler.ws/
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Mr. Bill on December 06, 2018, 10:21:35 PM
I used to do a lot of hand coding HTML in notepad ...  Now I've discovered Joomla and will probably never use anything else again LOL  (Not really ...   But I like having several tools for the job because you just never know when one little feature from a program will make or break the site your working on.

So, Doc... it's nearly 8 years since you wrote that.  Do you still like Joomla?

I've been battling Drupal at the beginner level for years now.  Drupal 7 was moderately beginner-hostile, but Drupal 8 is a whole new level of hell for newbies.  I've finally managed to do a few simple useful things with it, but Drupal 8 is really aimed at experienced programmers who can write their own modules.
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Docwatmo on December 07, 2018, 12:00:39 PM
I pretty much stopped all development a few months after I wrote that.  Just never had any time.  I'm totally useless now.  LOL
Title: Re: Website/Computer Questions... I got answers
Post by: Mr. Bill on December 07, 2018, 07:31:58 PM
Ah well.  I might take a look at Joomla sometime just to see what it's good for.