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How to set up development domains

This tip while coming from The Apple Blog, can actually be used for any Apache based web service and anything with a hosts file. Basically, if access something and you don’t want to type in the long ugly IP address, then you edit your hosts file to point to the IP address. If the IP address happens to be your local machine, then you’ll have to change some settings on the Apache web server to actually make it understand that when you access from local, it’s called “X”.
If you got lost from all of that, don’t worry about it. You probably didn’t need to know how to do that anyways.
Via TheAppleBlog


SMSRotateD allows you to rotate your Macbook physically and the screen will switch from the usual landscape mode to the portrait mode. It’s a neat and useful tool although your touchpad doesn’t rotate with the screen itself. This is great to preview documents or photographs that weren’t created for the landscape mode of your monitor without flipping the image itself.

Mac Widgets – Airport Radar

Airport Radar is a great widget that shows a visual indicator of wireless access points and if they’re locked and what channel they’re located on. User can define a maximum height of the widget before a scrollbar appears if there are more access points than the maximum height allows. Overall, it’s one of those widgets that you shouldn’t be going without.
Via Apple

Beginner’s guide to htaccess

There’s nothing like doing it yourself. Like stopping stupid people from accessing your website. Don’t know how? No problem. Here’s the beginner’s guide to htaccess. Now you can feel like a genius and pull it off in the same instance without anyone ever knowing. No tell-tale htaccess for dummies book here! No siree!
Via Bloghash

Track people by their IP address

Getting pissed off at stupid spammers or scammers or anyone else? Only have their IP address? No sweat. This will give you an approximation on Google Maps as to where the IP address is coming from using geolocation based on the ISP. It’s pretty useful when you have that one stalker and they happen to be stupid enough to leave their IP address.
Yes, there are some people that aren’t too bright when it comes to IPs and IMs.
Booyah. Tracing…
I found you. Bub.

synerG Web Site Design Competition

Due to my involvement in Action Greensboro and synerG, here is the repost of the design announcement at the request of Sue. Contest ends: December 31st, 2006.

Hoping that others in Greensboro will re-announce this post nationally in our world-famous blogs, TechTriad and Action Greensboro are announcing a Web Design Contest for synerG, the young professionals arm of Action Greensboro.
Starting date: today
Ending date: December 31, 2006
The challenge: The site needs to be fresh and attractive to young professionals and cannot be completely Flash-driven because the site requires constant updating. All entries must be capable of compatibility with Contribute (we’ll do the integration but the design should reflect that goal).

  1. Deliverables: HTML and valid CSS for a home page and secondary page for the site. We need to meet ADA, WC3 and CSS rules. Send 4 files (2 HTML pages and 2 CSS stylesheets) plus supporting placeholder graphics in a .zip or .sit file.
  2. The Winnings: $500 from TechTriad (the contest’s sponsor) and linkage to the synerG site, if it’s appropriate, from the synerg site. (”If it’s appropriate” means synerG will link to your site if yours is a Web design or business site. They prefer not to link to sites that are not businesslike and we can talk about that more.) Winnings may be taxable. This contest void in any state where it’s not legal.
  3. What Else You Receive: All the PR we can muster. Participation in any news or interviews if possible to schedule.
  4. The Fine Print: Once you submit your entry, it becomes the property of Action Greensboro and TechTriad, who will complete the site development.
  5. Who Can Enter?: Anyone. You do not have to be a professional Web developer and you do not have to live/work in Greensboro. Preference is given to the best design. Period.

FILE DELIVERY: Name the home page index.html and the secondary page template.html with corresponding CSS style sheets appropriately named. Zip them (.sit files OK). Email them here.
Questions? Contact TechTriad via email or comments right here.

The business of consistency

One way to drive yourself out of business is to be inconsistent.
It’s interesting how many people don’t follow this little rule. Take for example a business that has to have a sale. So like always, the business sells pencils for $1 but the sale is 50 cents. Then the owner feels that there are enough customers that he can jack up the price to 75 cents and make a quarter on every customer that went in at 50 cents.
Sorry bub. It doesn’t work that way. Consistency is what brings customers in the first place. Consistency is what keeps them there. Even your worst critics can’t say that you’re wishy washy and can’t make up your mind if you stick to your guns. It might be a small thing, but it’s one way to make sure that you’ll stay afloat.

Five essential Mac blogging tools

Problogger is covering some of the essentials of Mac blogging. While you can change up the software itself, these are pretty good suggestions for the steps that he lays out. Newsfire, Ecto, ImageShackle, Pukka, and Pingoat are the ones that are mentioned. Take a look if you’re a Mac blogger and see if you might be missing a tool to help you go a bit further.
Via Problogger

Road rage? Get even with Platewire

It’s interesting that I had this idea a long time ago, but from a law perspective, I’m not certain you can post people’s license plates in an online database (at least according to the counsel I consulted on this idea before). In any case, when someone cuts you off or is driving recklessly, it might be worth your while to check Platewire. Platewire is basically a database of people’s complaints about reckless drivers that endanger others. The idea is great. It looks like the great state of NC already has a few moronic drivers out there.

The money in micropayments

I have contemplated this exact issue while playing Gunbound when it first came out. Then recently, I’ve thought about this quite a bit as of late due to some conversations on IM with my friend, Tdavid over on how Microsoft uses their Marketplace.
So here’s a bit of foreground. We were discussing why Microsoft has finally figured out micropayments with their Xbox and Xbox 360 models. While I differ on the belief of the Adcenter issue (the integration of the ads would need a redesign of their current interface to be non-intrusive and not just thrown in), Microsoft has at least realized in the preliminary rounds how to achieve using micropayments and succeeded in gaining first-in-market placement.

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