Monthly Archives: December 2012

What is box.com?

I just saw an ad for box.com and visited their site and watched their video. They appear to be most similar to dropbox with some resemblance to sendbigfile / kicksend and also some functionality of Google Docs. From their homepage (without watching the video) I had a hard time understanding what they did. They have a cloud based service and a fairly simple API that you can use to connect with it. It seems interesting but I’m not sure it will gain enough support to be around in the long run. Hopefully they will – competition is good.

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Google Voice Offers Santa Tracker

This year Google Voice offered personalized calls from Santa: The URL that you are sent to is: https://www.google.com/santatracker/#/village/santacall After the season wrapped up, they have a nice graphic and a notice: Happy Holidays! Santa has completed his journey around the world and is taking a much deserved break. Visit us again next year!

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Sublime Text: Disable Auto Complete on Return / Enter key

Recently I’ve been trying to switch from TextMate to SublimeText. For the most part it is an easy transition, but there are a few things that cause me hangups. One of them is how the autocomplete works. In Text Mate, you can use enter / return to get a new line after typing something like a CSS or LESS rule. In SublimeText, if your CSS, LESS, SASS rule matches an auto complete snippet, pressing enter (or return) will cause that to be autocompleted. Fortunately you can edit your Preferences.sublime-settings file and add the following rule to keep autocomplete on but disable enter / return from autocompleting: “auto_complete_commit_on_tab” : false

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How To Build a Roots Child Theme

Step 1 – Download the Roots Theme Download the Roots (based on Bootstrap) theme for WordPress at http://www.rootstheme.com/ Step 2 – Unzip / Install the Roots Theme Unzip the theme and install it in your /wp-content/themes/ directory – the resulting path should be /wp-content/themes/roots/ Step 3 – Create a Child Theme Create another directory for your child theme in the /wp-content/themes/ directory – perhaps something like /wp-content/themes/my-awesome-theme/ In that directory you will need to create a style.css file that should contain the following information: /* Theme Name: My Awesome Child Theme Theme URI: http://www.my-awesome-child-theme.com/ Description: A child theme based on the Roots / Bootstrap wordpress theme Template: roots */ Now you should be able to select this as the child theme in the theme chooser. By default everything will be the same as the parent theme. To override files, copy them to the child theme directory and then modify them. The functions.php file will actually get loaded before the parent functions.php so you may need to do something like: add_action( ‘after_setup_theme’, ‘my_child_theme_setup’ ); function my_child_theme_setup(){ // your code here } In order to have some things modify what the parent theme has set.

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Outlook 2007/2010 – Gmail Help – Google

Google’s help for setting up Microsoft Outlook 2007 / Microsoft Outlook 2010 with G-mail and Google apps seems to be offline or at least redirecting to a non-helpful general e-mail page. Here is a repost of the page: Outlook 2007/2010   Follow the instructions below to set up IMAP1 access in Outlook 2007/2010. Google Apps users, please follow the default instructions unless otherwise noted, replacing ‘your_domain.com’ with your actual domain2 name. To set up your Outlook 2007/2010 client to work with Gmail: Enable IMAP in Gmail. Don’t forget to click Save Changes when you’re done. Open Outlook. For new setups, select Do not upgrade. Click Yes. Enter your display name, email address (including ‘@gmail.com’), and password. Google Apps users, enter your full email address, e.g. ‘[email protected]_domain.com.’ Select the ‘Manually configure server settings or additional server types’ checkbox. Select Internet E-mail. Settings: name, full email address (including ‘@gmail.com’ or ‘@your_domain.com’) In the Account Type dropdown menu, select IMAP. In the ‘Incoming server name’ section, enter: imap.gmail.com and in the ‘Outgoing server name (SMTP)’ section, enter: smtp.gmail.com. In the ‘User Name’ field, give your full Gmail address, including ‘@gmail.com’ or ‘@your_domain.com.’ After creating these settings, clicking Next takes you to the end of the setup. In the Tools menu, select Options then Mail Setup. Under ‘Email Accounts,’ click E-mail Accounts. Select an account, and click Change above the list of accounts. Click More Settings, then the Advancedtab. Incoming server must be 993, and must use SSL3 encryption. Outgoing server can use 587, … Continue reading

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Amazon Projected Billing

Amazon recently announced that they are enabling “detailled billing reports” – which is a great way to keep an eye on your AWS usage and costs. One of the wonderful things they are have enabled is a fine-tuned billing and even some projected billing. To set this up, log in to your Amazon Web Services Console and visit the Billing / Usage Details for your account. Click on Billing (near the bottom left) and then ‘sign up’ for the detailled billing and the programmatic billing. The reports will be saved to one of your S3 buckets – a few times per hour. Dear AWS customer, We are excited to announce Detailed Billing Reports, a new hourly grain view of your AWS usage and charges. This detailed report enables you to better understand your AWS Bill by providing hourly usage and cost data by product and Availability Zone. In addition, consolidated billing customers can now view unblended rates and cost. This report is particularly useful for analyzing your usage of Amazon EC2 On-demand and Reserved Instances. To get started, visit the Billing Preferences page to sign up for Detailed Billing Reports. You will also need to sign-up for Programmatic Access, as reports are only published to your Amazon S3 bucket. AWS generates new reports based on your estimated bill multiple times per day and a final report for month end. To learn more about Detailed Billing Reports, please visit About AWS Account Billing. Sincerely, The Amazon Web Services Team

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Lingon Startup Folder Locations

My Agents ~/Library/LaunchAgents Users Daemons ~/Library/LaunchAgents /Users/*/Library/LaunchAgents (for all users) Users Agents ~/Library/LaunchAgents /Users/*/Library/LaunchAgents (for all users) System Agents /System/Library/LaunchAgents System Daemons /Library/LaunchDaemons

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AWS Newsletter – December 2012

AWS NewsletterDecember 2012 Introducing Amazon RedshiftSign up for an invitation to the limited preview of Amazon Redshift, a fast and powerful, fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse service in the cloud. Redshift offers you fast query performance when analyzing virtually any size data set using the same SQL-based tools and business intelligence applications you use today. It is certified by Jaspersoft and MicroStrategy, with additional business intelligence tools coming soon.

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Google AdSense Newsletter – December 2012

2013 is just around the corner, we’re taking a look back at another successful year with over 2 million AdSense publishers globally.

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LimeChat Tutorial

Step 1: Download and install Limechat If you don’t already have LimeChat installed, you can download it from the App Store or visit the LimeChat website to download and install the software Step 2: Create new server connection When you open LimeChat the first time it starts a connection wizard. You can skip it and add a new connection from Server / Add Server… menu in the OS X status bar. Enter the following settings: Step 3: Add a Channel Channels are like chat rooms if you are used to AOL or Instant Message clients. You can add a channel using the menu bar -> Channel -> Add Channel Enter the information about the Channel you would like to add – really the only thing required is the channel name. Don’t enter a hash (#) sign before the Channel name. Step 4: Connect Connect to a the server, then connect to a channel. LimeChat should be able to connect and join channels automatically. If you’re not connected, right click on the server name and select Connect or select Server / Connect from the OS X status bar. To join a channel manually, got to the Channels / Add Channel… menu in the OS X status bar. Available channels are listed on your dashboard. Step 5: Start chatting Now that you’ve connected you can start chatting! You can add multiple servers and channels and they will show up in the bottom right. Right click them for more options.

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