Helpful WordPress Sites

I’ve been doing a lot of work with WordPress lately and compiled a short list of very helpful resources.

There hundreds (if not thousands) of sites offering themes on the web. I mentioned the three above as I have personal experience with each of them so I am comfortable recommending them.

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Protect your Facebook session with HTTPS

Source: Lifehacker

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End of Year Time Machine Cleanup

During the Holiday break I decided to do a little computer file cleanup. I noticed that the size of my Time Machine backup had grown quite large (Approx 850 GB). That’s right, 850 GB. I decided I didn’t that many backups and proceeded to delete nearly all of the backup files save a few key ones. I then noticed that the .sparsebundle that is my backup was still reporting a file size of 850 GB. After doing a little google searching I found that this is common. I also found a way to manually compact the sparsebundle to reclaim some of that unused space. The trick was to use The Terminal.

Helpful Links:

Here is what I did since my backup has spaces in the filename.

  • Launch Terminal
  • cd /Volumes
  • sudo -s
  • ls (to view the Volumes)
  • cd “Time Capsule Disk” (I had to include the quotes)
  • hdiutil compact *.sparsebundle

If all goes according to plan, you should see the following messages:

Starting to compact…
Reclaiming free space
……………………………………
Finishing compaction…
Reclaimed xxx.x GB out of xxx.x GB possible

I reclaimed 507.5 GB!!! Your results may vary.

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Protect your identity

Identity guard from Costco. The price is right. I was given this tip from my father and I am currently considering the service.

Get Your Quarterly Credit Updates and Public Record Profile. Call 1-866-818-0874 for more information.

The new Member Profile includes:

  • New Message Board – Stay up-to-date with alerts, service updates and other important notifications.
  • New Dashboard – All your information is available and easy to navigate with the new layout.
  • Updated Financial Calculators – We’ve made our calculators easier to use to help you manage your finances.
  • Current Credit Score – See at a glance your most recent credit score from all three credit bureaus.

“Award-winning IDENTITY GUARD TOTAL PROTECTIONSM, rated the #1 identity protection service” – PC World.

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Copy changed files

This little tool isn’t for everyone, but someday you might have a need to compare files in two directories and only grab the changes. This is one of those tools that can be so handy in just the right situation. I’m thinking of using it for incremental backups as described on the examples page.

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Superbar for windows system monitoring

Windows 7: If you like visual indicators for things like disk capacity, battery life, memory usage, and speaker volume, and you like them prominent and easy to find, SuperbarMonitor puts easy to read indicators right on your Superbar.

http://lifehacker.com/5488717/superbarmonitor-puts-system-monitoring-right-on-your-windows-superbar

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Clean up your Mac’s “open with” contextual menu

I stumbled upon this short Lifehacker article about how to clean up duplicate apps listed in the “open with…” contextual menu. It caught my eye because I was just wondering how to clean this up on my Macbook Pro. I have installed Photoshop and then later upgraded so there are now two “photoshop” options listed. Looks like the solution is to rebuild your Mac’s LaunchServices database with the following terminal command.

/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Frameworks/
LaunchServices.framework/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user

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Mac Memory Test

I recently purchased 8GB of RAM from Amazon.com for my Macbook Pro. So far the upgrade has been terrific. No hardware conflicts to speak of and the performance boost to VM-Ware Fusion running Windows 7 has been terrific. There is no longer any noticeable lag in either OS. I had read a few reviews about RAM upgrades that had gone bad so I went on the search for something to test the hardware. I found a great application called “rember” [http://www.kelleycomputing.net/rember/]. Rember provides a nice GUI for running a battery of memory tests. The tests ran successfully and all appears to be running well now after a few weeks with the new hardware.

Here is what I ordered:

Corsair CM3X8GSDKIT1066 XMS3 8 GB PC3-8500 1066Mhz 204-pin SODIMM Laptop Memory

I should mention that this was a considerable savings over the Apple upgrade price of $600.00.

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Safari Extensions

A while back Apple introduced extensions for the Safari 5 web browser. Fortunately, they also provide a one-stop shop for acquiring new extensions here [https://extensions.apple.com/]. I tend to want to run a lean system with as few extensions and software as possible, but I may make an exception or two for extensions like Firebug and Delicious.

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Apple Event on October 20, 2010

Just a reminder that Apple has something planned for October 20, 2010. Based on the invite, it looks like it is going to be an operating system related event. Possibly Mac OS 10.7 “Lion”?

My predictions:

  • A preview of the “Lion” os to come in early 2011.
  • iLife ’11 available by end of October 2010.
  • Macbook Air revisions available by end of October 2010.

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