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And a list of some iPad accessories:
When it comes to DIY websites, WordPress + Elegant Themes is a great and easy way to get yourself up and running in short order.
Elegant Themes offer such a playground of themes for such a low fee that people can test and try on themes as they learn. Plus, they offer great support and documentation. To top it off, their themes are designed with a solid, intuitive logic. I’ve used themes from ThemeForest when working on a specific project that requires something special, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat staring at the screen trying to figure out how to activate things or populate things when the builder has provided no good support and the use is not even close to intuitive.
Point being, I love Elegant Themes so I’m actively telling other’s that they will save a lot of time and money by choosing Elegant Themes. I know that developers and designers sometimes cringe at the idea of not using a framework theme. But, for the small business owner’s or hobbyist’s who are going to a DIY a site they are a lifesaver. Highly recommend!!
Amazingly beautiful Premium WordPress Themes coupled with advanced functionality and awesome support.
I really love Apple’s Magic Mouse but, I was getting tired of what always seems like changing the batteries in the thing. So, I bought Mobee’s Magic Charger which I am pretty pleased with right now. I would recommend fully charging the battery before installing it in your Magic Mouse (I had just put the battery right in & it was frequently loosing the connection) but, after fully charging the battery I am no longer noticing that issue. I will note that you will notice the the mouse feels noticeably lighter with the new battery pack.
If you run a WordPress blog—as millions of people do—the platform’s Web-based management is thorough and easy to use. However, if you want to post to your blog from an iPad or iPhone, using a browser to do so can be a bit cramped. Instead, turn to the WordPress app from Automattic. A recent update has given this free app a clean and functional interface for accessing your blog.
WordPress for iOS works with both all sizes of iOS device—the iPhone, the iPad, and even (with version 3.1.4) the iPhone 5. While the app doesn’t provide optimized access to all of WordPress’s features, it’s sufficient for most uses, whether for managing blogs and comments, or writing and updating posts. It works with blogs hosted on WordPress.com as well as self-hosted WordPress blogs, as long as you have turned on XML-RPC services (from Settings -> Writing on your WordPress dashboard). You can even create a WordPress.com blog from the app, and follow any WordPress.com blogs from it as well.
The WordPress app features a sidebar with links to posts, pages, comments, stats, and the WordPress dashboard; it also lets you view the site as it appears in a browser. Tap on Posts, for example, to see a list of posts on your blog, then tap on a post to edit it, or on the plus button (+) to create a new post. If you’re familiar with the WordPress dashboard, you’ll find this mobile interface similar.
You type your post in a text field, you can choose tags and categories from fields that—when tapped—display all those you have defined on the blog, and you can upload pictures or videos. (You can even take pictures on the spot and add them to posts.) Some of the options are more limited than with the Web-based version of WordPress, and if you use any plug-ins to help you create or edit posts, you won’t have access to them here. For the majority of blogs, though this app will be sufficient.
One notable lacuna: the WordPress app does not support custom fields, and if you have a blog that requires these, you’ll only be able to access the body field. You also can’t set custom excerpts, or set featured images.
When typing, the WordPress app adds a bar above the keyboard with some of the buttons you use to add styles: This lets you apply bold or italic, add links, set block quotes, create lists, and add a <!—more—> tag, which splits a post so only the text above the tag appears on your blog’s main page. When you’re finished creating or editing your post, you can preview it by tapping the eye button; this shows exactly how it looks in a browser.
On the iPad, as expected, there’s plenty of room to do all of this, but the iPhone is more cramped, in part because of the extra bar above the keyboard. (The iPhone 5 adds a bit of vertical space to make this easier to use.)
In addition to these posting and editing features, you can manage comments, approving, deleting, editing, and replying to them. You can view your blog’s stats, if you use the Jetpack plug-in, and you can access your blog’s dashboard. This latter feature is simply a browser page, rather than an optimized interface in the WordPress app; as such, it can be difficult to navigate on a small screen.
While you probably wouldn’t want to do all of your blogging and blog management from an iOS device, the WordPress app lets you do these tasks fairly easily. Naturally, this is much more efficient on an iPad than on an iPhone, but it’s possible with the latter. While there are some things you can’t do with this app—custom fields, custom excerpts, and featured images aren’t supported—you can still access these from the browser-based dashboard view. The WordPress app is a worthy—and free—tool for those who run blogs with this platform.
New computer showed up today installed the ram “memory” and now I am running updates & transferring my files. I have it plugged into my tv to get things going until my monitor shows up some time tomorrow afternoon.
Sorry, that I haven’t had many posts lately I finally am updating my machine. My 24″ iMac just isn’t getting the job done for me anymore the internal hard drive quit working about a year or so, ago and I have been running off of a external hard drive so, I broke down & ordered a MacMini Server which is suppose to arrive on Monday.
I will be installing 16GB of 1333MHz DDR3 memory KomputerBay (link below)
Dual 500GB (7200-rpm) hard drives
I plan on adding a Crucial 512GB SSD when I get some extra cash
Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor with 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory
- Thunderbolt port with support for up to 2560-by-1600 resolution
- HDMI port with support for up to 1920-by-1200 resolution
- DVI output using HDMI to DVI Adapter (included)
- Support for dual display and video mirroring
- Audio line in minijack (digital/analog)
- Audio line out/headphone minijack (digital/analog)
- HDMI port supports multichannel audio output
- Support for Apple iPhone headset with microphone
- Built-in speaker
Connections and Expansion
- Thunderbolt port (up to 10 Gbps)
- FireWire 800 port (up to 800 Mbps)
- Four USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps)
- HDMI port
- SDXC card slot
- Gigabit Ethernet port
- Audio in/out
802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking4; IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible
Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
I will post some images and/or some video when it all comes together.
Mac OS X offers a number of useful options for taking screenshots—images of your screen, or parts of it—that you can use for how-to guides, for sharing with others, or even for sending to tech support. Here’s a quick look at those options, including some tricks for getting the best screenshots.
The simplest screenshot option is to snap an image of your entire screen. You do this by pressing Shift+Command+3. The resulting image is saved, one for each connected display, to your desktop with the name Screen Shot, followed by the date and time.
If you don’t want the entire screen, press Shift+Command+4. Your cursor changes to a marquee for selecting an area of the screen to capture, with the dimensions of the selected area appearing next to the marquee. Release the cursor button to take the shot.
But what if you want to take a snapshot of a particular object on the screen? Press the shortcut for a selection, Shift+Command+4, but instead of selecting an area, press the Space Bar. The marquee turns into a camera icon that highlights any object or interface element beneath it. Click the mouse button, and the highlighted item—and just that item—is captured in your screenshot.
A common issue I have is that I select a screen area, but it’s not quite the area I want. Instead of starting over, just press the spacebar—this lets you move the entire selection. If you let go of the spacebar, you can continue to resize your selection from there.
Mac OS X also offers some options for controlled resizing. Press the screen-selection shortcut and select an area of the screen, but then hold down the Shift key. This lets you resize your selection in a single dimension, horizontally or vertically, without changing the other dimension. If you need to resize in the other dimension, release the Shift key and then press it again to reset the axis lock.
You can also resize a selection rectangle proportionately. Just hold down the Option key, and drag the mouse cursor away from or towards the center of the rectangle. The rectangle retains its height-to-width ratio while resizing.
You can even combine all these special features for resizing and moving your selection in order to get the perfect screenshot framing.
What if you plan to edit your screenshot immediately? It turns out that if you add the _Control_ key to either your fullscreen or selection keyboard shortcut, instead of saving your screenshot as a file on the desktop, OS X copies the image to the clipboard. You can then paste it right into an image editor. Or you can just open OS X’s own Preview app and use the New From Clipboard command.
Install and configure Apache, MySQL, PHP and phpMyAdmin on OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion
With the new cat out of the bag, getting the AMP stack running is a little different on OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 (GM Build 12A269) than is its predecessor OS X 10.7 Lion, here is the lowdown on getting Apache, MySQL, PHP and phpMyAdmin running on the new Apple operating system.
The first difference in the new OS X 10.8 is the dropping of the GUI option to turn on Web Sharing in the System Preferences, it may be gone but Apache is definitely installed in the lower level of the OS and ready to go.No Web Sharing Option in System Preferences
Apache is pre-installed and needs to be enabled via the command line -/Applications/Utilities/Terminal
to start it
sudo apachectl start
to stop it
sudo apachectl stop
to restart it
sudo apachectl restart
To find the Apache version
The version installed in Golden Master is Apache/2.2.22
After starting Apache – test in the browser - http://localhost - you should see the “It Works!” text.
Document root is the location where the files are shared from the file system and is similar to the traditional names of ‘public_html’ and ‘htdocs’, OSX has historically had 2 web roots one at a system level and one at a user level – you can set both up or just run with one, the user level one allows multiple acounts to have their own web root whilst the system one is global. It seems there is less effort from Apple in continuing with the user level one but it still can be set up with a couple of extra tweaks.
System Level Web Root
- the default system document root is still found at -
It is found in the filing system at -
User Level Root
Interestingly the user document root level is missing the ‘~/Sites’ folder in the User account, you need to make a “Sites” folder at the root level of your account and then it will work.Create a Sites folder at the account root level
Check that you have a “username.conf” filed under:
If you don’t then create one named by the short username of the account with the suffix .conf, its contents should be (swap in the real username):
cd /etc/apache2/users sudo nano username.conf
Then add the content below swapping in your username:
<Directory "/Users/username/Sites/"> Options Indexes MultiViews AllowOverride All Order allow,deny Allow from all </Directory>
Permissions on the file should be:
-rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel 298 Jun 28 16:47 username.conf
Restart Apache for the new file to be read:
sudo apachectl restart
Then this user level document root will be viewable at:
PHP 5.3.13 is loaded in OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion and needs to be turned on by uncommenting a line in the httpd.conf file.
sudo nano /etc/apache2/httpd.conf
Use “control” + “w” to search and search for ‘php’ this will land you on the right line then uncomment the line (remove the #):
LoadModule php5_module libexec/apache2/libphp5.so
Write out and Save using the nano short cut keys at the bottom ‘control o’ and ‘control x’
Re-load apache to kick in
sudo apachectl restart
To see and test PHP, create a file name it “phpinfo.php” and file it in your document root with the contents below, then view it in a browser.
<?php phpinfo(); ?>
MySQL is again a missing component in OS X 10.8 and needs to be dowloaded from the MySQL site use the Mac OS X ver. 10.6 (x86, 64-bit), DMG Archive version (works fine on 10.8).
When downloading you don’t have to sign up, look for » No thanks, just take me to the downloads! - go straight to the download mirrors and download the software from a mirror which is closest to you.
Once downloaded install the 3 components. You may need to adjust the Security and Privacy System Pref to allow installs.
The first is the MySQL software, the 2nd item allows MySQL to start when the Mac is booted and the third is a System Preference that allows start/stop operation and a preference to enable it to start on boot.
You can start the MySQL server from the System Preferences or via the command line
sudo /usr/local/mysql/support-files/mysql.server start
To find the MySQL version from the terminal, type at the prompt:
This also puts you in to an interactive dialogue with mySQL, type \q to exit.
After installation, in order to use mysql commands without typing the full path to the commands you need to add the mysql directory to your shell path, this is done in your “.bash_profile” file in your home directory, if you don’t have that file just create it using vi or nano:
cd ; nano .bash_profile
The first command brings you to your home directory and opens the .bash_profile file or creates a new one if it doesn’t exist, then add in the line above which adds the mysql binary path to commands that you can run. Exit the file with type “control + x” and when prompted save the change by typing “y”. Last thing to do here is to reload the shell for the above to work straight away.
You will get the version number again, just type “\q” to exit.
Set the root password
/usr/local/mysql/bin/mysqladmin -u root password 'yourpasswordhere'
Use the single ‘quotes’ surrounding the password
phpMyAdmin is installed pretty much the same way as before. Fix the 2002 socket error first -
sudo mkdir /var/mysql
sudo ln -s /tmp/mysql.sock /var/mysql/mysql.sock
Download phpMyAdmin, the english.tar.gz package, uncompress and file in the document root renaming folder to phpmyadmin.
Make the config folder
Change the permissions
chmod o+w ~/Sites/phpmyadmin/config
Run the set up in the browser
The new server to be configured is the localhost, click new server and then the only other configurations are the local mysql user and the password in the Authentication tab.
Add in the username, by default “root” is assumed, add in the password, click on save and you are returned to the previous screen.
Make sure you click on save, then a config.inc.php is now in the /config directory, movethis file to the root level of /phpmyadmin and then remove the now empty /config directory.
Now going to http://localhost/~username/phpmyadmin/ will now allow you to interact with your MySQL databases.
Thats it you now have the native AMP stack running ontop of the Mountain Lion.
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