Jennifer Zelazny

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Category: HOWTOs

Step by step guides to help with technical issues that I have worked on over the years.

Apple HOWTOs

How to Transfer Purchases in iTunes

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Ever need to transfer your purchases from your iPad or iPhone from one computer to another? After getting the alert multiple times I figured it was time to learn. To transfer your purchases – you need to control click on your device (after connecting it to the computer you want to transfer the items to) in the iTunes “Device” list and then select “Transfer Purchases…” More information: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1848 Read more

Apple HOWTOs

iTunes Screensaver in Mac OS X

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I generally use the Cosmos screensaver but I recently decided to check out some of the other options. I really thought the iTunes screensaver looked cool – as it shows all your cover art. I then accidentally hovered over one of the album covers and noticed I could actually click on it and switch the current iTunes song. Super cool and a nice touch Apple. I just wish I would have stumbled onto this earlier. PS – how did I take a screenshot of a screensaver? I opened my System Preferences, clicked on “Desktop and Screensaver”, held down command and... Read More » Read more

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Clear Safari 5.1 Cache

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When working on projects – I generally need to refresh pages multiple times (to see CSS changes, etc). I generally work with my browser’s cache disabled (Develop Menu > Disable Caches in Safari) but I noticed that simply pressing the return button on a page/site in Safari 5.1 did not work. It was driving me absolutely crazy. I then decided to click on the reload button in the address bar (far rich side) (looks like a circular arrow). This actually reloaded the page properly. I am not really sure why simply pressing return (to reload the page) did not work... Read More » Read more

Business HOWTOs

HOWTO: Change Your QuickBooks Web Connect Account

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Awhile back I changed banks (bank buyout/name change) and have been fighting with Quickbooks (2010) when I do my web connect imports. When I go yo “Online Banking” > Import within QuickBooks – I have the account I want to use open, but when the .qbo file opens, it goes to my old account (previous bank). This was driving me crazy and I finally decided it was time to fix this. To disassociate an account/fix this issue: Select the Lists menu and then select Chart of Accounts. Select the account you wish to unlink from imported online transactions, and then... Read More » Read more

HOWTOs Javascript Web Development

Find JS Code Issues and Errors With JSLint

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Ever have a page not load properly in IE 7 but it loads fine – without error – with all other browsers? After you validate all your CSS/HTML and the error or funky behavior persists…and you have made sure your doctype is correct – what can you do? Validate your JS using JS Lint. What is JSLint? JSLint is a JavaScript program that looks for problems in JavaScript programs. It is a code quality tool. I just got done with some cross browser consulting (my favorite) – and one of the pages would not load properly in IE 7 due... Read More » Read more

CSS HOWTOs Web Development

HOWTO: Target Firefox for Specific CSS

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Generally – the best way to handle CSS is to keep it simple, clean, and without any hacks. From now and again there are some times when I need to write CSS specific to IE (using conditional comments). I recently came across a site where I needed to target Firefox because of a width issue. This is the first time in my many years I ran into this – and tried a number of hopeful solutions but nothing worked. I then found that if I used: @-moz-document url-prefix(){} that that would work out and only Firefox would use the styles... Read More » Read more

Business HOWTOs Serenity Now!

How NOT to Take/Make a Business Call

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It is unbelievable how some people act on a conference call or even a business related call. From my experience here are some pointers on how NOT to impress your colleagues/clients/developers. (All based on actual things I have experienced) Make a business call while in the drive-thru at McDonanlds…and then ask me to hold while you order your “Big Breakfast”. You called me – why couldn’t you wait until at least after ordering?What it tells me: You do not respect my time and this will not be the last inappropriate call. Anything is game. Have multiple conversations while on a... Read More » Read more

HOWTOs

Working With WordPress Shortcodes in Template Files

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Ever need to include the functionality of a shortcode in a WordPress template file? Awhile back I needed to create a template that auto changed some of the shortcode parameters depending on the URL it was accessed from. (Think single gallery page – that depending on the GET variables of the page – would show a specific and that gallery specific options. Instead of creating multiple gallery pages with the gallery shortcode hardcoded in – I decided to make one gallery page and then change the contents by simply modifying the URL using some GET variables which worked out great.... Read More » Read more

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Building Big Things on a Small Budget

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Most people have great ideas, good plans, and little follow through. Over the years I have seen a lot of this and have even participated on occasion (my want to create heated windshield wipers for one). With consulting – time and time again – I hear great ideas, get a time/cost estimate in place and then the client comes back with “well we want all these features in the $10,000 estimate but we want to only spend $2,500”. For most people they either give up completely or get a family member, friend, etc that does some web development – but... Read More » Read more

HOWTOs

Jappler Recommends: Trim the Fat With Facebook Status Updates

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I cannot tell you how bothered I am when my “news feed” is littered with all sorts of updates about zoo this, farmville that. I like to keep up to date on family friends but I really do not care about the games they are playing which I am not participating in. Fortunately – Facebook allows you to “hide” statuses from applications. If you want to hide these as well (or anyone in your newsfeed which you might not really care about) – simply hover over the status update and a “hide” link will appear. You can either block that... Read More » Read more