Category: HOWTOs

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


print file size command.

Earlier today I was asked for the command to show a file size in UNIX and so I thought I would share. There are, of course, a few ways to do this. One great little command to keep handy is:du -h. The du (display utility) will print out the size of a file or directory. […]

HOWTOs WordPress

wordpress widgets.

I recently started looking into WordPress Widgets which allow people to customize their WordPress web site or blog without knowing any HTML. Widgets allow WordPress users to simply “drag and drop” features in their sidebars. Sound interesting? A basic overview on how to get widgets working on your site: Download the Widgets plugin for WordPress […]

Apple Hints HOWTOs

outlook users having issues with attachments.

A few days I came across a problem with Microsoft Outlook users not being able to open any attachments sent by someone using Apple’s application (the default Apple email application). Fortunately the fix is quick and easy! The real problem: Apple, by default, uses a “Rich Text Format” (RTF) for composing all new email […]

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good css practices.

I was recently asked to recommend and comment on some good CSS practices for a client and I thought I would pass some of them. Use a table of contents. I always start my stylesheet(s) with a table of contents so I can easily locate particular styles in the future. I would recommend breaking your […]


remove all .svn directories in a directory.

Anyone who uses subversion will need this sooner or later. Change directories to the root directory and run: find . -name .svn -print0 | xargs -0 rm -rf. Bingo…all .svn directories are gone and you can start fresh! [tags]subversion, svn[/tags]

HOWTOs WordPress

iPod and WordPress coolness in one day.

I came across an awesome HOWTO on getting linux and games on your iPod. Now if I just had a color screen iPod (I have gen 2). On another note, now offers “VIP Hosting” which would be a great option for a few projects I am working on. Great job Automattic! [tags]iPod, linux, games, […]

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creating google maps.

I just finished a quick project for a friend that used Google Maps. I was approached with the question: “I want to create a map that will illustrate the two hotel options and the reception hall for my wedding invitation. Do you know of any mapping software that I could use to do this?” I […]

Apache HOWTOs HTML/XTML Web Development

mod_include to the rescue

After working with content management managements for well quite awhile now, the thought of creating more than seven (more than five, less than ten) static pages for a client makes me cringe. Why? I am spoiled by using template driven solutions. With templateing, if I need to make a header change, I change it one […]

CSS Hints HOWTOs Web Development

troubleshooting/debugging css.

After spending fourteen hours this weekend working on CSS for a project (99% positioning), I thought I should write something about troubleshooting and debugging common problems I usually run into in hopes it can save others a few minutes/hours/frustration. What to do when the unexpected happens (including when nothing at all): class(.) or ID(#)? There […]

HOWTOs Web Development

SVN Revert

There are some things I am very thankful for when I am working in PhotoShop…being able to navigate the history, the background eraser, the rounded corners tool, but there are sometimes when I fingers end up moving faster than my brain and save and close PSD files before I had the chance to undo a […]

Apple HOWTOs

troubleshooting rss feed problems in safari.

I now subscribe to almost 100 RSS feeds and use Safari to manage my them. Over the last year, I have run into problems with some of my RSS feeds where there is an error with one RSS feed and the error text seems to leak into other feeds. The blog/news entries still appear correctly, […]