mazeMany people like to do web development and production on a local machine before bringing it “live” on a real space. Often they want other people to be able to view and use the site in this development stage. In fact, this site was hosted on a computer in my basement for a while until I worked up the nerve to actually make it official and get a domain name.

But how do you make your site work through the maze of firewalls, routers, and IP addresses that home networks typically have?

While everyone’s set up is slightly different, here I will describe what it took to have my site running.Read More »

In what may be the most expected result of any Mac test I’ve ever done, I learned that closing the lid on a MacBook while it is still in the shutdown procedure will not cause it to sleep, but will continue in the shutdown process. Handy.
[tags]Leopard, MacBook, Apple[/tags]

If you’re a Mac user, you’ve likely heard a significant amount about Leopard, the new OS X version 10.5. From newspapers, blogs or magazines, there is a lot of information on this newest cat. You’re likely wondering what Leopard brings that makes it worthy of an upgrade and $129 (that’s right, Canada has the same price as the US), so I’ll try to show what makes Leopard more agile than previous versions of OS X. Read More »

While preparing to launch this blog, I noticed a number of other sites that displayed how long the page took to create. Many of the solutions I found to add this functionality did not yield the proper result, so after much tinkering and looking for solutions on the interweb, I will share the product.

Access your WordPress installation by using FTP and find the folder for the template, which is located in /wp-content/themes/name of your theme. In this folder are a number of files, including header.php and footer.php. Open these two files in a text editor and add the following lines:

To the header.php file:

Add this at the very top of the file, on the second line.

To the footer.php file:

Add this next to “Powered by WordPress” and you should see the time on each page of your site.
[tags]Wordpress, timer, Akismet, PHP, blog, technology[/tags]

I use Butler everyday, many times each day. I become less productive without it. One of the most productive uses I have found for Butler is linking it to Internet search engines. Here is a tutorial on how to make Butler play nice with Google et al. Read More »