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Thursday, January 07, 2010

Fun, fun..

     Well for all of you who actually follow or have my blog bookmarked, I will be moving things around and adding several other blogs in the next few days. Few examples are: Product & Service Reviews : Self Help Guides : Latest Tech News. Any suggestions or comments are very welcome.

Hope Everyone Has A Great Night! Stay Warm!!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Favicon.ico - What is it and why do you want it?

Well I'll try and answer that as simply as possible from what I've learned from my own experience as well as others.

What is a Favicon?

Favicon stands for "Favorites Icon". It's the little icon beside your site's name in the favorites list, before the URL in the address bar, as a bookmarked website on the desktop, in the "Links" bar and on the windows taskbar.

Why does Favicon.ico Show Up as a 404 in the log files?

I was confused when this first started showing up, if I'd never had a file called that... why were people looking for it? The answer is simple, all it means is that people with browsers that use favicon (Internet Explorer 5.0 +, Firefox, Mozilla, Konqueror and a most others) are visiting your site. While seeing a 404 in your log files usually means that a visitor got the dreaded "404 Page Not Found" error, in this case it doesn't. All it means is that the default icon was shown instead of a custom one, your visitors saw no errors :-)

Why should you use a favicon?

Most peoples bookmarks / favorites list is a very cluttered place. Having yours stand out with a nice graphical reminder of your site beside it is a good way to get their attention again.

How To Make a Favicon

There's quite a few good favicon creators for free, a few of my favorites are FavIcon from Pics creates a favicon within seconds from any image on your computer, even an animated if you'd like.

I'm not going to go into detail here about the actual creation of icons, there are tons of other sites to help you on that if you get stuck.

I will tell you the icon basics. Icons are image files that actually contain one or more images, so a good idea is to make the 16x16 size as well as a 48x48 for windows desktops and if you want you could go to the higher Mac sizes size (128x128). When you've done that, name your file favicon.ico. Please not, renaming a jpg, png etc. won't work, it has to be an ico file.

How To Get Your Favicon To Show

There are 2 different ways to do this:

Method 1
This is the easiest to do and it will show your icon no matter what page your visitor adds to their favorites. Simply upload your new icon to the main directory of your site, ie. www.example.com/favicon.ico.

Method 2
If you don't have access to your root directory (if your on a free server for example) or it you want a different favicon for certain pages, add this to the of your html. (You can name your favicon whatever you'd like with this method)

Or if you prefer to use the full URL:

Note: The first time (OK.. I admit it, the second time to) that I tried to add a favicon I got rather confused when I decided to change it. If you upload a new one, be sure to clear your cache for the new icon to show up.             PEFDUPZGAAWR

Monday, January 04, 2010

Making Diagram Creation Easy and Simple - Thats Cacoo (Includes Collaboration)

The creation of wire frames, diagrams, network charts, layouts can be an unpleasant experience and more. Even for the experienced designer. That's OK though, thanks to the wonderful people over at Cacoo.com. You don't even have to have much experience in diagram creation, Cacoo uses a simple drag-n-drop interface.
You also get a huge array of icons, chats, maps, etc..
If you'd like to know more please visit their site: Cacoo

Ei.cfg Removal Utility Lets You Use Any Product Key With Your Windows 7 Disc

Windows: Windows 7 install discs are edition-specific—if you've got a valid license key, you still need the right disc for installation. The ei.cfg Removal Utility, however, lets you create a new, universal installation ISO for Windows 7.

Although your Windows installation disc may say "Home Premium Edition," it still contains the other versions (such as Pro or Ultimate) on the disc—it just has a very small file called ei.cfg that tells the disc what version to install. The ei.cfg Removal Utility creates a new ISO of your install disc that ignores this file, thus letting you choose what edition you want when you start the installer.
While this tool is especially useful for computer technicians who have to install Windows a lot, it's also nice to have for those of us that tend to lose discs often—especially in this day and age of emailed product keys. Now, if you need to reinstall Windows but can't find your disc, you can just borrow a friend's—even if it's an edition that's different than yours. You just need let the installer know which edition matches your product key (Note: Your disc still needs to be the same kernel as your key (i.e. 32 or 64-bit).
The ei.cfg Removal Utility is a free download, Windows only, and requires a Windows 7 install disc to use.

Bought a website through Google and now its pointing to crappy Google Sites.

Well here's how to stop it. It's not as simple as changing your DNS settings.

You first need to remove the mapping from your Google Sites website.  After that, you should be able to add it to the Publish tab of your Blogger settings.

To remove from Google Sites...

1.  Log into your Google Sites website (as Owner)
2.  Select More Actions >> Manage Site
3.  Select the Web Address menu option from the left navigation menu
4.  Locate the www.example.com entry and click the remove link that appears next to it.

To add to Blogger...

1.  Log into your Blogger website
2.  Navigate to the Settings page and select the Publishing tab
3.  Under advanced settings, enter your URL (www.example.com)

(The Blogger steps may not be exact, but they should be pretty close.)

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Google Bookmarks - Simple Guide

OK, i'm getting tired of telling people how to do this so here goes... lol.

Easy way to manage, access, and save all your bookmarks/favorites regardless what computer your using.

Well here's my simple solution.

1. Go to Google and search for " Using Google Bookmarks : Manage your bookmarks ".

or use this link: Google Bookmark

2. Read the page and add the Google Bookmark contained within to Chrome.

3. Then visit Google Bookmarks and add it as a bookmark in Chrome.

4. Enable sync bookmarks in Chrome Beta. (Look for the wrench in the top right corner of Chrome.)

After it's synced you can enable it in the other copies of Chrome that you use and you'll end up with two simple bookmarks. Just be sure to log into the Google Account that you want to sync with before enabling it in Chrome.

-What do you end up with in the end: - One Bookmark in Chrome to create a new Bookmark form the current page and save it directly to your Google Bookmarks and one to view your Google Bookmarks. Hope it helps some people.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

How to Remove the OfficeLive Logo

This is one of the solutions I've found to remove the OfficeLive Logo and links from your site. You should know that this solution will remove the Logo from every page on your Site. This solution requires that you have Advanced Design Features Activated, if you need help on how to do this check the Help and How To section. Go to the Site Designer, in the Site Designer, click Style Sheet, check the Apply Custom CSS to Site and paste the following code into the box, now just go ahead and click OK. The Office Live Logo will disappear from every page on your site including the links!

display : none;