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How to stop your facebook page from posting tweets to twitter

Automated postings to social media accounts - Facebook, Twitter, etc - are a great way to build your presence, and let your audience know what you're doing. Over the years preferred services have come and gone which automate cross posting to social media accounts. Where a few years we would have instructed Facebook to autopost to twitter, we might want to do that in a different way now. For example, I'm finding the dlvr.it service to be much better and offer better control over the format of postings.

The ultimate guide to a quickly customized mobile responsive Wordpress theme

wordpress-logo-stacked-rgb.pngI'm getting up to speed with Wordpress. One thing I wanted was to quickly get a halfway decent looking mobile responsive theme, and then get on with the business of writing my content. My belief is that it's folly spending too much time on creating the perfect theme & look & feel, and that it's the content which is more important.

How to customize the per-post authoring byline in Wordpress

wordpress-logo-stacked-rgb.pngAs a new Wordpress site owner, I'm going over every detail of the presentation to make sure everything looks right. This evening the task is improving the per-post publishing byline, and author information. As a side task, I want to have the site display my full name anywhere it would normally show the user login name. My theory is that because my mother named me "David Herron" and not "webmaster" that my website shouldn't show my name as "webmaster".

Drupal & Blogger user tries Wordpress after years of sneering, and likes it

wordpress-logo-stacked-rgb.pngThe other night talking with my girlfriend about developing a website for her, we decided that she needed a Wordpress blog. She's done quite a lot with Blogger blogs and is very familiar with them, but the goals she had were impossible given Blogger's limitations. While Drupal is a very powerful system and could have done what she wanted, it's not exactly user friendly.

Twerking your way to Skype on a Chromebook - ChromeOS future includes Android apps

One of the pain points of Chromebook users is that certain kinds of applications either aren't available for ChromeOS or are impractical. ChromeOS is a Chrome web browser, running pre-packaged on top of Linux, with a bunch of security goodness backed up by Google cloud services. It's an amazing environment but the applications are limited to running inside Chrome. Well, unless you jailbreak the device and install Crouton allowing you to run Linux.

Accidental Amazon Kindle purchases: It's easy to buy for Kindle, and hard to return

Maybe this has happened to you, you're on amazon.com and accidentally purchase a Kindle book. The way it happened for me was simple, I had entered a book name to search for it, then hit TAB (don't remember why), then hit RETURN, and next thing I knew I was on a page thanking me for making a purchase. The culprit? Me, and the design of the Amazon website.

Do 3rd party commenting systems (Disqus et al) support my community, or theirs?

It used to be that Web 2.0 was the cool new thing, and a core feature was that the audience could leave comments on websites. It's common nowadays for websites to support comments, and comment areas have become (in some cases) a war zone full of partisan bickering. It was ground-breaking the 10ish or so years ago that websites began to support 3rd party comments. Really.

Apple's new iPhone trade-in upgrade program is good recycling news

iPhonesApple's iPhone trade-in program is rolling out in Apple stores across the US according to several reports.  It's possible to trade an iPhone for a later model through several places now, such as Best Buy.  But from Apple's point of view they want the customer to remain an Apple iPhone customer, whereas through other programs the "upgrade" could be to an Android device.   Customers are given a value for their iPhon

Olympus E-PL2 upgrade choice between E-PL5 or Nikon D3200

E-PL5-hero-black_1Have been looking for a new camera to replace my Olympus PEN E-PL2 and after weighing a number of parameters am going to upgrade to the Olympus PEN E-PL5.  I'm doing this instead of, for example, a Nikon D3200, for reasons I'll get to in a minute.  The E-PL5 is hugely improved over the E-PL2, and because it's nearly identically sized switching to the E-PL5 will be very familia

Textastic is a free competent programmers text editor

textstaticsMac's get used by software developers to write code.  We coders need competent software text editors.  That means syntax coloring and some other specific features for coding, such as making sure not to mangle the difference between a tab and a space.  Textastic is a competent programmers editor that happens to be free and is available in the Mac App Store.  It's also available as an iPad/iPhone app, and an upcoming version wi

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