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Windows 8.1 Update 1

Windows 8.1 - Update 1

The mighty keyboard and mouse have roared and Microsoft has listened. Windows 8.1 Update 1 is out and has some (some!) nice changes for content creators and other non touch screen users. Most notable is that instead of forking the OS into mobile/touch & desktop/mouse + keyboard versions they’re detecting the hardware and adapting the […]

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CS-Cart – Page Speed and Optimization


Some simple steps to reduce CS-Cart page load times. Prep Steps Optimization references Best Practices for Speeding Up Your Web Site – Yahoo Optimize caching – Google Increasing Application Performance with HTTP Cache Headers - heroku Speed Up Sites with htaccess Caching – Ask Apache Image optimization tools PNGGauntlet (Win) or  ImageOptim (Mac) Test your website with a […]

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SPF records for Office 356

Exchange Hosted Email DNS Settings

Some excellent resources if you’re hosting a domain with Office 365. When doing so you’ll need to create a TXT SPF record for email. The Framework wizard was very helpful generating an SPF record that accounted for my webhost generated email (web forms) and email on 365 servers - v=spf1 ip4:xx.xx.xx.xx -all Details of External […]

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The most beautiful Derny Race you may ever see

Scattante CFR SE

The Legendary Lightness – World Full Of You (Official Videoclip) Music by The Legendary Lightness Directed and edited by Adrian Winkler Photographed by Simon Huber and Mario Winkler Color Grading by Christian Müller Production: PiXiU Films, Laurin Merz Supported by Migros-Kulturprozent

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Windows Phone – Not Recognized by Windows 7

Windows phone USB device cannot start code 10

Twice within the first month of using the wonderful Nokia Lumia 1020 running Windows Phone 8 with the Black firmware update my computer has been unable to recognize the device using the standard Nokia USB cable connecting to Windows 7 on a desktop computer. Unfortunately I’ve been here before with multiple iPhones, Blackberries and even […]

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Worlds First Digital Camera


From PetaPixel – “If you’re a digital photography buff, here’s some required trivia knowledge: what you see above is a photograph of the first digital camera ever built. It was created in December 1975 by an engineer at Eastman Kodak named Steve Sasson…” Read more here:  

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Hosted email – Microsoft Exchange

Exchange Hosted Email DNS Settings

Do you own your own domain and have a personal or small business website hosted along with email? If so you know the importance of email in day to day business and personal communications. Web hosts… not so much. I’ve actually had a couple tell me I should use Gmail if I want reliability.  I […]

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OneDrive – Backup My Documents


Here’s a quick and easy way to backup your My Documents folder and make it available to other computers and phones via Microsoft OneDrive. This is the same process you can use to move your My Documents anywhere on your computer, a second hard drive etc. This Process works for OneDrive and OneDrive for Business (Office […]

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Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera – wow

Nokia Lumia 1020 camera test

New smartphone day! First let me say that I have an iPhone 5 for work and love it, great OS, the best ecosystem, pretty much flawless functionality, we can talk about iTunes and lack of storage access another time. Camera wise the iPhone 5 has been excellent and a great step up from the iPhone […]

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Microsoft Surface Tablet capabilities

Surface 2 Ports

Excellent user video highlighting capabilities of the Surface 2. Expandable storage via microSDXC and USB3, massive multitasking, voice navigation and application control, full gaming…

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Website – Ed Rudolph Northbrook Veldrome


Weekend launch party! I started this website in 1996, wow time flies. This current iteration based on WordPress with a customized HTML5 theme.  

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Website – Lucia’s Imports v3.0

Lucias Imports

Lucia’s Imports update v3.0. Wholesale eCommerce site. Moved all products, images and users from CubeCart 5 to CS-Cart 4, new skin and layout. Database migration handled very well (mostly) by Cart2Cart which I had previously used for a Miva Merchant to CS-Cart migration

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Install Linux from USB Drive

Linux Mint Install Windows 7

It couldn’t be easier for Microsoft Windows users to try, test or fully install Linux Mint using a “Hybrid” image which can boot to the full Operating System for testing or be installed alongside Windows for full time use. When you complete the steps below you’ll have a full operating system with most all the […]

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Asus Zenbook Crash After Sleep – Kernel Power Event ID 41

Asus Zenbook - Event ID 41 - Crash after sleep mode

Issue: Asus Zenbook crashes, blue screens or unexpectedly shuts down shortly after waking up from sleep mode.  This has been reported since the release of the Asus Zenbook and apparently Asus has yet to acknowledge the issue. My query to Asus Support after experiencing 4 crashes in two weeks went unanswered. BIOS updates, driver updates…. […]

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FAST Race Products shopping cart launched

Fast Race Products

FAST Race Products shopping cart conversion and upgrade project. The customer liked the control and back-end functionality of CS-Cart over Miva for a prior site I’d done. Lets do it again!  Existing Miva Merchant 5 shopping cart migrated to new host and CS-Cart 4. Convert database from Miva to CS-Cart, custom theme, migrate email, DNS & […]

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Migrate Miva Merchant 5 to CS-Cart 4


Had a customer who wanted to change from Miva Merchant 5 to  CS-Cart 4. They really liked CS-Cart’s control and ability to makes changes quickly and wanted to make the move.  So how to get this done without hundreds of man hours and downtime? Cart2Cart service to the rescue. They provide secure SSL Amazon EC2 based demo and […]

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2014 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye

2014 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye

Some fall pics of a days old 2014 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye – built and shipped October 13 2013. Engine: 2.4-Liter I4 Tigershark with MultiAir. 184hp, 171 lb-ft torque Mileage: Avg 24-25 mpg in the city, 31-35 on the highway (varies per wind and speed limit) Color: Maximum Steel Metallic Clear Coat Notes: I tested […]

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Remove CS-Cart branding – CS-Cart v4


Locations to remove CS-Cart branding and links from your CS-Cart store (that I’ve found) Settings > Company (LOL – I thought I was done here) Settings > General > Default Location (for Invoices?) Store Name at top left of all pages > Information section > Vendor Name Layouts > Main > Block > Social Links […]

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All Brands Link – CS-Cart 4


So you’ve gone through the steps to create  Brands for your CS-Cart 4 store. How do you link to them like the CS-Cart Demo store? The key is to find the filter ID you wish to view and place it at the end of the URL above Navigate to your Product Filters: Products > […]

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Move CS-Cart Installation to Another Directory


Posting here after finding the CS-Cart instructions for moving v4.0.2 to be frustratingly incomplete. Full steps – in my case moving from /testcart  to  / Open  config.local.php edit: $config['http_path'] = '/testcart'; edit: $config['https_path'] = '/testcart'; My edit was like this: $config['http_path'] = '/testcart'; > $config['http_path'] = ''; $config['https_path'] = '/testcart'; > $config['https_path'] = ''; […]

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Change Yahoo Search Engine – iPhone

ios7 settings

Issue - Has your iPhone or iPad changed it’s default search engine to Yahoo? Is Safari loading the Yahoo search page on launch? How does this happen – Touch screen accidents… The iOS Weather app has a link to Yahoo Search at the lower left and you may accidentally hit it (and Apple does $urely rejoice). […]

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No Sound After Update to iOS 7

ios7 settings

Issue – No sounds after upgrading iPhone from iOS 6 to iOS 7 I lost all sound alerts after upgrading from iOS 6 to iOS 7 on an iPhone 5. Music and phone audio worked fine but I had no alert or notification sounds for email, messages, calendar or voicemails. Adjusting volume or making changes […]

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