Category Archives: Tech

Did someone just try to hijack the lesjones.com domain?

I got this email from GoDaddy saying that the transfer of lesjones.com to GoDaddy failed. I didn’t try to transfer my domain. So what happened – did someone try to hijack the domain?

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Run PHP code in a WordPress widget

I had an advertiser who wanted his link to appear in the right sidebar of the site, but only on the home page of site. Sidebar widgets usually appear throughout the site, so I had to figure out how to … Continue reading

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Cloudflare Update Week 2

Last week saw a 17% increase in page speed compared to the control period before using Cloudflare. I had a feeling I wasn’t seeing the full speed boost. Because lesjones.com has so many pages and images, it seemed likely that … Continue reading

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Cloudflare One Week Update

Last week I routed the lesjones.com domain through Cloudflare. Their service serves as a content delivery network (CDN). They have locations around the world and can deliver files faster than my one location. When a browser requests a file, Cloudflare … Continue reading

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Turning on Cloudflare

Speed is good – there are plenty of studies linking server speed and sales conversions on e-commerce sites. I’ve set a goal of getting our average page load time below three seconds as measured by Google Analytics. One way to … Continue reading

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Something Evil About Robots.txt I Didn’t Know

Quick background: A robots.txt file on your website will tell search engines and other bots that obey the robot exclusion standard what files and folders they can and can’t index, or whether they can access the website at all. I’ve … Continue reading

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Control-Shift-V

I’m all the time needing to paste text sans formatting. I’ve been using tricks like pasting into the browser’s search box and then copying and pasting that, or pasting into Notepad to clear the formatting. Turns out you can use … Continue reading

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Facebook App Draining Batteries

The recent news reports are for iOS, but some people are seeing the same thing with Android. When I got my iPhone 5 the battery would last a day. Apple replaced it for that and other reasons, but I did … Continue reading

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DSLR Video – Syncing a Movie with External Audio in Adobe Premiere

This guy shows how. Just what I needed. The only thing you need is Audacity, which is free and good. The video is for Premiere Elements, but the idea is the same for Premiere Pro and not that different for … Continue reading

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Adobe is Going to Subscription Pricing for Photoshop and Other Creative Suite Apps

The whole Creative Suite will be $50/month. Photoshop will be $10/month. Scott Kelby has a FAQ. Some people will win, some people will lose. I think the price for the whole CS – $600 a year – is a tad … Continue reading

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Cord Cutting: VLC Remote Control for Your Smartphone

More and more we’re connecting a laptop to the TV to watch video with VLC Media Player. The lack of a remote control was a nuisance. There are some USB-based remote controls with trackballs and keyboards for 30 or 40 … Continue reading

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Turn Your WordPress/Blogger/LiveJournal Blog Into a Book or PDF

Someone asked me about exporting their entire blog into something readable and printable. Here ya go.

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Update on iPhone 5 Problems

I had some problems with a new iPhone 5. The battery life was terrible. It was dropping calls at my house, even though my other Verizon phones had worked fine there for years. I took the phone to the local … Continue reading

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iPhone 5 Battery Life

I had an iPhone 4s at my last job. When I got laid off I picked up a used BlackBerry for 40 bucks, thinking I might land another job that would pay for a phone. No job yet and I … Continue reading

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Study: Real Photos Better Than Stock Photos

Marketing Experiments Blog – This Just Tested: Stock images or real people? So what were the results? Well, Mrs. Generic finally met her match. It appears that an attractive smile is not a match for a good name. Overall, the … Continue reading

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