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Windows 8.1: Boot to Desktop

Windows 8.1 finally gives you the option to boot directly to the desktop (without the need for a 3rd party program). You can enable this option by opening the preferences for the taskbar and go to the tab for “Navigation”.

win8.1-boottodesktop

Advanced Users can use the Registry to Boot to desktop by setting following key:

PySide: Rightclick Button Menu

PySide (www.pyside.org) is an awesome Framework that allows you to use Qt with Python. Installation is as straightforward as typing

pip install pyside

I will be creating a menu that opens with a right click.
This menu is called “Context Menu” in QT.
In this example the right click menu on the button removes the button at runtime.

Project Euler

Project Euler is a collection of challenging mathematical and computational problems. The first couple of problems are rather straightforward, however the difficulty gets very hard after the first 10 problems.

So if you like programming and solve math problems go to www.projecteuler.net and try to solve a couple of the problems.

project euler progress

Ubuntu 13.04: Post Install Setup

After the installation of Ubuntu you want to start being productive as fast as possible. There are three things you need to do:
1. Install the Programs you need
2. Remove the unwanted pre-installed Programs (for example Amazon Integration, Rhythm box)
3. Install all System Updates

While you could use the Ubuntu Store to install all programs by clicking through various screens. You will have a great performance gain by using the console and the “apt-get” package manager.

In the spirit of never having to repeat myself, I simply collected all the console commands I needed to complete the three steps.

Your personal setup will be slightly different to my setup, feel free to modify and adjust the script to suit your needs.

WordPress: (Part 3) Plugins

In this last part, i will give a short overview of WordPress Plugins and some General tips.

Plugins

WordPress has the possibility to be extended with several Plugins to enhance the experience.

Default Plugins

Hello Dolly!

This is a Plugin to simply delete and make you comfortable installing and removing Plugins

Akismet

Is an important plugin that prevents people spamming on your posts & pages. You have to register to fully use the plugin (free)

My Recommended Plugins:

Jetpack by WordPress.com

Jetpack is a collection of tools that are installed by default on wordpress.com. It adds basic functionality like statistics, as well as social network features, latex integration, advanced galleries etc.

Plugin Site: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/jetpack/

Link Indication by Michael Wöhrer

Adds small icons at the end of links to indicate the type of file.

Plugin site: http://sw-guide.de/wordpress/plugins/link-indication-plugin/

SyntaxHighlighter Evolved by Viper007Bond

Adds the possibility to display source code in WordPress

Plugin site: http://www.viper007bond.com/wordpress-plugins/syntaxhighlighter/

wp-jquery-lightbox by Ulf Benjaminsson

Adds a neat box when displaying a single image

Plugin site: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-jquery-lightbox/

General Tips

About Page

Create and maintain your about page, it is one of the most commonly visited sites on a blog.

Updates

When logging into WordPress admin area it always notifies you if new security patches are out for WordPress. Always check first if your theme and plugins work with that new version, then make a backup and then update WordPress.

Google Stuff

Google provides many different tools for WordPress. However for everything there are also alternatives (well search google you’ll find something)

Feedburner

This allows your RSS feed to be handled by google and in essence you could change the location of your blog and all subscribers to your blog automatically get the feed from your new location. In addition it provides Statistics how many people are subscribed to your blog.

http://feedburner.google.com

Analytics

This is one of the more creepy plugins from google, in essence it keeps track how much time people spent visiting your site, what they click, where they are from, what kind of computer they use etc.

http://www.google.com/analytics/

Adsense

Well Adsense is one way to make money with your blog, in essence it is a banner controlled by google and whenever somebody clicks the ad you get some money like 5cents. Well you get a check when you should get 70bucks, so it could take some time.

https://www.google.com/adsense/

Personal reasons

It is always best to have your own personal reasons why you maintain a website or a blog. But always keep in mind that the site is there to enrich the internet in some way.

Be mindful that you always will receive negative comments on the internet, you can ignore them, however if they are constructive you should at least listen.

And as always remember to have fun.

Part 1 – Part 2

WordPress: (Part 2) Themes and Menus

Now that the site is installed and configured you can take care of choosing a theme and configuring the menus. (See Part 1)

Themes

There are many free themes available, as well as themes that come as a price. Finally there is the possibility of hiring a professional WordPress Theme Designer to customize your site.

Themes

Search for new themes with WordPress

To find themes you can navigate to Appearances and then on the top “Install Themes” and then start searching for themes.If you download or purchase a theme from another site, you also have to go to Appearances > Install Themes, and then choose on the top “Upload

Custom Themes

Upload a custom theme

A selection of themes can be found at smashing magazine: http://wp.smashingmagazine.com/2008/01/08/100-excellent-free-high-quality-wordpress-themes/

Menus 

After you have selected and installed your theme you usually define a menu for your site. In most cases you would want the user to be able to browse categories. However you also can let the site navigate to Pages or custom URLs.

To allow the user to browse categories you first have to define categories, this is found under Posts > Categories.  Whenever you create a new Post you should set a Category, if not it will be stored in the Category “Uncategorized“.

Here you set up your Categories

Here you set up your Categories

After you have set up the categories you can add them to your Menu. Important: You can set up multiple Menus, however one menu is always set to the “Primary Navigation”.

There is a Save Menu Button and a Save Primary Navigation Button

There is a Save Menu Button and a Save Primary Navigation Button

Watch out that you always use the “Save Menu” button to save any changes.

Widgets

Depending on your theme, it supports Widgets (small feature extensions). To add Widgets to your site, drag  a widget from available Widgets and drop it where you want it (e.g. The Main Sidebar)

After you have dragged it you can configure it and how it looks.

Additional Widgets are available when installing Plugins see Part 3

Widgets, simply drag and drop widgets

Widgets, simply drag and drop widgets

Continue to Part 3

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