How To Create Powerful Web Sites With Finesse

An interesting little article I find recently in my RSS reader. Check it out.


Web design sounds like a lot of fun, but many people become discouraged as soon as they find out how much time and effort it takes to do right. If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed while trying to learn about web design, read on to learn some basics.

You need adequate meta tags on every page to attract more site visitors. Quality and relevant meta tags will provide search engines with information regarding your site. Well-written meta tags will garner the most visitors to your site.

Captchas are wonderful when used for registration, though they should not be used for anything else. You will want to give your visitors a break from persistent needs to respond in order to view your pages. All but a site’s biggest fans will leave if they have to fill out too many CAPTCHAs.

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WWDC is Here…

I know. I know. This is usually a little out of my scope, but it does go along with one of my two favorite operating systems: Linux and OS X.

I love WWDC, Apple’s $1600 annual developers conference, and it appears thousands of others think the same way, as all five-thousand tickets sold out in two minutes! It’s kind of amazing.

Yes, I own an iPad. My open-source desires extend to the desktop, but there are so many flaws in Android, that I have decided to stick with iOS for my mobile computing. I hack my PC. Not my phone. When it comes to my phone, I just want quick access to what I need, and that’s it.

Either way, you can check out WWDC at Apple’s Developer Portal.

Raspberry Pi AirPrint Server [How-To]

Back in 2012, the Tao of Mac posted a short tutorial on how to make your Raspberry Pi into a gateway for your iOS device, Mac, Windows PC, Linux PC, etc. The possibilities are limitless. You can even do this on any Debian-Linux computer. This has changed a little bit however, when I noticed two entries for each printer I set up. This is why I changed the instructions a little. You can find this very thing on GitHub, but all of the commands you have to issue are right below:

sudo apt-get install cups avahi-daemon python-cups cups-pdf
sudo usermod -a -G lpadmin pi
sudo cupsctl --remote-admin

Simple, right?  After you’re done, just go to http://(your-ip):631 and set up your printers.  Make sure you check “Share this Printer”.

Windows won’t recognize it automatically.  To add it in Windows 7 (and probably Windows 8, but I cannot confirm this), foll0w the isntructions below.

  1. Open Devices & Printers
  2. Click Add A Printer
  3. Click Add a Network, Wireless, or Bluetooth Printer
  4. Click Select a shared printer by name
  5. Type http://(your-ip):631/printer/(printer-name)
  6. Press Enter.

That should do it!  Hope you enjoy your DIY AirPrint

Use a laptop screen and keyboard with a Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi (Photo credit: tkramm)

This is interesting.  I was just checking my RSS reader this morning, and came across this interesting article from the official Raspberry Pi Blog.  It explains how to use your pi with just a laptop, network cable, and a power supply.  Check it out.


You can access it by clicking on the following link:




You Need A Static IP in Windows Too…

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A couple days ago, I posted an article on Static IP addresses. The only issue is that the instructions I posted are for Linux users only. In today’s post, I would like to show you a simple way to give your Windows PCs a Static IP Address.

  1. Open the Network and Sharing Center
  2. Click “Change Adapter Settings” in the sidebar.
  3. Right-Click your connection.
  4. Click Properties
  5. Single-click “Internet Protocol Version 4”
  6. Click Properties
  7. Click “Use the following IP address”
  8. Enter your IP Info.

That was easy!! Enjoy your static IP.