Jason Calacanis, former Editor of Silicon Alley Reporter and ex-GM of Netscape, has written the ultimate link-bait post, titled: "New Calacanis link-baiting rules", which cleverly masquerades as a guide to how to get him to link to others. And it's working. How do I know? Well not only is Techmeme full of Calacanis, but so is my RSS reader -- and I'm not even subscribed to Mr Calacanis' - sometimes - brilliantly written blog. Mathew Ingram dissects the Calacanis strategy perfectly: ... it isn’t actually linkbait but a semi-satirical take on the entire concept of linkbaiting. It’s meta-linkbait. In a way, it’s the kind of post that only a by-the-bootstraps Brooklyn-ite like Jason could write: he’s making fun of the idea of linkbaiting, while at the same time engaging in it in a completely shameless way. It’s like he’s telling you about how dodgy most New Yorkers can be, and at the same time he’s picking your pocket. Nice work Jason. So … [Read more...] about Help! How do I get Jason Calacanis out of my RSS reader?
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How do I play music from my phone in my car again?Automakers are discovering that many of their customers aren’t quite making the best of the onboard infotainment systems, and dealership sales teams don’t have the time or know-how to effectively indoctrinate buyers, leaving many customers in the dark about how to operate new in-car technology.To solve this problem, GMC has hired 25 tech specialists from “leading computer and communications companies” to help teach customers how to operate IntelliLink. GMC is calling the team the “Connected Customer Specialists.”These young, tech-savvy individuals are stationed throughout the country in familiar geographic regions and sent to customers’ homes to indoctrinate them into the high-tech world of GMC ownership.One Connected Customer Specialist, Adam Luebbers, said in a GMC press release, “What I like to do is help owners make the most of it [IntelliLink] to meet their needs and interests. For … [Read more...] about How do I…. GMC forms tech-savvy crew to help new car owners with IntelliLink system
Tammy Setzer wants a way to keep her children from deleting their Web browsing history.The browsers, like Internet Explorer and Firefox, won't let you do that. In fact, they're going in the opposite direction. They're adding features to help users cover their tracks. (I discuss these tools in Selectively Delete Some of Your Browsing History.) That's wonderful for adults, but it's problematic if you need to protect your children.What you need is child protection software--a program that will operate in the background, keeping track of what your kids are doing, blocking stuff you want blocked, and reporting back to you.Before I recommend a program, I want to discuss the best way to use such software. I'm writing this not as a technical expert, but as a father with a grown son and two teenage daughters.If you tell your children that you're going to monitor their Internet access, they're going to hate you for it (at least temporarily). But if you don't tell them, it will be far, far worse … [Read more...] about How Do I Track My Kid’s Surfing?
TechRepublic gallery and TechRepublic download.Replication often plays an important part in your database management strategy. An organization may use database replication for load balancing, offline processing, redundancy, and other typical administrative tasks. This How do I... shows you how to configure replication between two Microsoft SQL Server 2005 systems using the SQL Server Management Studio.First, you will need to connect the database engine that contains the data you wish to replicate in SQL Server Management Studio. From there, you will need to right-click on the Replication folder (Figure A) and select Configure Distribution.Figure AReplication folderNext, you will specify how you want to select your distribution server. (Figure B) In most small replication environments, using the server that hosts the data as your distributor is fine. However, if you are replicating large amounts of data on very busy servers, you may wish to set up a dedicated box to be your distribution … [Read more...] about How do I… Configure transactional replication between two SQL Server 2005 systems?
Microsoft .NET Framework provides developers with many different libraries that enable them to create and modify images. In this How do I... post, Zach Smith demonstrates two methods for converting an image to grayscale and sepia-tone using built-in .NET Framework functionality from C#.Before we dive into the code, we need to look at the algorithms used to determine how to convert the image. Each algorithm will take a color as input and then calculate the resultant color. For grayscale this is relatively easy. You simply calculate the brightness of the color and use that value to create a shade of gray. A very basic implementation of this is shown in Listing A. Note: The TechRepublic PDF download version of this blog post includes a Visual Studio project file will all of the code and libraries mentioned.Listing AoutputColor = (inputRed + inputGreen + inputBlue) / 3You then set all three RGB values equal to "outputColor".Sepia tone is a little more complex because we are no longer … [Read more...] about How do I… Convert images to grayscale and sepia tone using C#?
This blog entry is also available as a TechRepublic download.For a Web site owner or administrator trying to gauge the popularity and usability of his/her Web site, log file analysis is possibly the most powerful tool available. Server log files, which record details of incoming client requests, are rich sources of information on popular URLs, important referrers, concentrations of user activity, geographic usage patterns, and click-through paths.With this in mind, it's no surprise that Apache offers administrators tremendous flexibility in customizing its log files. This How do I... tutorial discusses the various configuration directives relevant to this logging mechanism and offers some ideas for customizing the log output for greater utility.By default, Apache logs each incoming request to its access log, typically located within its logs/ directory. If you open up this log in a text editor, you should see something like this: 188.8.131.52 - - [14/Nov/2005:22:28:57 … [Read more...] about How do I… Customize Apache Server log files to track my Web site?
Microsoft SQL Server has provided developers with a method called Soundex that is used to retrieve an encoded string. Words that sound alike have similar encodings, so you can use this functionality to provide some flexibility in searches. This How do I... blog post shows application developers how to implement Soundex completely in C# without having to use the SQL function. This blog post is also available in PDF format in a TechRepublic download, which includes a Visual Studio project file that contains all of the code for the functionality discussed.Soundex is an algorithm that converts words to an encoded string based on the way the word is pronounced. This allows you to compare words based on pronunciation instead of binary matches. For example, Zach and Zack are pronounced exactly the same way. However, the string "Zach" does not equal the string "Zack" which means that a normal search would not mark them as a match. After running "Zach" and "Zack" through Soundex you will see … [Read more...] about How do I… Implement the Soundex function in C#?
RIAA, burning a CD-R or CD-RW is not an activity restricted only to music pirates. In many business situations, the burned CD is the best way to distribute information to a target audience. For communications involving PowerPoint presentations, HTML, PDF forms, Flash animations, or a number of other applications, the portable and durable CD has become a common delivery method.The compact disk drive auto play feature, common to most operating systems, is a good way to simplify user experience. Auto play is controlled by a simple text-only file called autorun.inf. While there are dozens of software utilities available that will help you create the file, all you really need is a text editor and some basic knowledge.This How do I... is based on Microsoft Windows, but other operating systems will read the autorun.inf file in a similar fashion.The basic configuration of the autorun.inf states the program to run when the CD is inserted in the drive and the icon to display when the disk is … [Read more...] about How do I … create the autorun.inf file for my CDs and DVDs?
Microsoft Windows can be an efficient operating system. It makes so many tasks simple. But there are some repetitive tasks that can become a bit cumbersome after awhile. Tasks like creating folders, copying file names, appending to clipboard, as well as using keyboard shortcuts for various other tasks and paths can become tedious over time. There are plenty of applications that make these rather mundane tasks easier, including 7Plus, which offers a lot of nice features that can make your Windows experience as efficient as possible. 7Plus is an open source application aimed at speeding up your workflow. This blog post is also available in PDF format in a free TechRepublic download.7Plus breaks tasks into categories: Windows Explorer, General Windows, Window Handling, and Misc, and it installs like this:Unzip the package.Place the 7Plus.exe in a convenient location.Double-click the 7Plus icon.Read and dismiss the information windows.Configure 7Plus to your liking.Click OK.All this … [Read more...] about How do I speed up workflow and efficiency in Windows 7 with 7Plus?
I have been using the Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview for about a week, and while it does have its quirks, I find myself generally liking the operating system. However, since I am using Windows 8 on a notebook, I have been mostly using the desktop interface rather than the Metro UI. Here's a little secret: Once you go to the desktop interface of Windows 8 it is pretty much just Windows 7. This blog post is also available as a Slideshow TechRepublic Photo Gallery.There is one common complaint I have been seeing in TechRepublic Forums, though, that I'd like to address: Shutting the computer down. The official shutdown button is located within the charms bar, which you can reveal by hovering the mouse cursor in the bottom-right corner. That concept may work for a tablet, but on the desktop, that is hardly acceptable.Lucky for us, Windows 8 is so much like Windows 7 that we can use an old trick documented on TechRepublic several times in the past: the shutdown shortcut.Figure … [Read more...] about How do I shut down Windows 8