How To Find AppData in Windows 8

If you’re looking for the appdata folder in Windows maybe to copy over your Filezilla sites, the old %appdata% trick in the search box doesn’t work. The trick still works in the run dialog. Open up a Run box (Win Key + R), type %appdata% and press enter, your appdata folder will open.

That was easy!

Kindle Fire

How to Read Web Pages on your Kindle Fire While Offline

If you’re anything like you me you have tons of bookmarks that you save to “read later”.  I don’t know about you but my read it later folder had over 500 items in it as of two hours ago. I whacked it down to about 50 using the Send To Kindle Email Feature.

The process is pretty simple. I simply used Google Chrome’s built-in Print to PDF feature to “print” the web page to a PDF file then emailed that file to my Kindle’s private address which syncs the PDF to my Kindle.

This won’t help you actually surf the web while offline. You cannot comment on blog posts for instance nor like the page on Facebook but you read what you wanted to read. This will be very convenient for me.

Most of the stuff I save to read later is either long form or overly technical perfect for reading when stuck in a waiting room somewhere. Heck, it might even allow me to spend less on books from Amazon!

If your interested in making PDFs yourself read my other article: How to make a PDF.


How Do I Create a PDF?

What is a PDF?

PDF is short for Portable Document Format. In short, PDF is universal; A document that displays the same on any device that supports reading PDFs and pretty much every device from your smart phone (even some dumb phones) to your tablet and computer can display PDF files.

Content creators use PDF files to insure all text and images get displayed the same everywhere.

How Do I Create a PDF?

You can create PDF files  easily in office suites like Microsoft Office and Open Office. If you are using a Mac, OS X has a “Print to PDF” function built-in. You can using that in any application by opening the Print Dialog (command P for short)

Google’s Chrome browser has a built-in PDF “printer”. Create a PDF file of any website by simply selecting Print from the wrench menu and select “Print to PDF” as your destination printer.

There is also a way to generate a PDF from any program that can print. You do this by installing a virtual printer. This basically tricks the program into printing to a file instead of a real printer. I’ve always used Primo PDF for this functionality.

3 Easy Steps to Creating a PDF from Any Program:

  1. Download and install Primo PDF
  2. Create a PDF from any program simply by opening the print dialog (Ctrl P) and selecting Primo PDF as the printer.
  3. Save the file on your hard drive.

Your done! Have a better way? Sound off in the comments.


How to Clean Nicotine Stained Windows

Nicotine Stained Windows In November 2010 our landlord put in new windows. They aren’t better than the old ones but the great thing about these windows is they open in to clean the outside glass.

The windows haven’t been cleaned since being installed. 😮 It’s been bugging me for a good 6 months today I got a jump-start on an early spring cleaning.

Our apartment has two problems with keeping the windows clean; There are three heavy smokers in the house the windows get stained real fast. plus we’re on a main street, beside the building is a the town shop, so lots of diesel trucks passing but with the soot to match.

How Long Will This Take?

5 to 10 minutes per window. I did 11 full size windows and a door in 2 hours including a couple of smoke breaks.

What You Will Need:

  • Windex – Cheap stuff from the dollar store works just as well.
  • Bleach – This cuts the nicotine, grime, and soot.
  • Spray Bottle – 50/50 bleach with warm water
  • Rags – an old t-shirt works fine
  • Paper Towels

5 Steps to Squeaky Clean Windows:

  1. Spray a good dousing of bleach water on the glass and frame.  Avoid getting bleach on the frames if they’re wood!
  2. If possible pop the windows out so you can clean the outside. Spray the outside down with bleach too.
  3. Give it a few minutes to penetrate. With a rag wipe the bleach off on both sides. We’re not going for picture perfect in the step just get all the big stuff off.
  4. Take clean paper towel and wipe the remaining bleach off both sides.
  5. Spray a generous amount of Windex on both sides and wipe in a straight up and down or side to side. Paying attention to the edges.

That’s it! All my windows came pretty much picture perfect using the method above. Should I start a cleaning service now? 😀

Webmaster Stuff

How To Host Blogger on Your Domain

Blogger Logo
Blogger Logo

Self Hosted WordPress is all the rage these days, in fact this is what we run here at Almost Geek. However there are other options for hosting a blog on your own domain, Blogger is one of them. WordPress and Blogger are two of the largest blogging platforms on the internet. What many people don’t realize is they’re able to run a Blogger blog on their website should they desire which is great for business sites as your not sending your traffic offsite to a blog hosted on a blogger sub-domain.

There are some distinct advantages to using self hosted Blogger over WordPress they are:

  1. Blogger requires little technical knowledge there are no upgrades to preform as there is with WordPress.
  2. Blogger can hosted pretty much anywhere as it doesn’t require PHP or a database.

With advantages of course comes disadvantages:

  1. Blogger has no add-ons to change the functionality of your site. WordPress has an entire site of plugins.
  2. Your pretty much limited to Blogger’s default templates unless you know how to edit CSS which more than likely out of your realm of expertise if your considering Blogger.

The decision is yours;  Blogger is simple and easy to use set and forget. WordPress has a bit of a learning curve and requires regular security pataches but is infinitely customizable.

For the scope of this tutorial we’re going to work cPanel with putting your blog on a subdomain. A subdomain is simply, you probably want your blog to be The reason for this is to future proof the blog, should you decide to use mod_rewrite  in the future or you already are we don’t want your blog in a sub directory of your main site as it will cause conflicts. Most hosts allow your to make sub-domains, if you don’t see the add sub-domain option in cPanel email your host’s support.

Login to your domain’s control panel @ and click on subdomains. You may want to add the sub-domain then go to bed and setup the rest of blogger in the morning, this way the new sub-domain has time to register with the DNS system (this doesn’t cost you a dime).

Add Subdomain on cPanel 1
Add Subdomain on cPanel 1

Next your want to name your subdomain, I choose After choosing the name you want to change the Document Root to /blog or whatever you feel is best. Be careful here as by default cPanel adds /public_html/, you have to change it and remove the /public_html section. As mentioned above in order to future proof you don’t want it under your current website’s directory, public_html.

Add Subdomain cPanel Configuration

Now we head on over to Blogger and register @ if you already have a Google or Gmail account sign in with that. The process is pretty self-explanatory here are some screenshots to follow along with.

Blogger Signup 1
Blogger Signup 1
Blogger Signup 2
Blogger Signup 2
Blogger Signup 3
Blogger Signup 3

In the following screenshot you will want to click “Advanced Setup Options” drop down and choose setup a custom domain.

Blogger Signup 4
Blogger Signup 4

Here on middle of the page, you will want to click ‘Already Own A Domain? Switch to advanced settings’

Blogger Signup 5
Blogger Signup 5

On this screen you need to put in the sub-domain you made in cPanel, ex. This is where waiting overnight to complete this process will pay off, if you do it too soon you will get an error.

Blogger Sign Up 6
Blogger Sign Up 6

<rest of the sign up process including FTP information>


How To Sync Bookmarks Across Multiple Computers

For those of you like me whom have more than 1 computer that they regularly use keeping everything in sync is a constant headache. For files, I mostly use Dropbox (review forthcoming) which works very well but bookmarks are a separate beast they’re locked in your browser’s profile some where deep with in your