Cell Phones

Moving pictures to a new cell phone

If you are anything like me you have tons of pictures on your phone that you would like to keep when you move to a new phone. Last week, I ordered a Nokia E5 from Straight Talk which will arrive here tomorrow. Since I’m transferring service from my current Samsung 404G to activate the new phone I’ll have no way to get pictures off my old phone.

I’m simply picturing messaging myself but instead of sending it to phone number I put my email address in the To: field of the picture message. When the new phone is activated I’ll just forward the messages back to that phone. Easy peasy.

Webmaster Stuff

Updating websites faster from the command line

OS X Command Line

If you’re lucky enough to have run your owner server or have ssh access on your shared account this thread over on Admin Extra is right up your alley. My buddy Mike asked about updating sites faster by downloading and unzipping the files right on the server. Michael Biddle replied with a concise tutorial so check out the thread:

The cavets only are the method mention will overwrite everything so if have a custom favicon or file they will be overwritten. Mike suggested downloading the package to your computer first, removing any files you don’t want changed, and re-zipping everything, then uploading the ZIP to your sever and following Michael’s tutorial. Sounds like a good plan to me. Why I didn’t think of that, I don’t know but I frequently use Michael’s method when installing new sites.

For those of you unfamiliar with SSH (secure shell) check out this other thread on Admin Extra for an introduction and brief primer:


Start New Habits With Google Calendar.

Google Calendar has cool built in reminder features to remind you of an event . You can setup an email, SMS, or Pop-up reminder. I find SMS (text message) reminders to be most helpful. As someone who grabs my phone and reads my texts from overnight before my feet hit the floor in the morning, texts from Google Calendar are a great way to remember something you need to do first thing in the morning.

My new habit was taking a daily multivitamin. The bottle had been sitting on my dresser for over a year and had expired. I threw the old bottle out and made a New Year’s resolution to take one daily. I had bought the vitamins with the best of intentions but since I don’t take medication aside from the occasional antibiotic I never remembered it.

Enter Google Calendar. I set up taking the pill  as a daily recurring appointment at 7am with a text reminder an hour before. When I wake up the text is there to remind me. It took me about 3 weeks to get into the habit and not need the text in the morning.

I also use this feature for reminders when I’m out and about. Say I’m going to the laundromat and need to stop for groceries on the way home. I’ll set it as an event with a text reminder 2 hours from now. No more shopping lists for me on short trips. 🙂


Preventing Spam on vBulletin Forums

Spam is an ever present problem on the internet. Be it regular old email spam, blog comment spam, or in our case community spam it’s an issue for all of us. I’ve been asked more than a few times why I rarely complain about spam on my boards and could I offer some suggestions. Here I am writing this tutorial. It’s because two vBulletin mods have been working great in tandem for me. Stop The Bots and vB Stop Forum Spam has cut spam instances on ODJT down to almost nothing. The best way to stop spam is to stop spammers from registering in the first place.


Dropbox Finally Implements Selective Sync

Dropbox, my favorite file syncing service has finally implemented selective file sync in a the latest release candidate build. This is awesome for those of us who’ve bought a premium account with lots of space! Previously any folders in your Dropbox were synced to all your computers. This meant for instance my 8GB of music would be synced to any virtual machine I linked to my Dropbox which is a waste of space and bandwidth. Now I can chose just one or two folders to sync which is what I’ve already done on my Ubuntu VM. This will be a very useful feature for Netbooks with small hard drives and all sorts of portable devices.

So far it’s worked without issue on my Mac and Linux machines. Have you tried selective sync yet?


cPanel Addon Domains and Mod_Rewrite Problems

I wrote a brief tutorial on Email Questions regarding problems using mod_rewrite on the primary domain of a cPanel account while trying to serve add-on sites from cPanel’s default path.

Check it out: