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Site Performance Optimization: MaxCDN, Nginx, CloudFlare and WordPress Caching

September 27, 2013
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My blog has a problem. Or rather it had a problem but I’m making some big improvements to it to make it perform better. For many years, my site has suffered from slow performance. Much of that is my fault though. I tend to overload WordPress with lots of plugins. Plugins are bad, but they […]

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Parents Be Warned! Ask.fm is a Dangerous & Deadly Social Site for Teens & Tweens

June 5, 2013
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Back in 2012, I wrote about some potential dangers surrounding the Instagram and Kik Messenger combination. By now, hopefully many parents know what to look for and how to combat this social danger. Recently, I started to investigate a new social danger for kids, specifically Ask.fm which actually has a few documented teen suicides attributed […]

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14 Things to Consider When Choosing a Cloud Provider – Part 2

May 21, 2013
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In Part 1 of my 2-part series “14 Things to Consider When Choosing a Cloud Provider” I walked you through several important evaluation criteria that you should consider when choosing a cloud provider. The topics covered in Part 1 are: Performance, Breadth of Service Offering, Ease of Use, Price, Support, SLA and Security. Do note […]

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14 Things to Consider When Choosing a Cloud Provider – Part 1

May 14, 2013
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You should all know by now that the cloud is here to stay. It may be in one form or another and in various flavors (infrastructure, platform or application) and it may not be called “cloud” in a few years, but the concept of on-demand, pay-as-you-go, Internet-delivery, scalable, as-a-service functionality will persist. It’s efficient, it’s […]

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How To Easily Remove, Install & Replace an Apple iPhone 4S Battery (Video)

May 7, 2013
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I’m such a heavy user of my Apple iPhones that it really seems like about a year after I get one, I’m doing a how-to article on replacing the iPhone’s battery. I now have an iPhone 4S and this past weekend, I replaced the battery. Other smartphone users may scoff at the fact that Apple […]

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How to Stop CHKDSK from Running on Every Boot Up

April 25, 2013
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Recently, my Windows 7 computer started running a CHKDSK each and every time that it booted up. For those that don’t know, the CHKDSK utility is a way that Windows validates the system file structure and integrity of your computer’s hard drive. You can scan your hard drive with it or run it with a […]

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How to Remove Little Black Square Paragraph Formatting & Page Break in Microsoft Word

March 18, 2013
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Recently, I received a panicked email from my step-mom wondering why a page break could not be removed from Microsoft Word. Normally, if you click on the “show paragraphs” button (¶), you can see a page break or section break. However, in this case, there was no line signifying a section break or page break […]

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