← Back to blog home

Archive for the ‘Guides’ Category

Setup Path / Environment variables on Netgear Stora

18 Nov

To avoid having to type the full path to everything you install you need to set up the path environment variable. This is a very simple tutorial, but will save you a ton of headache once you start installing a lot of things.

Read the rest of this entry »


Posted in Guides


Easiest way to get the latest status from facebook fan pages in PHP

09 Nov

So, quite often companies what to show their latest post from their facebook fan page on their website. This should be really simple right. Well it is. However, it seems like most of the world wants to REALLY over complicate it. I searched for this forever and people didn't seem to understand: I don't want facebook connect. I don't need to log in a user. I shouldn't need to load the facebook sdk. I shouldn't need to create a facebook app. There has to be a better way. I thought to myself it's SUPER easy on twitter there has to be something similar for facebook and of course there is.

Read the rest of this entry »


Enable Remote Desktop RDP on Windows 7 Home Premium

19 Jul

If you've ever tried to use a computer running Windows 7 Home Premium as a Remote Desktop host you know the sad truth. You can't! If you ask Microsoft they'll tell you to get Windows 7 Professional (and pay us extra money for it). However, if you're like me I only needed 1 feature from Windows 7 Professional that wasn't in Home Premium, Remote Desktop.

Read the rest of this entry »


Posted in Guides


Easy way to get root on a Netgear Stora

24 Jun

The Netgear Stora is a simple NAS system that allows anyone, even with no tech knowledge, to set up a simple network attached home RAID system. I plugged it in, slapped in a second hard drive, pushed the power button, and copied over my files. It was completely up and running within a few minutes. The Netgear Stora provided me an easy hot-swappable RAID system, but I wanted much more. I knew it was a fully functional, stand-alone, low-power linux server. The obvious next step was to root it.

Read the rest of this entry »


Posted in Guides


Captcha Alternative using Flickr API with jQuery / JSON

15 Sep

Intro / Background
As anyone who knows me knows I have an OVERWHELMING hatred toward CAPTCHA and am on an on going quest to come up with the best alternative. In my opinion, any worth-while alternative HAS to work atleast as well as captcha AND being easier for the user. Infact I feel it should be almost effort-less.

What I came up with (this time) is a system that presents a random Flickr image to a user and asks them to identify the image. I'm going to implement this in PHP and probably create a wordpress, drupal, and elgg plugin. However for now I'm going to create it using JavaScript / jQuery / JSON. This will allow me to create a quick functional prototype that should show if this is a practical method of stopping spam. In addition, I just want to explore the use of Flickr API in jQuery as I think it could have alot of pretty cool uses.
Read the rest of this entry »