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Set up a Linux Web Server at Home for Free

install a linux virtual private server for free

At some point a web hobbyist or developer needs to upgrade from shared hosting to a virtual private server (VPS). For a Windows guy, the learning curve can be steep. Starting at home with VirtualBox can provide the experiences of running a VPS without the upfront cost or the security liability of a publicly-available server.

Here's how to set up your own Linux server at home, without adding any hardware.

Change Default Printer Settings

printer icon in devices and printers

How many times have you printed in color when you wanted grayscale instead? OK, so a few here, too.

Change Default Styles in Word 2010

how to modify styles in word 2010

So you don't like Calibri. Or you hate the new paragraph spacing in Word 2007/2010. How can you change the default Word formatting options?

How to Build a Wireless Bridge

wireless access point

Scenario: You have a computer network in your house. You want wireless coverage and Internet access in your shop, about 100 yards away. Your wireless router doesn't reach that far. What should you do?

The 411 on Search Engine Optimization

search engine optimization

Search engine optimization (SEO) is a legitimate process of making sure your website has the best key phrases and appropriate metadata on pages and then is properly indexed by Google and Bing.

Checking Hard Drives

hard drive

Hard drive on the blink? Not sure? I've had good success testing hard drives with SeaTools, a hard drive scanning utility from Seagate. Although SeaTools was intended for Seagate and Maxtor hard drives, it works with any hard drive I've tested, including Hitachi, Samsung, Western Digital, and Toshiba. The hard drive must be recognizable in BIOS to be scanned using SeaTools.

Which Version of Java?

Java logo, trademark of Oracle

Often when I work on a client computer I find multiple versions of Java software installed. And many clients wonder if uninstalling older versions helps anything. It does, but not as much as one would hope.

Escaping Incredimail

get out of jail free

Like Incredimail? Some do. I don’t. I don’t like getting emails from those who do. I don’t like the dancing graphics, the frankly weird backgrounds, and the advertisements.

As pointed out here, Incredimail is the “Fisher Price of email.” Gaudy, noisy, great for kids. Not professional.

A client began using Incredimail because Outlook Express—his email client of choice—wasn’t available on his Windows 7 laptop. Now he wants to hit the exit, but Incredimail has him boxed in.

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