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Annual 46 Best Free Utilities from Tech Support Alert

Tech Support Alert offers its annual “Best 46 Free Utilities” list this year with few surprises, but it still is a great resource if you are looking for solid and excellent software for no or low prices. Open source software is really leading the pack, sometimes ahead of its commercial brethren, for top quality programs. […]

Bell South Angered at New Orleans Free WIFI System – May Penalize The City

According to a story in the Washington Post, Angry BellSouth Withdrew Donation, New Orleans Says, an agreement to donate a BellSouth building to the city, for the police force, courts, and other city offices, has been nixed due to the announcement that the city of New Orleans will launch a free wireless network to encourage […]

To Blog Free or Paid – It Might Matter

WordPress.com is one of the many free blogs available on the web today. But should you go free or paid when it comes time to create your blog or website? I’ll talk about this more, but to introduce you to the concept and the choices you need to consider when choosing paid or free blogs, […]

Free Text Only Editors for Templates, PHP, HTML, CSS, and More

Over and over again on the WordPress Support Forum and WordPress Codex, I and other volunteers keep saying “Use a TEXT ONLY editor to edit your files.” A text editor is one that only works with raw text. But what does that really mean? When you are working with Word, WordPerfect, or any word processing […]

Huge List of Free Open Source Programs

Wikipedia is an amazing resource and someone has compiled a huge list of free open source programs at List of Open Source Software Packages. The list is broken down by type including math, finance, word processing, assisting technology, file manager, games, media, internet, networking, education, and so many more. If a link is in red, […]

Free Alternatives to Macromedia and Adobe Software

I’ll be listing some great free tools soon for web design and development, but I thought I’d tease you now with some other free software. Vinterstille – Free Alternatives to Macromedia and Adobe Software lists Bluefish Open Office as a replacement for Macromedia, among others. To replace Adobe software, consider Gimp. Other great free software […]

Taking the Steps – Becoming a Freelance Website Developer

Garret Dimon’s Steps to Becoming a Freelance Web Developer is worth reading, whether you are or are not willing to give up your day job, or add a part time job to your resume as a freelance website developer. There are tons of similar articles on the web, but what I like about Dimon’s offering […]

Just a Reminder About Freedom: Blogging Comes With a Price

It is common knowledge that China has spent billions of dollars on creating the “Great Firewall of China”, known in official circles as the “Golden Shield”. This is essentially the blocking, mostly by keyword, of information the Chinese government feels is “unhealthy” for its citizens. This can range from political dissent to pornography. Within the […]

Freedom of Speech – Bloggers Legal Rights

Bloggers have rights. Did you know that? You do. Bloggers also have limits to those rights and freedoms. The Electronic Frontier Foundation – Bloggers Legal Rights outlines what your rights are and what work is being done to protect them. Like all journalists and publishers, bloggers sometimes publish information that other people don’t want published. […]

What to do with your free wordpress.com blog

After the first post or two, many wordpress.com blog users who worked so hard to get an invite to wordpress.com for their own free blog, have no idea what to do with it. Some do, and plow into it with enthusiasm, but I’m seeing a lot of posts from new users who 1) don’t know […]

Website Hammered by Hotlinking, Spammers, and Free Loaders?

My main site recently was hammered by Hotlinking, Spammers, and Free Loaders. This can happen to any website, so we all need to learn how to keep an eye on potential abuse of our sites. Hotlinking Images Hotlinking is the technique of linking to images on your site for use offsite. That’s the simple description. […]

Robin Williams Starts Our Conversation on Depression, Suicide, and Mental Health

The world is grieving the loss of one of our favorite comedic and dramatic geniuses, Robin Williams, and the conversation begins about mental illness, depression, and suicide. The Facts As We Know It: The news arrived about 3:30PM PST that the actor had died due to suspected suicide. CNN reported that according to the Marin […]

Speed Blogging Tips and Techniques

The following are the workshop notes for my popular workshop on “Speed Blogging.” The workshop is designed to teach how to take charge of your website and keep the content flowing with enthusiasm over the long term by learning the shortcuts, tips, and techniques to speed up the process of blogging, allowing your blog to […]

Your Blog is Your Business Card

The following are the notes for my popular workshop “Your Blog is Your Business Card”. The premise is that today’s business card can’t hold all the contact information necessary to connect adequately with potential clients, but the blog can. It is the holder of your contact information and online identity. The workshop covers the philosophy […]

Code Standards Project to Take WordPress Into the Future

WP Tavern reported recently that WordPress Developers are organizing a community initiative to standardize common post types, taxonomies and meta data. Led by Justin Tadlock, popular WordPress developer and author of Professional WordPress Plugin Development, the goals of the community project are to name these common parts of WordPress to create a more stable and […]

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