Archive for January, 2008

Subscribe to the Geek Girl’s Audio Feed!

Posted 31 Jan 2008 — by Ellie
Category Announcements

iPodToo busy to read? Want to catch up with me, the Ultimate Geek Girl, while on the bus or exercising? Listen to my posts on your iPod or MP3 player – or even at home on your computer!

Subscribe via Odiogo now!

Read how I created an audio feed at Turn your blog posts into podcasts!

The process was as easy as 1-2-3 and now, I have audio of all of my posts, so you can listen on the go!

If you’ve never used a podcast before, check out my simple directions at How to Subscribe to thepinkc Podcast! 😎

Turn your blog posts into podcasts!

Posted 30 Jan 2008 — by Ellie
Category Better Blogger, WordPress

WordPress WednesdaysGive your readers another way to catch up with your latest posts. Turn your blog posts into podcasts!

The process is actually pretty simple if you follow these steps. Keep in mind that this doesn’t mean you have to record your posts or pay an actor to do it for you!

Odiogo is FREE and the quality is actually pretty good! After signing up, Odiogo will contact you to confirm your enrollment within hours. The computerized voice is easy to understand and very professional.

Get organized with Tidy Start Menu

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Posted 28 Jan 2008 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Geek GirlTidy Start Menu, a free program, is perfect for people who want to minimize their start menu without a lot of complications. Users install the program and can organize their start menu to their personal specifications and tastes. The program does make suggestions for categories, but it up to you to put programs where you want them to be.

One of my favorite features is that you can always move a program from one folder to another if you feel it would better fit in a different category.

Before:
start-menu

After:
tidy_start_menu

The difference is like NIGHT and DAY!

Geek Girl’s Got a New Laptop!

Posted 27 Jan 2008 — by Ellie
Category Technology

Welcoming Toshiba
Creative Commons License photo credit: Ikhlasul Amal

Thanks to everyone who responded with suggestions in my previous post, Help the Geek Girl get a new laptop!

Your suggestions were great and very helpful! THANKS!

After consulting with many, many websites, reading your suggestions, talking to a couple of “computer gurus” and comparing dozens of computers, I finally settled on the Toshiba Satellite U305-S7467 13.3” Widescreen Laptop.

This laptop meets all of my requirements – small, widescreen and powerful!

Protect your WordPress Blog from the Bad Guys

Posted 23 Jan 2008 — by Ellie
Category WordPress

WordPress WednesdaysWordPress is the world’s most popular content management system (CMS) for a reason – it is customizable by anyone with the skills and desire to tweak the program to their specifications.

However, this also opens the door for bad guys to do harm to your WordPress powered blog.

Perhaps the easiest way to protect your blog is to make an empty /wp-content/plugins/index.html file. Create an index.html file with any website creator software like Microsoft FrontPage, Nvu or Komposer – or by hand. Upload to the wp-content/plugins/ directory. Now, the bad guys can’t see your plugins list and try to attack your site via this directory!

4 Sites you HAVE to Bookmark

Posted 21 Jan 2008 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Geek GirlThere’s a lot going on with web applications and websites since the new year, so I wanted to roundup 4 sites you HAVE to bookmark.

These websites/applications provide a wide range of functions, but the best part is that they are online and are great additions to your daily web arsenal!

If you have an online application you simply LOVE, add it in the comments!

Tips to get more out of your WordPress blog

Posted 16 Jan 2008 — by Ellie
Category Better Blogger, WordPress

WordPress WednesdaysThere are many ways to get more out of your WordPress blog. For example, we’ve covered WordPress themes, WordPress plugins to use, tagging and more.

Here are a few more tips to help you get more out of your WordPress blog – from traffic, post ideas and functionality!

AutoPlay (autorun) your USB Drive, External Harddrive

Posted 14 Jan 2008 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Geek GirlOne of the most common things computer users do is to disable AutoPlay (autorun) of their USB or external drive unintentionally – and they don’t know how to reset these settings!

What is AutoPlay (autorun) and why do I need it?

Autorun (sometimes spelled in CamelCase as AutoRun or AutoPlay) is the ability of many modern computer operating systems to automatically take some action upon the insertion of removable media such as a CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or flash media.

Autorun is intended as a convenience feature: software distributed on a disc can automatically start an installer when the disc is inserted.

Use tagging in WordPress

Posted 09 Jan 2008 — by Ellie
Category Better Blogger, WordPress

WordPress Wednesdays

This is Step #34 in the 101 Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger.

WordPress 2.3 introduced us to built-in tagging support, which has been a great addition to every blogger’s blogging arsenal for three reasons:

  1. Tags are a great way to quickly show visitors what you blog about. Categories can be helpful to show visitors what you blog about, but tags give an extra layer of information that is a lot more specific and targeted. If a visitor only wants to read your posts on Firefox, they can quickly find them, versus searching through various categories or searching your blog.