Archive for February, 2008

It’s Tax Time!!?? All About E-Filing

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Posted 28 Feb 2008 — by HarriMac
Category Soulville

SoulvilleSo it’s the end of February and tax day is looming by six weeks! Might as well be tomorrow, right? If you’re like a lot of the other people around you, you’ve got a W-2 (or two or three) and possibly a tuition statement (if you get financial aid including loans, make sure you get this form from your school – it can help you get money back…ching ching!).

WordPress Keyboard Shortcuts

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Posted 27 Feb 2008 — by Ellie
Category WordPress

WordPress WednesdaysThere are a few shortcuts that you can use to make it a little easier to write your posts in WordPress’ compose box.

To make these shortcuts work, you must choose “Code” NOT “Visual” in your compose screen. This will show the raw HTML, instead of the “pretty” text. You can switch back and forth between Code and Visual to see the coding and formating at work.

  • Bold: Alt+SHIFT+b
  • Italics: Alt+SHIFT+i
  • Link: Alt+SHIFT+a
  • Blockquote: Alt+SHIFT+q
  • Code: Alt+SHIFT+c
  • Read More: Alt+SHIFT+t
  • Unordered List (ul): Alt+SHIFT+u
  • Ordered List (ol): Alt+SHIFT+o
  • List Item (li): Alt+SHIFT+l

WordPress Wednesdays features posts about plugins, themes and general usage of WordPress, the world’s most popular content management system!

Tweak your Firefox Toolbars – Part II

Posted 25 Feb 2008 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Geek GirlLast week, I walked you through how to edit the about:config in your Firefox browser to remove some elements and have a more tidy looking toolbar.

This week, I want to show you a couple of easy ways to save more screen real estate by using one nifty plugin and editing Firefox’s toolbars.

Tiny MenuFirst, install the Tiny Menu plugin. This plugin will compress your menu from File, Edit, View, etc. to a simple drop down Menu, which saves valuable screen real estate. See a view of the Tiny Menu in action to the right.

(Don’t forget to restart your browser!)

How to Make PDF Work For You

Posted 24 Feb 2008 — by HarriMac
Category Soulville, Technology

SoulvillePDFs are a good way to keep up with data and share things easily with other people. Want to share office documents or scanned items? Want to print your paper but out of paper or ink? Want to save those online receipts but don’t want a bunch of papers around? PDF is a great way to do these things.

Right now, most of us probably have Acrobat Reader on our computers, but can’t afford Adobe Acrobat Pro. So what to do?

Configure your WordPress Permalinks

Posted 20 Feb 2008 — by Ellie
Category WordPress

WordPress WednesdaysWordPress is highly customizable, with add-ons such as themes and plugins – but it comes out of the box with many features that can be customized without downloading additional files or having a PhD in computer science.

One of the easiest tweaks for WordPress is the permalinks feature – the permanent links to your individual blog posts and pages.

You can easily configure your WordPress permalinks to ensure that search engines “like” your blog and readers can easily remember links. Think computer and human friendly!

Why do you want to reconfigure your WordPress permalinks?Computer User

Tweak your Firefox Toolbars!

Posted 18 Feb 2008 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Geek GirlFirefox is an easily customizable web browser. Firefox’s extensions and themes add functionality or change the appearance of your browser.

However, what about tweaking your Firefox toolbars to add additional functionality and change the appearance of your browser?

You just have to right click on some empty space in the toolbars, then choose “Customize”. From there you can drag things off the Firefox toolbars or add them. You can even condense your toolbars into one or two rows, for more screen space and a more compact appearance by moving items from one toolbar to another. Play with the settings until you get the toolbar setup you like – and works best for you!

How To Buy Retro – Computers with Win XP

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Posted 15 Feb 2008 — by HarriMac
Category Soulville, Technology

SoulvilleIf you’re like me, you don’t understand what Microsoft was thinking when they released a severely bugged operating system. Cool kids? Not. More like the slow kid. Vista is an “interesting” computer experience, but not recommended by me. Microsoft’s solution? Not only not try to fix it and re-release (creating a whole new one instead) but also announce that all new computers sold with Microsoft in the US as of a few weeks from now will only carry Vista. Why? But I digress…today I’m going to show you a few places to go when looking for new (or refurb) XP machines and what to do if you’re forced into a Vista machine.

We’re back!

Posted 14 Feb 2008 — by Ellie
Category Announcements

It took a lot longer than I anticipated, but thepinkc – the ultimate Geek Girl – is back!

We switched hosts in the last week to BlueHost. The move was pretty easy, although I did lose a few settings for plugins and a couple of logos 😳

While the site is back up – and with a new look, expect to see a few changes over the next few weeks – new logos, color theme, etc. If you see any bugs, please send me an email.

Stay tuned for a double dose of Geek Girl and WordPress Wednesdays – my gift to you for being patient with the downtime!

Manage incoming shipments with Track My Shipments!

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Posted 11 Feb 2008 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Geek GirlDo you always have a hard time keeping track of all of your shipments? Just a few weeks ago, I had 4 packages coming via UPS, one via FedEx and two by DHL. Can you imagine how difficult it was to keep track of 7 different packages at one time – and how time consuming?You have to keep each confirmation email from the shipper with the tracking number, copy and paste that tracking number into each shipper’s website, and then you can see where your packages are and when they’ll arrive.