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MacKeeper Review

Mac users like me want a fast running machine, Not full of junk. I love to save disk space. I use multiple apps to try to keep my Mac running smoothly. All have different interfaces, some are free and some cost. It’s a mess. I used to run them a lot when I was new to Mac but now days I hardly use them. I forget some of the tools I used in the past and i mentioned some before. I was planing on mentioning more. Well now I don’t have to mention anymore as MacKeeper is an All in one tool that does what I would do with multiple apps. Continue reading

5 WordPress Plugins I use

I use many WordPress plugins, but here are 5 WordPress Plugins I think are great and recommend:

After The Deadline

I use After the deadline to proofread my posts. It uses artificial intelligence to check for spelling, style and grammar. It works by sending your post to a server, and then sends the errors in your post back.

CloudFlare

CloudFlare isn’t just a WordPress plugin. It’s a reserve proxy to add distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) protection, content distribution network (CDN), Rocket Loader and extra security.  It can asynchronously load scripts. It also can minify css and scripts for you. You can use it for non WordPress sites, but you have to install a Apache mod if you want the right IP addresses of the user to show up, which may not be easy for some people or your on shared hosting which the host provider may not have it installed or will not install it. This WordPress plugin allows WordPress to get the correct IP address of the user without mod_cloudflare. You can checkout more about CloudFlare at https://www.cloudflare.com/

WP Super Cache

I use this plugin to cache my blog to static html files to speed up my site.  So each reload won’t have to regenerate the whole page using PHP and MySQL and can just serve a cached version meaning less CPU on the server and quicker for the end user. So I think I’m Digg proof.

WP-DBManager

This plugin I use for backup my database. It also can optimize your database. You can manually back up or repair or have it do it every so many minutes, hours, days, weeks and months.

Akismet

I use this plugin to flag comments as spam. This is free for personal blogs. It really does catch spam really good! I just look at the spam every so often, see if anything isn’t spam and then clear it out.

A look at Lion

After waiting every day for the last month checking Apple.com to see if Lion is available, it’s finally here! Lion is available as a download from the Mac App Store for 29 bucks! That kind of scared me at first due to being a large 3.74 GB download. Downloading and installing an operating system from the internet is not so mainstream. You can get Ubuntu my favorite Linux distribution but it’s under a gigabyte and you have to burn it to a disk.

With Lion, you buy it in the Mac App Store on Snow Leopard, and it downloads an “Install Mac OS X Lion.app”, which self destructs after Lion is installed. So if you don’t want to redownload it, make sure you back it up before installing Lion. I copied it over the network to my other Mac mini(Mid 2007), to install later on without another big 1-2 hour download. It took about 10 minutes to copy it, but this is good for people who has more than 1 Mac, and might have a bandwidth cap or impatient(like myself). Lion installs it self, without the need to burn a disk. Most full operating system downloads requires you to burn a disk.

The Install Mac OS X Lion guides you through a small wizard to prepare your Mac to install Lion.

 Then it requires you to agree to the EULA that no one ever reads(I hope I didn’t agree to give up my first born or be a Human CentiPad), and then select the disk you want to install Lion to.

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Looking at Google+

I just got my Google+ invite, after being sent five. One finally worked!

So once an invite works, it will ask for your name, gender and stuff. Then it will bring you to a page to complete your profile, some videos about it.

Okay. I’m kidding. It’s not using the same color scheme as Facebook. But you can make Google+ look like Facebook using a User Style at http://userstyles.org/styles/50051/google-facebook

Theres the real home page, for real. I kinda think I liked the Facebook color scheme better, but doesn’t mean I like Facebook social network. Continue reading

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