Sunday, January 29, 2017

How to Remove the Sidebar Menu in the Wordpress Verbosa Theme

I love the Verbosa theme. It's very flexible and looks great no matter what device the visitor is using.

One thing I don't like, however, is the inability to remove the menu from the aide bar. Sure, you can create a custom menu, amke it empty, and assign it, but that still leaves the MENU header there.

I tried using CSS to set it to display:none, but no go. Dunno why.....

Ultimately, I ended up commenting out the function that calls the menu.

The function is called in the file:

content-- themes--verbosa--includes--core.php

Look around line 150+ for this section:

And comment it out.

No more menu.

Remember that whenever you update the theme, you'll have to go back in and comment it out again.

Friday, July 01, 2016

Code Free Tools

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Still at it -!

Yes, I'm still here and still coding web sites in Classic ASP, although most of the site I launch now I launch using the Wordpress platform.

It's a few months old now, but I'd like to present

I call it the Fast Food Macros Database, and what I'm doing is gather the macro nutrition information on fast food offerings. You choose your restaurant and then tick off the items you want to eat. It keeps a running total of the fat, protein, carbohydrates and calories.

There's a diet plan out there that has gotten pretty popular called If It Meets Your Macros, which is a plan where you figure out your macros and pretty much eat whatever you want. As long as you hit your macros, you are good to go.

I built a pretty cool form for calculating you Total Daily Energy Expenditure too, since you need to have a starting point for calories to figure out your macro values.

I've been (slowly) adding restaurants and will keep pecking away.

For the technically minded, it's running on a virtual machine (Virtual Box). I have a pretty robust workstation running Windows 7 with 32 gigs of memory and dual processor quad core processors.

I set up a 4 gig/2 core virtual machine and installed an old copy of Windows 2003 to be the Internet Information Server.

I set up another 4 gig/2 core virtual machine also with Windows 2003 and installed SQL Server 2008 Express edition that runs as the back end. SQL Server is the last MS SQL Server that runs on Windows 2003 BTW....

So check it out, let me know what you think!

Friday, November 01, 2013

Showing Detailed Errors with Classic ASP

Many hosting companies had detailed errors turned off, as information in the error messages can often provide hacker with clues that allow them to hack web sites. But as developers, we all know that just because everything worked great in the development environment, doesn't mean it all works when we upload to production. And those error messages are essential when debugging Classic ASP.

So you FTP your site up, go and get the 500 Internal error, with no clue as to what it is. Here's how to get those detailed error messages back so you can debug.

Create a web.config file

In that file enter:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <httpErrors errorMode="Detailed" />

Save the file and upload it to the web server. Viola! Now you can get a detailed error so you can see just where the where the error is happening and what it is.

I suggest that once you solve the issue, that you turn detailed errors back off again. Every little bit of security helps when it comes to keeping your site secure.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Newest Website Launched

Yeah, I just completed a new website for aficionados of tactical tomahawks, hand axes and hatchets called TomahawkDB.If you've ever considered buying a tomahawk, hand axe, or hatchet, this site will give you all the information you need to make an informed buying decision. Stats include weight, length, blade width, blade length, steel type, steel hardness, handle type and pricing. So check it out, that's an order!

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Using SQL to Replace Smart Quotes and Other Special Characters

UPDATE [table_name] SET [column_name] = REPLACE( [column_name], '’', '''')
UPDATE [table_name] SET [column_name] = REPLACE( [column_name], '–', '--')
UPDATE [table_name] SET [column_name] = REPLACE( [column_name], '“', '"')
UPDATE [table_name] SET [column_name] = REPLACE( [column_name], '”', '"')
UPDATE [table_name] SET [column_name] = REPLACE( [column_name], '…', '...')

Monday, December 10, 2012

Must Have Free and Open Source Software

All of the applications are free to use, freeware or open-source. A couple of them have a trial period (you can still use the software after the trial has run out) or there's a purchasable version as well. I've also listed several similar applications (like Firefox and Chrome for browsers or Foxit Reader and Sumatra PDF for PDF readers) so that you can find your your own personal favorite. You don't need both, but it's nice to have something to chose from.

  • VLC - Open source video player.
  • Media Player Classic - Home Cinema - Light-weight media player for Windows. I personally like MPC-HC much better than VLC. Supports more codecs/formats and video looks better.
  • Combined Community Codec Pack - A simple playback pack for Windows with the goal of supporting the majority of video formats in use today. Must have if you watch certain tv-shows or anime.
  • Foobar 2000 - Extremely lightweight and customizable free audio player for Windows. Supports a wide array of different audio formats.
  • Audacity - Free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds.
  • Spotify - Listen to music for free.
  • Grooveshark - Listen to music and radio stations for free.
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Waterfox - 64bit browser based upon the Mozilla Firefox source code.
  • Pale Moon - Open Source, full-featured, speed optimized browser based on the popular Firefox browser.
Extensions for browsers:
  • Reddit Enhancement Suite - Make surfing Reddit so much more enjoyable. Highly customizable and easy to set up.
  • Adblock Plus - Blocks annoying ads on webpages and in videos. Surf faster and safer.
  • Ghostery - Anti ad/tracking extension.
  • ProxTube - Circumvent blocked Youtube videos.
  • Speed Dial - Allows fast access to your most visited websites. Extremely useful if you visit or want to keep track off a lot of different websites.
  • NoScript - Open source add-on (for Firefox) which allows JavaScript, Java, Flash and other plugins to be executed only by trusted web sites of your choice.
  • ScriptNo - Similar to NoScript only for Chrome instead.
  • Search by Image for Google (Firefox) - Fast way to reverse search an image. Very handy if you're looking for a source, more information or if anyone posts "original content".
  • Search by Image for Google (Chrome)
System, cleaning and recovery:
  • CCleaner - A freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool.
  • Deffragler - Defragmentation software.
  • Recuva - File recovery software.
  • Speccy - Give you detailed statistics on every piece of hardware in your computer.
  • Skype - Call friends/family on their computers or phones.
  • Pidgin - Open source chat client which is compatible with several different chat networks.
  • Trillian - A fully featured, stand-alone chat client that supports several different chat networks.
  • HexChat - IRC chat program for both Linux and Windows.
Documents, images and graphics:
  • Foxit Reader - Free PDF reader.
  • Sumatra PDF - Free PDF reader.
  • Open Office - Open source personal productivity suite.
  • Libre Office - Open source personal productivity suite for Windows, Mac and Linux.
  • GIMP - Free image manipulation software.
  • IrfanView - The best freeware image/graphic viewer for Windows. Extremely lightweight and supports a wide arrange of different formats.
  • WinRAR - File archiver (You can still use the software after the trial period has run out).
  • 7-Zip - Open source file archiver.
File sharing:
  • uTorrent 2.2.1 - uTorrent became extremely bloated after they released version 3.0 and on. Version 2.2.1 has everything you need without using many resources or having any ads.
  • Transmission - Extremely lightweight BitTorrent client for Mac and Linux. There's an unofficial Windows version which you can get here:
  • Deluge - Lightweight, cross-platform BitTorrent client.
  • qBittorrent - Free, lightweight cross-platform BitTorrent client.
Online Storage:
  • Dropbox - Cloud storage.
  • Google Drive - Google's cloud storage solution similar to Dropbox.
  • Skydrive - Microsoft's cloud storage solution.
  • Steam - PC-game client for PC, Mac and Linux (Linux version is still in closed beta).
  • f.lux - Makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day. Must have if you have problems with going to sleep or have problems with eyes or headaches.
  • Open Broadcaster Software - Free and open source software for media streaming.
  • Sublime Text 2 - A great text editor for code, markup and prose.
  • Notepad++ - Free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.
  • Rainlendar - A lightweight customizable calendar.
  • Hamachi - A hosted VPN service that lets you create LAN-like networks. Very useful if you want to play older pc-games with friends.
  • Tunngle - A p2p VPN tool somewhat similar to Hamachi.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

If Programming Languages were Transportation

Language   TransportationComment
Muscle car
Old school, still pretty awesome
Get EXACTLY where you want to be
Complicated enough yet?
Like C++, but the landing is easier
Roller blades
Whip this out anywhere
Fast, comfortable and convenient
Vostok rocket
Amazingly futurist, and yet strangely outdated
A curiosity not fit for practical use
Flintstones car
Your grandparents thought it was obsolete
Fun but slow
Python for cool kids
Well TECHNICALLY it can go anywhere
slow, useless and outdated, but still awesome
Antique Bentley
Fond memories
Not hip, but practical
You're not anything special
At least the view is nicer
A vehicle that enables other vehicles!
In some places it's the only thing you'll see - and you'll only see it there
Astronaut suit
Will run ANYWHERE, but damned inconvenient to do anything with
Motorized wheelchair
hurr durr

Monday, October 29, 2012

Free Computer Games

Roleplaying games:
Online Multiplayer and MMO's:
Platformers and metroidvanias:

Friday, October 26, 2012

Must Have Free Computer Software

Here's the good free stuff (may want to look into F.lux as well):
The following can all be downloaded using Ninite - an easy downloading software that will download and update programs for you:
The free antivirus war popped up again. Basically, all of their success rates are very close together. Right now, I'm using avast! instead of avira. Honestly, as long as you don't go for something weird, any of the free AV programs will work.

Here are some more good ones:
  • CDBurnerXP - if you still burn CDs or DVDs, this is probably the best free option.
  • Inkscape - as close to Illustrator as you're going to get for free.
  • Paint.Net - GIMP pissing you off? Try this.
  • FileZilla - if you're using FTP at all, you want this.
  • wget - if you're comfortable with the command line, this is one of your best friends for downloading stuff.
  • Calibre Got a few ebooks? You probably want this.
  • HandBrake For all your DVD ripping needs.
  • Rootkit Revealer detecting them rootkits.