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Which OS - My MS Muddle
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Category: Technobloggle

July 6th, 2009
In my ongoing quest to get more performance out of my system, and thus more productivity for my day-to-day existence I´m starting to bat around what will be my next operating system choice. As much as I complain about Micro$oft I know it will be some form of windows - the only question now is... which one!...
ClarksMaritime.com Launched
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Category: Announcements

July 7th, 2009
PawPrint.net is pleased to announce the launch of the Clarks Maritime web site, a home for the various nautical endeavours of Martyn and Margaret Clark. Previous customers and friends of PawPrint.net, this site was a joy to design and produce....
SM Player
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Screeshot of SMPlayer´s Mini Gui

Category: Technobloggle

July 13th, 2009
I though it might help others to provide a few links and micro-reviews of software we really like and use all the time - this is the first in that series featuring SM Player a free media player for several operating systems that, in our opinion, is simply the best one going......
Killing dswave32.dll
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Category: Technobloggle

July 30th, 2009
I spent the last 2 days on and off trying to rid a friend´s computer of a nasty little virus contracted through the use of limewire. I am publishing my findings and the solution here in the hopes it will help others....
HTTP Headers Headache
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Category: Technobloggle

September 5th, 2009
Apparently some hardware combinations have some kind of problem if the JavaScript and CSS content uses certain cache-control headers. After a 10 month exercise in sleuthing to try and find what was causing up to a 45 second delay for some site visitors we finally nailed it down to the cache-control headers....
Browser Plugin Check
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Mozilla´s New Plugin Check helps keep you up to date

Category: Technobloggle

October 14th, 2009
Mozilla released a handy new web site today that will automagically check your browser plugins (these are different then add-ons which get checked automatically in the background) to ensure they are up to date....
Security Software Battles Might Degrade Performance
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Category: Technobloggle

October 16th, 2009
I recently got the challenge to try and fix a PC that was running at about half speed. After several deep scans confirmed there were no naughty viruses or malware lurking around, we eventually found that it was the security software itself that was a large part of the problem......
And the winner is: Windows 7 - 64Bit
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Category: Technobloggle

November 2nd, 2009
In a previous post I waffled about electing to take the Windows 7 - 64bit plunge and when to do that in order to finally unlock the rest of the RAM on my system. I have just about finished up testing Windows 7 on a 2nd desktop and thought I would share the results......
Prevent Windows 7 Thumbs.db Files
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Category: Technobloggle

November 18th, 2009
Contrary to what a lot of online sources are saying Windows 7 DOES automatically make hidden thumbs.db files in any folder where it encounters a picture. This thumbnail cache wastes space and pollutes folders with hidden files that can cause problems in certain circumstances, here is how to prevent them......
Thunderbird 3 RC 1 Notes
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Category: Technobloggle

November 27th, 2009
Now that the first Release Candidate of Thunderbird 3 is out, and because I´m a glutton for new software versions I hazarded an upgrade to the new version. I love what I see so far, but there are a couple if bigtime gotchas that others might want to know about......
Versaverter 4 - In Development
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Category: Versaverter

December 13th, 2009
Versaverter 3 has been out and slowly becoming obsolete since 2005. It was high time to kick things up a notch and get a modern release out the door. We had some high expectations for where Versaverter should go and we´re now fairly confident that it is going to do exactly what we wanted!...
Versaverter 4 Alpha 1 Released
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Versaverter 4 - Completely Re-written

Category: Versaverter

December 14th, 2009
PawPrint is thrilled to announce the availability of the first Alpha release of Versaverter 4. The first release since 2005 primarily addresses usability and opens Versaverter to the Mac and Linux users (and any other platforms where Adobe Air will run)...
Air Files downloading as ZIP
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Category: Technobloggle

December 16th, 2009
As I begin my foray into the Adobe Air development arena I hit a strange snag for some people trying to download .air files - Windows was silently changing them to .zip during download - breaking the entire process! Here is how to fix it....
Versaverter 4 Alpha 2 Released
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Category: Versaverter

December 17th, 2009
The second alpha release of Versaverter 4 is now available for download and testing. The new version includes several enhancements, bug fixes, and new features. This release is still alpha software so we expect a few rough edges....
Versaverter 4 Alpha 3 Released
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Category: Versaverter

December 19th, 2009
The third alpha release of Versaverter 4 is now available for download and testing. The new version includes mainly bug fixes and just a few more enhancements and new features. This release is still alpha software so we expect a few rough edges....
Chirp Module Released
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The main chirp form

Category: Announcements

January 16th, 2010
PawPrint is pleased to release the new chirp module, an on-site twitter-like short update system that is integrated into the XDe and accepts pre-loading from other modules while providing automatic updates to twitter and soon other social bookmarking sites....
Internet Explorer Security Holes are a Good Thing
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Category: Technobloggle

January 21st, 2010
We have been encouraging people to switch from Internet Explorer to basically any other browser for several years now and the latest security holes that have garnered world wide attention after the Google issues in China just underline the reasons why. However, all the press is getting people to switch and that is great news for the web in general!...
PHP 6 is coming
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Category: Technobloggle

February 10th, 2010
The long awaited PHP 6 version is starting to look more like a reality at the end of a very long tunnel, but in the immediate future the PHP team has depreciated several functions and language concepts in the PHP 5.3 release that are clearly aimed at helping developers start to migrate early......
Nvidia 196.75 Driver Warning
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Category: Technobloggle

March 5th, 2010
The latest Nvidia drivers may have a serious flaw that can reduce performance, possibly cause the card´s fan to stop, and may even lead to hardware damage. The reports are so serious Nvidia has removed them from their web site pending further investigation....
Versaverter 4 Alpha 5 Released
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Category: Versaverter

June 18th, 2010
The fifth alpha of Versaverter 4 (alpha 4 was not released) is now available for download and testing. The new version includes several bug fixes and just a few enhancements. This release was largely completed to implement the build in the new version of Flash Builder....
Laser Mouse 6000 - Cleaning
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Category: Technobloggle

June 27th, 2010
The scroll on my mouse had been getting steadily more choppy and erratic for a while.. I knew it needed cleaning but finding the screws to open the thing was a challenge. This little howto is provided in the hopes of helping others with a similar mouse....
Wildflowers Transformed
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The new look of Wildflowers

Category: Announcements

June 27th, 2010
After several years it was time for wildflowers bed and breakfast to have a face lift for their web site. While PawPrint had assisted with several small changes to their previous site, it was our pleasure to propel the site forward with a new design backed by our XDe Content Management System....
Confused about the BC HST
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Category: Technobloggle

June 28th, 2010
As a software provider located in BC, and the changeover date for the new Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) fast approaching I have been trying to get some straight answers about how it applies to my business. This turned out to be harder then I would have thought and the answers I eventually got were most surprising! The following should help anyone in BC or Ontario in a similar non-tangible goods service industry....
Un-googled
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Category: Technobloggle

July 4th, 2010
For the past 24h the ISP serving PawPrint´s main office had an issue that prevented subscribers, including us, from connecting to any of the many google web sites (including mail, maps, search, basically anything from the big G was offline) Despite everything else being just fine - it was amazing to see what an effect this had on the Internet in general....
Virus Prevents all .exe Execution
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Category: Technobloggle

July 28th, 2010
Another computer infested with some nasties found its way to my desk. Cleaning the Trojans from this one was easy, getting windows working again after proved to be slightly more difficult......
Recent Items
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Category: Announcements

August 19th, 2010
The latest platform-wide free enhancement to the XDe dramatically enhances the user experience by automatically providing ready back-links to recently accessed content. Immediately available for all registered users on all XDe based sites, the new system is already integrated with many key modules......
PDF Repair
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Category: Technobloggle

September 15th, 2010
I was recently given a PDF file that consisted of scanned pages requiring repair. Commercial repair tools only recovered the first page. I managed to find one option to go a little further. This option for advanced users is presented here in case it helps others....
New Social Media Integration
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Example of what the share bar looks like

Category: Announcements

October 3rd, 2010
This latest update implements integration with several prominent social media communities and adds QR Codes without the drawbacks of using typical third party methods....
Speed Stats and Sharing
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Category: Announcements

October 12th, 2010
The frequency of really useful updates and enhancements seems to be increasing - something that is always good news. Today there are 3 great updates to report. From jQuery to Social Media to Web Analytics and everything is free for anyone using the XDe....
Compiling FFMpeg on Centos 5

Category: Technobloggle

October 20th, 2010
This is a highly technical guide to how we managed to install ffmpeg on several CentOS 5.5 32 and 64bit platforms to achieve an effective modern web video transcoder....
Explorer.exe won´t start after Virus
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Category: Technobloggle

November 26th, 2010
After getting hit by a virus through a malicious web site (one of those fake anti-virus types) this little netbook wouldn´t boot completely into Windows 7. Everything started except explorer.exe Here is how we fixed it......
Web Site Optimization
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Category: Technobloggle

November 21st, 2010
Over the last 2 weeks PawPrint has dramatically enhanced our existing optimization strategy to deliver dynamic web sites faster and more efficiently. This article explores how we keep sites fast and efficient for all clients, with the goal of providing ideas for others....
iPhone vs Android
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Category: Technobloggle

December 5th, 2010
Because PawPrint develops mobile apps we have several phones on hand for testing. Considering all the jousting fanboys extolling the virtues of one platform over another we thought it may be appropriate to add our review from using both phones on a daily basis....
PawPrint Welcomes Jacques Tredoux
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Jacques Tredoux

Category: Announcements

January 17th, 2011
PawPrint is thrilled to welcome Jacques Tredoux as a new designer/developer to our team. Jacques returns to PawPrint after several years away in Alberta and we are thrilled to have him back in an expanded role....
Mobile Friendly HTML5 Video
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The video upload dialog

Category: Announcements

January 28th, 2011
By 2014 (or some say even earlier) more people may browse web sites on mobile devices then using desktop computers. As video becomes a key content element, it is essential that web sites can deliver video to all devices. Until now, the process to provide that level of compatibility has been very complicated. The PawPrint AVC (Automatic Video Converter) is going to change that....
Minor Softball Gets a Web Re-design
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the new look for secheltminorsoftball.ca

Category: Announcements

February 11th, 2011
PawPrint.net has donated a web site to Sechelt Minor Softball for several years now as a small way to give back to the community. The site was starting to show it´s age and we wanted to give it a new look and some added features......
Launched: Smoke n Steel Car Club
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Category: Web Design

March 1st, 2011
With little money and a need for a comprehensive web site that would suite a small organization the West Kootenay Smoke n Steel Car Club turned to PawPrint for a site that would fit their needs and budget....
Latest Email Scam
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Screenshot of the email message

Category: Technobloggle

March 24th, 2011
We are all plagued by email scams constantly but sadly many still fall prey to their tactics. The last received here is a new tactic in the domain registration type of scam and this notice will hopefully save you the trouble of wasting $75 and possibly much more trouble....
Recovery from Amazon EC2 Outage
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Category: Announcements

April 23rd, 2011
The PawPrint.net web site is finally back online after a 3 day outage due to the recent, massive failure of the Amazon Cloud data center in Virginia. Many of our customers and colleagues were also affected by what some are calling the "Great Internet Fail of 2011" This article is geared for those who are still trying to understand what happened and how to prevent it....
Temp Flie Cleaner
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TFC Screenshot

Category: Technobloggle

May 21st, 2011
Every Saturday we´re going to add a review of or tip for a piece of software we find useful focusing as much as possible on inexpensive or freeware applications that will give you a great big benefit! The first is Temp File Cleaner (TFC) by OldTimer (there are several applications with this name and we´re recommending this specific one....
Google Dropping Old Browser Support
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Category: Announcements

June 2nd, 2011
According to a June 1st Google Blog post the company will be dropping support for older version browsers starting August 1st. This is great news for the web as it will hopefully start to push more late adopters forward and allow web developers to continue to innovate....
KeePass
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Category: Technobloggle

May 28th, 2011
We constantly hear that we should use different passwords all the time and change them for security - which is Ohhhh so true - but this presents the problem of trying to keep track of them all... KeePass to the rescue!...
VLC Media Player
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VLC Streaming one of our web cams

Category: Technobloggle

June 4th, 2011
Some may already know VLC as the media player that is free, fast, and will play basically anything you throw at it. Even those that do may not realize that it is also a powerful media conversion, streaming, and video capture package....
Textpad
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Textpad Main Editor

Category: Technobloggle

June 11th, 2011
Windows comes with the very rudimentary text editor: Notepad, and the slightly more robust: Wordpad, but both pale in comparison to Textpad. Don´t underestimate the value of having a really great text editor on your system. As text editors go - this one is hard to beat....
Core Temp
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Category: Technobloggle

June 18th, 2011
It´s good, especially in summer to keep tabs on just how hot your system is running. Any issue that causes your system temperature to climb too high can be a likely cause of crashes and/or system slow downs - even, in extreme cases, permanent damage. Core temp makes that easy and unobtrusive....
Automatic Timelapse Video
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Category: Technobloggle

June 17th, 2011
In part to see how it would work, and in part to evaluate the possibilities for some specific applications I have completed a project to create a daily time lapse video that is completely automated using the Axis M1104 web cam, ffmpeg video transcoder, and simple shell scripts....
Tight VNC
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Tight VNC Connection request

Category: Technobloggle

June 25th, 2011
Have more then one computer in the house and need to quickly change something without wanting to walk over to it? how about helping a family member online, or controlling your system without a monitor, mac from PC or vice versa? Tight VNC will do all of that!...
Firefox Memory Leaks
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Memory use after 6h idle

Category: Technobloggle

June 28th, 2011
After frequently needing to kill FF when it consumes over 2GB of RAM (I´ve seen 3GB and 4GB sometimes) I figured a little test was in order to see just how bad the memory leak problems are in the browser....
IMG Burn
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Main Mode choosing screen

Category: Technobloggle

July 2nd, 2011
The very best CD/DVD burning software for Windows also happens to be freeware - it just makes it all the better! If you need a reliable fast CD/DVD or image file creation package then IMG Burn is the answer....
Social Networking for Small Business
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Category: Announcements

July 13th, 2011
There has been a lot of hype about social media, advice running rampant. Much of it disseminated by "consultants" eager to get your business by ´helping´ you with social media campaigns etc... For most small business this is not a viable approach. In fact, we have seen little good information specifically catered to small business about how best for them to tackle the social networking world. This article is specifically aimed at providing advice for small business and non-profit organizations about social networking....
XDe CMS Updates
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XDe CMS Update

Category: Announcements

July 15th, 2011
A series of enhancements to the XDe CMS will help web sites get listed better on the search engines as well as on Google Plus the new social network from Google. In addition the news module has been enhanced to provide a more streamlined form for adding articles....
The Google+ Real Names Policy
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Category: Technobloggle

July 27th, 2011
Everyone is talking about the real names policy and how it´s partly there to help prevent against abuse. The sad thing is - I sincerely doubt it will do that at all. As with most proactive software controls the abusers will find a way to circumvent it and the only people that are affected are legitimate users who would appreciate some anonymity....

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Adobe Edge
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Category: Technobloggle

August 1st, 2011
Adobe released the first preview of their new HTML5 media authoring tool called Edge. To give this a ultra-fast test-drive we wanted to see what we could produce in just 5 mins using the software for the very first time and what that output actually looks like. The results are actually quite impressive....
Windows 7 Fresh Install Tips
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Category: Technobloggle

August 30th, 2011
Having just completed a fresh install of Windows 7, it seemed fitting to share some tips for starting off right with your new (or renewed as was the case for me) system. A good fresh install for an existing system may take several days but the speed and space improvements are usually worth it every couple of years....
Massive XDe Update
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Category: Announcements

December 10th, 2011
This could be the most comprehensive XDe update ever. From users to new content building wizards to enhanced multilingual capabilities across the platform....
Are you secure online?
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Category: Technobloggle

July 13th, 2012
Are you secure online? Protect yourself by taking a little time and updating your passwords around and about your digital world: Then keep them updated: New year = new passwords - it is well worth the time. Here are some tips for creating and managing secure, easy to remember passwords....
Use Klout to build your Social Network
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Category: Technobloggle

January 3rd, 2012
The outward focus of Klout is to measure social influence online, but it is also a great way to grow that same influence, using Klout as another place to interact and meet new people. Their +K system for assigning influence can be a great way to grow and help others do the same....
Scheduled Chirp Updates
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Category: Announcements

January 5th, 2012
Just released updates to the XDe CMS Chirp module that allows you to schedule updates for social networks as well as on-site viewing. Just set a future date and the update will automatically publish at the time you choose as much as a year in advance....
Google Search Going Social
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Category: Technobloggle

January 10th, 2012
Google is starting to do exactly what everyone thought they would and combining more and more of the content from Google+ (their new social network) directly into search results. Now they have announced that you can control your search results to include the personal "social" results and/or global results in a Google Blog Post. The important thing to consider is how all this affects you when you´re seeing where your web site fits in the search results....
PawPrint is Back Online
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The Pawprint.net homepage during the #SOPAstrike

Category: Announcements

January 18th, 2012
On January 17th at 8pm PST we intentionally replaced the PawPrint.net home page with a message effectively disabling our web site for the first time since 1994. This extraordinary action was taken to show support for the thousands of web sites and millions of people who spent the day rallying against this flawed proposed legislation....
PHP 5.4 nearing release
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PHP 5.4 final release testing

Category: Technobloggle

January 29th, 2012
In a recent post on Google+ the opening is laced with humor "We are in the final push to PHP 5.4 and we need your help. Everyone who is using PHP can give us a hand here, regardless of your technical abilities. Facebook employees, take a break from calculating your stock option scenarios and give us an hour of your time...."...
Google, Facebook, Pay Pal, and others: anti-phishing email protocol
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Category: Technobloggle

January 30th, 2012
The plan surrounds the existing systems DKIM and SPF and from a quick read seems to basically be an attempt to back and promote these existing systems with a few add-ons. To quote the dmarc.org web site "A group of leading organizations came together in the spring of 2011 to collaborate on a method for combating fraudulent email at Interenet-scale."...
Web Design in 1995
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The Duke of Edinburgh´s Award Gold Award Society home page (c) 1995

Category: Technobloggle

January 30th, 2012
Inspired by an article about the history of web design shared by @timothywhalin I went hunting in my archives to find the oldest web design for which I still had a copy. Since I started building sites in 1992 I wasn´t sure how far back I could go - Managed to find my moldy oldies from 1995 through 1998 and though I´d share them for fun....
New AJC-AJJ.net Web Site
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The new ajc-ajj.net home page

Category: Announcements

February 17th, 2012
PawPrint is pleased to announce the launch of a new XDe CMS powered web site for the Association of Justice Council in Canada http://ajc-ajj.net/ features a fully bi-lingual member-focused site that includes loads of enhancements added by request to the core XDe...
XDe Enhancements
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Category: Announcements

March 5th, 2012
Part in parcel with code updates to take further advantage of new features and changes in PHP 5.4 (released last week) we are implementing changes to the XDe CMS code that will increase the speed of all sites and reduce server memory load....
Trackmail Update Gives Detailed Stats
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Category: Announcements

March 24th, 2012
XDE CMS now bosts impressive new tracking features as part of the enhanced ´trackmail´ module. Existing users will gain new graphs and category breakdown for past messaging. All new messages sent get aditional stats including first view and more......
Bitrates and Codecs and Bandwidth Oh My!
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Category: Technobloggle

April 23rd, 2012
For many, even many video professionals, encoding and modern video compression is basically just a black box full of voodo computer magic. Most just pick a preset and hope for the best and sadly so many of the presets are really not all that great. I get asked constantly for advice in this area and over the years have learned a lot. This needs to be a more complete article, and eventually I will create one - but for now I´m going to address a few or the more salient points....
Mousewheel Jog/Shuttle in Steinberg Nuendo 4
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Category: Technobloggle

April 30th, 2012
For anyone using the Steinberg Nuendo family of audio post software this is a little tutorial for how to overcome the rather gaping hole of no way to Jog/Shuttle on the timeline using the mousewheel. It uses a combination of key assignments in Nuendo and AutoHotKey on PC to add this key feature of standard editing workflows....
PHP 5.4 Gotchas for Developers
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Category: Technobloggle

May 10th, 2012
After running PHP 5.4 on my development environment for a while I have hit several things that could easily cause enough grief that they need calling attention to. These are new features or changes that will break some existing edge cases in somewhat hidden or obscure ways and can take a long time to find if you don´t know what you´re looking for....
Synching iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac, and Thunderbird
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Category: Technobloggle

July 5th, 2012
I have a Mac, PC, Android, iPhone and iPad; plus I use Thunderbird for mail on the PC and want all these things to seamlessly sync up their calendar and contacts. Really this is very rudamentry data and should be easy but for some reason it isn´t. There is a solution though but it involves some mighty strange but simple tricks....
CMS User Interface and Mobile Viewer Updates
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Category: Announcements

August 7th, 2012
Updates have been released to the XDe CMS that include the ability to target content sections and site navigation to desktop and/or mobile devices. The content management form has also been updated to an improved user interface. Check out the walkthrough video for details....
A Google Maps App won't help iOS6
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Sechelt BC looks like a targeting computer in Apple Maps

Category: Technobloggle

September 25th, 2012
Should we be surprised that Google isn't planning to release an iOS native Maps app soon? Perhaps the real question should be: would it even matter if they did? The real problem with the horrifically bad maps in iOS6 really has nothing to do with the dedicated maps app.

So what questions should we be asking?
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Navigation Icons and Improved Audit Trail
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New XDe Navigation Icon Selection

Category: Announcements

October 10th, 2012
Headlining the latest XDe updates are new navigation icons and a series of enhancements to the audit trail. The latest roll-out, as usual, also includes various bug fixes and a slew of optimizations that will improve site speed and accessibility....
Protect your online privacy and security
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Category: Announcements

December 31st, 2012
Start the year right with a New Year's Resolution you can actually keep and will take most people less then an hour to complete. Follow these simple steps to dramatically improve your security and privacy online....
What's Coming for 2014
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Category: Announcements

January 1st, 2014
By now, we're pretty sure everyone will be incredibly tired of all the 2013 retrospectives. So rest-assured this article is not going to hit you with yet another one! Rather a look forward to what is coming and some things you should consider right now to start 2014 off right....
Power Mixer
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Power Mixer Control Deck

Category: Technobloggle

February 19th, 2014
I had been looking for some better controls for my system audio and finally found a great solution in Power Mixer from Actual Solution. The windows mixer replacement boasts a wide array of features for the audio enthusiast and hobbyist alike....
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