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WordPress Wednesday: A Plugin A Day

All this month of April, the folks at Weblog Tools Collection will be taking up a single plugin every day and reviewing it in detail. The purpose is to highlight some of the outstanding (for various reasons) plugins available today as well as provide a means for the WordPress community to tell the authors what they actually want. The series began on Monday and you can expect six posts a week (Sunday is the weekly off).

Tool Tuesday: IE NetRenderer

If you’re on a Mac or you have already upgraded to Internet Explorer 7, then you’ll be pretty lost about how your site looks like on lower versions of Internet Explorer. For me this is a big problem because half my visitors to my several sites are still using IE6 and you have to admit that IE6 is a pathetic browser. IE7 is a lot more compliant and displays sites a lot correctly than its predecessors.

WordPress Wednesday: Implementing Asides in 3 Steps

I always wondered how Mark had those small yellow posts over at Weblog Tools Collection. It was only after a while that I realized that they are what are called Asides.

Asides as the name goes is something aside your normal content. I use the asides to link to to posts on which I don’t want to comment much about. However, I feel it valuable to point my visitors towards that link.

The Codex article on Asides is the first place to start and proved to me to be a great help when I wanted to implement asides on both my blogs.

You have the option to implement asides using WordPress plugins or if you’re like me, you would prefer modifying your template files to implement the same. Without further ado, let me explain how I implemented asides on this blog.
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Software Saturday: Foxit Reader

Using Adobe Reader has been the traditional method of viewing PDFs, can’t blame them since they are after all the main folks behind the PDF revolution. However, one complain that everyone has had wrt Adobe Reader has been its massive load time. I will admit that the latest version, 8, does load extremely quickly.

Tip Thursday: Double-click and Shutdown Windows

Normally to shutdown Windows, you need to go to you Start Menu » Turn Off Computer » Turn Off I use my keyboard for this purpose by hitting in the shortcut keys, Windows Key followed by U and U. Carol has a tutorial on getting the same thing done by creating a Windows shortcut. You can create a Shortcut on your Desktop (read a similar tutorial) with shutdown -s -t 01 The -s issues the shutdown command and the -t 01 sets the time to one second.