February 27, 2011

Simple and efficient ways for creating a favicon

In this post I explore some simple and efficient ways of creating a favicon:

  1. Specify a PNG image as a favicon (in newer browsers only) by adding the following code in your HTML page:
    <link rel=”shortcut icon” href=”/favicon.png” type=”image/x-icon” />

  2. DeGraeve.com
    www.degraeve.com/favicon
    This website allows you to upload a PNG image which will transform it a pixelized favicon. You may edit the pixels once the image is uploaded.
November 8, 2010

How to make your free Sitemeter counter invisible

If you have a free Sitemeter counter on your website and you’d like to make it invisibile, here is the quick way to do it:

  1. Login to Sitemeter.com, click on the ‘Manager’ section above, then choose from the left menu ‘Meter Style’
  2. Select the second last option which shows only numbers
  3. Click ‘Select’ and on the next page, choose ‘Digit Color’ and ‘Background Color’ as Transparent.

That’s it!

November 7, 2010

Formula One (F1) technology goes virtual

Few sports are as reliant on technology as Formula One and the teams are increasingly making use of virtual racing to get the most out of their cars.

Watch the BBC video below:

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November 7, 2010

The 2011 IT Salary Guide

The good news: the The 2011 IT Salary Guide demonstrates that IT salary levels are once again headed upward.

The 2011 IT Salary Guide indicates some respectable boosts in average salary. Lead applications developers get a 4.7% increase and software engineers enjoy a 4.1% boost in paycheck. Okay, so IT managers move up a ho-hum 2.5% and project managers rise 2.8%, but Web developers jump 4.6% and System Security Admins levitate a healthy 4% (seems like security is always hot).

So what’s hot in the IT job market? According to Robert Half Technology (the firm that publishes the annual salary numbers), specialties in demand include programming (particularly .NET, Java, PHP, Silverlight, Flex and SharePoint), ERP skills, security, infrastructure support (help desk pros), and networking (virtualization, cloud computing, SaaS).

IT certifications in demand include Cisco certifications (CCNA), Linux certifications (RHCE), Microsoft certifications (MCAD, MCITP, MCSE, MCTS), Project management certifications (PMP), and Security certifications (CISSP, CCSA, CCSE).

To view average starting IT salaries, go to the 2011 IT Salary List.

Reference: http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/features/article.php/3909826/The-2011-IT-Salary-Guide.htm

August 14, 2010

Manage your inbox for more productivity

Some tips from the productivity maestros who use technology to manage their time more efficiently, stay on top of their inbox, and let others help them achieve their goals.

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June 10, 2010

How to change Bell’s modem SpeedStream 4200 into Bridge mode

The internet provider Bell in Montreal does not ship their modem in bridge mode, neither do they support this mode in case you try to call their customer service agents. If you go to the Web Interface of the modem, you will not be able to see a configuration page where you can change it to bridge mode (except the newer versions of their modems for home networking).

This will be a bottleneck in case you would like to access any PC behind the modem from an external IP address. The solution to this is to change the modem into bridge mode, which will then forward the request to the PC or Router connected behind the modem.

Since Bell does not support bridging the modem, here is a very quick solution to bridge the Siemens SpeedStream 4200 modem:

  1. Go to http://192.168.2.1/brgmode.htm provided that the IP of the modem is 192.168.2.1
  2. Click on “Apply” to change your modem into Bridge mode

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June 10, 2010

How to enable the Windows Wireless Zero Configuration

If your computer is using another program to handle your Wi-Fi connections on Windows, and you would like to let Windows built-in program to handle them, you should enable the Wireless Zero Configuration. After enabling it, you would be able to view the Wi-Fi connections and connect to them through the Start/Connect To/Wireless Network Connection.

Follow these steps to enable the Wireless Zero Configuration service:

  1. Click on “Start”
  2. Click on “Run”
  3. Type “services.msc” and click Ok
  4. Find a service called “Wireless Zero Configuration” and then start it