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Comments are now permitted without log-in

Just an FYI that I have experimentally lifted the requirement that only logged-in users may submit comments. I am testing some reCaptcha functionality, which requires you to re-type the text that appears in an image (usually 2 words). So now, comments require a name, e-mail address and possibly the provision of the correct reCaptcha terms.

If you decide to log in, you can disregard these requirements altogether...

Depending on how much spam I get, I will decide on whether to leave the settings as such or to revert them to the log-in requirement. Please be patient, and as always, please feel free to comment if you have something interesting/useful to add to any posts.

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“Modem Tethering” Using Your Cell Phone

I found a link recently to an article about using your cell phone with your laptop (or desktop PC in a pinch) to get on the Internet. Maybe you're traveling and you can't find a Wi-Fi hotspot nearby, or you don't want to pay extra for Wi-Fi access somewhere, or maybe you can't afford to drop the money on a new wireless broadband card and services fees for your laptop.

If this sounds like you, then check out this article: How-To Roundup: Modem Tethering. Scroll to the bottom to select your phone type and download the appropriate software for free. (Note that you need to have a data plan with your cell service provider.)

The instructions worked out great for me and my Motorola V3m phone...

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Upgrade your WordPress Database from MySQL4 to MySQL5

This article saved me a lot of headaches when trying to upgrade my WordPress blog database from MySQL4 to MySQL5:

Restore your WordPress Database From MySQL4 to MySQL5

Follow these easy-to-implement, non-destructive instructions and your blog's posts and pages will load faster than ever. Bye-bye pokey MySQL4!

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Upcoming Digital TV switchover and converter box info

NTIA DTV coupon program

NTIA DTV coupon program

UPDATE: The DTV Coupon Program officially ended on July 31, 2009. Further information regarding background and statistics can be found at at the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) web site.

On February 17, 2009, the television stations that broadcast analog signals over the air will be required to switch to digital. You don't need to worry about this unless you currently use a roof antenna or "rabbit ears" on your television to view TV.

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