Monday, December 22, 2014

Simplify bitcoin explanation

I've had an idea to give bitcoin as a present for Christmas, well from the resources I've found online nothing was exactly what I wanted. So I had to create my own.

I want something with short concise explanation of what it is and how to use it. where it's accepted and why bother using it. All the links are intentionally not linked because this is to be printed and it would look better without the underline and blue (if color printer). 

I was editing it in google doc. Please let me know if there's any corrections or other ways to explain which might be simpler or easier!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Airdroid desktop client download alternative

Since just released there could be server issues with everyone trying to get the client, so here's an alternative download link:

I wouldn't recommend running any file you download without double checking with a virus scanner first: such as

Let me know how it goes!

All credits to:

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

lexmark 6200 driver windows 8 install download

If you still have this all in one printer, fax and scanner (I only use it for scanning) you might want to install it on windows 8 or 8.1 computers there's a simple way to do it using the windows vista (64 bit edition driver download:

find a backup of it here:

If you have any feedback leave in the comments below.
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Contact form 7 telephone number digits restriction modification

If you use the contact form 7 plugin (version 4.0) for contact information gathering on your wordpress site and want to restrict the minimum and maximum digits a user enters but without sacrificing the brackets, spaces or plus sign here's how I found out to do this.

In the file: formatting.php line 153 (found under /your/host/wordpressdir/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes )
comment out the original line like so (in case you want to revert the changes):
//$result = preg_match( '/^[+]?[0-9() -]*$/', $tel );

and add the following:
$pattrn = array( " ", "\r", "\n", "-", ".", "(", ")", "_", "'", "`", "+");
$newphone = str_replace( $pattrn , '' , $tel );
if( strlen( $newphone ) == 10 && preg_match( '/^[0-9]*$/', $newphone )) $result = true;
else $result = false;

Now the user must enter 10 digits no matter if the formatting is +(123) 123 - 1231 with or without spacing and brackets and even underscore or plus sign.

In case anyone is wondering why this is required is because sometimes users might omit their area code (the first three digits) and it becomes very hard to guess what it might be to dial it.

I'm sure this part can be improved because the digits are hard coded and there might be other countries that require more or less so if this was setup from admin and input it there but I don't know how to do this yet and don't require so if someone wants to improve or any feedback let me know in the comments below.

Also check out my previous article if you need to send the data to a database of your own here.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

script to copy user files to flash usb drive silently and automatically

Came across an interesting request recently and though I'd have to do my own batch scripting but quick search found me this site: so there's really not much more to explain, they did an excellent job I will just provide you with the files.

download this: , extract and place all the files at the root (right at the top) of the USB flash or hard drive you want to use to gather your data. As an added bonus you can easily rename instead of the default name (usually the drive's manufacturer's name) to something like MARIO.

Now all you have to do is run launch.bat if the auto run doesn't do it's job (windows 7 and 8 probably don't do it automatically any more)

Of course as the site warns you shouldn't use this for anything illegal, this is informational use only and goes to show that you should have good physical security of your hardware at all times if you have important data on your computer or disable the USB connections on your computer.

Leave comments about any feedback.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Questions about Google self driving car

As all the fuss is about the new two passenger Google driver-less car there are many questions yet to be answered.

I thought I'd ask them now and search for answers later:

  • Who will get the first one hundred cars? 
  • What are the specs? I.e horsepower, range on battery, any air bags or other safety? Etc 
  • How does calling and setting locations work? Is Google maps involved? Maybe the new ubr integration? where can the car go? i.e. drivethrough? 
  • Is there going to be more apps connected? i.e. can you listen to music or watch youtube or netflix, etc
  • How does payment work? And pretty important how much does it cost? Assuming less than traditional taxis would be good competitive edge. 
  • Payment methods? maybe cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, etc
  • What kind of regulation is there or will there be? Does it simply pass a driver license to say it works? 
  • How many rides or how long can a customers retain the car? for example if I want to run errands could I stop and go in to the store and the car will wait? etc

Any more questions that should be interesting?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Future time in gmail from ?

So I have strange problem, got an email from a (got many emails before) and it shows a future date for some reason, as you can see the current time (I checked other times) are correct. Not sure what the problem is or if it showed up for anyone else. Where to report this? please advise. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

PHP Month Number to Month Name the Easy Way

Very simple solution from here (posted for archive purposes):
$monthNum = 5;
$monthName = date("F", mktime(0, 0, 0, $monthNum, 10));
echo $monthName; //output: May

searched "get month name from number php"

Saturday, January 25, 2014

hyperdesktop free screenshot software for apps

For some odd reason I have not been able to get to the site: now inactive - here is an archived view:
which provided the download link for the very useful software for the site for image sharing. It essentially allows to capture a screen shot and uploads to imgur. very quick, simple, easy capture and sharing of screen. like this:

Anyway here are the file version I found, they seem to work on windows xp, windows 7 and 8 (64 or 32)


Also the shortcuts/hotkeys.
Take screenshot: Ctrl + Shift + 3
Take selective screenshot: Ctrl + Shift + 4
Take window screenshot: Ctrl + Shift + 5

Let me know in the comments what you think of the software and if the site is back up yet.

Update 03/12/2015: Looks like the site is done, hopefully the software is still useful as above, I am now using more Ubuntu and found a good alternative called shutter.

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