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Custom WordPress Thumbnails

You may find this post interesting if you are using the built-in WordPress method for uploading and inserting photographs, which I have only just recently given in to using as explained in Multiple WordPress Photo Albums On Same Post.

Once you have uploaded any media to your WordPress blog, you can access it through your Media Library within your Admin Dashboard. From there you can give each file a Title, Alternative Text (web accessibility), Caption and Description. You can even perform some basic edits to change how the photograph will appear, and even limit your edits to certain sizes of the photograph. WordPress will typically make five or six versions of each file that you import based on predefined dimensions which you may edit. You may change these dimensions along with the upload location of all media in the “Media Settings” page of the Admin Dashboard (Dashboard > Settings > Media).

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Multiple WordPress Photo Albums (Gallery) On Same Post

This post is an explanation of the reasoning behind the layout of my blog, and in particular, the post of Grand Canyon photographs.

Last week I had a discussion with one of my friends concerning my blog. I was curious about his initial experiences and his thoughts concerning the layout and content. The feedback that I got was humorous and valuable, especially considering he is a pretty good representation of the general web-surfer that may not yet be used to things like blogs and RSS feeds.

It turns out that he didn’t realize that each post on the “home” page was only an excerpt. He thought that I only had four photographs on each post and hearing his explanation, I can’t say I blame him. I’ve been running a LightBox plugin that allows the viewers to flip through all the pictures that are displayed on the loaded page. Since the “home” page displays multiple excerpts of my most recent posts, the LightBox plugin would navigate through each one, mixing posts together. This isn’t a shortcoming of the LightBox plugin that I’m using, more just an undesirable characteristic based on how I was posting my photographs.
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Update: Graphics Card Failure – Sapphire 4870 X2

Sapphire HD 4870 X2 2G GDDR5 PCI-E

I just received my replacement graphics card from Athlon Micro, the company that handles all of Sapphire’s return merchandise authorization requests. It took 14 days, from the start of the RMA process to the day the replacement graphics card arrived at my doorstep. I have to say […]

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Graphics Card Failure – Sapphire 4870 X2

Sapphire HD 4870 X2 2G GDDR5 PCI-E

Well, it looks like my graphics card bit the dust with only one year of light usage. I was running a Sapphire Radeon 4870 X2, which was a nice video card for the time that it was operational. It probably wasn’t worth the investment considering the Radeon HD 5xxx series was right around the corner with massive improvements in throttling and Direct X 11 support, but the Radeon 4870 X2 was still a very powerful, brute force graphics card.

I just put in a few support tickets. Hopefully Sapphire customer support will get back to me in a timely manner with some pleasant news. Maybe 10 years ago or even 5 years ago, but these days you just don’t expect to see this type of hardware failure.

For those of you that would like to follow along with the progress or are curious about what happened to my graphics card, here’s the contents of the support tickets:

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Forcing Windows to Startup with Caps Lock and Num Lock

On my previous post “Forcing Windows to Search within Unknown File Extensions” I demonstrated a way to make changes to the Windows registry using a batch file. In this post I will demonstrate how to make a change using a “.reg” file and the Windows Registry Editor.

Last year while working at a previous employer, a question was brought up:

« The first thing I do when I turn my computer on is turn on Caps Lock and Num Lock. How can I easily get my computer to automatically set Caps Lock and Num Lock? »

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Forcing Windows to Search Within a File of Unknown Extension

Last year while working at a previous employer, a question was brought up:

« We have these program files of the .min file extension and we want to be able to search within them using a Windows search. We’re told it’s not possible even though they are simply text files. Do you know of a way to get Windows to search inside these files? »

Actually I do, because it’s quite possible.  =)

Here’s a brief summary of what I had explained that day:

« The “.min” files were nothing more than just plain text files but with a file extension that would be recognized by a hardware controller. It’s the same thing as opening up notepad and saving a file in the “.min” extension rather than the standard “.txt” extension.

Windows uses something called a registry that keeps track of important instructions, including how it handles file extensions. This is how Windows knows what program to run when a certain file is accessed, for instance Internet Explorer for “.html” files or Photo Viewer for “.jpg” files.

What we need to do is create an instruction in the Windows registry to understand how to handle these “.min” files. »

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