Ever been sloppy and left a bunch of junk at the beginning of a screen recording figuring to trim it up later? Easy, just grab a free MP4 trimming tool and clean it up, right? Ah… no.
If Microsoft Word and PowerPoint don’t recognize fonts styles other than bold or italic even if other styles are installed, there is a hack.
I found the perfect font to use for titles in a presentation, Raleway Semi-bold. I installed it and when I went back to PowerPoint, I had two options: bold and italic. So, where’s semi-bold? A quick search found that it’s a MS-Office problem. A hack around it was to remove all other variations of the bold font, except for the semi-bold. This would be great unless I wanted to use the actual bold font. My solution was to rename the Semi-Bold Raleway font and install it as a “new” font.
Calibre’s defaults for converting ePub to PDF produce a crappy document. Here’s how to solve that problem.
Are you getting ugly pdfs with no margins and odd font sizes without page numbers? Have no fear, there is a very EASY way to solve this problem (well, easy if someone tells you how to do it).
Grunt is an “easy” way compile coffeescript, sass, compass. It can minify, concatenate, and a whole lot more. Everything is simple… as long as you know what you’re doing.
I put the install process for both Node.js and Grunt in the post on Trimming CSS Fat.
If you’re looking for a “light” alternative to WordPress that doesn’t require a massive learning curve, PHP-driven HTMLy just might fit the ticket.
HTMLy a simple PHP CMS program that stores all the posts in Markdown. It’s also open source and free. It looks like recent development is a few months old, which is a concern. There is not a lot of documentation available either. Many of these applications are one-man shows. If this guy disappears, so does the program. The good news is that the github issue forum is active.
Duplicator is a plugin to backup, migrate, copy or clone a site from one location to another.
I wrote a recipe up some time ago to do a localhost database restore using Duplicator, but never prettied it up. Since it might be of use to someone in the future (like me), I’m going to go head and publish it.
There’s an option to clone/copy inside of VirtualBox by right-clicking the container. Another option is to use the CloneVDI Tool. I haven’t tested out the last versions of VirtualBox, but last time I used the tool it was much quicker.
Way back in the day, Microsoft gave out a very good offline blogging program called Windows Live Writer. It was an offline WYSIWYG blog editor that allowed you to write, save, and post all from the comfort of your local PC desktop and came bundled in an online package called Windows Essentials. The program stalled out on version Windows Live Writer 2012. Microsoft opened sourced the program as Open Live Writer at the end of 2015.
Like the older version, it’s possible to tweak the theme and to make it look more like your blog.
Back in the day, you didn’t have to worry about “devices.” Now, we’re all modern. We have stylish CSS that makes HTML look hipster-good on any screen size you can imagine. To do all this you need css code, lots of code.
These frameworks don’t know what you want, so they give you EVERYTHING. You have a screen the size of you large toenail? Not a problem, but the typical websites uses less than 80% of all the framework css code.
The price you pay for a kitchen sink framework is speed. Luckily, if you have a need for speed, you can trim out the CSS fat using unCSS.