November 27, 2015

How computers broke science – and what we can do to fix it

Ben Marwick, University of Washington Reproducibility is one of the cornerstones of science. Made popular by British scientist Robert Boyle in the 1660s, the idea is that a discovery should be reproducible before being accepted as scientific knowledge. In essence, you should be able to produce the same results I did if you follow the method… [Read more…]

How To Change Your Feed Title and Description

It took me a whole day to find how to do it, but I finally found the way to change my RSS feed title/description to the way I wanted it to read. When I was just beginning to optimize and publicize this blog, I mistakenly thought it would only be going out to subscribers who read it in readers and not realizing that a feed can be used by email subscription services like MailChimp as well.

When I did a test send for my new MailChimp campaign for iPentimento I was dissatisfied with the Feed Title and did a little “poking around” in FeedBurner and clicked on the tab Optimize, scrolled down on the left side of the page to Title/Description burner and as you can see in the image I was able make my desired changes.

Feedburner Title Desc

As I said, I am now using MailChimp for subscribers for this blog and it’s sister Pentimento. (Pentimento isn’t a genealogy blog, just my personal one for ideas, opinions and insights.)

How To Edit Amazon Seller Photos In PicMonkey

PicMonkey to the Rescue

PicMonkey Logo

I ran into an interesting challenge recently when I was trying to upload a photo of an item I am selling on Amazon. I had taken some photos with my cell phone and when they were uploaded to the listing, every single one of them was in need of rotation. I tried everything and then thought I would try a site I use all the time for photo manipulation: PicMonkey. As you have guessed, it worked like a charm and within a few minutes I had my photos included with my listing, and it was ready to go live. Of course, this is not just something you can use on the Amazon site, but anywhere you need to edit photos.

For those of you who haven’t ever tried PicMonkey, you can use it for free. I am a “Royal” user, which means I don’t see any ads. If ads don’t bother you, then all you have to do is sign up on the site for a free account and get creative. There are a few things that PM doesn’t make available to free users, like special fonts and such. But more than enough goodies to do what you want.

How To Change Your Admin User Name NOW!

robot I know I’ve been talking about this a lot lately, but none of us want to have our blogs infected by hackers using brute force tactics to get into our files through using the default “Admin” login name. This should be one of the first things you change when you begin your blog.

Source: These are directions Website Defender gives in order to change your Admin name.

  1. Login into your WordPress admin panel using your admin account.
  2. Select the ”users” area from your dashboard panel, and click on “Add New User”.
  3. Fill in the form and choose ”administrator” in the ”Role” drop down menu (remember to enter a strong web password and also check the password strength indicator to confirm that your new password is strong enough).
  4. When finished, click on ”Add New User”.
  5. Log in again using your new WordPress admin username.
  6. Navigate to the ”Users” area.
  7. From the users list check the box of the previous “admin” username and select ”Delete” from the drop-down menu.
  8. Next, you will be asked about the articles posted under the the previous ”admin” username. Select the option “attribute all posts and links to:” and select your new administrator password. When ready click “Confirm Deletion”.
  9. Make sure that the “display name” of your admin user is different from the username, especially if the admin user posts any blog articles. If the actual username is used also as ”display name” of the writer, a hacker can easily identify the admin username and target the account.