Putting this here for a good reference in the future.
Gotta love the old school VI editin’

Wow! I Didn’t Know You Could Do That In vi compiled by: Patricia Bender ESC = the escape key RET = the return key char = any lowercase character 8 = any number num = any number ^char = control character (hold the control key while enter character) return must be hit after : commands

I knew that web technology would bring ease and comfort to my life! I can now help my mom out with a lot less trouble. This brings me a lot of happiness.

Be sure to check these guys out.

New Technology Tips and Tricks: Put GeekSquad Out of Business
Saturday, November 05, 2005
Put GeekSquad Out of Business

Whenever there is a computer problem in my family or circle of friends, I’m the first person they call. It’s kinda like what Jay-Z describes as the gift and the curse. I’m gifted to know all of this computer stuff, but I’m cursed to spend the rest of my life doing tech support for everyone.

The problem was that it was hard to get people to click on the right things to diagnose the problem over the phone. I spent a lot of time just figuring out basic informaton about their setup before I could actually fix the problem for them. I wanted a way that I could just remote desktop into their computer and while on the phone with them find and fix the problem, and explain what I’m doing at the same time, so that they understand and can fix it themselves the next time.

Up until recently there were two ways to do this. You had to install a VNC or Remote Desktop type program on the person’s machine then forward all of the ports in their router (and hope nobody messes with them). Or you could pay for an expensive service such as gotoassist.com which sets up an online helpdesk.

Here is the best (free) way to do the same thing that GoToAssist charges hundreds for…

Over reading Tim O’Reilly’s blog on up and coming technology.

Lots of excitement going on these days in web technology, but also some healthy skepticism.
For some of that skepticism check out

All in all, it is a good time to be in tech again!

O’Reilly: What Is Web 2.0
What Is Web 2.0
Design Patterns and Business Models for the Next Generation of Software
by Tim O’Reilly

The bursting of the dot-com bubble in the fall of 2001 marked a turning point for the web. Many people concluded that the web was overhyped, when in fact bubbles and consequent shakeouts appear to be a common feature of all technological revolutions. Shakeouts typically mark the point at which an ascendant technology is ready to take its place at center stage. The pretenders are given the bum’s rush, the real success stories show their strength, and there begins to be an understanding of what separates one from the other.

Very interesting article concerning XSLT. Check er out!

Particletree · XSLT Roundup

What is XSLT? – This intro comes from the two introductory chapters from O’Reilly’s book on the subject. It’ll ease you through a bit easier than the Wikipedia entry on XSLT.

XSLT Questions and Answers – Anything new starts with a few more questions. This site does a great job of addressing about 99% of them.

XSL Concepts and Practical Use – Very easy to follow presentation for those that need to have the idea of XSL sold to them quick.

TopXML – Learn XSL & XPath Tutorial – This web site is over the top on XML resources, tutorials and downloadable guides.

Macromedia’s XSL Overview – In addition to being a guide, Marius Zaharia covers how one of the most popular web development tools aid in the creation of XSL.

oXygen XML Editor & XSLT Debugger – For those who need a different tool specialized in the task. oXygen looks both powerful and sharp. Check it out for 30-days for free.

XMLPitstop – And for those of you who perfer to copy/paste/hack, this site is one of the largest source of XML examples on the web.

A great reference for making wordpress template that resembles more of a CMS than a Blog.

Extending WordPress for better site publishing | urlgreyhot
The key to getting the custom templates was to find a way to figure out what section a page is part of. WP gives you an excellent way to establish parent-child relationships when editing pages by simply selecting a Page Parent. But the default sidebar shows the entire hierarchy. The local navigation on both of these sites only shows the children of the section you are currently navigating. To get that to work, I had to do a little scripting.