Category Archives: Geeks Like Me

This dialectical reasoning category ranges from website coding, server administration, content management software and open source projects to cool gadgets, useful electronics and office products.

Home Theater Wireless Keyboard and Built in Mouse

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As long as I am talking about spending money on electronics or technology around the house, we should talk about how I am going to control it. That’s simple, with a wireless keyboard and mouse!

I did a bunch of research around the web and at friends homes that have the Internet and a computer hooked up to their large flat panel televisions and I noticed something. It sure does suck to be sitting on the couch relaxing with the keyboard on your lap and then have to re-adjust to grab the mouse and then put the mouse on something to get it to work and then put the keyboard back onto your lap just to browse to a new search engine or make a comment on FaceBook or Youtube.

Here is the solution, a wireless keyboard that has a mouse pad built into the keyboard unit. This thing is epic. Not only does it allow you to do all your Internet shizzy in one spot, it also can be stored in a recharging cradle. The charge lasts up to 30 days and it has a range of up to thirty (30) feet when connected using an Apple’s bluetooth dilly.


wireless keyboard with a built in mouse and track pad

WP Polls Plugin for WordPress – Spammy

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I just downloaded a WordPress plugin from their plugin directory to install an ajax based poll on my site. I wanted to ask people what I should do about my MacBook pro decision and decided a poll is a good way to get some user interaction and possibly some user contributed content.

The WordPress plugin I downloaded is called Wp Polls. I downloaded it, uploaded it to my plugins directory and activated it and the widget that it automatically downloaded too. I typed up a poll by stating a question and gave 5 possible answers from realistic to ridiculous. The poll looked good on the site and matched the css style sheets I have with my theme and was quite proud at how quickly I found it, installed it, activated it and then used it in a post. The problem came when I clicked on the view results after I voted. The page stretched out and showed a little progress wheel that never quite caught up to show the results of the poll. I was a little suspicious so I rolled my mouse around and I found a hidden link to a Yahoo Personals Advertisement. I am assuming it was some sort of affiliate link or a pay per lead link. Either way, it pissed me off that someone is spamming the plugin directory of WordPress and getting away with it.

Don’t download WP Polls unless you want to have hidden links that link to affiliate sites that you won’t make any money from. WP Polls is spammy.


Word Press Plugin WP Polls has spam links hidden above the loading icon

MacBook Pro without the letter A

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It isn’t easy typing on a keyboard without the letter “A”. A is used in a lot of words and I consider it a relatively important vowel in the big picture of the alphabet.

I really only have good things to say about Apple products. They are much more intuitive than any PC running out there, they are reliable, virtually virus resistant and they plug in play with almost everything. Lately though, I have had a few problems with my Mac’s. A couple months back, I was in California with Summer and the hard drive crashed on my MacBook Pro…I wasn’t smart enough to back everything up so I lost a few important files…like the before pictures I took of our new house in Rincon Puerto Rico. Then, the new operating system installed on it wasn’t working properly with my wireless system (Apple Airport) at the house. After spending some time on Apple Phone support, they told me I could buy a 3 month support contract for $50. I decided not to buy the contract, turned off the computer and the next time I turned it on I didn’t have any problems. The most recent issue with Apple is the fact the letter “A” on my keyboard stopped working. It wasn’t sticky, nothing was spilled on it, it just stopped working.

This could be an excuse to be financially irresponsible. Maybe I should turn the MacBook Pro into the computer that we use with our TV for movies and streaming videos and I can buy the new Air laptop.


Behold, the MacBook Air
2008 MacBook Air

Official Launch of DialecticalReasoning.com

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I started blogging in 2005 after my rad girlfriend made me realize that blogging was fun. I knew nothing then, she should have referred to me as young blogging grasshopper. I had no idea it was going to turn me into the super nerd I have become today.

I started out with Blogger, before Google bought it and thought it was kinda cool. I didn’t even know how to resize images then. Now, not only is blogging fun (great little community) but it has become an unbelievably great testing ground for strategies I research for clients.

I officially ticked the “make searchable” radio box in my admin section today after doing a 301 redirect to my old site.

Find and Replace for WordPress – Transferring from Blogger

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One of the issues I had, after finishing the transfer from Blogger to WordPress, was that I hard coded most of the photos and pictures into my Blogger Blog posts. For example, I would write this:

<img src=”http://www.stefanrest.com/images/picture_of_something.jpg” />

The proper way to upload images these days is to use the “Add Media” feature, which I did use sometimes. This caused another problem, because now I have another file path to my images:

<img src=”http://www.stefanrest.com/stefansblog/uploads/picture_of_something.jpg” />

Now, I know most people switching from Blogger to WordPress really want to keep their inbound links. You can do a .htaccess redirect and be kosher. I however, don’t care about keeping my links. I still did a basic site wide 301 to my home page but I didn’t add any %blahblah% to an .htacess file, I just did it through my GoDaddy admin panel. The only bad thing about that is that it won’t redirect all my image files, so what to do?

Here is what I did. I searched Google for WordPress Plugin Find and Replace. I clicked around a little, read a few blogs and reviews and decided to download the Search and Replace plugin from the WordPress Plugin Directory. You can download the plugin Here.

Once I downloaded the .zip file, I unzipped it and FTP’d into my server, into the wp-content folder, then plugins and dropped the .php file right there. I went into the WordPress backend, activated the plugin and I now had a Search and Replace option for WordPress!