Feeder Tutorial

The steps below will give you an idea of how easy it is to create a Podcast feed using the software Feeder from reinventedsoftware.com by Steve Harris. A Podcast feed is a small text file that tells podcatching clients all about your show – what it’s called, artwork to be shown, and most importantly how to find the audio or video recording to fetch every time you post a new episode. This feed file created for you by Feeder is commonly called an RSS file.

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How to Upgrade WordPress

How to Upgrade WordPress

Finally wrote down my notes on how to do a WordPress upgrade so I don’t have to ask Bart every single time: "what files should I make sure not to overwrite? "

" what do I have to make sure to back up?"

For the Official WordPress Instructions go to: codex.wordpress.org


Select backup plugin from wp-admin inside the dashboard

Run the backup

don’t click anything while running this backup!

Back up the whole wordpress directory

drag the entire wordpress directory over to your machine

Download new version of WP

Follow download links and expand WP on your computer


Bart explained that these files and folders shouldn’t be updated or the themes, plugins and even some content will disappear:


delete EVERYTHING (that belongs to wordpress) apart from the three items mentioned before

NOTE: you may need to select "show hidden files" in order to see the .htaccess files, make sure you don’t write over that one!

Copy WordPress over to the server

On the left (my disk) I made sure that there was no .htaccess, wp-config.php or wp-content before dragging over. That’s a good way to do it – because if anything asks to overwrite I know I’ve made a mistake.

note: this snapshot was made while file transfer had already started, you can see some files have already moved.

Upgrade your installation

Visit your main WordPress admin page at /wp-admin. You may be asked to login again. If a database upgrade is necessary at this point, WordPress will detect it and give you a link to a URL like http://example.com/wordpress/wp-admin/upgrade.php. Follow that link and follow the instructions. This will update your database to be compatible with the latest code. If you fail to do this step, your blog might look funny.

Upgrade complete!

WordPress is now successfully updated. Check the site to be sure.

Plugins might want to be updated too

After my upgrade to 2.6, I found that my Plugins icon in the dashboard had a numbered (6) bubble which implied I needed to do something. Clicking on it revealed that 6 plugins had updates. I went through each one and clicked upgrade automatically.

Proof that plugins are updating

Each plugin for which I clicked upgrade automatically gave me this window, writing each line one at a time. Took just seconds to complete each one. One of mine (del.icio.us) didn’t upgrade successfully, but I didn’t really use it anyway so iIdeactivated.

Email a Podcast URL

How to capture the url of a podcast out of iTunes, appropriate for emailing or imbedding in a blog.

Open iTunes

In the left sidebar click on Podcasts

Navigate to the Podcast Directory in iTunes

Click on Podcast Directory in the bottom right corner of the iTunes window.

Enter the podcast name in the search window

Select podcast of your choice

Click on the image for the podcast

Right click on the podcast image

You’ll be given the option to copy the url of the podcast in the iTunes store.

Paste into your favorite application.

When your recipient clicks on the link, it will launch iTunes, and take them right into the podcast directory ready to click the Subscribe button.

Just by way of example, here’s the url to subscribe to the NosillaCast

How to set up WPA on a Linksys WRT54G Router

The Linksys routers use a web browser as an interface, so it’s pretty easy to work with.
* First, navigate your browser to (type this where you would normally enter a url like www.google.com
* Enter your password (there is no user name)
* I’m running Firmware v4.30.5, so your screen might look slightly different, but look for the wireless tab on the dashboard:
opening screen pointing to the wireless tab
* After you’ve clicked on the Wireless tab, look for the Wireless Security sub-tab. This might be confusing because you have to resist the temptation to click on the Security tab above that!
the wireless security tab
* On the Wireless Security page:

    set the Security Mode to WPA Personal
    Set the WPA Algorithms to TKIP
    Enter a COMPLEX password for WPA Shared Key. A complex password is at least 8 characters, is not a normal word that could ever be looked up in a dictionary, should contain letters, numbers, lower and upper case characters. Including non-alpha numeric characters will improve the security of your password. Make sure you make a note of this password! Note that for the screenshot below I didn’t show my Password, but when you type it in, it will be visible so keep that in mind if there are people around!
    leave the Group Key Renewal at 3600 seconds
    Click on Save Settings

enter WPA Shared Key Password
You are now secure. Keep one more thing in mind. Occasionally it’s necessary to reboot a router when things just stop working, by unplugging or pushing in the reset button on the back when things get hinky. Make SURE you go back in to this control panel and make sure your router password AND your WPA password are restored. They WILL be erased if the router is reset!

How to post your Podcast in iTunes

Starting in iTunes, click on podcasting on the left sidebar under Library:
podcasting in sidebar
next in the bottom RIGHT, click on Podcast Directory:
podcasting directory on the bottom
this will take you to the iTunes Store and in the bottom LEFT under “Learn More”, you’ll see “submit a podcast”:
submit a podcast
now it’s a matter of following the steps to enter the url of your feed and follow the directions step by step:
enter the url for your feed

Once the folks at Apple deem your podcast worthy to be in the iTunes directory, you have to figure out how to link people there. Go to your podcast in the directory, and then right click on the graphic for your show. It will say “copy iTunes Store URL”. That’s the url you want to attach to a graphic on your website that will tell people how to subscribe in iTunes. If you like the graphic I’m using, go ahead and steal it by right clicking on it and selecting “save as”.

copy itunes store url

Car Waxing Tutorial Video

By popular demand, here’s a tutorial on how to clay and wax your car, by pre-eminent specialist, Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast Podcast. Her credentials basically are that she’s obsessed with car waxing and has been known to voluntarily wax the cars of complete strangers’ cars, especially if they are the nieces of famous actresses.

Let’s get started. Below you’ll find a lovely video explaining exactly how to go through the entire process. Following the video you’ll find links to the products I use so you can rush out and buy them after you’re overwhelmed with enthusiasm from watching the video!

Using a Screen Reader? click here

Here’s links at Amazon to the products I use – but remember you can buy them at any auto parts supply store.

Meguiar’s Car Wash at Amazon.com
Meguiars_wash brand doesn't matter, just don't use detergent
Mother’s Clay at Amazon.com (remember to throw away the little bottle of wax, it’s awful!)
Mother's clay system
Meguiar’s Cleaner Wax at Amazon.com or if your car isn’t too faded, Meguiar’s Carnauba wax
Meguiar's Cleaner WaxMeguiar's Carnauba Wax

Here’s our 1998 Honda Accord hood before I started:
hood before

And here’s the hood of the 1998 Accord AFTER this process:
hood after

Show #93 MPEG Streamclip, PDF Filler, Neo Office, Call Recorder, Garmin 300, AutoSlideshow

Correct pronunciation of Fauxto, how to set FreeRuler to show correct dimensions by screen resolution, MPEG Streamclip from squared5.com to demux audio tracks out of DVDs, PDF Filler web-based application to fill out PDFs from pdffiller.com, HDA Bob on the ignition system at hdabob.com/Ignition.htm, Neo Office 2.1 from neooffice.org, Growl Part 3 with Coccinella at sourceforge.net/projects/coccinella. Call Recorder from ecamm.com/mac/callrecorder to record Skype calls, Garmin StreetPilot 300 review, AutoSlideshow add-on for Firefox from AutoSlideshow, Leo’s tutorial at macinstruct.com.

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Show #92 Quantum Q1, Chax, TalkShoe, On-Line Photo-Editing Tools, Caffiene

Powerwashing listener Margaret’s driveway, Übercaster screencast tutorials ubercaster.com/movies.shtml, listener Chris runs too many OS’s , Quantum Question #1 from listener Bruce at mrgadgets.blogspot.com, Growl Part 2 with Chax from ksuther.com/chax, Talkshoe from talkshoe.com with Paige from the Views From the Coop podcast and Mark Rizzn Hopkins, a political technologist who has a daily podcast called Rizwords hosted at rizzn.com. Carburetors explained at hdabob.com/Carburetor.htm. Online photo editing tools compared to picnik.com: Preloadr from preloadr.com, Snipshot at snipshot.com, Picture2Life from picture2life.com, Fauxto from fauxto.com, and Pixenate from pixenate.com. Caffiene to keep your Mac awake from Bart’s Blog at bartbusschots.ie/blog.

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Show #90 Joost, 133t Speak, Google themes, My Maps, Übercaster

Back from the martian death flu with most of my voice, my favorite podcasts: MacBreak Weekly at twit.tv/mbw, 2SmartChix podcast with Paige Eissinger and Kristi Hicks, everything TWIT, Bart’s Irish Astronomy Podcast at irishastronomy.org. Joost from joost.com, HDA Bob on engine lubrication at hdabob.com. Google Part 17 with 133t Speak at google.com/intl/xx-hacker and http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A787917, google/ig themes, Google My Maps – see my childhood home. Übercaster from ubercaster.com.
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NosillaCast 12/17/2006 Show #74 Verizon, Milky Way, Shiira

Fun with Verizon, audio books as a podcast through podiobooks.com, MilkyWay to quickly view image files from lny.mine.nu, MacLampX from arcticmac.home.comcast.net/apps/maclampsx.html to add holiday lights to your Mac desktop, Shiira Browser creates a new interface from hmdt-web.net/shiira/en, Google products review 3 looking at earth.google.com and froogle.google.com.

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