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How to Print Screen – the different ways

July 16th, 2014

For PC / Windows:

There are numerous ways:

  1. On your keyboard – on the top right area: find the key that says “PrtScn” If you press it, the screenshot is saved to your clip board. Open an image editing program such as “paint”, and paste it on there.
  2. If you’d rather save it to your default pictures folder automatically, then hold onto the WINDOWS key and then press PRT SCN.
  3. If you use more than one monitor (let’s say a dual screen setup) and you want to print screen on only one monitor, then be sure to select the side of the screen where you want to have the print. Next hold onto ALT key and press PRT SCN. It is saved to your clipboard.

For Iphone:

  1. Simply press the HOME button with the POWER button at the same time, and voila! its done.

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Canadian Anti Spam Legislation – July 1st, 2014

June 25th, 2014

Do you currently have an e-newsletter marketing campaign?

If you haven’t been updated yet, please read the following link.

http://www.smallbusinessbc.ca/growing-a-business/canadian-anti-spam-legislation-are-you-prepared

 

CISCO 871W configuration for Small Offices

April 29th, 2013

For this article, we have the following environment:

          – Wireless VLAN GUESTS with network 192.168.1.0/24</strong
          – Wireless VLAN INTERNAL with network 10.0.0.0/24

 

Reset Router to Factory Default:

- Router# wr erase
<confirm>

- Turn the router off
- Turn the router on again pressing the reset bottom at the back.

 

I recommend, every step you do, to save your configuration

 

- After you reset your router to factory defaults, when you turn it on again it will ask you some questions. These questions will set the basic configuration on your router. If you know how to do it by command line, you can chose “no”. For this tutorial, I will show how to configure everything in an easy way.

 

 

Creating VLANs

 

Now, we will start to create our VLANs. We will set a VLAN for guests and another to be used for internal people.

 

 

Services, security and logging configurations required

 

First we set up our router with some standard best-practices.

 

 

Authentication, Authorization and Accounting

 

This command allows an administrator to configure granular access and auditing to an IOS device.

 

Others configurations required

 

 

Configuring Radio and SSID`s

 

At this step, we will configure our router’s radio. We just have one radio interface in this device, but we can split this radio in two parts and encapsulate them. There are some important configurations here. Look out!

 

 

GUESTS and INTERNAL will be the SSID’s of our networks. You can choose their names. If you do, I recommend changing every time this name appears again in this tutorial.

 

 

In this part, we will start the encapsulated radio configuration.

 

 

At this part, we will configure the VLAN’s

 

 

“A BVI (Bridge Group Virtual Interface) is a routed interface that represents a set of interfaces that get bridged.”

 

Now we  define a default route. Here we will set our default gateway

 

 

Now, we will configure ours permission lists and bridge protocols

 

 

Next step is configure ours dhcp and excluded dhcp

 

 

Finalizing the main configuration, we will configure our WAN port

 

 

After doing all configurations, turn the interfaces on that you will use and set which VLAN it will access.

 

 

It is a good idea to reload the router after all configurations

 

Login with a User and Pass.

 

If you want to more security for your router access, you might use this configuration. It will create a login before you enable your router.

 

 

This part is to set a password on auxiliary port

 

 

This part is to set a password on Virtual Terminal Lines

 

 

Complete Config Cisco 871w

 

Fonts:

 

https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/docs/DOC-7905

http://www.piglet-net.net/tech/cisco/cisco-871W-simple.html

https://supportforums.cisco.com/docs/DOC-16020

http://serverfault.com/questions/254347/what-is-a-cisco-bvi-interface-what-is-it-used-for

 

Resetting your forgotten password on mac OSX

November 7th, 2012

The Scene: You absolutely cannot remember that amazingly complex and easy-to-remember password that you set on your shiny new macbook, and you’re running out of possible password combinations.

Well, don’t freak out, because it happens to the best of us. In fact, sudden password amnesia can happen quite a lot when your life requires you to have a passkey for almost everything that you do now a days. Of course, it is tempting to merely have one or two stock passwords  that act as your trusty go-to in the matter, but this kind of password duplication leaves you open and prone to having your secure information compromised by a random brute force attack or worse.

If you’re anything like me, then chances are you have way too many passwords for way too many accounts, and about a couple of times a week you’ll just blank on that password you quite literally just entered.  This is especially complicated if the password  you’ve forgotten is the administrator password on your machine, it can seem like quite an insurmountable obstacle to overcome.  Thankfully, I’m here to deliver you the good news that in fact you can too crack you own password on OS X if you are in dire need, and I’m going to show you how to do so!

The even better news is that there are a couple of ways of doing it!

Method 1: Use your Install Disk

1. Simply pop in the grey OS X install disk into you mac, and boot from disk.

2. Here select your language and allow the installer to load files

3. When the installer desktop loads, select Utilities from the drop down like soUtilities>Reset Password and choose Reset password

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. When the Reset Password dialogue box comes up, select the volume (aka the drive)  where your locked account is located, and the correct user account and you’ll be able to choose a new password and password hint question.

5. There will also be an option at the bottom to Reset home folder permissions and ACLs

6. Reboot and log in to your account, and remember to write your new password down!

Method 2: Trick OSX into re-running first boot

This much easier method is also perfect if you do not have your install disk handy, all you need to do is execute some commands at boot.

1. Reboot your machine, and when you hear the start-up gong press the Command + S key.  This will start up the machine in Single User Mode.

2. Once you find yourself in this command line interface you need to load the volume (hard drive) which contains the account you’ve locked yourself out of.  In  almost all cases this will just be your boot directory so type:

sudo mount -uw /

and press return.

3. Next remove the file on your hard drive that tells the macbook that the initial set up has already been done on that machine. You can do this by typing the following and pressing enter:

rm -rf /var/db/.AppleSetupDone

4. Then perhaps the easiest part of the whole process is executing the reboot command by typing the following and pressing enter:

reboot

5. Once the machine boots back up you will notice that it is running just like the very first time you turned it on. You will have to select your keyboard, and language .

6.  Next it will prompt you to transfer your information from a previous machine, you will want to select do not transfer my information now and click next.

7. Next it will ask you to configure your apple ID and iCloud, you can choose to do this or you can skip this by pressing the Command and Q keys at the same time. Just keep skipping all the irrelevant prompts until you get to create a new user account.

8. Create a new administrator account on the machine, as well as passwords and challenge questions. You can name this account anything you want because you are just using it temporarily to get back into your locked OSX account.

9. Once you log in to your new account, go to system preferences  and then accounts.

10. In accounts, select the account you are locked out of on the left hand side and click “Reset Password” in the right hand panel.  Once you are done, you can opt to delete the new account you’ve created or keep it as a secondary master administrator account.

and of course…

11. Write down your username and password if you’re gonna forget it!

Next time, we’ll be showing you how to do the same on your Windows machine- because we all know forgetfulness transcends OS boundaries.

- Stefan Avlijas @ XiiTec in Vancouver

 

Luring them in

August 24th, 2012

With summer winding down and yours truly firmly planted in a seat behind his desk for the foreseeable future it seems to be an appropriate time to get back to talking over the finer points of SEO.

Curly Tail Grub

So let’s get cracking,  first up on the agenda should be no surprise to the internet marketing veterans amongst us, yet that does not make it any less important to consider.

 

 

So question at hand then is… what makes good link-bait?

Well, on the surface this may appear to be a really personal preference, it would seem that different users would find different things appealing so fussing over it would be counter productive.

Fortunately for the fussy ones among us user preference is not as fickle as many people would make it out to be.  Sure the market is wide and varied, but that does not mean that you shouldn’t take steps to tip the scales in your favour when it comes to getting hits on your site.

There is a tendency to over think Google’s (also Bing and Yahoo… I guess) ever changing algorithm, and to frame it in very black and white terms.  I’ve combed through countless blogs after every update telling you to post more from column A and less from column B if you want to stay on top of the game.  While this very technical approach might be appropriate for extremely competitive SEO keywords in which one desires the #1 ranking, it is also time consuming and puts your SEO wizard at risk of burnout.  So I implore you to ditch this tired approach and let your creativity shine through to the top.

Zara Spook

The question we should be asking ourselves as SEO experts when creating new content for our pages is “What do people want to see today”.  This of course is a direct nod to the importance of quality and new information of the internet.

Google takes its hints about how to display relevant search results from the kinds of pages people go to an link each other to.  Currently, info-graphics, images, videos and all kinds of media are all the rage on the web- especially pictures with text overlaid on them (although I fear in several years this may just prove to be a constant of the internet and not a raging fad).  So producing 8000 word missives about the merits of a quality primary education would probably not draw many viewers outside the hard-core education community.

If we really want to attract the masses, well we sadly have to pander to them.  This doesn’t mean debasing the value or integrity of your postings, but simply tailoring the look and content of the pages that your content appears.  Remembering to include valuable visual graphics can be a saving grace for a really long entry, while one might think that with 400 hits a day at some point every single word that you blog about is going to be scrutinized and read to oblivion, chances are that 399 of those hits are just

Storm WildEye Swimbait

stopping on by to skim the text while copying the image url of your informative and provocative info-graphic on education funding versus Olympic spending.
The point is here folks that including what people want to see shouldn’t feel dirty or underhanded, no more or less than fitting your fishing line with the latest and greatest flashy lure in order to catch what you’re looking for.

- Stefan Avlijas @ XiiTec in Vancouver

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