Making images [IMG] look nice with CSS Styling

Photos are all over the internet. Someone [or some thing] puts them there with HTML code most generally. This is usually done with a piece of code in HTML known as . The img tag as we’ll refer to it in this post is most generally used to display images on a page but often the image is left bare and raw and causes the page to look ever so BLAH.
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10 great iPhone Apps for almost any user

When I give training classes on iPhone’s and iPad’s for business the number one question I get asked is what apps I use for my iOS devices (iPhone and iPad). After getting this question several times a lady finally said “Why don’t you give us a list.” and so this blog post was born. The 10 Apps that I use the most that others would find useful. Don’t get me wrong I use several other apps, but these apps are the ones I find to be the most productive for almost any user.
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Being Charitable in a Slow Economy – A look at both sides of the coin

As a business owner and a community volunteer I love helping our local community as much as possible, however, it seems as if I’ve recently noticed a catch in the system. Non-profits most generally operate on funds provided by the charity of others. They have fundraisers and events, and they take the money raised on these things and use it to fund the cause they support. I serve on a number of these boards so I do know that economic booms and slows directly effect these non-profits. In a thriving economy members of these non-profits and community partners tend to be more generous in giving out money, but when they tighten the proverbial belt during slower economic times, some of these extra expenses are the first to be cut from the budget of many corporations. The problem, however is that as these Corporations cut back on the giving, the non-profits suffer because unfortunately they have to cut back as well.

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Will hundreds of thousands of people be without Internet come July?

For those of you following the recent news release saying that users could lose their Internet:

I thought I’d give you some details of how DNS works and why you would/could potentially lose your Internet access. Let’s start by explaining what DNS is … Domain Name Services (DNS for short) is basically a telephone book for computers. In simplest terms, it takes IP Addresses ( which are numbers that are easy for computers to work with and matches them up with URL’s ( which are website names easy for people to work with. This is done so that when you want to go to a website you don’t have to know what IP address the website is hosted at but just the name itself. DNS does that work for you.

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Understanding and Creating User Quota with Dovecot 1.2+

The dovecot wiki for 1.2 was an afterthought in my opinion. It seems they were already starting to focus on 2.0 and just kinda threw 1.2+ (The version that comes with debian squeeze) into the Debian 1.0/1.1 wiki located at I read through this a bunch and decided I’d write a little tutorial about how to setup a user quota using MySQL and Dovecot. From what I’ve seen on the search engines this is something a lot of people are looking for. My mail server setup is based on the configuration from which provides a great foundation for setting up a stable PostFix/DoveCot/Amavisd-new solution. So all I needed was a few small things to add to make the quota system work (even with the client reporting the quota to the customer).

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Roundcube for your Debian Squeeze Mail Server

I am a big fan of the “ISPmail tutorial” for setting up mail servers. It works pretty good and is usually pretty detailed and to be honest, I’ve been using it for years to configure my mail servers under Debian Linux. After migrating to squeeze the first time, I just used the tutorials “Migrating from the Lenny” section to update my server.

I’ve always loved roundcube as well and even in the early days found myself stopping the tutorial and configuring my own copy of roundcube. The new tutorial actually makes mention of roundcube so I was excited when I got the opportunity to configure a new mail server. The only disheartening thing was that the mail server tutorial for squeeze isn’t finished to the point where it talks about roundcube configuration. I’ve set it up many times so I thought I’d try to use the generic debian apt packages and go ahead and document my steps along the way. Here we go…
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Posting as your User on your Facebook Page

A very frustrating thing that happens at times to people who have facebook pages is that they want to comment as themselves instead of as their business. Perhaps they have an opinion that would have a different context if it came from the individual instead of the page. Maybe you have multiple admin’s and you don’t want someone to read the post as coming from one of the other admin’s. Regardless of the reasoning, I get asked about this a lot and thanks to some new updates from facebook there is now an easy straightforward way to get this done.
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Securing an external (flash/usb) drive in mac OS X

Being the typical nerd that I am, I tend to have several different Thumb drives and some of them have confidential data on them. I try to never loose them but let’s face it, sometimes those little critters just get lost. The question is do you really want the data you keep on those drives out in the hands of the general public? I have a few different drives. A few I just use to throw junk on and transfer between computers, but I do have drives that I keep confidential data on that I use as a backup from my computer. So I faced the issue of if that drive came up missing not freaking out that my data is in the hands of someone who might use it maliciously.
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Dell 3115cn Scanner Support for OSX Lion

Several requests about getting the scanner working on their OSX Lion install with the Dell 3115cn have made me write this post. Some have had trouble getting it to work through SMB. So here goes instructions on how to get your scanner working with OSX Lion via FTP. Please note that this doesn’t actually work the way one might first expect. When most people think of connecting a scanner to a computer they think of the computer doing the work by prompting the scanner to do the scanning. This isn’t actually the case with the 3115cn. It has the ability to do a scan server which is how we will set this up.
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