Add Google AdSense to a Ghost blog

If you have a Ghost blog and a Google AdSense account, you may wish to place ads on your blog pages. However, it's not immediately obvious how to do this from the Ghost documentation or Ghost support forums. For now, in the current version of Ghost (0.3.3), you…

Buy great blinds for your house

After moving to a new house, my wife and I decided to replace the old curtains and blinds from most of the windows. As we researched blinds, we felt that outlets like Home Depot tended to sell products were expensive and low quality, whereas more specialised stores tended to sell…

Scroll window content without focus on Microsoft Windows

One especially nice usability feature in OS X is the ability to mouse over a background window and use the scroll wheel to scroll the content in that window. If you’re reading an e-book or following instructions on a web page, it’s very useful to “mouse over and…

TortoiseSVN suddenly stops working

I use TortoiseSVN to integrate Subversion into Windows Explorer. It feels strange at first, not having a dedicated client window, but the power and simplicity of Tortoise SVN has won me over. TortoiseSVN even automatically picks up my PuTTY SSH keys from pageant. However, recently TortoiseSVN stopped working, and started…

Mutt 365: using Mutt with Microsoft Office 365

If you have access to Microsoft’s new cloud-based productivity suite, Office 365, you can get your e-mail with a web browser through the Outlook.com web-mail interface. Or, you can use a great command-line e-mail client: Mutt. When setting up a third-party e-mail client with Office 365, it’s…

How to repair prescription orthotics

I wear prescription orthotics, but the upper layers had worn out after several years of daily use. I didn't know what to do to fix them. The podiatrist I saw asks $150 to have a pair of orthotics re-covered, it takes two or three weeks, and involves the mail service…

Toggle Dvorak and Qwerty keyboard layouts in Linux terminal

I use Linux and Unix on virtual machines, and regularly switch back and forth between Dvorak and Qwerty keyboards. Occasionally, I find myself on a host system with a Qwerty layout and a guest with a Dvorak layout, or a host with a Dvorak layout and a guest with Qwerty…

Alternative to USB-to-DVI video adapters on Mac

I have a 2009 MacBook Pro with a single Mini DisplayPort video port, but wanted to connect a second monitor, for a total of three displays. A variety of USB video adapters are available, so I picked up a DisplayLink USB-to-DVI adapter for around $60. It worked wonderfully for two…

Switch Ubuntu Desktop from Gnome screensaver to XScreenSaver

I use Ubuntu Desktop 12.04 LTS, but don’t care for the default screen saver (gnome-screensaver). To get more interesting screen savers, get X11 XScreenSaver: a wonderful collection of hundreds of free screen savers. Install XScreenSaver with the following command in a terminal window: sudo apt-get install xscreensaver Unfortunately…

Fix frozen clock in Mac OS X Mountain Lion

I’ve used Macs since 2000, when OS/9 was the latest and greatest. My wife is also a long-term Mac user. When we upgraded to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, we both noticed that our system clocks (in the menu bar at the top-right corner) would occasionally freeze…