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Adding Social Media Buttons to Your WordPress.com Website

14 May

I’m mixing directions from several different websites, but I have tried clearing it up as much as possible.  Enjoy!

Adding Social Media Buttons to Your Website via HTML Code


Although some WordPress.com (and other website-building site) themes have a way to automatically customize social media, quite a few actually don’t.  For my WordPress website, I used to just add the “Image” widget and link to my other accounts. But since you can’t line them up horizontally, that ended up with a long line of pictures down my sidebar.  So instead, I mixed directions from different websites, played around, and came up with the following instructions for adding a horizontal row of Social Media icons linked to your accounts.  

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How to Get rid of the Pesky Bing “New Tab” Page on Google Chrome

30 Apr

Dell technicians have been playing around on my computer the last few days, and have installed Magic Jellybean Keyfinder in the process. That’s all well and good but it brings with it “Conduit’s search engine” and the terrible “Bing Home Page” for my “New Tab” on Google Chrome.  

Conduit SUCKS! Big time. So I deleted Conduit right away.  (By the way, if you are looking to remove the Bing “Search Engine,” Check out the “removing Conduit” page–the steps are the same.)

Figuring out how to get the Bing Home Page from showing up everything I start up Chrome or open up a “New Tab” was more difficult. I tried going through settings.  That didn’t work.  Then I tried Googling it. That suggested I get rid of Conduit, but I already had. It also suggested disabling all extensions until I figured out what was causing it, but it wasn’t any of those.

After about an hour of fiddling around with the stupid program, I got it!  I can’t show pictures because I can’t go backwards now, but here are the steps: Continue reading

Erasing “Conduit”

30 Apr

If you have ever been hit by the Conduit attack, you know what I’m talking about. It sneaks in with random programs, usually without permission or anyone telling you it came with.  Magical Jellybean Keyfinder is one such program.  It’s a search engine/home page that takes over every browser or page you use.  In fact, I keep feeling like it is somehow a virus. Very suspicious. But also Very Hard to Get Rid Of.  

Here’s how you erase Conduit:
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Cool Google Chrome Change

23 Jan

Great news for Laurence the Laptop!

He might actually survive his stint as the lifeline for a professional writer/researcher/teacher. 😛

If you are anything like me, you threaten the poor darling’s life at least three times on any given day thanks to random unidentifiable voices streaming from the speakers.  I mean seriously, how can 4 ads be running just slighting off so that they scream over each other and I be unable to locate even one to shut the stupid thing off?  It drives me nuts!  I usually just throw a temper tantrum, shut down all the tab, lose all of my research, and let Laurence have it for being such a stupid nitwit.  

Fortunately, Google Chrome has come through finally!  At long last they have added a way for you to tell which tabs have sounds playing.  Check out the new little volume symbol on your tab at the top of the browser.

 If you see it, then that means that something is playing sounds on that tab.  The same is true regardless of whether it’s music, videos, random beeping noises, or advertisements–if it has some noise going on the symbol shows up.


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All the other browsers should adopt this change; it’s a keeper.  

Sightsmap – 2013 Most Photographed Locations

9 Jan
Most of you probably have already heard of this, but I think it’s rather cool!  When Instagram published their “Top Locations on Instagram in 2013,” many were surprised that a Thai mall found its way into first place.  Even higher than Times Square which was knocked squarely into second place.  It was only natural that people would then beginning wondering what other surprising locations would have made their way onto a longer list, and of course, where their favorite places would rank.  
So Google stepped in and has released their new “Sightsmap” program, based somewhat apparently on their “Google Map” system.  They have taken all photos tagged with geographic locations and combined them on a searchable world mapping system. So while it doesn’t take into account all photos taken, it does consider by far the vast majority.  And the result is the Sightsmap, a huge mapped system that uses a color-coding system to show which locations in the world have been photographed most.  The brighter/hotter the color shown, the more photographed the place is.

Check out the world:


The United States:





Even my Hometown of North Liberty, IA!

If you want to see where your hometown falls on the map, check it out at www.sightsmap.com!


Random Cool Computer Fact!

22 Jan

Apparently, I am computer ignorant.  Or so I discovered today when I found out that I have been missing the amazing Google tricks!  If you are randomly bored or professionally procrastinating, take 5 seconds and try this out.  

  1. Go to google.com
  2. Type “askew” into the search box.
  3. Watch your computer screen go a bit askew!
  4. I promise, it goes away whenever you leave the page 🙂

Okay, okay, one more.

  1. Go to google.com
  2. Type “Do a barrel roll” in the search bar.
  3. Hit Enter.
  4. Watch your screen turn circles!!

Neat huh?!?

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