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Are you a Writer?

Many people talk about writing, dream about writing, fantasize about writing, wish they were writers. There is nothing wrong with all that – it shows great passion for writing, but … If you want to be a writer, then you must write. Imagine you want to be a gardener: talking about it is good, dreaming […]


Getting Windows Live Writer to Detect Your Joomla! Theme

This assumes you have installed and configured Windows Live Writer to work with your Joomla! site This is for Windows Live Writer running on Windows XP. There is a new version of Window Live Writer for Vista and Windows 7 (it is called Windows Live Writer 2011). Since I run XP, I can’t test test […]


Installing the Movable Type API plugin for Joomla! 1.5

The installation procedure is for Movable Type XML-RPC 2.3.3 for Joomla! version 1.5.x. It is likely the same for other version combinations, but there is no guarantee. This installation procedure is NOT compatible with Joomla 1.6. Instructions for installing the Movable Type API for Joomla 1.6 can be found here. There is version 2.3.4 of the […]


What is Electricity?

Electricity is electrons – the negative charge which orbits around the nucleus of an atom. Coulomb The Coulomb is the measure of the quantity of electrons. Just as litres or gallons is used to measure the quantity of a liquid, Coulombs is used to measure the quantity of electrons. A Coulomb contains approximately 6.24 × […]

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Creating a MySQL Database using XAMPP

This tutorial assumes that you have XAMPP 1.7.3 installed. The procedure should be the same for other versions of XAMPP. A XAMPP installation procedure for Windows can be found here. Click on images for full sized versions. Many applications, such as Joomla! require an SQL database as part of their setup. With XAMPP installed, this […]


What is a Function?

In mathematics: Unknown things are often written using x, y, or z. Known things are often written using a, b, or c. Functions are often written using f, g, or h. A function is an abstraction. Just as using a variable lets you talk about an unknown value in an equation: x2 + 2 = […]


Why Division By Zero is Forbidden

In general, mathematics disallows division by zero because the resulting answer is indeterminate. This is because division is not a fundamental operation in mathematics – it is defined as the inverse of multiplication. If we say: 12 ÷ 4 = 3 we mean precisely the same as if we had said: 12 = 3 × […]


Installing Joomla 1.5 Under XAMPP

For instructions on installing Joomla 1.6.x under XAMPP 1.7.3, please see here. This tutorial describes how to install Joomla! versions 1.5.15 through 1.5.23 (skip 1.5.19 because it is broken) under XAMPP version 1.7.3 on Windows XP. XAMPP 1.7.4: Installing Joomla 1.5.22 or 1.5.23 under XAMPP 1.7.4 will FAIL. I haven’t tested all Joomla! 1.5.x versions […]


Adding Adsense to Your Joomla! 1.5 Site

This tutorial shows you how to display Google Adsense ads on your Joomla! website without installing an extension. Requires you have a Google Adsense account. Should work for other ad providers that provide you with a code snippet for ads on your site. Intructions for installing Adsense under Joomla! 1.6 can be found here. Some […]

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Installing XAMPP – Apache Server, MySql, and PHP

These instructions are for installing XAMPP 1.7.3 on Windows XP, Service Pack 3. It should work for other configurations as well. XAMPP 1.7.4 (released in January 2011). I had no problem with the install and most things work just fine, however, there are many little things that require “expert” tinkering to get it working right. […]


Proofreading Tricks and Tips

The best way to proofread your work is to get someone else to do it. Unfortunately, this is not always possible. The following proofreading techniques are easy and help minimize errors in your documents. Use a spell checker and grammar checker, but DON’T trust them. Spell checkers catch obviously misspelled words (like byt instead of […]