Lenovo Q110

Back in early December 2009, I bought a Lenovo Q100 nettop. Lenovo recently released the IdeaCentre Q110. So, what’s the difference between the Q100 and Q110? It’s essentially the same as its predecessor except for two things: The nettop comes with 2GB instead of 1GB RAM. It’s also equipped with a HDMI output. Everything else is the same: 160GB hard drive. 6 USB ports, 1 mic and stereo output.

One thing I still haven’t tried is running Ubuntu Remix on it.

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In the future, we’ll be adding more advanced features for searching and browsing, so stay tuned.

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Turning Off Comments Older Than 14 Days

I have decided to turn off all comments older than 14 days due to inordinate amount of spam comments I have been receiving. Hopefully, this will cut down on spam considerably, maybe by a hundredfold. At least, spam bots can no longer target one specific post since older posts are automatically closed after 14 days.

By the way, I’m using a plugin called ‘Close Old Posts‘ by Matt Mullenweg. Works great.

Update: The ‘Close Old Posts’ that I’ve used above technically does not really close old posts from the database point of view. If just disables the comments from being used and viewed. If you really want to close all comments older than 14 days, the better option is to go to your Dashboard -> Settings -> Discussion and close it from there.

Give Your Blog A Facelift

Why not give your blog a facelift? Have you noticed my new handy-dandy fancy headers? This is courtesy of a WordPress plugin called Facelift Image Replacement. Just download the plugin and install. If you like to add your own personal fonts, just place them in the fonts folder of the plugin.

There are thousands of free fonts available online. 1001 Free Fonts is just one of many. I am using a font called Will and Grace, after the font used in the popular sitcom of the same name. Here is one example showing h2 headers.

My Blog Needs A Facelift. Botox, Plastic Surgery?

It’s a pretty cool WordPress plugin. It’s SEO friendly as well. Give it a try. Give your blog a facelift.

Hostgator SSH Access

Ok, so this is the fourth time I’ve forgotten how to access my Hostgator account via SSH. I might as well document it here, for old times sake. It’s so simple really, but I don’t know why I keep on forgetting it. To access the account, just use port 2222 instead of 22. That’s it. I don’t know why I can’t remember that. I blame it on old age.

# ssh server -p 2222

Actually, I’ve been really happy with Hostgator. No major or drawn out outages. Just a couple of hiccups here and there. They are minor things, really. I counted twice, the times the site was slow, but otherwise, Hostgator was able to fix it in a couple of hours. They only thing I miss from my old webhost is the ability to install a Subversion repository on the server. Hostgator, are you listening?

But, I got that’s running now on my desktop. It’s probably better that way. It’s more secure. It’s not like my code is highly classified or super sensitive. It’s not! But, placing it on your desktop is probably better. Until your hard drive crashes. So, keep backup copies regularly.