Change the network name in Windows 8/8.1

Here’s a quick little tip to get your week started.

Remember back in the Windows 7 days (oh so long ago…) when all you had to do to change the network name was click on the icon in the “Network and Sharing Center” and it would let you change the network name as well as the icon?

What? You don’t remember? Okay okay, so granted this wasn’t a widely used feature by any means, but sometimes (especially if you’re in any sort of tech industry) its nice to name your networks. continue reading

Changing between static and DHCP IP address

Something as simple as describing how to change a PC to a static IP address (or back to a dynamic IP address ) is often overlooked by people who have been in the industry for a long time. I’m guilty myself of this. Too often while providing phone support (either internal or to customers) I will throw out “Oh yeah I just need you to set your computers IP address statically”. Most of the time I bet that I probably get a very evil glare on the other side of the phone.

You might be asking right now why you would ever need this information, and to be perfectly blunt most people will never need this information. However, if you ever have to phone support for any device that connects to the internet, believe me, the tech on the other line will praise you for knowing a little of the basics. continue reading

Getting started with the Android SDK

If you’re a newcomer into the Android world and want to start your adventure into Android development, you wont get very far without first setting up the Android SDK.

It can seem overwhelming setting up the Android SDK for the first time, but it’s actually pretty straight forward.

First things first, its important to note that I will be covering this on a Windows based PC. Depending on your configuration the instructions may be slightly different but they should be similar enough to work your way through it. I’m not here to start a debate, I use both Linux and Windows, but my preferred development environment when it comes to Android is Windows. continue reading

Easily find a devices unknown IP using Wireshark

It happens to all I.T. guys sooner or later. You have a device on a network (maybe yours, or maybe a customers) and you need to figure out what IP address that device has. Some devices will provide this information via a console port, or maybe you can check your DHCP server’s reservation list… but what if you do not have access to any of these methods?

Well I am here to tell you there is another way!

The answer is Wireshark.

There’s a few different methods you can use to track down unknown IP addresses using Wireshark, I’ll cover the few different ways that I use. continue reading

Highly secretive print screen tips

Okay, so maybe they aren’t that secretive, but they are definitely helpful and not as well known as they should be!

Everyone has used that magic Print Screen button (PrtScn) at one point or another. Contrary to my belief as a child, no it does not send anything to the printer as the name implies!

In case you don’t know, the Print Screen button simply takes a “snapshot” of everything on your screen and copies it to the clipboard, where you can paste it (Ctrl-V) into your photo editing software for example. continue reading

Expanding content area of WordPress TwentyFourteen theme

I stumbled upon a post on a blog run by David Lehman (NowhereLAN) the other day that caught my attention. It was regarding changing the page content area in WordPress’ TwentyFourteen theme.

Like David, I used TwentyFourteen as the base for my theme, and have been editing it to suit my needs. One of the things that bothered me was the excessive padding around the content area. As David points out in his post, its not so much a padding issue as it is the max-width set in the css file.

Two things I did differently. continue reading

Lightweight GA (Google Analytics) on WordPress installation

Today was time to install Google Analytics onto this blog. As you can imagine, there is far more than a “handful” of WordPress plugins to enable something as simple as GA Tracking.

I wanted to go for something a little more lightweight. Let’s face it, a plugin is a little overkill for two reasons. First of all, without tearing down into the source code of each plugin, you really don’t know what all its doing in the background. And second of all, Google gives you the Analytics code, so why make it harder than it has to be? continue reading

Force secure connection (SSL/HTTPS) using .htaccess and mod_rewrite

It recently came up where I wanted to force users visiting the IdleDev page to use a secure connection (https) domain wide (mostly for the development of Zero Day to ensure a secure connection is used at all times).

Unfortunately this was something that did not appear to be directly supported by my host. Luckily they do allow .htaccess and mod_rewrite, so from there it was easy.

By placing that text into your .htaccess file, and replacing “www.exampledomain.com” with your own domain, it will redirect the user to use an secure connection throughout the entire domain (essential for sending encrypted passwords, or any other data over the web that requires a secure connection). continue reading