Screenshots on Mac OS X

For anyone used to taking screenshots on their PC, this explains how to do it all on your Mac.

Mac Screenshot Commands
Action Key Combination
Capture entire screen and save as a file Command+Shift+3
Capture entire screen and copy to the clipboard Command+Control+Shift+3
Capture dragged area and save as a file Command+Shift+4
Capture dragged area and copy to the clipboard Command+Control+Shift+4
Capture a window, menu, desktop icon, or the menu bar and save as a file Command+Shift+4 then Space bar
Capture a window, menu, desktop icon, or the menu bar and copy to the clipboard Command+Control+Shift+4 then Space bar

Delete Most Commented Section in Arthemia Theme

This guide explains how to delete that “Most Commented” section in the middle of the footer of your WordPress site. This is a common request with the arethemia theme, but affects other themes as well.

  • Go into the backend/dashboard of your WordPress Site
  • Go to Appearance
  • Go to Editor
  • Select the Footer file from the menu on the right
  • Look for the line of code: <h3>Most Commented</h3>
  • Delete this line and every line up to and including: </ul>
  • Your code should now look like this:


<div id=”front-popular”>

<div id=”recentpost”>
<?php     /* Widgetized sidebar, if you have the plugin installed. */                     if ( !function_exists(‘dynamic_sidebar’) || !dynamic_sidebar(5) ) : ?>
<?php endif; ?></div>

<div id=”mostcommented”>

<?php     /* Widgetized sidebar, if you have the plugin installed. */                     if ( !function_exists(‘dynamic_sidebar’) || !dynamic_sidebar(6) ) : ?>
<?php endif; ?>

  • Click the Update File button

How to Load Blackberry Beta OS

This guide explains how to install a beta operating system on a Blackberry device.

  • Get your hands on the latest copy of the Blackberry OS – usually form a torrent site or a quick Google of “latest blackberry 8900 OS” (replace 8900 with whichever blackberry you have). You can also checkout forums like to find the latest.
  • Once you’ve downloaded the the .exe file, install it.
    If it asks you if you want to start the desktop manager, just say no (if you accidentally say yes, just close it)
  • Make sure your Blackberry is plugged into your computer
  • Go to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research In Motion\AppLoader\
    Note: if you have a 64 bit system, the file will be in: C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Research In Motion\AppLoader\

    • Delete the vendor.xml file
    • Run the AppLoader.exe file
  • Follow the prompts and you’ll be good to go!

Fix Arthemia Error 404 Not Found on Next Page

Often by default arthemia will throw a 404 error when you click next page (from the main page). Most of the time this happens only when you get to the last page of posts that should exist.

Here is how you fix it:

  • Go into you WordPress backend/dashboard
  • Go to Appearance -> Editor
  • Hit Main Index Template (on the right side)
  • Find the section where it says:   query_posts("cat=
  • The end of this line will have something like “posts_per_page=5”
  • Remember your number of posts per page
  • Hit the settings button on the left and go into the Reading section
  • Set “Blog pages show at most” to that number that you just found (5, in my case)

Adding Thumbnails To WordPress Posts

Now this may not work for all wordpress skins, but it will for the majority of the magazine/blog types like arthemia and convergence.

First, add a file to the “Media” section of your WordPress admin tools  by selecting Add File (or some sort of variation of that depending on the theme you have used) , select Upload file and find the picture you want to use as a thumbnail on your computer.  Once The file is uploaded it should look like this:

addpicture to wordpress

Note the highlighted area, this will be your picture’s path. Copy that line starting from wp-content for later use.

Next, go to the post we would like to attach the thumbnail to in the posts section of the dashboard. If you scroll further down the edit page of your post there should be a section for a custom field. Create a new custom field by clicking on the text box below name. For name input “Image” and for Value input our path for the image, in this case wp-content/uploads/2010/01/arthemia-screenshot10.jpg.

NOTE: The ‘I’ in Image, must be capitalized!

Adding A Custom Field
Adding A Custom Field

Now click Add custom field and we’re done, you should see your thumbnail on the blogroll.

Check Your Mail Server Security

This guide will teach you how to make sure that your SMTP mail server is not a relay server.

An open relay server allows people to use your mail server to deliver spam.

If you have an email server on Ubuntu or other Debian based operating system and you are setting it up using postfix and courier then by default they are not going to be open relay servers. There is a very simple way of testing. The offers an automated test suite. The way you run this is by logging into your server, this can be done through ssh.

From your mail server run:


This will attempt to connect back to your machine and run a series of mail relaying tests against it.

Upon completion you should recieve the following message:

System appeared to reject relay attempts

If you are inadvertently running as a relay consult your mail server documentation for tips on how to prevent it.

The Protein Shake Cottage Cheese Diet

What is the diet’s objective?

  • Burn fat fast without losing muscle
  • Give your body few enough calories that it will need to feed off its own fat stores, but eat enough protein to keep your nitrogen balance highly positive so that your body does not consume its muscles (to any significant degree)

Who is this diet for?

  • This diet was developed for people who are looking to lose a little body fat (drop from 16% to 13%).

How long does the diet last?

  • The diet should be maintained for 7 to 14 days

What foods are part of the diet?

Obviously there is more to this thing than JUST protein shakes and cottage cheese

Food List

  • Protein Shakes (Whey powder + Milk or Water)
  • Cottage Cheese – 1% or 2% MF
  • Eggs – Fried (in oil or low fat margarine) or hard-boiled
  • Tuna (no mayo though – yogurt/tziki/non-fat sour cream)
  • Yogurt (low or non fat)
  • Apples, bananas, orages, grapefruit, etc – only in the morning or well in advance of bed
  • Vegetables (lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, carrots etc – no overly high fat veggies like avocadoes)
  • Water – lots! But at least 1 hour before easting or 2 hours after as it slows digestion
  • Milk (white 1% or skim, chocolate milk is allowed after a workout or run)
  • Coffee – no cream or sugar, only milk (don’t add coffee to your diet, but don’t feel like you have to give it up)
  • Beans (kidney/black/lima/chick peas ect.)

What level of exercise is required by the diet?

  • Obviously, the more the better
  • The purpose of the exercise is to assist in burning more calories than you consume
    • This can be achieved through diet alone, but if you cut your calorie intake too significantly, your body will go into “starvation mode” and you wont be able to lose weight
  • Exercise with weights (or pushups/chinups) 3-7 times a week
  • Jog/Bike/Walk (light cardio) 2 – 4 times a week

Is this diet healthy?

  • Not really, it’s pretty hard on your system, but it lasts for such a short time (7 – 15 days) that it’s not an issue

Putting it together:

Stick to these pointers and you’ll be set

  • You don’t need to focus on cutting calories too hard – that will happen on its own
  • You cannot eat carbs anytime close to going to bed (within 3.5 hours of bed time)
  • Try to fill up (not stuff yourself, just get to a point where you are not hungry) on high protein, low fat foods – avoids carbs (especially those from sugar) at all times other than breakfast (eat oatmeal at breakfast)
  • Going to bed starving is the worst! If you are hungry at bed time (to the point where it is going to make it tough to fall asleep) eat an egg and some cottage cheese – both of these foods contain lots of slow release protein that will feed your muscles through the night.
  • Protein is the best, carbs are MUCH worse than fat – stick to high protein, medium fat, low carbs
  • Remember you are creating a calorie deficit while preventing your body form going into starvation mode

Adding Ads to arthemia theme

This guide explains how to put your ads into the arthemia wordpress theme. By default, arthemia has 2 places for ads, the 468×60 pixel ad in the top right, and the 300×250 pixel ad a bit further down on the right side. Both of these sizes are common to Google AdSense.

Adding the 468×60 ad:

  • Head into your WordPress admin Dashboard
  • Click Appearance
  • Select Header (header.php) from the list on the right
  • Find the line of code (about half way down) that reads:
    • <img src=”<?php echo get_option(‘home’); ?>/wp-content/themes/arthemia/images/banners/wide.jpg” alt=”” width=”468px” height=”60px”  />
  • Just replace the entire thing with your ad code (make sure that your code is for a 468×60 pixel ad)
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Update File

Adding the 300×250 ad:

  • Head into your WordPress admin Dashboard
  • Click Appearance
  • Select Sidebar (sidebar.php) from the list on the right
  • Find the line of code (right near the top) that reads:
    • <img src=”<?php echo get_option(‘home’); ?>/wp-content/themes/arthemia/images/banners/square.jpg” alt=”” width=”300px” height=”250px” />
  • Just replace the entire line with your ad code (make sure that your code is for a 300×250 pixel ad)
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Update File

Categories in Arthemia Theme – Get them working

This guide explains how to get categories working properly in your arthemia themed WordPress site. By default the theme doesn’t really support your categories, this guide fixes that problem.

  • Find the ID’s of the categories you want to show
    • In the admin section of your site, go to Posts, and select Categories
    • Click on the one of the category titles on the right (Note, if you don’t have any categories yet, add some now)
    • One you click on a category title, the ID of the category will show up in your browser’s address bar. Remember which ID is for which category (You can have 5 categories listed on your Arthemia site)
  • Now that you know which categories (and their ID’s) that you want on your homepage, we’ll add them
    • Go to the Appearance section.
    • Select Editor, and click Main Index Template from the list on the right.
      • Find the section in the code that says: php $display_categories = array
      • Just use Edit->Find in your browser
    • Change the numbers in the brackets to the categories that you want listed on your page.
    • For example if, I want the categories with ID’s 5,3,9,7 and 1 on my site, I will change the line of code to read: <?php $display_categories = array(5,3,9,7,1); $i = 1;
    • NOTE: Only change the digits in the brackets, do not modify the rest of the line, just leave it as is.
    • Hit Update File at the bottom of the page.

You’re finished!