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Use Your iPad as a Remote Control for WMC

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I have always had an HTPC as my home theater's centerpiece. The flexibility that an HTPC brings simply can't be matched by the likes of WD TV Live, Apple TV, or any Roku. I have the ability to spin a disc, play my enormous library of music and movies, and watch live TV. The only thing that had been holding my HTPC back from being adopted as the primary solution by my fiance was a keyboard and mouse. In order to rid my self of our cable box, I had to find a solution that anyone could use, including my technophobic fiancé. Read More »

Hiding Something in WordPress Until the Last Page of a Post

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Using WordPress as a content management system brings you tons of flexibility. Unfortunately, most of the flexibility is unrealized unless you start diving into some code. For me, there are certain times when coding is the only way to get things done. Recently, I ran into a situation where a site I was working on wanted to hide something until the reader reached the last page of a post. By default, there is no way to do this in WordPress. Don't fret, accomplishing this is as easy. Read More »

Accessing Network Storage from Windows 8

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Having a large focus on network attached storage here at C.O.D., we get a lot of questions regarding NAS. Lately, we have been getting some questions about NAS and Windows 8. The latest, and one of the more interesting ones, was how to interact with your NAS after moving your Windows 8 profile to a Microsoft connected account. Although there isn't really a clear and easy way to get around having two different profiles, one on NAS and one on Windows, there is hope. Read More »

Backing Up Your PC & Some tips

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I can't tell you how many times I have told people how important regularly backing up your computer is. I consider this as important as wearing your seat belt, as important as a helmet while riding a motorcycle. If you are not backing up your system, you are asking for trouble. Well, the truth is that not enough people wear their seat belt and I see bikers without helmets all the time. I am willing to bet that at least 1 out of 4 of you reading this aren't backing up your computers. Read More »

Manage Multiple WordPress Sites with InfiniteWP

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Running your website, or websites, on WordPress is an easy choice as the flexibility the platform brings is second to none. However, there are some issues with this. Of all the things WordPress does well, there is one major thing that it does very poorly. Managing one instance of WordPress is easy. Managing two instances of WordPress is easy. Managing ... Read More »

Top Firefox Extensions for Normal People

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Even though Chrome is quickly becoming used more often in my office, I still consider Firefox to be my primary browser (although I tried to dump it). For a long time, I tried to avoid the use of extensions in my browser. However, I have since embraced the added functionality and have generated a list of what I consider to be the best extensions to enhance your everyday browsing and internet activities.. Read More »

Drop Dropbox with QNAP

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Having data at my fingertips is a necessity in my world; and having services like Dropbox around made things very easy for me, especially with their mobile apps. Unfortunately, I have some issues with using services like Dropbox like having your data stored on their servers. Additionally, their free services just don't give you enough space. With that said, I had been exploring other options for anywhere storage and with the latest firmware and app upgrades from QNAP, I don't need to look any farther than my QNAP NAS. Read More »

C.O.D. Monster Server Build – 40TB

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You probably have already read our Build Your Own NAS tutorial, but for us it isn't enough. We, at COD, like to push the limits and with that , we require MASSIVE amounts of storage (mostly for our rather large library of uncompressed Kung-Fu movies). Following up on our NAS tutorial, we are going to put together a Monster 40TB NAS (32.75TiB after RAID & Format) with spare parts, a few HDDs, and the knowledge we gained from our NAS Build Guide. Read More »

Build a NAS for Affordable Storage – The Complete Guide

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Having a ton of extra hard drives lying around doing nothing seems like a huge waste to me. In my efforts to put some of this storage to good use, I have been toying with the idea of building a NAS using standard hardware and one of the open source NAS packages out there; namely OpenMediaVault. With performance, size, and budget in mind; I am going to guide you on how to build a NAS. Read More »

Should You Defrag Your SSD?

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Hard Drive defragging has become routine for many of us. Through the years there have been a number of utilities that claimed to make accessing data quicker on your hard drives by placing it sequentially on your disk. We have read many guides that suggested that we defrag our hard drives often and even Windows will suggest a schedule for defragmenting your hard drive. This is all well and good for traditional hard drives, but does this apply for SSDs as well? Read More »