How to use DIVs instead of Tables (2 Column CSS)

If you’re interested in using DIV tags instead of Tables, here’s how you can easily make a two column setup that looks like tables but uses DIV tags instead. I went ahead and put some inline CSS instead of linking to an external stylesheet. First I’ll show the code, then I’ll show a live example of how it will look by adding some colors, and then In case my text gets all messed up, I will add a screenshot of my HTML and CSS that I used to make the two column table (DIV code with CSS).

Here’s the code I’m using:

<div style="margin:auto;text-align:middle;width:100%;">
<div style="zoom:1;">
<div>
<div align="center" style="float:left;width:50%;">left column</div>
<div align="center" style="float:right;width:50%;">right column</div>
</div>
</div>
</div>

Below is an example, followed by a screenshot of the code:

left column div tag with css
right column div tag with css

 

DIV tags instead of tables

This is the code you can use to make a two column table using DIV tags instead of the Table, TR, TD tags.

How to Look and Feel your Best at Work

Sometimes it’s easy to get into a rut in the workplace; just show up and do what you do and then go home.  While this may pay the bills, it doesn’t do much for your overall professional image and thus your success in your career.  Part of experiencing great success in your career is to find what you love and make your living doing something that agrees with that.  Assuming you’ve already taken care of that piece of the puzzle, we’re going to discuss how you can now look and feel your best while climbing that ladder of success.

Today, many offices are more business casual in terms of dress.  This is far more comfortable than having to put on a suit each and every day.  However, it’s important not to take business casual too far.  A good rule of thumb is to find a good balance.  Look around at what management wears.  Look at the person who is in the position you’d like to be in down the line.  How do they show up for work?  Always aim to look and feel professional through well maintained clothing that fits properly.  Even in the business casual environment, this one step will help you to feel great, look professional and stand out.

Business Casual Girl

Accessories are also an important part of looking and feeling great.  Not only accessories such as earrings or bracelets, but also cell phone accessories such as cheap cell phone cases.  First let’s talk about your standard accessories.  At work, simple and understated will go a lot farther than dangling feather earring you might see during a night on the town.  Women should keep professional image in the forefront of their minds when choosing accessories to wear to work.  Because many employees now wear ID badges at the office, lanyards may second as a stylish accessory for both men and women.  Decorative lanyards are very trendy and do wonders for professional image.  They are indeed a very affordable way to feel better about your professional appearance.

When it comes to mobile phone accessories, there is the temptation to bling out your phone or add a cover which exhibits your personality.  Especially if you work directly with clients who will see you talking on your cell, it pays off to look for very professional looking cell phone accessories.  Cell phone leather cases are ideal for the up and coming professional, as they provide protection for your phone while also adding sophisticated style to your professional appearance.  Mobile devices are a part of everyday life, and cell phone accessories make for a fun way to personalize yours.  When choosing which cell phone accessories you’d like, do consider cell phone leather cases for work.   How you accessorize gives you just one more way to stand out amongst your peers.

Business Casual Looking Good and Feeling Good

At work, you want to be comfortable to be yourself; but it’s important to remember that you’re being your professional self at the office.  As such, you want to look and feel your best.  This is relatively easy to do with just a bit of attention to clothing styles and accessories.

How to setup Notepad++ in an awesome way

I used to be a hardcore UltraEdit user, but come on… $60 for a text editor… without free lifetime upgrades… paying up to $30 for an upgrade? What a rip off! So let me introduce one of the best FREE text editors out there today and it’s called Notepad++ (aka Notepad Plus Plus). Previous versions used to not be so user friendly for me and I decided to dish out the cash for UltraEdit. But today, compared to their older versions, the program has really improved in the most amazing ways! They’ve added plugin support for Spell Check automatically as well as FTP connection possibilities. This is great because I edit server files and wow is it a pain to download a the ‘temp’ file, edit, click to overwrite the server file, click click click click. OMG! So the built in NppFTP plugin is great and resolves my FTP editing headache.

The main problem I’ve had in the past with Notepad++ was getting the spell checker to work. If you’re having problems with this then maybe you’re not installing all the programs that are needed. Yes, I admit it, I did this a year ago when I installed the program. But in reality it’s as easy as 1-2-3! Here’s how.

  1. Install Notepad++
  2. Install ASpell “Full Installer” under “Binaries” (this is what some people forget to do)
  3. Install ASpell in your language under “Precompiled dictionaries” = DONE!

Restart Notepad++ and now everything should be working correctly for your spell checker. Now for the settings, the best site I found that describes every setting option of ‘Notepad Plus Plus’ in detail is this site right here! Check it out if you have questions, it’s totally sweet. Now here are some screen shots of options I changed to turn my basic Notepad++ into Extremely Awesome Notepad++ with an extra +! To edit your Notepad++ preferences you need to go to Settings > Preferences. If the images aren’t good enough, click each one for the full the full screenshot I took.

Notepad++ Default Open Directory

I like to choose the default directory where I will open text files and the default save directory.

Backup Notepad Plus Plus Default Directory

I like to select my default directory to open and save files. I like to setup a backup option and I choose a folder for backups. This way I never lose any changes I made in the past. I select Verbose backup because it's basically unlimited files by backing up the file with filename.txt.DATE_TIMESTAMP.bak

Setting default encoding to UTF-8 instead of ANSI

If you're typing in non-English languages (Let's say... Japanese, Chinese, Korean, etc) then you need to use UTF-8 instead of the ANSI setting. There are two ways you can do this. You can make this your default setting or you can choose your encoding on a file by file basis.

Encoding a text file to display foreign languages

But if you have ANSI as your default encoding option because you only work with other languages and characters from time to time, that's not a problem. Here's the simple solution! If you want to display other languages other than English (Thai, Chinese, etc) you can convert an open or existing text file from ANSI to UTF-8 and you'll then be able to insert or type the other languages and characters.

But what about sorting? I often need to sort text in my text editor however it’s not a default option in Notepad++. Here’s how to get that done as well as remove duplicate lines.

Click method: Plugins > Plugin Manager > Show Plugin Manager
(Explained in detail method: Go to the menu. Click “Plugins” then click “Plugin Manager” then click “Show Plugin Manager“)
Next, under “Available” look for “TextFX” and check the box, then click “install”. Restart Notepad++ and you’ll now see TextFX in the menu.

After the blood, sweat, and tears from all of this hard work… here’s how to finally sort text in Notepad++. (Make sure to select all text in the actual open text file that you want sorted and modified!)

To only sort text

  1. Click TextFX
  2. Click TextFX Tools
  3. Click +Sort ascending

To sort and remove duplicate lines

  1. Click TextFX
  2. Click TextFX Tools
  3. Click (or make sure it’s already checked) +Sort ascendning
  4. Click to select “+Sort outputs only UNIQUE (at columns) Lines”
    ** This way duplicates will be removed and it’ll be sorted ascending.
    ** Now click “Sort lines case…” whatever option you want.

After you click that “Sort lines case sensitive…” or “Sort lines case insensitive…”  You’ll then sort and remove duplicates in you Notepad Plus Plus open file. Here’s the screenshot of the settings after you have installed the TextFX Plugin.

Sort and Remove Duplicates in Notepad Plus Plus

Step by step instructions how to sort text ascending while removing duplicatates in Notepad++

With your sorted text you’ll should be happy with the results and happiness results in a improved living environment. So thanks for doing your part to improve the world!

Uninstall CS3 Mac

If you have currently installed the Adobe Creative Suite 3 prelease software for evaluation purposes, you will need to know how to correctly uninstall the application and all its files before you install the final shipping version of this application.

Before You Uninstall CS3
Since uninstalling this software requires that you perform specific steps in the order that they should be executed, this article attempts to lay down the steps that you will need to follow. Before you uninstall CS3, quit and deactivate CS3 and close all associated open software. Note that you cannot drag CS3 to the Trash folder in Mac OS X in order to uninstall it.

Uninstalling CS3
Perform the following tasks in the order outlined:

  1. Double-click the product installer from the Applications/Utilities/Adobe Installers folder.
  2. Log in and authenticate your administrator credentials.
  3. Click the Uninstall Components button and follow the instructions provided on the screen.
  4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 for each CS3 program or suite that you wish to uninstall.
  5. To completely eradicate all traces of Adobe CS3, it is recommended that you delete all of your preferences files. To do so, navigate to the Users//Library/Preferences folder and delete all files and folders that have CS3 in their names.
  6. Navigate to the Library/Application Support/Adobe folder and delete all files and folders that have CS3 in their names.

The above steps should successfully uninstall your Adobe CS3 application. You can now go ahead and install the full and final shipping version of Adobe CS3 if you want to.

Mac CS3 Uninstalled Successfully

Uninstalling Photoshop CS3 for Mac successfully! Now it's time for some clean up.

Possible Cleanup using Adobe CS5 Cleaner Tool
However, in the case that your Adobe CS3 application has not been successfully installed, you may need to use the Adobe CS5 Cleaner Tool. Or, if while installing the full shipping version, you are not prompted for the serial number, it would mean that the prerelease version has not been correctly uninstalled. In this case too, you will need to use the Adobe CS5 Cleaner Tool.

To clean up your mac post-uninstall leftover Adobe CS3 files, run the Adobe CS5 Cleaner Tool. This tool helps resolve installation problems for Adobe Creative Suite 5, Adobe Creative Suite 4, and Adobe Creative Suite 3 software. You can download this tool from the internet.

Perform the following steps to run the CS5 Cleaner Tool on Mac OS X:

  1. Download the Adobe CS5 Cleaner Tool for Mac.
  2. Mount the MacCS5CleanupUtility.dmg file as Adobe CS5 Cleaner Tool by double-clicking it.
  3. Double-click Adobe Creative Suite Cleanup. Complete the script by following the prompts. You might be prompted to provide your administrator password.
  4. Accept the Adobe End-User License Agreement.
  5. At this point you will see a pop-up menu that displays the version(s) of Adobe Creative Suite(s) that are installed on your system. If you have only one version installed, this menu will display that one version.
  6. Choose the version that you want to remove and select the product from the table that is displayed. Alternatively, if you want to clean up all products, select the Clean All.
  7. Click the Cleanup button. The script completes its tasks.
  8. Click Quit to exit the tool
  9. You need to restart your system once you’ve completed running the Adobe CS5 Cleaner Tool.

How to use a VPN (to protect your privacy and unblock sites)

I’m not sure if you’ve heard about the Internet Snooping bill that was passed by congress recently (PCFIPA of 2011) which was a incorrectly labeled bill. If you’re a U.S. resident, your privacy is at risk big time! ISPs now have to keep all records about you and your online presence for a year so police can review them at any time. Your name, addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and dynamic IP addresses have to be stored. You can see more about it in these scary articles:

So here comes the VPN Company Service to save the day! They offer a limited free VPN download (connects to Miami only) as well as an unlimited premium VPN service which is a paid service but worth it and offers unlimited bandwidth, unlimited speeds, and access to all servers. A lot of people might not know what I’m talking about so the rest of this article I’ll talk more in depth about what type of service this is and why a person should use it.

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. A VPN turns your accessible/loggable public network to a private single stream network. Basically it makes one, and only one, secure encryption to the VPN server, and then your traffic goes through the encrypted tunnel. The ISP and the local authorities only see that you’ve made one connection and can’t see other online activity and this prevents the ISP spying on you. Also VPN services don’t fall under this new bill because they are not an ISP. Just remember though… just because it makes things more secure and anonymous, you can not and should not perform illegal actions while using one (credit card fraud, identity theft, hacking, etc).

VPN Tunnel

What if hackers could penetrate the ISP company and steal all of the customer data? That’s something to think about!

In a nutshell, using a VPN service like VPNCompany is easy. 1) Download 2) Install 3) Connect.

A VPN can be used any time such as when you visit different countries, if you’re on wifi hotspots or at the local coffee shop, or even if you’re at home. Some countries provide security over the internet and block or censor sites you can visit. It works on your computer as well as your smartphone, like Android or iPhone (also on the iPad, and iPod Touch). When I travel I often use 3G from my iPhone as my main source of internet on the road so this works perfect for me.

Why do you need a VPN?

  • You download torrents and use P2P networks (if so, do not connect to a USA server. Connect to an international server location. You’ll need to become a VPNCompany premium customer to do this).
  • You don’t want your ISP (Internet Service Provider) to be able to monitor and control your online activities
  • You want a more simple and secure solution instead of using a proxy.
  • You currently live in a country censors your internet by blocking sites.
  • You live outisde of the USA but you want to watch Hulu, other free online network TV, unblock skype, or even us BBC iPlayer.
  • You frequently use wifi hotspots and don’t want hackers packet sniffing.
  • You want extra privacy, security, and a one click simple solution.
  • You travel and your online banking, and even Paypal, limit your account access because you’re coming from an out of country originating IP. Connect to a US server and these problems are solved.
VPNCompany – Most Popular and Recommended VPN Service

In order to use a VPN you must sign up for a VPN provider and install their software on your computer or follow their sometimes confusing instructions. Usually VPN companies offer PPTP or Open VPN style encryption. But get this… with VPNCompany you download their software that works on Windows and iOS which let’s you choose at any time… what country you want to connect to… and if you want to connect to OpenVPN or PPTP.

UPDATE OCTOBER 19, 2011 – – – I use the PPTP connection on my iPhone. The default setup connects to the Miami server, but you can change to a server closer to your location by finding the latest listings in the online documentation.

After installing a VPN on your computer, you will be able to use it and be secure all the time without revealing your true IP address. It’s safe and keep you away from attackers, hackers, ISP snoops, and other harmful elements on the web that wants to access your private personal data.

I suggest considering VPNCompany as your VPN provider. The features are great and they’re always one step ahead of the competition making all VPN users happy. I’ve been using them for over a year now and I have no complaints. They are always adding new servers and improving their software. Their customer support is quick to answer and so far it seems like they listen to their customers, because I’ve seen some new features in the latest software that I wanted added (although I didn’t contact them about this, others must have).

Newbie Note: You cannot use VPN without an ISP. They work in tango. Have an internet connection then use it with your VPN.

Like I said, the software is always being improved. As of October 4th 2011 the latest update v2.4.10 for Windows OS rocks with these new features:

  1. There’s now an application style menu bar with menus added
  2. You can check your account status at any time through the menu.
  3. VPNCompany Premium users now have a wide selection of ports they can connect through. (coming soon for mac users).
  4. Fixes – status checks & remembered settings.

How to fix the Firefox Sync Unkown Error in 3 Steps

Recently I’ve been getting an annoying error from Firefox 5.0 at the bottom of the browser saying: Sync encountered an error while syncing: Unknown error. Sync will automatically retry this action.

Solution to Firefox Sync Error Unknown

Don’t delete anything yet! Many people say you need to delete your FireFox Sync account and even reinstall the browser. But here’s the easier the solution that worked for me without the need for any re-installation and it’s all done online. Login, Clear your Sync data, Sync! You don’t even have to close your browser.

The “Before you do anything” solution:

Login to your Sync account online. After the log in, restart your Firefox browser. See if that did the trick. If that doesn’t work. Continue to this next part…

Solution #1 (in case that didn’t work – THIS solution worked for me)

  1. Login to your online Firefox sync account here https://account.services.mozilla.com/
  2. Click Clear your Sync data and then click the button. Once you’ve done this you’ll get the confirmation message “Your data has been successfully removed from your sync cluster”.
  3. Now click the Sync button if the error bar is still showing in Firefox. If not, click on the orange Firefox drop-down and click Sync Now. If you’re using the Menu Bar, you can click on Tools then click Sync Now. (Don’t  know what I’m talking about? Click here to see the image if you’re new to FireFox.)

If that didn’t work, here are some more solutions you can try.

Solution #2 (in case that didn’t work)

For for this solution I’m using the regular menu, not the orange menu button. If you only see the orange button you can hit the “Alt” button on your keyboard and the old style menu will appear. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, see a screenshot here.

  1. Backup your bookmarks to prevent any possible loss. Go the Firefox menu and click Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks > then click Import and Backup > Backup.
  2. Go to the sync tab in your firefox preferences. In the menu click Tools > Options > Sync. Uncheck everything except passwords and close.
  3. Now sync your data. Click Tools > Sync Now.
  4. Go back to the sync tab in your preferences and enable each box one by one (for whatever you want to sync) and do a sync in between.
  5. Restart your browser, see if that solves the problem!

Solution #3 (in case that didn’t work)

Contact Firefox support. You can do a live chat with them here. They might send you to this page “Firefox Sync is not working” but it didn’t solve my problem. Good luck!

Click this if you forgot your Firefox Sync key and want to know how to regenerate one. Click this to learn how to setup a new Firefox Sync account.

How to disable middle click scroll wheel on generic mouse

I have a generic mouse, and I wish I could click it to make it double click but nooooooo… instead if makes me autoscroll up or down on the page I’m reading. It’s annoying. I found a solution to disable it. It’s in the FireFox settings under

Tools > Options > Advanced > under General Tab > uncheck Use Autoscrolling

I found the step by step instructions including screenshots over at howtogeek.com

Generic Mouse Middle Scroll Wheel

Sometimes the scroll wheel just isn't worth the hassle-hoff!

If anybody knows how to make the scroll wheel double click when I press it on a generic USB mouse let me know!

How to delete your Facebook account

How to delete a facebook account

Want to delete your facebook account but don’t know how? Check these simple steps.

deleting social media facebook account

If only it was as easy as ctrl+alt+delete!

  1. Sign in to your account.
  2. When you’re already logged in, go to account tab on top and right side of the facebook site.
  3. Click the account setting.
  4. Then you will see your account (settings, networks, notifications, mobile, language, payments and facebook ads).
  5. On settings, you are going to see your name, username, email, password, linked account, security question, privacy, and account security, download your information and deactivate your account.
  6. Clicks deactivate your account. Note: In Deactivating your account will disable your profile and remove your name and picture from anything you’ve shared on Facebook.
  7. Facebook will ask you to give the reason in deactivating your account and your explanation.
  8. Then you have to confirm it by clicking the confirm box.
  9. Note that your profile is not deleted right away, it is said that your account will be deactivated for two weeks, and if you DO NOT USE FACEBOOK IN ANY WAY during that period,
  10. Your account is permanently deleted.

How to create a Facebook account

In order for you to create a facebook account, you must need first a valid email address. Your email address is a proof that you’re a real person and really want to have a facebook account. Here are the steps:

  1. Create a valid email account. This is where they will send a confirmation letter after you create an account on facebook.
  2. Sign up on their facebook page at www.facebook.com
  3. Complete the form: First name, Last name, email address, Password, Sex and Birthday. Facebook requires all users to provide their real date of birth to encourage authenticity and provide only age-appropriate access to content.
  4. If it’s for your personal account, sign up using personal account. But if you to represent your band, business, or product you should create a Facebook Page.
  5. Then after you fill up the necessary form and submit it on facebook, a confirmation email will be sent on your given email account. Make sure it’s valid or else your account will be void.
  6. Facebook will ask for a code given on your email and you have to paste it on a box where it is asked.
  7. Then, here you go. You now have a personal account or facebook page.
  8. If you want to make you personal account private, you just need to edit your privacy setting that can be seen once you sign in on facebook.

Make sure to read the privacy policy and terms of service!

While creating account on facebook, they have a very tight policy and rules that you must read. And because many are using facebook all over the world, facebook has been known to be very tight when it comes to their restrictions. If you don’t follow them, you will be blocked for an hour or so and if you continue doing what they don’t like, you may end up be banned and blocked permanently.