Category Archives: frustrations

Got My Work Cut Out For Me

So in the last 17yrs, I’ve owned 5 computers and only paid for 2. The rest were hand-me-downs.

And in this time I have learned to do my own tech repair, migrations, backups, maintenance and all other shit you pay other people to do to fix your machine.  The process of transferring a massive amt. of data is never an easy one, though it should be. But I generally operate on the premise that shit will go wrong for any reason, at anytime  so prepare for it.

And yet, when the moment comes there’s always at least one thing that seems to surprise me. You’d think, nah, I’ve been thru this song & dance many times; I’m used to it.

But in reality, you get astonished.

Like I can’t for my life figure out why simple backed up mp3 files now aren’t being read by the new laptop computer. It’s a simple disc with a basic trasnferrable format that  I made to be read on any computer. Same OS even.

I can play movie DVD’s, but the drive cannot read blank DVD’s or burn them.

It won’t read data on CD’s either. ?!

On top of that I now i have to establish a network connection between both computers to transfer the data. Man, it’s always something! Everything I have ever saved onto the last computer won’t open in this one. It’s just horse-feathers, that’s what! What a gigantic waste of time this is gonna be, picking & choosing & sifting  through 164 GB of data. *sigh*

And then I have to cleanse & streamline the computer to give to my elderly parents. Gotta make it very easy to navigate thru and make those icons really big! Ohboy.

All in all, I’d say I’m looking at mid September after all is said & done. Sheesh. Now would be a good time to become Harry Potter. Infinatum Computergeekius! *poof

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Connect Facebook To Twitter, Connect Twitter To Facebook

There’s 2 frustrating separate processes for this – lemme show you.

First, let’s examine the 2 reasons people use Facebook in the first place:

  1. To replace their MySpace profiles and occasionally talk shit
  2. To connect their business with others and network

These are pretty much the same reasons for getting on Twitter in the first place. But a lot of people realized that using these social media platforms nets you great coverage in terms of exposure. There is added value in a marketing sense. That’s why everyone and their grandmother has a Facebook or Twitter profile these days. Each has a current valuation of just over a billion dollar$ and that’s not by accident!

So big whoop. It’s important to use both for business; I get it. But sometimes, I wanna tweet something and have it show up in my Facebook without tediously having to log into Facebook. Or vice versa. I’m in a rush and don’t have the time.

I just don’t want to necessarily log-in to one account just to post the same shit on the other!

Well, that’s the whole point of this blog post!

  • Can I send a tweet and have it automatically show up on my Facebook wall? Yes.
  • Can I write something in my Facebook wall and have it show up in my Twitter stream? Yes.

The Difference Between a Facebook Profile and a Facebook Page

Simple. The Profile is used for personal stuff, the Page is used for business.

You need to know that the Page is a sort-of attached add-on to the Profile, like an arm or a leg. Neither exists separately.

When I started my FB Page in 2009, it didn’t ask for cumbersome details. I ignored my Page for a whole year, then logged in to find FB asking me to fill in the details of my name and such. Like an idiot, I filled in ONLY my name (I thought it’d go to my Page details) but NO00o! Instead, it began a completely new FB Profile for me! I didn’t want that!

Later, I discovered that if you start a FB Profile that you CANNOT delete it.  Not without taking down your Page with it! Believe me, I tried. Thanks a lot FB.  “”(>_<)””  *jerks

Now, because Facebook consistently changes their rules and regulations, what I just said may not hold water weeks or months from now. This nuisance is subject to change as well, so do take it with a grain of salt.

But you probably know this if you do have a FB already set up.  Question is, do you want to link up your Twitter account to your FB Profile, or FB Page?

Let’s get started.

Why Connecting Facebook And Twitter Seems Complicated

Connecting Twitter to Facebook is a much different process than connecting Facebook to Twitter. Why?

Because connecting Twitter > Facebook only serves to help Twitter users.

And by that same logic, connecting Facebook > Twitter only serves Facebook users. Each corporation offers it’s own unique method. Frustrating, because neither party mentions this annoying reason. (you heard it here 1st folks!)

Q. But SuperMunk, if I connect one to the other, isn’t that all I need?

A. If you connect one to the other, only one RECEIVES info and, AND, only one SENDS info. You want to grant your receiver the ability to also SEND info as well, yes?

So let’s begin the connecting process, shall we?

  1. Log in to http://www.Facebook.com.
  2. Log in to http://www.Twitter.com. (don’t do this from Tweetdeck or other standalone platform)
  3. Keep them both open for this to work

I haven’t tried this from a cell phone or any other device, so I’ve no idea if it’ll work from there. I’d advise against it.

Let’s start off the process by first connecting Twitter > Facebook, shall we?

How To Connect Twitter To Facebook Page or Facebook Profile

Remember – both Twitter and Facebook must be open and you must be logged in to both of them, because they detect one another during the connection process.

  1. We’re connecting the Twitter for Facebook app by Twitter (to post your tweets to Facebook)
  2. Twitter has a Facebook profile. Go to it, I’ll wait…
  3. Underneath Twitter’s app picture, there’s a blue box that says Go To Application – go ahead and click on it
  4. This window below opens. This is where you get to choose to connect either your Facebook Profile or Facebook Page
  5. The green checkmark ensures the synchronization worked. And underneath it, you have the option of disconnecting both.
  6. Even though you want to link to your Page, it seems like only the Profile and Twitter avatars connecting. Don’t worry, it shows your Profile avatar by default because that’s the one your Facebook  username opens when you log in to FB. Remember you get to pick & choose which one to connect to.
  7. Let’s do a TEST TWEET:
  8. Now let’s check our Facebook Wall:
  9. The app should now be listed in Twitter; go to Settings > Connections tab to see it.

How To Connect Facebook To Twitter

To Recap both Twitter and Facebook must be open simultaneously for this to work.

  1. We’re gonna connect theFacebook, by Facebookapp, just so you’re aware of the distinction
  2. Now that you’re logged in Facebook, either go to your Profile or your Page (whichever you wanna connect Twitter to)
  3. At the top of your web browser, type www.facebook.com/twitter and go to that address
  4. The window above opens. For purposes of this exercise, the Utilicon name you see there is for my own business FB Page but you should see your own Page or Profile  name come up in it’s place
  5. Let’s do a TEST RUN:  I’m posting a message onto my Facebook Wall and it should show up in my Twitter profile
  6. Go to your Twitter and check if the message went through:
  7. The app should now be listed in your Facebook. Unfortunately, Facebook has to do things all complicated, so—->
  • From your FB Profile—> Top right-hand corner click Account > Account Settings > Notifications tab > scroll all the way down the screen to until you see Other Applications
  • Make sure Twitter‘s listed in there and the box is checked on

OR,

  • From your FB Page—> Under your Page pic, Edit Page > Applications (listed at the top of the left-hand menu) > scroll all the way down and it’s listed at the bottom of that list there

Remember – this app lets you post anything FROM FB and it shows up in Twitter, not the other way around!

You can edit your apps also if you tire of having your tweets sending over to FB or vice versa. You just find where your apps are listed (like in the FB instructions above) or in Twitter.

To remove the app from Twitter: Log in to Twitter account>  Settings> Connections tab> find the app and Remove it. Done!

This is what your apps list looks like in Twitter! Now lemme know if you have any questions and I’ll answer them in the Comments section. Happy Holidays!

Check Edit HTML Code with Firebug

Are you an HTML moron like me? Read on!

I don’t have $$$ or TIME to sign up for 3 semesters of courses in HTML, CSS, C +++ (do they still teach that?), PHP, Pearl, Ruby On Rails, and all other shit most of you ain’t ever heard of!

I’m also  NOT a software developer, computer programmer, nor an I.T. geek or anything of the sort. I most certainly DO NOT HAVE TIME TO CODE FROM SCRATCH! I am, an artist. One who spends countless hours on just one drawing. I’d much rather put my focus on that than spend countless hours sitting on my fat ass figuring this crap out.

No smarts/no time to learn/ no time to create or install source code by hand/ no $$$ to hire a professional to edit my webpages. What is a broke-ass moron to do?

Answer: Firebug.

What is Firebug for $200.00? (no really, gimme the money- cuz I’m all gangsta!) (wait, no I’m not)

Firebug is anothe nifty downloadable Firefox extension.

So yes, you can only use Firebug within the Firefox web browser. And I will be using the full version for Firefox as I tell you all about it.

However, you can download Firebug Lite for Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera, or any other web browser.

How Complicated Is It To Use Firebug?

Can you modify your MySpace page? Can you cut & paste embedded codes for things like YouTube videos? Can you change your blog’s template? Do you know where CSS code and HTML starts and ends? If you said yes to any of them, then you will have very little difficulty using Firebug.

Where to get Firebug

Three trustworthy places:

  1. Firebug website
  2. Cnet downloads page and type in Firebug in the search bar; select Mac or Windows to the right of it
  3. Mozilla Firefox Add-Ons page and type Firebug in the search bar

I’m sure you can find it elsewhere but best to go to the source and not some shady spammy website whose servers are outside the country. If you don’t wanna listen to my sage advice, oh well, you’re on your own!

Install Firebug

So! Download it> Save To Computer when it asks you> run an anti-virus check on it’s folder before opening (for good measure) >  install it. Go ahead, I will patiently wait. On the ceramic throne, so TAKE YOUR TIME!

Welcome back! Ok, so now it’s on your Firefox. Good. It should look something like this:

See the Firebug Icon?
See the Firebug Icon?

The Firebug Icon looks like a little cucaracha and it’s placed on the Status Bar (along bottom of browser). In case you don’t have the Status Bar showing, go to the top of your Firefox browser, go into View and select Status Bar. Make sure it’s checked on.

You can also switch it on/ off by clicking on the Firebug icon:

This window shows up when you scroll over Firebug icon
This window shows up when you scroll over Firebug icon

Firebug Menu Options

And guess what? If you right-click over the icon and it will bring up a menu of the following options. (for Mac users: hold down Ctrl button and click) But please take your time and read it through first before jumping the gun…

  • Open Firebug in New Window
  • Clear Console
  • Enable All Panels
  • Disable All Panels
  • Off for All Web Pages
  • On for All Web Pages

This is what that menu looks like:

Things I should mention first before going ahead

Firebug has ‘options on top of options’ and endless features. So I’m gonna tell you what you need and where to look so you don’t get lost in the mix.

Now pay attention, son!

Firebug opens up into two panels that automatically docks itself onto the bottom of your browser’s screen- in this case it’s Firefox. (it’s what I’m using) Some people may not like this option because it splits your screen in two and that could be visually annoying.

You can actually pull off Firebug and let it float anywhere on your desktop by clicking on the red button on the top far right. Here is an example:

How to undock Firebug from Firefox
How to undock Firebug from Firefox

And you click on that red button I circled and voilá! Firebug is floating as it’s own window on your screen. To reset it, click on the Firebug icon twice from the Status Bar.

To Enable Firebug

Now the Firebug icon will be installed but may show up in black & white. To check, go into the browser’s Tools at the top and Firebug should be listed there on dropdown menu. A  B/W icon means that while Firebug is indeed loaded on your computer, that it has not yet been enabled for all the panels.

To enable, right-click on the Firebug icon and select Enable All Panels. After you’re done it should look like this:

The Firebug cucaracha is now in color!

You can choose only one panel too. It’s just preference.

Another thing I should mention is that you can set it so that Firebug doesn’t show up in all pages and just your own. This is because in Firefox, you can have multiple tabs open simultaneoulsy of diff. websites.

Right-click over the icon and select On for All Web Pages or Off for All Web Pages. And that’s it.

What does Firebug look like?

We gotta put it over a website first to try it out. Let’s use Google.com for this exercise. And for those who don’t know, this is what the  Google search engine looks like:

And Google with Firebug activated looks a  little something like this:

See what I mean about ‘docking itself to the bottom’ ? Booyah-shaka.

I don’t want to confuse you but I manually highlited that piece of code. (it turns grey) It doesn’t show up colored on it’s own.

Anyway, let’s survey all the bells & whistles on this thing shall we?

  • Top Navigation Bar: Has all Firebug options (like increasing text size), Inspect Elements icon, Console, HTML, CSS, Script, DOM,  Net and it’s very own search bar
  • Left pane: All source code is displayed here.
  • Righ pane: All the Style and Layout information. So you won’t have to scroll thru all that code jargon just to find the style font or text size, for example. Don’t ask me what DOM is, I have no freaking clue. 😛

What I Use Firebug For

To be honest, the most frequent features I use is the HTML inspector and the Layout to show me sizes & padding.

When I check out other people’s blogs, I sometimes see a cool script and wonder what the name of it is, and where I can grab it? Firebug helps me see the code for it, so sometimes the author’s name is listed in there and I can just look it up.

Before Firebug, I had to look at endless source code to know how to format my own sites (I have a few blogs, not just the SuperMunk). It hurts the eyes to scroll through all that jargon. The more flash/ widgets/ tables/ galleries on your site, the more jargon you will see. It’s especially worse to read when the author of that source code left it looking like a miserable mess.  The kind of HTML/ CSS mess you type up in Notepad in one long consecutive line, or several broken spaces so you can’t figure out what goes where! Frustrating to the hilt 😛

I mentioned before I’m not some I.T. geek, and never took classes for this. I’m also short on time. Honestly, I’d rather be painfully waxing my legs than sitting in front of my screen for several hours reading a big fat mess.

But I do understand the importance of having a fully functioning site with useful scripts, so getting my hands on good code is essential. And not just that, but Firebug helps me see where I screwed up my own code and how it’ll look in a preview before making permanent changes to my own site.  Super helpful tool, it is!

Using Firebug To Make Changes

I will show you how to do this. First, let’s bring up that Google image once again:

The grey code I highlighted  pertains to the Google logo. It’s embedded on as an image file called nav_logo6.png.

As an experiment, we’re gonna mess with this Google’s front page. I am gonna change the blah white background color to a cranberry color.

To change the background color we change the hexachromal values  from white (#ffffff) to our cranberry color.

But SuperMunk, how am I supposed to know what that means? WTH?

Ok you impatient-Ishmael! Pay attention now. In cyberspace, all colors are assigned number values called hexachrome values made up of multiple digits/ letters. The color white happens to be #ffffff , see? We can take shortcuts here because no one in their right mind has these color values memorized. Don’t worry, no one’s gonna judge you!

For my shortcut, I use a helpful website called ColorPicker and it looks a little like this:

And that’s the value we’re going to use. Good ol’ #DD4571 .

So we actually just click on the background value in Firebug. Yes, it lets you change it from there. Just click on it and you’ll see, like so!

From white to cranberry, we change #ffffff to #dd4571 . It’s not case sensitive so don’t worry.

And behold! Here’s how it looks afterwards!

Isn’t that all peaches or what!

Wanna try something else?

How about erasing that Google image? We just have to go into Firebug and delete that grey highlighted code:

For any images on a website, Firebug will display a bite-sized preview of that image along with it’s pixel size. You can see that for this Google image above overlapping the grey code. When you have Firebug activated and you scroll over any websites, elements get automatically highlighted in blue. I scrolled over the Google image and it turned blue as you can see.

So I right-clicked over the code and chose Delete Element, and guess what happened?

Something you need to know is that while you see changes occur in real-time, Firebug itself cannot actually change an actual website’s code. That’s something you need to log into the actual website’s template to do. Firebug can show you previews of changes in real-time you are able to make, but doesn’t keep them.

Don’t get discouraged though! Keep reading and I’ll show you how to get around this❁

Selecting Elements On A Website With Firebug

I refreshed the Google page so it didn’t save the cranberry color and went back to boring ol’ white. It also brought back the image. But we can change it to a chartreuse color! (yellow-greenish) The reason for this, is so you can see the blue outline of the elements stand out as we put our cursor over them.

To be able to select elements:

  1. Click on the Firebug cucaracha icon like the picture above. (the icon on the left-hand side on the Navigation Bar, not the icon on the Status Bar)
  2. Click on the Elements icon. It’s the rectangle with the blue arrow on it. It’s placed to the left of the cucaracha. Ok, I circled it in black, just like in the above picture!
  3. Now you can click on HTML or CSS or anything on the Navigation Bar. Personally I want to see the HTML code so that’s what I selected

See? I passed my cursor over the image and it highlighted in blue. Simultaneously, it’s source code also highlighted in blue as you can see in the left pane of Firebug.

But now, hold the phone…what if this was your site and you messed with it’s look and now you want to actually make permanent changes?

Editing With Firebug

Like I said, Firebug can only show you previews of changes. It can make actual changes for you but not save them. Any changes revert to previous state upon page refresh. Because Firebug works alongside web browsers, not websites. So to say Firebug edits is a sort of misnomer in itself.

So SuperMunk, how the hell am I gonna set my changes now? I just finished tweaking my page for the last hour or so!

Don’t cry! Dry your eyes! For SuperMunk has your solution…☻

All you have to do is export those changes into an editor program, and you can save changes there instead for uploading later to your site.

Such editing programs to use: Notepad, Wordpad, Microsoft Word, or any text editor. Personally I use Notepad ++. It’s freeware, and helpfully sets each line of code in it’s own line space, so you don’t end up with a big fat mess like I mentioned earlier.

So after all your tweaking…

Click on the Firebug icon on the Nav Bar > Open With Editor > Configure Editor.

Now Configure Editor is your only visible option if you haven’t already set which editor to use. So let’s configure right now, shall we?

  • Under Name: You can call it whatever you want. Even some silly sounding gibberish.
  • Under Executable: Click the Browse… button and pick an editing program from your computer.
  • Click the Ok button when you’re done. That’s it. You’re done with that.

Did it work? Let’s find out…

So if I click on Notepad ++ there, it automatically pulls all the source code from whatever website I’m looking at right into my Notepad ++ editor. It will look like this:

And that’s all she wrote! So go ahead and edit what you’ve got now. Save a copy to your computer and upload to your website or blog. Done.

So that’s pretty much it.

I should mention it’s in bad form to just swipe code that someone worked very hard to make from scratch. Some folks give their scripts away; some don’t. Permission sets are usually written into the codes so you will see it in Firebug. Always ask or only use what’s for free. There are ways to find out if someone ripped your code so I suggest you not become an asshat that steals. Remember that everything in cyberspace leaves a trail right back to you. Major search engines can penalize you for this (will talk about it in another post) so I wouldn’t try it for anything other than educational purposes.

Know right now that any template adjustments you will ever make all take their sweet time, but this tutorial I just gave only means to cut that time short for you. Also, even if you’re a N00B, don’t sweat it.  The beauty of it is that you can fuck up all the changes you make, see it in real-time and undo over & over by clicking on the icon. Amazing.

Play with all the features on Firebug all you want. There are video tutorials on YouTube also. Have fun and lemme know how it goes!