Category Archives: Technology

How To: Enabling Middle Click for Synaptics Touchpad Drivers

Recently I upgraded my currently installed Synaptics touchpad driver to version 15.x, and found that I no longer had the middle-click effect by pressing both right and left click buttons.There were no options in the settings to enable that functionality within the touchpad manager. After a bit of research I found a simple solution that worked for me on all my Synaptic equipped systems.

  1. Run the registry editor (regedit)
  2. Go to key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Synaptics\SynTP\Defaults\
  3. Here create a new key as a DWORD and name it as 'HasBothButtonFeature' without the quotes and set the value to 1.
  4. Log off and Log on again

It worked fine for me on a few PC’s, reach out via my Contact Form if it doesn’t work for your application.

How To: Install Raspbmc on Raspberry Pi (XBMC)

This will show how to install Raspbmc onto a Raspberry Pi.


I’ve previously covered the Windows 7 installation of XBMC here, and the install process of XBian on the Raspberry Pi here.  This time I will be covering a method to install Raspbmc onto the Raspberry Pi for the purposes of creating a simple media center appliance. Raspbmc is just one of many pre-built 3rd party distributions of XBMC available.The three main XBMC variations that the community seems to prefer for the Raspberry Pi; XBian, Raspbmc, and OpenELEC.

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How To: Install XBian on Raspberry Pi (XBMC)


I started playing with the XBMC builds made specifically for the Raspberry Pi recently. The entire installation process is fairly simple. Be aware most of this software is beta so you should expect some issues now and then. Since the software is free you really cant complain.

Don’t want to do it yourself? I’ll build you one.

I’ve previously covered the traditional Windows PC installation of XBMC here. There are three main XBMC variations that the community seems to prefer for the Raspberry Pi; XBian, Raspbmc, and OpenELEC. This time I will be covering a method to install XBian onto the Raspberry Pi for the purposes of creating a simple media center appliance. XBian is just one variation of many pre-built 3rd party distributions of XBMC available and I’ll be covering the other two main branches in later posts.

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How To: WordPress on Ubuntu Server


How To: Install WordPress on Ubuntu server

1. Install minimal Ubuntu server:
This assumes you have already created a basic Ubuntu server in which to install WordPress.

2. Ensure that the server is up to date. You can update the Ubuntu server by connecting through console and typing:

sudo apt-get update

to refresh the packages. You may need to run one or both of the following commands to begin the update/upgrade:

sudo apt-get upgrade


 apt-get dist-upgrade

3. install ssh: This will make it much easier to configure remotely using an application such as Putty or any other such utility.

 sudo apt-get install openssh-server

4. Install LAMP packages (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP)

sudo apt-get install lamp-server^

Choose a password when prompted.
Test to see if the webserver is working by going to the ip address of the server in a browser. You should see “it works!” text

5. Now you are ready to Install WordPress: Continue reading How To: WordPress on Ubuntu Server

How To: XBMC Cinema Experience Add-On


How To: XBMC Cinema Experience Add-On

My last XBMC post mentioned the Cinema Experience add-on. This add-on is a bit of a hassle to get set up for the first time but the result is well worth it if you are into a true “theater” experience at home. For me the biggest pain in the butt was locating all the little video files needed to create the experience.

Several of my friends have started using XBMC as their sole entertainment hub at home after seeing my set up. The first of them I mentioned this add-on to wondered why anyone would want all that pre-movie stuff at home. He was surprised to hear that more than once I had been asked if it was possible and that it was a wanted option.

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XBMC Most Used Add Ons


One of the things XBMC has improved on in the last few versions are the add-ons. If you’ve read my earlier posts on the XBMC media center then you know how handy it can be to manage and deliver your media collection. With the right selection of add-ons you can make XBMC into whatever you would like it to be.

With the recent release of XBMC v12 Frodo much has improved, much has stayed the same, and a few things have been added to make XBMC more versatile. One of these things for me was Airplay support in Windows, previously only working for audio, now supports video. I mention the update because at this time a handful of add-ons aren’t working perfectly and may be the cause for a few minor headaches for some. On with the show…

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WordPress CMS

I’m writing this intending to come back later and add more information.


This website is currently being served by utilizing the WordPress content management system (CMS). That’s like Windows to Android to Apple. Alternative CMS such as Joomla, Drupal, and TikiWiki are similar to WordPress in the website delivery but each has its own unique advantages over the other that may matter to your specific needs. I had no specific needs aside from a single page blogroll and thought the WordPress platform would be quick and easy enough to set up and use.

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How To: WordPress with IIS7


How to install WordPress in conjunction with Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS).

Microsoft Web Platform Installer – Here

Download and run the WPI installer. In the search box look for WordPress. Select and install WordPress. It will also alert you to any dependencies you need to install as well as offer to install them automatically.

Save the password details as they are random generated.

Log into the WordPress site on the local host and configure the basic options.

Once complete open the IIS console and add a new web site. Set the bindings and page redirects if necessary.

How To: pfSense on VMWare ESXi5 host

This one is really easy for me to write out because I found a great how to guide at

Here you go: PfSense 2 on VMware ESXi 5

The how to will walk you through the install and setup of a virtual firewall using pfSense and VMWare ESXi5. This will allow for layer 3  routing and firewall capabilities in a vSphere host. Typically a vSphere host is limited to Layer 2 networking.

pfSense is a free, open source software firewall based on a customized FreeBSD distribution. It has many features that you can check out on their respective websites. pfSense installs with minimal resource needs onto a disk or flash media, in the VM example to follow it takes less than 8GB of space and 512Mb of RAM.

I walked through the steps setting up the VMWare host in a previous post, and how to configure a virtual machine in another post. I will assume you already have a host running and a basic understanding of network addressing. If you can configure your home router you should be capable of getting this up and running in no time at all.