How to Add a Menu to the Landing Page for the Responsive Theme in WordPress

The no top menu is the default setting for the “landing page” in the WordPress Responsive theme.  I prefer to have a menu on my landing page, as I am using it as the home page for my website.  Thus, I update the responsive theme to add the menu.

There is one problem…Each time the theme is updated, the responsive theme gets changed back to no menu, and I can’t ever remember how I did it.  So, I’m writing it down so I can remember how to do it, and hopefully it will help you too.

Step 1:  Fix it!

You need to open your style.css for the responsive theme.  This will be under:


Then you need to find the following code, and comment it out as shown below:

/* =Templates (Landing Page)
————————————————————– */
/*.page-template-landing-page-php .menu,
.page-template-landing-page-php .top-menu,
.page-template-landing-page-php .main-nav,
.page-template-landing-page-php .footer-menu,
.page-template-landing-page-php .sub-header-menu {
display: none;

That’s it, your landing page should now have a menu.


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How to Move a Squidoo Lens to Hubpages

I’ve already written some about my lenses getting locked and why I’m moving away from Squidoo.  This article is more about how to get away.  It seems that I have less trouble with HubPages for my lenses that have been locked.  Thus, below I’ll describe how to move your lens from Squidoo to HubPages.  I also have an article on how to move your Lens to your own website.

Step 1:  Start a New Hub

From your hubpages account page click on “start a hub” in the upper right.  Then fill in the:

  • Hub Title
  • Hub Topic
  • Hub Format

Click “Continue”

Step 2:  Open your Lens for edit

Go to the Lenses tab in your Lensmaster dashboard.

Hover over the lens that you want to edit until the menu pops up.  Then select “edit”.

Step 3:  Move Your Text

In your hubpages editing page, select insert capsule beside your new hub.

Then select “text” from the menu that appears.

Next hover over the new text block, and select “edit”.

Copy the title of your Lens to the Capsule Subtitle.  Then copy your lens text to the Hubpages text block.

Click “save” for your new text block.

Repeat this procedure for each text section of your Squidoo Lens.

Step 4:  Move your pictures

Click again on “insert capsule” in hubpages, but this time select photo.  Then select “edit” for your new photo block.

From the Squidoo Lens, right click on the image that you want to move to your new hub.  Select “Copy Image Location”.  (This is for firefox.)

Now, on the hubpages photo module select “Import”, and paste the url to the URL block.  Then select “import” at the bottom.

This procedure has now copied the picture from Squidoo to your new hub.

If you want to make the text flow around the image like it did in squidoo, then select “Quarter Width”.

Click save to save your picture.

When back to the hub click the right arrow on the photo block that you added, and the text will now flow around the image.  You can also drag the photo block up and down in your hub.

Now, repeat to copy the rest of your images.

Step 5:  Publish

Your are now almost to the end.   Just scroll to the top of your hub and select publish.  You can also go to Squidoo, and delete your old lens.


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How to Move Your Lens from Squidoo to Your Own Website

Squidoo has been periodically locking some of my favorite Lenses.  At first I tried to edit them to get them up to Squidoo’s new ambiguous rules, but this is very time consuming.  So now whenever a Lens is locked, I’m moving it.  This is a guide on how to move your Lens from Squidoo to your own website.

What you will need

There are a few things you will need to move your lens.

  1. An HTML editor.  I used KompoZer.  It is a free what you see is what you get html (WYSIWYG) editor.  The rest of the tutorial will be based around the editor.
  2. Some web server to move your content to.  You are on your own for this one.

Step 1:  Getting to Your Locked Content

This is pretty easy.  Just go to your squidoo dashboard.  Select Lenses.

Below the Lens you want to get your content from, select edit.

Step 2:  Start Copying Your Content

You already have your lens open for edit in your browser.  Now open Kompozer also.  Select a section of your content, and copy it.

Now paste this section into Kompozer.  The nice thing about this copy and paste is that it still shows the images, however, it doesn’t mean that the images were actually transferred.

Repeat this with each section until you have all of your content for your lens copied over, and save your file in Kompozer.

Step 3:  Get Your Images

The copy and paste you did in Kompozer didn’t actually copy the images to your computer.  Thus, now you need to download the images themselves.

All you have to do is right click on the images and select “Save Image As…” (for firefox).  Do this for all of your images.  Save them to the same directory that you have saved your html file in Kompozer.

Squidoo often adds lots of extra stuff to the file names, so I recommend stripping out the extra numbers and letters.

Step 4:  Touch Up your image locations.

I always liked the arrangement of images in a Squidoo lens.  In this step we will get the text to flow around the images, just like they did in Squidoo.

In Kompozer right click on the image that you want to touch up, and select image properties.

In the image properties, update Image Location to just the name of the file.  (Be sure to use the same name that you saved the file as.)

If the image disappears in the Image Preview like above, then you don’t have the right name, or you haven’t saved your html file in the same place you saved your images.

Next go to the Appearance tab, and select the dropdown under “Align Text to Image”.  Select either “Wrap to the left” or “Wrap to the right”.  Click “OK”.

 Now your text should flow around your images like it did on your Squidoo page.

Step 5:  Final Touches

Depending on how much text you have in each section, often the pictures will overlap somewhat.  To fix this, click just after the last word in each section of text, and then go to “Insert” -> “Break Below Image(s)”.  This will separate the sections by the images.  It adds

<br clear=”all”>

below each image.

Finally, squidoo often adds the “nofollow” tag to links.  You probably don’t want this anymore.  Go to the “View” menu and select “HTML source”.

Next go to the “Edit” -> “Find and Replace” menu.  In the Find area type


Leave the Replace Blank and click “Replace All”.

Now all of your “nofollow” tags are removed.

Step 6:  Upload to server

Now that you have your html file complete, you can save it, and upload it to your server.  Be sure to upload all of your images also.


I was adding this new page to an existing site with a template, so I had to add on my html code, the php header and footer information.  To the top of my code I added:

<?php include ‘header.php’; ?>

To the bottom of my code I added:

<?php include ‘footer.php’; ?>

These two steps allowed my page to pick up the properties of my existing website.

 One Last Thing

Now that you have all of your content, you can delete your Lens from squidoo.  This is done from the Lenses menu in the Squidoo dashboard.  Under the lens, select delete.  Just be sure you have gotten everything you need from your lens, because there is no going back.

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Squid Locked: Why I’m Slowy Moving My Lenses Away from Squidoo

LockSquidoo has implemented a Lens filter that scans through lenses and locks them based on some criteria.  This could be good for Squidoo and Lensmakers, as it would weed out the spammy lenses.  It, however, seems to cast too broad a net, catching lenses of mine that I wrote 5 years ago.

The Real Problem

The real problem isn't the random locking of lenses, however.  My problem with Squidoo is the communication they provide after locking a lens.  The first two locking notices I received were "Low Quality Content Notice"s.  These notices in May were extremely generic, covering all possible reasons why Squidoo could have locked the lenses.  They left me to spend lots of time guessing about why the lens was locked, and potentially correcting problems that never existed.  From the forums, users say that they have had lenses locked for:

  • To short on content
  • Too many keywords
  • Content updated too often.
  • Inbound links from the wrong kind of websites
  • etc

The second locking notice I received in July was slightly more descriptive, saying,

Your lens was just reviewed and it's not quite up to par in terms of the quality we like to see on Squidoo. We love to see unique, creative, personal lenses that share the things that you're passionate about.

Another reason your lens could have gotten locked is for empty modules, thin content or generic titles but this is easy to fix too.

While this description is slightly more descriptive, it is still extremely vague.

More Details

I'll admit that one of the 3 lens that were locked in May was uninspiring.  I simply deleted that one.  One however, was on hard drive data recovery, and I wrote it because it was the method I used to get data back from a hard drive that died when I didn't have any backups.  It seemed the perfect article for Squidoo.  The second was on how to backup a linux computer to a windows computer without losing permissions.  You probably have already guessed that I wrote this one after the one on hard drive recovery.  Both of these lenses were useful guides based on my experiences.  I was proud of them, and occasionally use one of them, so I decided to just move them to hubpages.

One of the lenses that got locked in July really bothered me.  It was another how to lens that also provided a link to the product that it teaches you how to use.  Two days before it got locked, I noticed that it wasn't getting promoted, because Squidoo had suddenly deemed it a "work in progress".  I spent about four hours rewriting content to no avail.  Eventually, I noticed that I had lots of Squidoo tags on this page, and started deleting them.  Bingo!  I was able to publish my lens again, and it was no longer a work in progress.

Squidoo scorecardThen, two days later, Squidoo locked the lens that I spent four hours working on bringing up to their standards.  One interesting thing is that even though it is locked, it still has a 100% on their lens checking tool.  (Talk about some mixed messaging.)  I don't have time to spend guessing at why this lens got locked this time, so I decided to just move the lens it to my own website.

What Squidoo Needs to Do

Squidoo has to get specific about why it locks lenses.  They are using an automated filter that is looking for specific things.  They should say the specific reasons, instead of giving a vague form email.  Was my lens locked because:

  • I had a keyword used too often?
  • One of the modules only had two sentences in it?
  • I had a link to a website that sells the product mentioned?
  • I didn't have an amazon module so you could sell something?

If Squidoo gave specific actionable information, then I could easily correct the problem without wasting lots of time guessing.

I realize, that Squidoo probably doesn't want to reveal their algorithm for locking lenses, as spammers could use that info to evade locking.  However, without providing the information, it doesn't seem worth the time to try to guess at why a lens is locked.  Thus, each time a lens gets locked from now on, I'm moving it away from now on.

Move your Squidoo lens to your own website


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How to print paypal packing slips with a zebra LP 2844 printer

Whenever I tried to print a paypal packing slip from firefox web browser with my zebra LP2844 printer I would always get an extra blank page. Luckily, this is easily remedied.

To fix this problem simply go to the firefox print menu at File->Print…

The click on Properties, and the following dialog will appear.  (Yours may look different, but it should have the same settings.)

On the Options tab set the page size to your label size.  In my case the label is width =  4 and Height = 6.

Then hit okay, and okay again on the print dialog.  Your label should now print on one page.

The only problem with this setup is that each time you print you have to go through the settings, because firefox does not save them by default.  If you want to make these changes permanent for the LP 2844, then do the following…

1.  Type in about:config in a firefox browser window.

2.  Click the I’ll be careful, I promise! button.

3.  In the search dialog type “print_paper” (without the qoutes).  This brings up a list of the default page size info for all of your printers.

4.  For your LP 2844 printer set the following (see highlights above):

  • print_paper_height 6
  • print_paper_width 4
  • print_paper_size_type 0

Be sure to use the height and width of your label.

Also, the print_paper_size_type has to be set to zero, or else the defaults will not be updated.

5.  Exit and restart firefox.

That’s it, you shouldn’t have to mess with the print settings now.  The settings should also now work for multi-order shipping.

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Good info for making a pick and place machine with cnc technology

I have been thinking about making a pick and place machine for awhile. The tack I’ve been thinking about taking is to use EMC2 to control the machine. EMC is software for 3d printing or CNC. I figured I would be able to do 3d printing or pick and place with the same machine by just having 2 heads, one for 3d printing, and one for pick and place.

Here are some links with great info to gather ideas.
Eclipse’s pick and place on CNC zone
EMC2 to control CNC
More EMC to control CNC (reprap)
EMC reprap wiki
Making EMC do the printer dance
EMC Reprap Skeinforge with Mendel

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How to fix a missing second amd/ati video card

I was having major problems with setting up dual monitors on my computer, and after a half a day, I finally figured out the problem. Hopefully this will save you a few hours.

The Setup
Before I get to the problem and solution, I thought I would give some info on my computer’s setup.

  • Motherboard: Biostar a880gz
  • Graphics Card: ATI/AMD Radeon HD 5400
  • Integrated Graphics: ATI/AMD Radeon HD 4250

The Problem
My problem was that my integrated graphics adapter was not showing up in the AMD Vision Control Center or the older ATI Catalyst Control Center (I tried both). (Fixed screenshot with both graphics adapters is shown to right.)

Interestingly, however, it was showing up in the device manager.

The Solution
ATI/AMD has a new feature call Hybrid CrossFire X. It allows you to use your your integrated graphics to boost the performance of the graphics card in your pci express slot. When it is setup, however, you can’t use a second monitor. To turn it off or disable it, you can open your AMD/ATI VISION Engine Control Center.

1. Select “Performance”
2. Select “AMD CrossFireX”
3. Click “Disable AMD CrossFireX”

Your extra gpu and monitor should now show up in the VISION control center. I would assume there are the same settings for the catalyst control center, but I haven’t tried it.

If the integrated graphics for your biostar a880gz doesn’t even show up in the device manager, then you have it disabled in your bios. There is is bios setting that allows you to use your integrated graphics card when there is a card in your pci express slot.

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Posted in Uncategorized Patent Search Service Review


A friend of mine an I recently had an idea that we thought could make tons of money. In order for our business plan to work, however, we were sure we would need patent protection. Our product would have been very similar to a product that other companies already make (except for our twist). We were worried that competitors would be able to knock off our product quickly and easily without patent protection, as they already have manufacturing set up, but we didn’t. In fact, with patent protection, the best way of getting our product to market would probably be to license the idea to people who already make similar products.

My understanding is patents can cost anywhere between $5,000 and $20,000 to file. Thus, my partner and I decided it would be a good idea to have a patent search done first to see what kind of patent protection we could actually get on our idea.

After searching online, and calling a few lawyers we decided to enlist the help of We were not sure of their quality, but they have a good website, and they were cheap (less than $1000).

We made a long, very detailed ip disclosure on our idea, submitted it to them, and in 3 or 4 weeks we got our results. (I say 3 or 4 weeks, because I hadn’t checked the mail, so I don’t know when it got there).

The results were good and bad. Apparently they actually have a professional searcher do the actual search that gives relevant prior art, and then a lawyer writes an opinion. The opinion itself gave a likelihood of giving patent protection. We found this opinion to be a little too vague for us, but they also listed every relevant piece of prior art that they found. This was exactly what we wanted. One of the prior art patents was almost exactly our idea. Thus, the bad news was we probably could not get much patent coverage, but the good news was that we saved about $10,000 by not filing for a patent.


Overall we were extremely pleased with coloradoiplaw’s patent search service. You can get a patent for almost any idea, but if the scope of the patent is too narrow, then it will be worthless. It is not hard to find patent attorneys that will simply move forward with your patent, telling you have a great idea, charging you money, but giving you a worthless patent. Coloradoiplaw, however, did a good search and told us just how broad they thought our patent would be ahead of time. We will definitely use their services again.

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Some useful links for iPhone ios xcode devopment

How to pass data between views with NSUserDefauts
Quick info on how to set up the accelerometer.
Another accelerometer setup with a high pass filter.
How to target older versions of IOS for your iphone program. – I couldn’t get my program to run on my old ipod with ios 4 until I followed these instructions.
Some general guidelines on developing iphone apps for multiple versions of IOS
How to replace weak references for ios 4 – You can’t use weak refernces for older versions of ios, so here is how to replace them.
How to enable rotation on an IOS app.
How to move a button around when rotating screen
How to add a new view in xcode 4 (with pictures)
How to add a new view in xcode 4 (without pictures)
I hope these links help you in your app development. They have certainly helped me.

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