Category Archives: Technical Communication

Technical writing and speaking.

Embed Gist Code Snippet on WP.com

One surprisingly difficult thing when writing articles on the web – posting source code samples. There are too many cases where the formatting, whitespace, and special characters are broken or missing when posted in a web article. I’m always looking … Continue reading

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WP.com Markdown Broken in New Editor

Blogs hosted on WordPress.com benefit from some amazing support by the Automatticians keeping things running well behind the scenes. Many of us writers love to use these web publishing tools every day to communicate with our readers. Unfortunately some of … Continue reading

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Math Formulas in WordPress (LaTeX)

If you’re writing a technical post on WordPress.com, you can add well-formatted math formulas using the built-in LaTeX support. See the following articles for details: WordPress.com Support – LaTeX Wikibooks – LaTeX / Mathematics How can I change the font … Continue reading

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Convert Disk TB to File TB

You may have noticed that when you buy a hard disk or other storage media, the reported size is always greater than the size presented for file storage in your computer once the disk is connected and formatted for use. … Continue reading

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Notepad++ Line Sort Feature

If you use Windows and you need a powerful programmers editor, you should take a look at the popular Notepad++ (NPP) program. One of my favorite features was the built-in line sorting that went missing in recent releases due to … Continue reading

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EMV Cards in the US Revisited

I previously posted December 2013 about EMV Chip Cards in the USA. Today I want to provide an update for April 2015. Now that many US banks are issuing chip cards, it is now time for US merchants to begin … Continue reading

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Excel Shortcuts

Here are some random Excel keyboard shortcuts I was looking for recently: SHIFT + SPACE (select current row) CTRL + SPACE (select current column) CTRL + “-” (delete selected rows or columns)

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Lookup MAC Address Manufacturer Codes

Network administrators and security professionals may need to look-up the manufacturer of an Ethernet MAC address seen in equipment logs and active traffic listings. The burned-in MAC address of each system is unique and registered with the IEEE. These registrations … Continue reading

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Lookup ACH Routing Numbers

UPDATE May 2015, the old links were no longer active. The new FRB Services site is at http://www.frbservices.org and the associated links below have been updated. Thanks for reading! Electronic File Transfers (EFT) in the USA require ACH (Automated Clearing … Continue reading

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Microsoft End of Support for Server and SQL Versions

One of the most important responsibilities for IT support teams is to keep track of the vendor support “lifecycle” for production hardware and software. All critical business systems must be maintained with “supported” hardware and software. Each vendor is responsible … Continue reading

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