How to Map a Domain at GoDaddy to a WordPress at Bluehost


Please note I am not a developer and I don’t plan to update this if the world changes, so take it with a grain of salt and I hope it helps:

I couldn’t find help online for how to make a WordPress blog I installed on Bluehost appear to be running under the domain I have hosted at GoDaddy, so here goes:

  1. Do not forward the domains at GoDaddy. Instead edit it to make the nameservers point to 2 Bluehost nameservers: ns1.bluehost.com and ns2.bluehost.com
  2. Install the WordPress blog under whatever domain you have at Bluehost that makes sense (the domain will not appear to people going to your site so it really doesn’t matter).
  3. Log into your Bluehost dashboard and go to Domains / Assign. Type in the domain you have at GoDaddy, then pick the Bluehost directory blog location from the dropdown. Click the button to Assign that domain to that directory location.
  4. Go into your WordPress admin dashboard to Settings / General.
    Make the Site URL and WordPress URL be the URL you have hosted at GoDaddy.

Is it that easy? Yes.

I got logged out of my WordPress admin account after doing this, and since I didn’t know the password I used the instructions to create an emergency.php file which was such a time saver. As they note, be sure to delete that file after resetting the admin password.

There’s no need to add the line to the theme functions file with the URL, which you might see mentioned in some tech help pages.

At this point your email will stop working

You need to update the MX records on Bluehost so that they no longer have mail.yourdomain.com and instead point to GoDaddy’s mail servers.

Rather than give you specifics, check out GoDaddy’s MX record FAQ and get in touch with them if need be. They guided me through setting this up in my Bluehost control panel which was awesome.

HOW TO AVOID ALL THESE ISSUES?

It is SO much simpler to get your domain wherever you will be hosting your website and mail. Less configuration. Fewer hassles. Enjoy!

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How to Print Gmail Email Messages


Why keep tech support advice to my parents to myself? Here are instructions on how to print email messages from Gmail.

There are two options: Print one message (most economical) or print all the messages that have been traded back and forth in a “conversation.”

These instructions relate to Firefox on a Mac. Not sure if Gmail differs with other browsers.

How to print all messages

print all mail in a Gmail conversationYou can print all of the back and forth messages in one “conversation” using the little “printer” icon.

However ALL of the text that has  been “quoted” in each message will print so that gets very long. It is better to just print the last message which will also have the quoted text from the previous emails.

How to print one message

print one gmail mail messageTo print one message which I recommend,

  1. Click the backwards arrow.
  2. Click Print.
  3. The page to print will open in a new tab. See below for how to get back to the message after you print.
  4. If it doesn’t print the wrong printer may be selected. Try again and click the name of the printer to pick the correct one, if it was not already selected.

How to get back to Gmail after printing

get back to a gmail message after printingGmail opens the message to print in a new tab.

After printing:

  1. Click the x on the tab to close the “printable” message.
  2. You will see the tab with the email subject. Click that tab to get back to the message.
  3. Click Inbox at the left if you want to see all the messages

Google Spreadsheet or Google Doc ? The Ongoing Conundrum


I’m writing out loud here as it seems every time I set up a Google Doc (MS Word equivalent, but online) I wish I’d set up a spreadsheet instead and vice versa.

Memo to self: When does A DOC VS. SPREADSHEET make sense?

When Docs are good:

  • Hyperlink intensive tables. Why? In spreadsheets linking text  requires a sort of coding format: =hyperlink(“www.google.com”;”search the web”) Whereas in a Google doc it’s a menu-driven option to link text (ala Word).
  • Tables within a largely text document
  • When you want a document to be a quick reference for someone who is more familiar with Word than Excel (for which adding links as mentioned above would require them to ping you for tech support)

When Spreadsheets are good:

  • Easy column resorting is desirable.
  • You’re calculating totals.
  • You want to drag and drop rows to rearrange data.
  • The data entails serious crunching and organizing.
  • You’re not hyperlinking much of the text.

My latest experiment is going to be using a spreadsheet to flowchart processes –> which I anticipate will result in a blog post called “Using Visio / Omnigraffle versus Powerpoint / Keynote for flow charting.” (But wait, there’s more…having just discovered some Google apps that might be the ticket.)

UNDOING YOUR MISTAKES

When you accidentally set up a Google spreadsheet and want to get the info into a Google Doc:

I found copy and paste didn’t work…no matter how many times I tried.

  1. File > Download As the Google spreadsheet to Excel
  2. Copy the cells from Excel
  3. Paste into the Google Doc
  4. Enjoy reformatting over coffee

When you accidentally do the reverse the same process only different is a good approach: Download the Google Doc to Word, then copy and table and paste it into the Google Spreadsheet.

Tellme Instead of POPCORN


“At the tone the time will be…”

Only today did I learn that POP-CORN had been discontinued. OK maybe I don’t use it that often anymore.

I’m happy to see in Wikipedia that it’s still possible to find out the time by telephone: “The time as provided by TellMe voice portal is available by dialing toll-free 1-800-555-TELL (1-800-555-8355, say time when prompted).”

Still I’d love to find a recording of the old operator voice for posterity, if you know of one!

Cool Feeling: Rolling Dice on a Mobile Phone


Tonight I experienced “haptics” on a cell phone, thanks to Immersion’s VibeTonz technology which draws on the sense of touch. Immersion has been known for its haptics in PC and video console gaming applications and peripherals.

Imagine holding a cell phone with 2 3-D dice shown on the screen. You shake the phone and not only do you hear the dice knocking together, you feel them knocking around. That’s haptics. It was amazing.

The phones need to be VibeTonz-capable. I’m not sure how available they are in the US but if you’re a serious early adopter, consider moving to Korea or various other countries to enjoy this technology. Their visual toolkit to create the tactile and sound effects looked amazingly easy to use.

“For a summary of independent research describing many of the advantages that tactile feedback offers the mobile user experience, see Immersion’s whitepaper, Haptics: Improving the Mobile User Experience through Touch (pdf).”

My mind is already reeling with possibilities…your phone feels like a car crash if you’re text messaging while your GPS location is detected to change at >25 mph.

I’m a little “unclear on the concept” of this ad but…

How Technology is Making Folklore Obsolete


As a lifelong fan of folklore, having studied under the legendary Alan Dundes, I’m always interested in seeing changes over time and especially traditions becoming obsolete.

There are many definitions of folklore but I like this one by Jan Brunvand:

“Folklore is the traditional, unofficial, non-institutional part of culture. It encompasses all knowledge, understandings, values, attitudes, assumptions, feelings, and beliefs transmitted in traditional forms by word of mouth or by customary examples.”

I’m going to update this blog post with a running list as I hear them:

1) The Family Whistle

Last week I asked a friend if she has a family whistle, after she couldn’t find her son in a large store.

“Ya, it’s called a cell phone.” she replied.

The family whistle is an aspect of folklore that is oddly under discussed on the Internet. It definitely falls under the definition of folklore, having variations among different people, places and time. If you think I’m whistling Dixie, we also discussed it in Dr. Dundes’ class and in fact I had the honor of him dissing our whistle for being so basic. But hey, in folklore and finding your parents in a big store as a kid, whatever works.

2) Bad Photos

Yesterday I heard there are cameras with “Smile Capture and Blink Detection,” such as this Pentax. So long “Say cheese!” Not to mention re-taking photos, a somewhat time honored pain.

I’m sure there are tons more examples but these spoke to me in particular. Do any stick out in your mind?