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Outline Every Cell In Every Row Of A Table Using Textile Formatting

Textile formatting is used in numerous wiki applications and other places where easy formatting is needed for text input fields without using a WYSIWYG interface. Currently I am using textile a bunch because I spend at least some time every day adding tickets, updating tickets, and adding/modifying wiki pages in Redmine. In Redmine you have the option of using Textile formatting or no formatting by default. If anyone is on the fence regarding Textile formatting I suggest you give it a chance as it grows on you after a short amount of time.

There are a couple different ways to outline each cell within a table created using textile. Below I will explain two options available to put a border around each cell. First lets explain how to create a basic table of cell provider email addresses using Textile.

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Automatically Follow People On Twitter

Automatically following people on Twitter when they start following you is easy. All you need to do is sign up for an account at Tweet Later. Setting up and account at Tweet Later will provide you with a dashboard where you can configure multiple Twitter accounts. Once configured you will be able to set up various automation tasks including following those that have followed you, sending private messages to people, or stop following people who stop following you.

Once you have a verified Tweet Later account login to the tweetlater.com website. Once logged in select the Accounts menu item which will open a sub navigation menu. Select “Add Account” to add the Twitter account where you want to set up automation tasks. During the setup process you will be able to configure multiple options including Auto Welcome, Auto Follow, Vet Followers, and Auto Unfollow. Below is a brief description of each of these four options.

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Use WordPress to Block Comments From a Certain Domain

It is easy to use your default WordPress admin interface to block comments from a certain domain. You can either have these comments require moderation or you can have the comments immediately marked as spam. My suggestion would be to initially have the comments require moderation just to make sure you are not also catching legit comments.

To block comments based on a certain domain follow the steps below.

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Redmine: Textile Style Formatting Not Working, Textile Inline Styles Not Working

The Redmine developers turned off Textile inline styles because of a security risk with XSS attacks. I explain below how to turn the inline styles back on if your Redmine server is protected from unauthorized access. I would suggest keeping textile styles off if your Redmine server has public access. The main point of this article is to point out that the styling such as background colors, css, table borders, cell borders, etc. is turned off by default.

If you do decide to turn inline styles back on using the information below then here is a note from the Textile Reference Manual (link):

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Toll Free Number Comparison, Includes 800, 877, 866 Numbers

Recently I did some research on purchasing a toll free number for a project I was working on. I figured it might be useful to others to provide a short list of the options I came across and some of the details. One thing that was important during this search was the fact that the toll free number had to allow multiple connections. I describe in this article the need for this if you are curious for my reasoning.

Below is a list of some of the companies I researched and information regarding a package they offer. Information listed will include website/sales contact, the monthly cost, minutes included in the plan, the per minute charge after the initial minutes are used, and the number of connections if I was able to get that information easily.