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Install ncftp, ncftpget, ncftpput Using Yum On CentOS Linux Server

I was messing around with the CPAN the Perl world wide archive of resources earlier today and it was asking for the default location of ncftpget. By default this is no longer installed on CentOS so you will first need to install the EPEL repository and then install NCFTP using yum. Follow the directions below to install ncftp which includes ncftpput, ncftpget, ncftpbatch, ncftpspooler, and more.

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Upgrade D-Link DCS-950G 802.11 Wireless Network Camera Firmware

I have numerous D-Link DCS-950G network cameras and a D-Link DCS-3220 at my house and needed to upgrade the firmware recently to provide some new features on the DCS-950G’s. The DCS-950G is one of the lower end models provided by D-Link however they work fairly well. They lack many features of something like the DCS-3220 such as pan and zoom however upgrading to the DCS-950G 1.08 firmware actually adds a digital zoom feature. Below i describe some of the benefits of upgrading from DCS-950G 1.07 to 1.08 along with the steps actually taken to complete the upgrade.

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How To Troubleshoot Or Verify WordPress Google Analyticator Plugin Functionality

One of my favorite plugins for WordPress is the Google Analyticator plugin that provides an easy way for you to interface your WordPress site with Google Analytics. There have been a couple times after upgrades that I wanted to verify that Google Analyticator was functioning properly and wasn’t exactly sure of the best method. After a couple emails back and forth with the developer he shared how he suggests to troubleshoot it and verify it is functioning properly. So thanks to Ronald Heft for providing not only the plugin but also for taking the time to share some extra information with me. Follow the directions below to verify the Google Analyticator plugin using the Firefox addon Firebug.

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Modify WordPress Plugin Shashin Default Thumbnail Size

I have been using the Shashin WordPress plugin for awhile now to display my Google Picasa image galleries. This plugin basically generates pages on your site that embed the images from your Picasa image galleries. So far I have been really satisfied with the plugin and tried numerous other Picasa plugins before settling on this one. One thing I needed to change because of the layout of my site was the default size for the album thumbnails which is 160 pixels. Below I describe how to modify this size so you can display more albums in a smaller amount of space.

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Record DirecTV Programs While Not At Home With Your iPhone

If you have ever forgot to record a show on your DVR and missed a game or a show that you really wanted to see you will be happy to know that you can now record programs using your iPhone or any web enabled mobile device to record DirecTV programs. The directions below are specific to DirecTV however they are similar for the mobile web applications as well. The DirecTV iPhone application will allow you to not only browse shows that are upcoming but it will also allow you to record any upcoming shows to any of the DVR’s are your house. Follow the directions below to use your iPhone to record DirecTV satellite tv shows to the DVR’s at your house while you are traveling or simply away from your home.