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Create Your Own TinyURL Engine Using Pretty Link WordPress Plugin

Long links on your WordPress blog are great for SEO purposes however when emailing people links or posting links on the web it is nice to post a manageable length URL instead. There is a plugin available for WordPress called Pretty Link that allows you to generate short URL’s with ease. There are two versions of Pretty Link available which include a free version and Pretty Link Pro which is a pay version that cost $97.  Depending on what your needs are with creating short URL’s using your domain the price is more than reasonable for Pretty Link Pro. I currently only use Pretty Link a limited amount so the free version currently serves its purpose for me though I plan to upgrade in the future to Pretty Link Pro. Below I describe some of the features of the Pretty Link WordPress plugin.

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SkypeIn Call Blocking: Block Incoming Calls From Specific Numbers In Skype

It is really easy to block unwanted calls to your SkypeIn number using your Skype client. There are numerous ways to block calls into Skype such as blocking one specific number, blocking all hidden numbers, or even not allowing any calls except for people in your contact list. I use my Skype number for business so the last method is not an option for me since I receive calls from numbers I don’t recognize all the time so I personally use a combination of the first two methods. By default I block all hidden numbers and then when I receive more than one call from an unwanted number I block that specific number. Below I describe how to perform all three methods so you can choose how you want to block calls into your SkypeIn number or if you don’t want to block any calls.

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WordPress Error Reporting Plugin: Modify Error Email Details

On accident today I discovered a really cool plugin for WordPress called the Error Reporting plugin. This plugin is a great tool to log any errors related to WordPress, WordPress plugins, etc. One of the options that the plugin provides is the ability to have each error emailed to you which could be overwhelming depending on what errors you are logging with the plugin. I like to log as much as possible so the problem for me was the fact that the error emails automatically go to the WordPress site administrator email address. My preference would be for this field to be an option that can be configured so I could create a new Gmail address and send all of the errors there. This way you can archive every single error message that has been generated for a long time because of Gmail’s 7GB+ storage capacity. So below I describe how to modify the email address the error logs are sent to along with a couple other items I modified while I was poking around.

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Download And Record LiveStream.com Live Video Feeds Or On Demand

I was asked earlier to view and record a presentation being given on LiveStream.com. I figured this can’t be to hard I will just use a FireFox plugin and pull the video somehow but I couldn’t find an easy way to do it with a FireFox plugin. I finally settled on using some freeware classified as screen video capture software. This software allows you to zoom in on a specified size of the screen and capture sound, video, or both and save to an AVI file. Below are directions on how to set up and record video streams from LiveStream.com for free.

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