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How to Add a New Sidebox to Zen Cart

A Zen Cart sidebox is what displays various items in the side columns of your Zen Cart store. By default numerous sideboxes will show in either the left or right column of a Zen Cart online store for instance the categories sidebox, the search sidebox, and the information sidebox. Adding a new sidebox to Zen Cart can be completed in a few quick steps. You will need access to the server to add and modify files.

Add a Zen Cart Sidebox:

  1. Create Sidebox Template:Add a new file to the server in the following directory: zen-cart-root/includes/templates/template-name/sideboxes/. You should name the file something relating to the contents of the sidebox. In this example we will be adding a welcome message sidebox so we might name the file tpl_welcome.php. The contents of the file will include what you want to display in the box and will be in a $content variable. Below is an example of the contents of the file if you wanted it to just display a message like “Welcome to my store”.
    php

    1. < ?php
    2. /**
    3. * Side Box Template
    4. *
    5. */
    6. $content = 'Welcome to my store.';
    7. ?>
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Upgrade Gmail and Google Maps On Your BlackBerry Mobile Device

Upgrading Google applications on your Blackberry device is really easy. The main reason for this post is to provide the URL’s needed to upgrade these applications. The upgrade process is quick and should not cause any issues.

Upgrade Mobile Gmail:
In a browser on your mobile phone visit http://m.google.com/mail which will begin the process. Click on the “Install Now” link which will verify your current version and let you know what version is going to be installed. Click OK and the download process begins. The download also installs the application. Once it is upgraded login to activate the application.

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How to Remove HEUR:trojan.win32.generic Which Kaspersky Is Unable To Do

The HEUR:trojan.win32.generic is a nasty virus that is typically accompanied by a root-kit that can cause you  to loose everything on your hard drive. Kaspersky is not capable of removing this virus so instead you need to download and run Avast to get the job done. Follow the directions below to remove this trojan virus and any others that accompany it.

  1. Download and Install Avast: Visit the Avast web site http://www.avast.com and download the Professional addition that will give you a 60 day trial. Once downloaded run through the installer.
  2. Disable System Restore: Right click “My Computer” and select properties from the drop down menu. Click on the “System Restore” tab and check the “Turn Off System Restore”. Click the Apply button at the bottom of the configuration window followed by the OK button.
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How to SpeedTest LAN Traffic on Windows and Linux Clients and Servers

Testing your Local Area Network (LAN) speeds on a regular basis is a good idea to make sure you don’t have any major issues that have crept into the network. I would recommend a couple different free tools to use to accurately test every machine on your network. Below will be a brief explanation of each of the solutions followed with instructions and possible issues you might run into.

Windows clients and servers can be tested using Totusoft’s LAN Speed Test which could also be used to test Window’s clients that have network shares to Linux servers. The application is extremelly simple but will provide a nice basic overview of the speeds your LAN is capable of. The application writes a file to any network share, clears the file cache, and then reads the file back to make sure its not reading the file from cache instead of writing it over the network.

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