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How To Find Out the Link Speed of Your Interface on Mac OSX 10.6

Alex and I rewired our entire network the other day with cat 6 cable and new gigabit switches. Once we got it all set up we decided to do some testing. One of the tests we ran was transfer speeds from our file server to our laptops. We were trying to determine the network linkspeed when all of a sudden I realized that I had no idea how to do this on my mac. We decided to figure it out, and when we did, we of course wrote a article to help every one else. Below I will outline the simple steps to view your link speed in Mac OSX.

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Create Symbolic Links Windows 7

While testing something earlier I needed to create a symbolic link on my laptop which is running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. I first was going to use cygwin to create the symbolic link with ln however cygwin complained about it which is noted below in more detail. After receiving the error from cygwin I decided to look at the possible Windows commands and located mklink which is described in more detail below and will easily allow you to create symbolic links on a Windows 7 computer.

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Use .htaccess To Redirect One Domain To Another Domain

I have been using a WordPress plugin for awhile called Pretty Link Pro which provides a ton of awesome features including a link shortener such as tinyurl.com. When using the URL shortener you can actually configure Pretty Link Pro to use a different domain which would be a benefit if your URL is long similar to www.question-defense.com. I have been using link.as so instead of providing shortened links such as http://www.question-defense.com/1ce I can provide links such as http://link.as/1ce which you can see is a lot more user friendly when providing links to others. One thing I wanted to ensure was the fact that Google was not crawling content on the http://link.as URL which is possible simply by Google finding the shortened links on places like Twitter. Below I describe a .htaccess modification that will redirect any traffic to one URL to another while including any trailing text.

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Create A New WordPress Admin Page And Add It To The WP Admin Menu

After a recent issue I ran across I decided I needed a way I could view a list of WordPress posts with the most comments so I searched for a simple plugin that would do that. I couldn’t find anything that did specifically what I wanted to though I did find a WordPress plugin called Most Commented that would display a front-end widget with a list of posts with the most comments. After installing it I needed to modify the plugin to display a page in the WordPress admin section located at /wp-admin. Below I will describe how to create a plugin that generates a WordPress admin page and adds a link to the WordPress admin navigation.

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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.