The Non-Millennial’s Guide to Snapchat

This guide for anyone who just “doesn’t get” Snapchat (aka non-millennials).

I’ll teach you what “the kids” are doing all day on Snapchat, and show you the best ways that you can try the app out yourself.

Stay tuned for a full guide (written, not recorded) coming soon to this blog.

How to cancel your iTunes Match subscription

I’ve been keeping all my music in iTunes Match, Apple’s $24.99/year subscription service that syncs your entire music library across all your Apple devices. But I just got the Amazon Echo, so it’s time to give all my music to Alexa instead!

The off switch for the iTunes Match subscription is tucked away in settings, so I made this video to help anyone who wants to cancel their subscription, too.

My best of 2015: A year in review

Dann New Years Fireworks

Sitting here on New Year’s Eve day, I can’t help but feel reflective (as you can see from the gif). I like to take this time to go over my previous year-end posts (2012, 2013) and craft a new mega-post for this year. These types of posts are mostly for my own use, but I always like to post them publicly just in case any of this information can help you in any way. Oh, the book links are affiliate links. Just a heads up.

This has been a big and eventful year, so let’s just dive right in.

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Using a Debian ISO instead of a CD-ROM in your sources.list

I recently purchased a home server (Lenovo ThinkServer TS140 with Intel Xeon E3-1225). My goal with this purchase is to learn a little bit more about Linux, play around with Xen a bit, and eventually create a home-base for all my media and files.

I’ve been documenting every single step of the process in my personal wiki, but I want to take select pieces from that and turn them into mini tutorials. This is one of those pieces.

The sources.list file

Linux is designed to be installed from a CD-ROM, which feels so old-school to me. I haven’t owned a CD or DVD player or burner in years — none of my laptops have them, I have no gaming systems, and I stream all my media to an Amazon Fire TV running Kodi. So installing Linux from a CD just felt wrong.

I chose to work with Debian, specifically because that’s one of the Linux flavors we use at work. I downloaded the ISO (or CD image file) from the official website, “burned” it onto a USB stick, and installed.

However, when I tried to use the apt-get command to install some software, specifically lvm2, I got this error:

Media change: please insert the disc labeled
 'Debian GNU/Linux 8.2.0 _Jessie_ - Official i386 CD Binary-1 20150906-10:02'
 in the drive '/media/cdrom/' and press enter

Even though I installed Debian from a USB stick, it was still looking for a CD in the CD drive. I needed some way to tell the system to look somewhere else. Continue reading

How to install a new WordPress theme

Can’t upload the new Wordpress theme you just downloaded or purchased? You may be running the wrong type of WordPress. In this post, I’ll explain the different ways to run a WordPress blog and then show you exactly how to upload a custom WordPress theme.

Three flavors of WordPress

There are three different flavors of WordPress: WordPress.com, WordPress.com Premium, and WordPress.org. Here are the differences that are relevant to us:

WordPress.com WordPress.com Premium WordPress.org
3rd Party Themes x
Free x x*
Hosted x x
Custom Domain x x

* requires a self-hosting plan, more on that later

Note that neither WordPress.com nor WordPress.com Premium allow users to upload their own themes. If you’re in your blog’s Dashboard and don’t see an upload link under Appearance, then you’re probably using WordPress.com’s free or Premium hosted option. You’re going to need to host the blog yourself if you want to use a custom theme.

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