Category: How To

How to Upgrade AutoIndex to PHP 8

Back in April 2018 I posted a fix so AutoIndex users could use this fantastic web folder directory listing utility with PHP 7. That fix does not work with PHP 8.  Updating the AutoIndex code to work with PHP 8 was taking more time than I had to do a good job. In my opinion it is much harder to update and fix someone else’s code than it is to work on your own source files.

So you can imagine my excitement when I got a blog comment from Thierry informing me about an updated version of AutoIndex that works with PHP 8.0, 8.1, and 8.2. I immediately downloaded the new code and installed in on my projects using the older version of AutoIndex. Read more

Gmail Setup in Mozilla Thunderbird

Like so many other people, I use Google Mail (Gmail) everyday on my cell phone, tablet, and computers. In addition, the college where I teach uses Gmail for  student email accounts. I like to have Gmail setup in Mozilla Thunderbird on my computers (Windows 10 and CentOS8) so I have quick access to answer student emails and other electronic correspondence.  Read more

How to get your USB Headphone Microphone to Work in Windows 10

I teach a lot of Zoom classes. I also like to hear myself in my headphones while I am lecturing. In the past year I purchased two different brand headphones with microphones that cost ~$25 to $35 from Amazon to use in Windows 10. Neither would work right. I could not hear myself speaking but I could hear my students fine. I read support forums online and even sent a support request to a manufacturer, all came up empty. Finally I decided to just start digging in Windows 10 and find the missing checkbox. Read more

How to Switch Thunderbird Message Format from HTML to Plain Text

I have been using Thunderbird for years on my Windows and Linux computers. It is a fantastic email client. As of today I am using version 57.0.2.

One thing that has puzzled me for a long time about Thunderbird is why  there was not an easy way to switch from HTML to plain text when writing a message. It does not happen often for me, but sometimes I just want to write a simple plain text message. There is no prompt in the Thunderbird menu system to do this. Right-clicking in the message area does not provide a way. I cannot find an icon for this in a toolbar. This has been frustrating to say the least.  Read more

How to Perk Up Your Sluggish Nexus 7 Tablet – Wipe the Cache Partition

My Nexus 7 tablet is about three years old. Like a good Google disciple, I’ve been diligently updating my Nexus 7 whenever a new system update came along. My little tablet worked fine running Android 4.4 (KitKat). Then around the end of 2014 Google pushed out Android 5 (Lollipop). I was really excited at first. However, after a very short time I realized things had changed drastically on my Nexus 7. I had to reboot almost everyday just to get it to do anything. My tablet was very sluggish…almost unuseable. I hate the new email client too. So the result is, I have not been using my Nexus 7, which has me shopping for a new Samsung table (that’s another story). Read more