Monthly Archives: October 2015

How to Make a Windows 10 USB Stick

This article is about how to use USB stick to install Windows 10 onto a PC.

I'll keep it simple, so go here:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

...and click on the download link for either a 32bit or 64 bit system depending on which applies to the PC you want to use to make the USB drive, not he PC you want to install Windows 10 on.

Once downloaded, make sure you have a blank USB stick inserted in your PC and run the .exe file to install the Windows 10 software onto the USB stick.

Then go into the bios settings of the PC you want to install Windows 10 on and change the boot order so it boots from USB first, insert the USB stick and restart the PC, done!

If the link above is no longer available, contact me, I made a copy in my tools folder.

 

How To Take a Screenshot in Windows

I just upgraded to windows 10 and thought maybe I wouldn't have to download a screenshot application like I've always done to-date, so I Googled how to take a screenshot in Windows 10. Supprisingly, I learned that Windows has had a screenshot keyboard shortcut even before Windows 10. I tried this on Windows 8 and it worked too!

How to take a screenshot in Windows

All you have to do is hold down the windows key(on the lower right side of your keyboard between the fn and alt keys. It's the key with the window symbol on it.) and simultaneously press the "prt sc" key(found in the upper right portion of your keyboard, normally not far from the f12 key).

Fix Asus Touchpad After Windows 10 Upgrade

Today I spend a few hours trying to figure out how to fix the touchpad on my Asus laptop after installing the new Windows 10. It was not easy to find this fix, so I am posting it here. All you have to do is download the Windows 10 version of Smart Gesture and you will be able to control your touchpad once again after installing it.

Problems this fixes include:

  • Not being able to turn of tap to click
  • scrolling problems
  • no controls for your touchpad after windows 10 upgrade
  • Control panel link to smart gesture not working
  • many other possible touchpad issues after installing Windows 10

The download:

dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/Commercial_NB/Apps_for_Win10/SmartGesture/SmartGesture_WIN10_64_VER405.zip

Summary:

If you're having any problems with your touchpad or with touchpad settings in particular, try downloading and installing the software from the above link. It has worked for many!

 

 

 

 

Making a Mobile App from a WordPress Site

To be competitive in the online market, we all know you need to have a regular website as well as a mobile  website or at least a regular website that is mobile-friendly. Well, these days, that's not enough any longer. You also need to have an app!

The App Era

Why do I need an app when I already have a mobile friendly website?

If you are wondering why you should also have an app, here are some of the more important reasons why you should have an app that features your website in addition to the site itself:

  • We now live in the "era of the apps" or the "app era" as I call it. There are millions of people that use apps everyday but rarely go to their browser to look something up, so by having an app, you expand your viewing audience greatly to a fresh market segment that you would otherwise have no exposure to.
  • Promotion of your website online and in an app store - By making an app out of your already existing mobile website, you can offer it for free in the Google Play Store, Apple/ITunes' App Store and various download locations online.
  • Convenient - since you already have the website made, it's easy to wrap it a native mobile app wrapper with a little know how or you can hire someone to do it for a lot less then the cost of creating a complete app from scratch.

How to Take a Sceeenshot on Mac

Lately I've been converting myself from a Windows person to a Mac person. In doing so, I'll be posting some of the more informative things I've learned here on my blog in the Mac category of posts. Today, I was about to download an app for taking screenshots, when I discovered that it wasn't necessary to download an app for screenshots because it is a built-in feature of OS-X apparently! On windows machines I used to use DuckLink's DuckCapture to capture areas of my screen, now on Mac, all I have to do is use the keyboard shortcut explained below.

Capturing a portion of your screen on Mac

What I find to be the most useful built-in feature on my Mac is the keyboard shortcut for capturing a user-defined area of the screen. This can be done by pressing Shift + Command + 4. When you simultaneously press those three keys, your cursor will change into a cross-hair which you can drag a rectangle around the area of the screen you want to take a picture of. It then automatically saves a .PNG image file to your desktop where you should be able to find it easily. The PNG image will be named "Screen Shot" followed by a string with the current date and time. I usually quickly rename the screenshot so I can easily identify it later. It seems as if you can rename a file on Mac in the same manner you do so on Windows machines, by clicking twice(not too fast) on the name below the image icon on your desktop and renaming it there. Or you can do the same thing in finder.

Keyboard shortcut to take a picture of part of all of your screen on a Mac:

Press Shift + Command + 4

Capturing your entire screen on a Mac

If you just want a fast screen grab of your entire screen, simply use the following keyboard shortcut and it will grab the entire screen in a PNG file and store it on your desktop in a similar manner as it would with the partial screenshot explained above.

Keyboard shortcut to take a picture of the entire screen on a Mac:

Press Shift + Command + 3

How to Create an iPhone App

This is a starting point for anyone wanting to know how to start developing iPhone apps. There is really only one way to correctly develop apps for iPhones and that is the method we will explain here. Unfortunately, iPhone and Android Apps must be created somewhat differently, although there are some things you can do to minimalize development if you have to create an app for both. However, in this guide, we will only discuss the iPhone app since it is clearly a different beast from Android apps.

As you can imagine, iPhones, Macs and anything Apple are very proprietary in nature, so the number one requirement for developing applications for iPhones is that you must have access to a Mac computer!

Simple Website Wrapper for iPhone Apps using Xcode

In this tutorial, I'll describe how to make a simple website wrapper that will allow you to make an iPhone app out of a website or web based app.

Prerequisites

The main thing you need to have before doing this exersize is a mobile friendly web site or web-based application. See one of my many tutorials on this site regarding responsive web design techniques to get started.

Also basic knowledge of IOS, iPhone and xcode development is needed. If these concepts are new to you, check out:

http://codewithchris.com/how-to-make-iphone-apps-with-no-programming-experience/

You'll find a very intuitive assortment of beginner tutorials on developing with xcode 7 at the above link. The site, coding with Chris, basically is dedicated to teaching xcode to new users and learning experts.

At the time I wrote this tutorial, near the end of 2015, the current version of Xcode was Xcode 7. You can download the latest version of Xcode for Mac at

https://developer.apple.com/xcode/download/

...or go the app store and search for xcode and you'll find it easy enough.

...and unfortunately, you do have to have a Mac to use Xcode, so if you only have a windows machine, you'll have to get a Mac to successfully develop any sort of iPhone apps.

Embedding a Website into an iPhone App with Xcode

After doing extensive research, I have determined that the best method of converting your web-based app or website into an iPhone app that can be offered in the app store is to use Xcode's webView class to wrap the website in a wrapper that makes it act like a native iPhone app. Without wasting any time, here is how I did it:

  1. Open Xcode, start a new "Single View" project and name it whatever you want your app to be named.
  2. Choose your programming language during the project creation procedure in Xcode. You could use objective-C or Swift. For this tutorial, we are using Swift, so select "Swift" as the coding language during the project creation process in Xcode.
  3. In the left navigation panel of xcode you can see the files in your project, click on the "ViewController.swift" filename and it will open it in the editor pane to the right. Make the contents of the file look like this:

import UIKit

class ViewController: UIViewController, UIWebViewDelegate  {

@IBOutlet var webView: UIWebView!

override func viewDidLoad() {
super.viewDidLoad()
let url = NSURL(string: "http://jafty.com")
let request = NSURLRequest(URL: url!)
webView.loadRequest(request)
}

override func didReceiveMemoryWarning() {
super.didReceiveMemoryWarning()
// Dispose of any resources that can be recreated.
}
}

  1. Now this is the important part that most beginners miss! You have to connect the part of the code that reads "@IBOutlet var webView: UIWebView!", with the view it is in. This is important! Without doing this, it will not work. you have to open both the ViewController.swift file and the view's layout at the same time in two editors and click on the line no. in front of the line that reads "@IBoutlet...." and drag a line to the webview controller in the view's layout dialog window.