Tips for laptop users

Find out how to properly “manage” your laptop, what to do if… (something bad happens) and how to maintain it working well and avoid “surprises”…

Although this site talks generally about laptops running Windows, many articles apply to any personal computer running any major operating system – Windows, MacOS or Linux. LaptopTips tries to look at all basic topics from a beginner’s prospective. After all, over 90% of all computer users would never leave the “beginner” category. Even most of the “power users” are usually experts in one area, mostly the use of a particular software, but may not be aware of basic hardware setup and troubleshooting.

This site contains a lot of concise practical advice on all basic topics that a modern computer user should be aware of, from initial hardware and software setup with data security in mind, to the “bare minimum” of preventive maintenance that would help your computer to work better and last longer. LaptopTips also deals with the more common computer failures, providing a step by step help on the symptoms, how to diagnose and fix them.

WordPress plugins

With hundreds of millions of downloads, and over 6,000 plugins, WordPress is the premiere website building platform. It has a large and dedicated community of contributors, supporters, plugin authors and fans. It’s quite easy to find a way to contribute. I had a lot of fun making several WordPress plugins:

  • TinyMCE Advanced adds a lot of functionality to the visual editor making it capable of producing more advanced html and adding support for tables, inline css, a lot more options in the link and image dialogues, full screen mode, search and replace and custom context menu among others.
  • Shutter Reloaded is a javascript image viewer (like Lightbox, Thickbox, etc.) that is a lot smaller in size and doesn’t use external libraries. It started as a compatibility fix as I didn’t want to load both Prototype.js and effects.js (over 120KB) on every page. Currently it has many features: resizing large images if the window is too small to display them with option to show the image in full size, preloading of neighbour images for faster display, text or icons for the previous, next, close buttons, customization of all colours and very good browser compatibility.
  • Advanced TinyMCE Configuration provides a convenient way to change the default configuration of TinyMCE in WordPress. It is for somewhat advanced users as adding a wrong settings may break the editor or affect how posts are saved.