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Solution to query_posts(‘orderby=rand’) not working in WordPress

I had been wondering for a few months by now; why was it that I was able to display random posts in my downloads widget on my local server but not on the live site?

I was using <?php query_posts('orderby=rand'); ?> to do the job. The downloads widget on my website was supposed to display one random post from the download section and did so fine on the local server. But on my live site, instead of displaying a random post, it’d simply default to displaying the most recent post.

I did all I could and tried everything people suggested until I finally discovered, quite by accident, that it was the WP Sticky plugin that was causing the problem . I disabled the plugin and &rand began to work just fine on my live site! I was able to display random download posts just as I wanted to.

So, if you’ve tried everything possible under the sun to randomize your posts using <?php query_posts('orderby=rand'); ?>, and you use WP Sticky, then try disabling the plugin and check whether it makes your randomize post issue disappear.

Let me know if this this help you out too.

Solution to the Camtasia Studio flickering cursor issue

To prevent the cursor from flickering during recording, open Camtasia Recorder, go to Tools > Options and deselect the ‘Capture layered windows’ checkbox.

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Fixing the cicerouiwndframe shutdown issue

If you’re getting the message, “Cicerouiwndframe not responding” when shutting down you’re machine do this.

  1. Go to Control Panel.
  2. Click Add/ Remove programs
  3. Choose Microsoft Office 2003 (that’s what I have so I know it works for 2003 but might work for other version as well. Not sure though. )
  4. Click ‘Change’
  5. Click the ‘Add or Remove Features’ radio button and then the ‘Next’ button from the setup dialog box. The other applications above it were selected by default in my case, I guess you can select them as well. Then click the ‘Next’ button.
  6. Select the checkbox, ‘Choose advanced customization of options’.
  7. Expand ‘Office Shared Features’ by clicking the ‘+’ button.
  8. Expand ‘Alternative User Input’ by clicking the ‘+’ button.
  9. Click on the (disclosure) triangle for ‘Speech’ and then click ‘Not Available’ . Do the same thing for ‘Handwriting’
  10. Now click the ‘Update’ button below.
  11. You’re done.

Move from Bluehost email to Gmail (Google Apps)

You can use Gmail (Google Apps) for your domain email. These are the steps to follow if your domain host is Bluehost.

Tranfering your domain mail to Gmail using Bluehost cPanel.

  1. Register with Google Apps and follow the steps.
  2. When it asks you to make the MX change, log into blue host and choose ‘MX Entry’ under ‘Files’ section in Cpanel.
  3. Under the heading ‘Change MX Entry’, Change MX entry change priority to ’10’ and MX Entry to ‘ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM.’ (Yes. Along with the dot preceding ‘.COM’ and click the ‘Change’ button.
  4. You are done with all you had to do from Bluehost’s end.
  5. Click the ‘I have completed these steps’ and let gmail check the MX records for your email which will take upto 48 hours to complete. In the mean while, you could verify domain ownership.

Hope the above helps. It’s far from detailed but none the less better than nothing. If you have any issues, shoot a comment and I’ll be glad to help out. Best of luck.

How to play a .bin movie file?

Download the free VLC player – It lets you play .bin movie files in addition playing movies that are hard to play on regular media players… such as no sound but only video, or no video while playing movie but only sound. It’s been playing anything that is a movie since I’ve installed it. I came to know of it through word of mouth and am glad to pass it on.

Check out it’s impressive list of codec support and other features.

How to do a printscreen (prt scr) on an HP laptop

This is exactly what I was wondering today while working on a new HP laptop today. How do you do a print screen? Because every time I click the ‘prt scr’ button (it’s shared with an ‘insert’ command), the ‘insert’ action is done.

So I eventually figured it out. Hit the ‘fn’ (function)button located next to the ‘ctrl’ (control) button on your keyboard along with the ‘prt scr’ button to take a screen shot successfully.

How to recover deleted mails in Outlook in 3 simple steps

I got this by email. I haven’t tried it but I would believe it works.

  1. Click on the the ‘Start’ menu and then click ‘Run’. Run the command regedit.exe from there.
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Exchange\Client\Options and add a new string ‘DumpsterAlwaysOn’ of type REG_DWORD with the value 1 in Hex
  3. Close the registry editor, restart Outlook and click on ‘Tools’ and then ‘Recover Deleted Items’.

Could not find the file Flash.ocx – Simple solution

Have you received this message, “Could not find the file flash.ocx” recently?

Fixing this rather irritating issue is actually very simple. Follow the three steps listed below and you’re done!

  1. Go to C:\WINDOWS\system32\Macromed\Flash
  2. You’ll find a named ‘flash9.ocx’ file over there.
  3. Copy and paste this file into the same folder you are in. You’ll now have two files in this folder- ‘flash9.ocx’ and ‘flash.ocx’

That’s it. You’re done. The problem should be gone now. In case you’re still facing issues or didn’t understand the instructions given above, let me know. Drop a comment and I’ll help you out.

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Solution to Firefox Download Manager issue

A few days back, Windows crashed while I was downloading a few files with Firefox and later on when I restarted my laptop, I was unable to download anything using Firefox. And that’s quite a pain because I love the bowser so much, especially with it’s host of useful extensions that aid with web development. So I looked around a bit and and managed to find the answer at Mozillazine which says:

If files downloaded don’t appear in the Download Manager, close Firefox, delete downloads.rdf in your profile folder, and try again.

It worked for me. Hope it works for you too if you ever require it.