How to Install Geekbench 3 on Linux Mint 17

Geekbench 3 is Primate Labs’ cross-platform processor benchmark, with a new scoring system that separates single-core and multi-core performance, and new workloads that simulate real-world scenarios. Geekbench 3 makes it easier than ever to find out if your computer is up to speed. To install Geekbench 3 on Linux Mint 17 follow the instructions below:

  1. Click here to download Geekbench 3
  2. Open Terminal app on your machine
  3. Type the following commands and pressing enter after each line

cd /home/yourusername/Downloads

tar -zxvf Geekbench-3.3.0-Linux.tar.gz

cd dist/Geekbench-3-3.0-Linux/


Geekbench will now run in trial mode. At the end it will provide a web link that show your results.

If you purchase a license key for Geekbench you may enter it by typing the following command instead of ./geekbench

./geekbench <email address> <license key>

How to Read/Write HFS+ (Mac OS X Journaled) on Linux

If you’re a heavy Mac user, chances are you have lots of Mac OS X Journaled external hard drives. Use the following instructions to enable read/write ability on Linux Mint, Ubuntu and Lubuntu.

  1. Open a Terminal
  2. Type the following command:

sudo apt-get install hfsprogs

You should now be able to read and write Mac formatted drives on Linux.

Use Google Public DNS to Unblock Websites Blocked by OpenDNS

Use the following instructions to improve your browser speed and circumvent blocks by OpenDNS. Enjoy!

Microsoft Windows

DNS settings are specified in the TCP/IP Properties window for the selected network connection.

Example: Changing DNS server settings on Microsoft Windows 7

  1. Go the Control Panel.
  2. Click Network and Internet, then Network and Sharing Center, and click Change adapter settings.
  3. Select the connection for which you want to configure Google Public DNS. For example:
    • To change the settings for an Ethernet connection, right-click Local Area Connection, and click Properties.
    • To change the settings for a wireless connection, right-click Wireless Network Connection, and click Properties.

    If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  4. Select the Networking tab. Under This connection uses the following items, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) orInternet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) and then click Properties.
  5. Click Advanced and select the DNS tab. If there are any DNS server IP addresses listed there, write them down for future reference, and remove them from this window.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Select Use the following DNS server addresses. If there are any IP addresses listed in the Preferred DNS server or Alternate DNS server, write them down for future reference.
  8. Replace those addresses with the IP addresses of the Google DNS servers:
    • For IPv4: and/or
    • For IPv6: 2001:4860:4860::8888 and/or 2001:4860:4860::8844
  9. Restart the connection you selected in step 3.
  10. Test that your setup is working correctly; see Testing your new settings below.
  11. Repeat the procedure for additional network connections you want to change.

Mac OS X

DNS settings are specified in the Network window.

Example: Changing DNS server settings on Mac OS 10.5

  1. From the Apple menu, click System Preferences, then click Network.
  2. If the lock icon in the lower left-hand corner of the window is locked, click the icon to make changes, and when prompted to authenticate, enter your password.
  3. Select the connection for which you want to configure Google Public DNS. For example:
    • To change the settings for an Ethernet connection, select Built-In Ethernet, and click Advanced.
    • To change the settings for a wireless connection, select Airport, and click Advanced.
  4. Select the DNS tab.
  5. Click + to replace any listed addresses with, or add, the Google IP addresses at the top of the list:
    • For IPv4: and/or
    • For IPv6: 2001:4860:4860::8888 and/or 2001:4860:4860::8844
  6. Click Apply and OK.
  7. Test that your setup is working correctly; see Testing your new settings below.
  8. Repeat the procedure for additional network connections you want to change.


In most modern Linux distributions, DNS settings are configured through Network Manager.

Example: Changing DNS server settings on Ubuntu

  1. In the System menu, click Preferences, then click Network Connections.
  2. Select the connection for which you want to configure Google Public DNS. For example:
    • To change the settings for an Ethernet connection, select the Wired tab, then select your network interface in the list. It is usually called eth0.
    • To change the settings for a wireless connection, select the Wireless tab, then select the appropriate wireless network.
  3. Click Edit, and in the window that appears, select the IPv4 Settings or IPv6 Settings tab.
  4. If the selected method is Automatic (DHCP), open the dropdown and select Automatic (DHCP) addresses only instead. If the method is set to something else, do not change it.
  5. In the DNS servers field, enter the Google Public DNS IP addresses, separated by a space:
    • For IPv4: and/or
    • For IPv6: 2001:4860:4860::8888 and/or 2001:4860:4860::8844
  6. Click Apply to save the change. If you are prompted for a password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  7. Test that your setup is working correctly; see Testing your new settings below.
  8. Repeat the procedure for additional network connections you want to change.

How to Install Ubuntu 12.04 on PowerPC G4 or G5 Mac

Do you have an old PowerPC (PPC) G4 or G5 Mac collecting dust in your house? Breathe life back into your old Mac by installing Ubuntu, a popular distro of Linux, for free! Just follow the instructions below:

  1. Click here to download Ubuntu 12.04 for PPC
  2. Burn the .iso to a CD
  3. Insert CD into the PPC Mac
  4. Reboot and follow onscreen instructions

After you’ve installed Ubuntu, your PPC Mac will run like a modern computer.

How to Enable exFAT Read/Write on Linux

Installing exFAT read and write abilities on Linux is easy! This works on Ubuntu 14.04, Lubuntu 14.10 and Linux Mint 17.1.

To begin you’ll need to open Terminal and type in the following command:

sudo apt-get install exfat-fuse exfat-utils

Then press enter.

The terminal will then scroll through a lot of text and will ask if you want to install this package. Type y and press enter.

You should now be able to read and write on exFAT formatted drives.

Pioneering Video Newsletter

This is the first video newsletter that I developed for the Alamo City Golf Trail. I called it news video, because it’s no longer a letter – it’s a video! Video has proven to be a more engaging medium than written or even visual content as it requires little effort from the subscriber. The video plays and the subscriber listens. This initial news video broke an all-time engagement record in number of clicks.


Click here to see buttons


Where to Get Free Stock Music

If you’re taking a video production course you may find yourself in need of a soundtrack. As you’ll soon learn, using copyrighted music from your iTunes library isn’t legal, unless you are willing to pay hundreds to obtain permission from the artist. That’s where stock music comes in. Stock music is royalty-free, so that means you won’t get sued for using it or have your video taken down from YouTube. And if you ever decided to sell your video or broadcast it on TV, you’ll be able to. Stock music can cost anywhere between $1-$200 per track depending where you go, but, I’m sure you’re more interested in where to get it for free:


Kevin MacLeod is the sole artist at who is giving away nearly 100 tracks for free. He has licensed his works with Creative Commons so all you need to do is give him credit and you have his blessing.


At every song is completely original, free to download, free to use for both commercial and non-commercial needs.

Creating Your Own Website

Why Create a Website

We are now living in an age, where you can find just about anything in a Google Search bar. Now, more than ever, it’s important to stake out a place on the web where you or your business can be found. Whether you are a recent college graduate looking for a job, a church congregation looking to grow, or a business seeking new clients, having a presence on the web is paramount.

Mobile Friendly Website is a Must

A website is a good start to building your presence on the web, but your quest doesn’t end there – you’ll need to make sure that your website is aesthetically pleasing and mobile-friendly. The appearance of your website says a lot about you to its viewers. If your website is cluttered with excessive amounts of tiny text – it’s highly likely that your viewers will never return again, especially if they viewed your website from a mobile device. Mobile devices now account for 17.4% of global web traffic worldwide – that’s 2.1 billion viewers you are missing out on. Granted, at this stage you may not be looking to reach everyone in the world, but there is a good chance that the people who you need to reach, are members of the mobile-browsing community.

How to Create a Website

If you made it this far, there’s a good chance that you are sold on the need for a website. So, let’s talk about how to create one. First, you’ll need to decide on a few things, because the path to building your website is like a freeway – there are many different directions you can go.

  • First, you’ll need to decide whether to register a domain name (i.e. or if you can settle with a subdomain (i.e. I recommend registering your own domain, because it contains only your name, which is more professional and credible than choosing a subdomain of someone else’s domain.
  • If you have decided to register a domain, you’ll need to decide on what that name should be. Most dictionary words and common names are no longer available for the Top-level domain (TLD) .com, but there is good news! Besides the other common TLDs, such as, .org, .net, .biz, .us, .info, .co, there are also over 100 other Country Code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs) that may be available to you (depending on where you live) to choose from. So if you want to register a domain (i.e. or, but they were taken – you can choose one of the available ccTLDs to register a creative workaround, such as, or I recommend that you brainstorm a list of domains you are interested in, because there’s a good chance most of the ones you come up with might be taken.
  • Next, you’ll need to decide what type of website you want to create. Do you want a static web page or dynamic web page (do you want a few pages that give general information or do you want a website to post new content to regularly)? To decide which is right for you, you must consider your website’s purpose. If you are a restaurant, it might make sense to create a static website where all you need to post is your menu, hours of operation and the location of your business. If you are a writer, graphic designer or video editor, you are going to want a dynamic website where you can easily post new content regularly.
  • Now that you have decided what type of website you need, it’s time to consider who you want to build your website. Do you want to do it yourself or would you prefer someone else to take care of all the technical and creative work for you? This may depend on the time you have to devote to working on it and/or budget. If you are a college student working on a tight budget, for $20 per year you can register a domain and create a pretty slick, mobile friendly blog that you can use as your portfolio website. Be forewarned though, you may outgrow the basic features offered and will be prodded to spend anywhere between $99+ per year for upgraded services and $129 to relocate to a self-hosted installation, which provides even greater flexibility. If you would like someone to professionally build your website for you instead, I highly recommend J12Designs or you may contact me about the services I provide.
  • If you decide to create your own website, but want to use something other than WordPress, you’ll need to look for a web-host such as iPage. At iPage you can not only host your website, but register your domain as well, even obscure TLDs like .tv, .mobi, and .me.
  • Creating your own website, yourself, will require one of two things. You will either need to purchase software such as Adobe Dreamweaver or Adobe Muse and develop your website through the use creative processes which may require additional software or choose a Content Management System (CMS), such as, Drupal, Joomla, Concrete5 etc., which are usually included with a hosting plan from web hosts, such as iPage.
  • Either path you choose, whether it be to use a CMS or software – you may want to purchase a template. Templates save a lot of time and help produce professional grade results that bring you closer to your goal, which is to have an attractive, mobile friendly website. There are a lot of places to find templates, here are just a few:,, Please keep in mind you’ll need to search for templates that are specifically made for the web-building tool you are using.

iPage Review

Disclosure: I am compensated for my reviews. Click here for details.

If you are looking for a web host, iPage is an excellent choice. I have been a loyal iPage customer since April 2011 and now use their services to host five of six domains I own, including this one.


  • Unlimited domains allowed
  • Unlimited disk space and bandwidth
  • Unlimited email addresses
  • Unlimited MySQL databases
  • Over 60 site-building tools
  • eCommerce tools
  • Marketing credits
  • Excellent customer service


  • Slow upload times for large files
  • Price increases after first year
  • May experience server downtime

I truly believe that iPage offers the best deal overall, this is why I am their loyal customer. I have experimented with a variety of other hosting services and from experience – nothing can top these offerings. This is where you’ll get the most bang for your buck. So if you are on a budget, iPage is the way to go.


WordPress 3.6 “Oscar” Built-in Media Player vs Vimeo & YouTube

Three days ago, released WordPress 3.6 Oscar which boasts a slew of new features including:

  • The new Twenty Thirteen theme inspired by modern art puts focus on your content with a colorful, single-column design made for media-rich blogging.
  • Revamped Revisions save every change and the new interface allows you to scroll easily through changes to see line-by-line who changed what and when.
  • Post Locking and Augmented Autosave will especially be a boon to sites where more than a single author is working on a post. Each author now has their own autosave stream, which stores things locally as well as on the server (so much harder to lose something) and there’s an interface for taking over editing of a post, as demonstrated beautifully by our bearded buddies in the video above.
  • Built-in HTML5 media player for native audio and video embeds with no reliance on external services.
  • The Menu Editor is now much easier to understand and use.

My personal favorite is the built-in HTML5 media player which reduces the need for external video-sharing services such as Vimeo and YouTube. As a content developer I am interested in this feature because I feel it will enhance the professionalism of my website by removing third-party branding.

As an experiment I decided to upload two videos and view them on my Macbook and iPhone. I was curious to see how long it would take to upload and play a video using WordPress’ new built-in media player in comparison to YouTube and Vimeo. The experiment was conducted using Google Chrome 29.0.1547.32 beta on an AT&T 6 Mbps connection.

A 2 minute, 50 MB video shot in 720p and encoded in H.264 takes exactly 00:12:45.8 to upload to a WordPress 3.6 site hosted on iPage. The video is viewable immediately, but pauses for extended periods as it buffers. I have concluded that it takes approximately 13 minutes to upload and watch a video of that size on WordPress.

The same video took 00:12:42.4 to upload to a Vimeo Plus account and then an additional 00:01:57.2 to process in SD then an additional 00:02:19.9  to process in HD for a combined total of approximately 17 minutes. The extra processing doesn’t prevent abrupt skippage though. However, it should be noted that Vimeo protested the bitrate of the video tested. If converted in accordance to Vimeo’s compression guidelines the video file would have been 80 MB and would have added additional time to achieve the ideal result.

The same video took 00:12:07.9 to upload to YouTube and then an additional 00:02:09.8 to process for an approximate total time of 14 minutes. YouTube made no complaints about the file’s bitrate and playback was skip-less.

In conclusion, WordPress’ new built-in media player is the fastest method to upload a video, the video plays back in its original quality, but takes a considerable time to buffer when watching for the first time. The built-in media player attempts to get a head start for subsequent plays by loading a segment of the video when the page it’s on loads. This makes for a skip-less playback experience the second time around.