Category: Tutorials

How To Unsuck Your Brand New Windows 8 Laptop

12th of January, 2014

Laugh all you want, but I’ve always been a Windows guy, and for the past six years I’ve used a Windows Vista laptop for 100% of my web development work. This weekend, I bought a brand new Windows 8 laptop.

It was a cheap one. An HP Pavilion, with tax, totaled up to less than $400 from Best Buy. I thought I had gotten a steal.

When I first unpacked it and started it up, I was shocked to realize that the internet was actually slower on this brand new laptop than my six-year-old one. I’m talking about cripplingly slow. I could’ve probably dusted off my old Windows 98 box, connected to an old-school dialup account from AOL (apparently they still do that) and it would’ve been faster.

With some Windows update magic, I’m writing this from my new laptop with a respectable 10 MBPS download speed. What follows are my step by step instructions on how I “unsucked” it:

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Category: Internet

I’m Selling FitnessApps.com on Flippa

4th of December, 2013

Like the title suggests, I’m selling the domain FitnessApps.com, which is obviously a killer niche app domain name. This is just a quick post to let you know that it is currently for sale on Flippa.

There’s just so much you can do with the domain, but here’s a few ideas:

  • Make some really useful/awesome fitness apps for iOS, Android, and/or the web
  • Charge like 99 cents each, or have in-app-purchases for “workout plans” and the like
  • Make free versions with ads. Make your first million. And repeat. Again.

I’m using a similar monetization strategy for my iPhone games at Astro Bro. It’s a winning one.

and it comes with bonuses (like the full rights and source code to a bunch of already-made fitness apps). You can get more information on that at the quick landing page I set up on the Fitness Apps site.

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Category: Apps

I Made an iPhone Game and Released it on the App Store

7th of November, 2013

astro bro iconSo, a couple weeks ago. I got a game approved in the App Store. It’s called Astro Bro: Engine Room Escape.

It’s a free game. It’s pretty fun. More information can be found on the Engine Room Escape page on AstroBro.com.

The Story

I’m not exactly sure what caused the app development bug to bite me, but it did. Here are some thoughts I had throughout the development process.

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Category: Tutorials

How To Upload a Filtered Photo to Your WordPress Site on iOS

7th of September, 2013

So you took an awesome photo with your phone, and want to upload it directly to your WordPress site? Maybe even add one of those cool hipsterish filters to make it look even awesome-r? Here’s how:

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Category: Rants

20 Reasons Why Vapid BuzzFeed-Style List Posts Make You Look Like An Idiot

2nd of September, 2013

A lot of people say “there’s no such thing as bad publicity.” Actually, that’s a load of bullshit, and I’m not going to go into too much detail explaining why.

There are plenty of outrageous and outlandish things anybody can do to get attention, that ultimately end up damaging your reputation in the long run.

I thought this sort of behavior was limited to “celebrities” trying to desperately extend their 15 minutes of fame, but no. It has begun to spillover in my beloved web design community.

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Leland Fiegel

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Hey, my name is Leland Fiegel. I'm a web developer. I love WordPress. I write stuff on my blog that you might find useful. That's about it.