$20 of Free Uber Rides Promo Code

Thinking of using Uber for getting around town? Check out the link below for $20 off your first ride! Or, when you sign up or about to take your first ride, enter the promo code: ubersators. 

https://uber.com/invite/ubersators

Follow that up by punching in another promo code MS809 for your first ride in Indianapolis to be free!…but make sure you enter in the ubersators promo code above first.

What is Uber? It’s the taxi of the 21st century – install the app on your smartphone, open it up and see where there are Uber cars closeby to where you need to be picked up, click request and it will summon an Uber car to your location, tell you how long it will be, and show you GPS of the car as it approaches, as well as a picture of the driver!  Not to mention a great use of technology, Uber is also cheaper than a taxi, and much more fun.

Uber exists in:

NORTH AMERICA
ATLANTA BALTIMORE BOSTON CHARLOTTE CHICAGO COLUMBUS DALLAS DENVER DETROIT HAMPTONS HONOLULU INDIANAPOLIS JACKSONVILLE LOS ANGELES MINNEAPOLIS MONTREAL NASHVILLE NEW JERSEY NEW YORK CITY OKLAHOMA CITY ORANGE COUNTY PARK CITY PHILADELPHIA PHOENIX PROVIDENCE SACRAMENTO SAN DIEGO SAN FRANCISCO SANTA BARBARA SEATTLE TORONTO TUCSON WASHINGTON D.C.
CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA
BOGOTÁ CALI MEXICO CITY SANTIAGO
EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA
ABU DHABI AMSTERDAM BERLIN CAPE TOWN DOHA DUBAI DUBLIN DURBAN JOHANNESBURG LONDON LYON MILAN MOSCOW MUNICH PARIS ROME STOCKHOLM ZURICH
ASIA PACIFIC
BANGALORE GUANGZHOU HYDERABAD KUALA LUMPUR MANILA MELBOURNE NEW DELHI SEOUL SHANGHAI SHENZHEN SINGAPORE SYDNEY TAIPEI TOKYO

 

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Free Up Space in GMail – Search Email by Size

Running low on space in your GMail account?  So was I, until I found this handy search:

size:5m older_than:1y

Tweak the numbers around to fit your inbox, but essentially the above will show you emails larger than 5MB and older than a year.  Select all – to trash, empty trash and spam – that action above took my usage from 90% to 60%.

Sweet.  Thanks Google!

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Hulu Plus Issue Resolved: The Network Is Down

I recently had an issue with a new BluRay player on my home network that could play everything from Netflix, Amazon Instant Streaming, etc, but every time I would try to play a Hulu Plus video, it would attempt to load and play the video, and then when attempting to play the first video I would get the error “The Network is Down” Retry | Cancel.  It would never work.

Trying to browse through the internet and contact support, I had a revelation…the router on my network (Untangle) has Ad Blocking features enabled.  I love it because it blocks annoying ads on websites from loading…but in this case, it was blocking the servers that Hulu Plus was trying to access to display it’s advertisements.

As a result, I have added my BluRay player’s local network IP address to the ad blocker’s “Pass List” allowing all ad requests to go through, and whala – Hulu Plus now functions as normal.

On a side note, I discovered that using Hulu Plus via my PS3 and the Ad Blocker being enabled allows me to watch completely ad free viewing on Hulu Plus…though hopefully they don’t discover that loophole for a while <fingers crossed>!

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How to Easily Send Large Files via the Internet

There are some times that you have a large file that you need to get over to someone else.  Let’s define large as a single file greater than 10MB.  Let’s review some of the options that are out there.  Note that there are many ways to accomplish this, we’ll just highlight a few.

1. Send Files via Email Attachment

This is probably everyone’s default go-to for the first attempt, and it’s not a bad idea.  However, limitations exist out there.  For instance, the GMail service does not allow attachments greater than 25MB.  However, Hotmail offers the ability to send a message that are as large as 10GB…except a single attachment cannot be greater than 50MB.

There are file-splitting utilities such as HJ-Split that will take a single file and break it up into smaller pieces…however on your recipients side, they would need to reattach all of the files…and is a bit cumbersome for users.

2. Send Files w/o Email

Not mentioned above is the fact that many incoming email servers will reject emails with large attachments so-as to not clog their system.  So, even if your email service offers the ability to attach large emails, your recipient may not even be able to receive it.

One of my favorite options in the world today is Dropbox.  Dropbox at it’s core is an application that you install on your computers which creates a folder on your file system that any file/folder you place in that will be synced across your computers as well as being accessible via their online interface. In addition to being a great file syncing service, they also have the ability to create a “public link” to any file within your Dropbox folder.  This means, you can place the large file that you want to send in your Dropbox folder, copy that file’s “public link”, and email it to your recipient.  They in turn click on that link and begin downloading it from the Dropbox servers.

Google Drive is another viable alternative which is similar to Dropbox, however they have an upload limit of 250MB per file.  Once the file is uploaded to your Google Drive account, you can “Share” that file with a user of your preference, which they then download accordingly.

Update: Kudos to Stephen for also mentioning ParsedCloud.  While they only offer an app for Windows and no OS X support yet, they do boast a giant 6GB monthly send limit and unlimited max file sizes with their free account and larger capacity for those who fork over some $$.

3. Send Files w/o Registration

Finally, there are some services which allow you to send large files without the need to have an account or install any applications on your computer.  Services such as YouSendIt or WeTransfer allow the ability to send one time large files to your desired recipients.  WeTransfer allows for up to 2GB per file while the free version of YouSendIt is 100MB per file.

What services have you used and prefer?  Comment below:

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WordPress: Display Category Description

Today I needed to be able to display the Category Description for a set of WordPress posts on the Category Index page.

By adding the following code to archives.php (or index.php could also work depending on your theme files), this was an easy success:

<?php if(is_category()) {
$currentCat = get_category(get_query_var('cat'),false);
echo category_description( $currentCat->term_id );
} ?>

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