Limit Unnecessary PHP Queries to Speed Up WordPress

PHP is a very fast server side scripting language that is often used for dynamic content such as blogs including Tech Airlines. However, themes often contain many unnecessary PHP queries, especially those that are publicly distributed. Queries often request information from the database and even though its very fast, excessive requests could significantly slow down …

Google Chrome 4 Final is Now Available (Windows)

Chrome Extension Page

Wanted to try Google Chrome’s number one requested feature, extensions, but you were hesitant to use a possibly unstable beta version of the browser? Well, you no longer have to, cause Google Chrome 4 is released to the stable channel, with the primary new feature being extensions.

How to Truly Browse Without Leaving a Trace

Firefox Private

Do you want to browse the web without a trace? Easy! Just use your browser’s Private Browsing Mode! Wrong!

So “private” mode isn’t really “private”? Well, in a way, no, it’s not. Even in Private Mode, you’re still leaving traces behind.

Isn’t Clearing the Browser ‘Private Data’ Enough?

Modern browsers contain a feature known as …

Windows Desktop Gadgets and Widgets (First Class Flyer)

Windows Desktop Gadgets

Mac OS X has a useful feature known as widgets, which add useful gadgets to your dashboard. Gadgets can range anywhere from a simple search bar, to an email notifier, to a full system process monitor. But how can Windows users experience widgets?

First Class Flyer is a weekly series published every Friday comparing two

Firefox 3.6 is Now Available

Firefox 3.6

The much delayed release of Firefox, 3.6, is finally finalized and available for download.

So what’s new? Here are some highlights of this new release:

  • Personas: Instant themes known as Personas is now integrated into Firefox with no add-ons needed. Simply head to the Personas Gallery and hover over a theme to preview it. Click

Enable Firefox Tab Taskbar Previews (Windows 7)

Firefox Windows 7 Tab

Mozilla had introduced tab taskbar previews for Windows 7 in Firefox 3.6 Beta 1 (similar to the previews found in Internet Explorer 8). However, they disabled the feature in Beta 2. As a result, Firefox 3.6 shipped with no Windows 7 integration features at all.

Just because its disabled doesn’t mean the feature doesn’t exist …

Blogger Finally Welcomes Static Pages

Blogger

Do you use Blogger? My earlier comparison between Blogger and WordPress showed that Blogger did not support static pages. This was useful for creating, for example, a ‘Contact Us’ page or an ‘About Us’ page.  To create static pages in Blogger, users usually create a post and change the publish date to something really old.…

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