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How to disable popup tips in Visual Studio Code

Visual Studio Code is a great stand alone code editor that is free from Microsoft. However, it does have a few annoying functions out of the box. The worst of them is the constant tool tips which can get in the way of code and in some cases open browser windows as you accidently click on these tool tips.

Here is how you can remove these tool tips

In all methods you will need to open the User Settings editor. To do this:

  • Click File > Preferences > Settings
  • Now expand "Text Editor"
  • Click on "Suggestions"
  • Click "Edit in Settings.json"

Now you will have the "{} User Settings" tab open. The pane on the left is the defaults and the pane on the right is where you can edit these settings. You will need to place the updates inside of the "{ code here, }" then click save. 

Method 1, update the suggestion delay so you can still have tips but they don't appear unless you hover over the element for some time.

  "editor.quickSuggestionsDelay": 1000,

Method 2, disable the hover function. You will still be able to use CtrlR + K and CtrlR + I as needed.

"editor.hover.enabled": false,

Method 3, disable completely. You don't want or need these tips and you want them to go away forever.

"editor.parameterHints": false,

 

That's it, your done!

Step by Step install of CentOS 6.9 on Microsoft Hyper-V Server with Linux Integration Services Version 4.2.5

Here are the Steps:

  • Download CentOS 6.9-minimal.iso start VM, Choose Media > DVD Drive and "Insert Disk..." then install and reboot.
  • Download LinuxICv4.2.5.iso, Choose Media > DVD Drive and "Insert Disk..."
mkdir -p /mnt/cdrom
mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom
cd /mnt/cdrom
./install.sh
umount /mnt/cdrom
  • Now update your network settings via vi
vi /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0

use "i" to insert text, (esc) to exit and ":wq" to write your changes.

It should look something like this:

DEVICE="eth0"
 HWADDR=(MAC ADDRESS, This should match what is configured in Hyper-V)
 TYPE="Ethernet"
 UUID={don't change this}
 ONBOOT="yes"
 BOOTPROTO=none
 IPADDR=(YOUR SERVER IP)
 GATEWAY=(YOUR DEFAULT GATEWAY)
 DNS1=(PRIMARY DNS SERVER IP)
 DNS2=(SECONDARY DNS SERVER IP)
 Networking=yes

Start the network by using... 

 service network restart

Now you can update using yum:

#yum update
Is this ok [y/N]: y

That's it, your done.

 

How to Claim or Publish your Yahoo local listing,

You would think this would be a simple 3 step process like bing or google however, following the instructions laid out by Yahoo! will bring you to one of several pages.

 

Claim Listing:

Following the claim listing instructions lands you on this page:

https://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/merchantsubmit/claimlisting

Which errors out with a partially rendered error page.

 

Create listing:

Following the create listing instructions lands you on this page:

https://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/dashboard/v2/apps/mylisting?bizid=##########

This page also loads a partially rendered error page in the inner window.

 

Solution:

You can simply go to https://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/dashboard/mybusinesses to manage your business listings without issues.

 

Thoughts:

Why a large company like yahoo has such poor documentation on something so simple is beyond me. If someone from Yahoo! reads this please update your documentation and make use of some 301 redirects for all of these old non functioning business listing management pages.

How to setup VPN for mac/apple PCs

This is a quick guide on how to get a VPN up and running on a mac PC

  • From the main "Apple" menu choose "System Preferences" then "Network"
  • Now select "+" button, then use the "Interface" drop down to choose "VPN"
  • Use the "VPN Type" drop down to choose "PPTP" or "L2TP", you can also choose a name for this connection if you would like. Then choose "Create".
  • Choose the VPN from the list of option in the network connection window to complete the server address and account name
  • Choose "Authentication settings" to enter your credentials the choose "OK"
  • You can now click the connect button to connect to the VPN, and choose "Show CPN status" if you would like to appear on your menu bar.

 

Taking a step past general SEO campaigns: Organic Online Marketing (OOM)

When simple content and keyword changes just aren't enough then you know its time to step up your game for client acquisition. One could write a whole book in the process but lets just keep this simple.

Organic Online Marketing (OOM)

  1. The first step to proper OOM is to create valuable content for your website so search engines will index your online presence with specifically targeted language. With every new properly written article or content piece, you've increased your online presence and keyword quality scores.  
  2. In addition to quality content such as case studies, practice areas and how to pages; adding relevant photos and video will add additional value to your web presence. This is essential to help convey to your clients the professionalism and knowledge your company has on the topic, leading to a higher conversion of the potential clients that visit your online presence. 
  3. Clients now recognize the value in additional functionality; such as secure user areas for communication, helpdesk, FaQ, chat, online diagnostics, tools or other such features; over a "simple website" with a list of services and a form of contact. 

Call 507 536-9556 if you're looking to take your web presence to the next level and I will be happy to discuss with you how your web presence can rise to the top of this ever changing marketing venue. Our clients generally see a 7/1 ROI from marketing campaigns created and managed by us.


Shawn Hyde is the Owner of Area51.mn, a Minnesota based IT, Internet marketing and design firm founded in 1998.