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How To Code Your Own WordPress ShortCode Plugin Tutorial (Part 2)

06/08/2009
Welcome to the second installment in the How To Code Your Own WordPress ShortCode Plugin Tutorial series of articles. This series of articles aims to provide you with the knowledge required to develop a WordPress ShortCode plugin from start to finish. At the end of this series of tutorials you will have a working shortcode plugin that allows you to insert a list of posts matching your criteria into any of your posts. It is aimed at all levels of technical ability but ideally you should be [...]
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The Best Free / Open Source Games For Windows, Linux And Mac (Part 1)

11/07/2009
As part of some light relief from all the recent software releases welcome to the first part of an ongoing series reviewing free or open source games for the Windows, Linux and Mac platforms. This regular series of articles will aim to introduce you to the best games available with an emphasis on the game still being actively developed (where possible) and an active community for help and support if it is required. As an occasional gamer myself the intention is to not only appeal to the [...]
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Sound Control v2.48 BETA – An Alternative Freeware Windows Sound Mixer And Volume Control Applet Has Been Released

08/07/2009
Sound Control v2.48 BETA the freeware replacement Windows Sound Mixer and Volume Control applet supporting hot keys, on screen display, Winamp and more has now been released. Changes in this version include: This is the BETA release of Sound Control. It contains many new additions, fixes and updates to the old Sound Control v2.15 release. This release has been tested by many BETA testers over the past 6+ months and the general consensus was it is a great improvement over v2.15. This [...]
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Sound Control v2.47 BETA – An Alternative Freeware Windows Sound Mixer And Volume Control Applet Has Been Released

29/06/2009
Sound Control v2.47 BETA the freeware replacement Windows Sound Mixer and Volume Control applet supporting hot keys, on screen display, Winamp and more has now been released. Changes in this version include: Refer to v2.48 BETA Download: This version is no longer available. Look in Current Downloads for the most recent release. Notes: This is a members only BETA [...]
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How To Code Your Own WordPress ShortCode Plugin Tutorial (Part 1)

22/06/2009
Welcome to the first installment in the How To Code Your Own WordPress ShortCode Plugin Tutorial series of articles.  This series of articles aims to provide you with the knowledge required to develop a WordPress ShortCode plugin from start to finish.  It is aimed at all levels of technical ability but ideally you should be familiar with WordPress and have some basic PHP knowledge. A WordPress ShortCode Plugin can be used in any page or post within your blog and takes the form of [...]
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