Digistore24 – Product catalog as Excel

Digistore Product Catalog as ExcelMost readers of this blog who are on the road to online marketing should have heard about Digistore24. With over 50,000 members and more than 3,500 products, it is probably the largest German marketplace for digital products.
Unfortunately with so many products their product catalog lost the clearness in some way. Although Digistore24 offers detailed information on each product, such as reward, churn rate, average reward per cart, etc., these criteria can not be filtered in the product list. As an affiliate, who is looking for a product which fits the own needs, one is left stranded.
Digistore product catalog as Excel table
That’s why I wrote a small tool, which makes a complete deduction of the listed products and writes them into a sortable and filterable Excel table. Thus, […]

Windows 10: Fix wrong time

Fix-Win-10-wrong-time-problemFor some time, I was plagued by a small, but not less annoying, issue on Windows 10. The system time drifted intermittently one hour off. A manual changeover of the time brought success only in the short term. After a while the clock went wrong again.
The correct time zone and summer/winter time (daylight saving time) were selected in the Windows time and date settings and the automatic synchronization of the time was activated. Nevertheless the Windows clock did what it wants, but not what it was supposed to do.
Finally I found the solution to the problem inside the Windows services menu. The automatic time synchronization service was disabled. Now, after I activated the Windows Time service, the system time is correct again. You can activate the service as follows.

Press Win-Taste + R key
Enter services.msc and click ok, to start […]

Windows: How to increase the maximum screen resolution

Recently, I bought a netbook for my workshop to control a laser engraver (the DK-8 from Neje). Unfortunately, I had overlooked a small detail. The display of the netbook has only a native resolution of 1,024 x 600 pixels. However, the window of the control software requires at least 800 pixels in height, so that some of the software is not visible and thus can not be operated.
But remedy could be created by a small adjustment to the operating system. (In my case Windows 7 Starter.) By changing a key in the registry, the resolution can be increased beyond the native resolution. That’s how it works…
Increase maximum resolution in Windows
In order to support higher resolutions than the display’s native resolution, a registry key must be adjusted. Therefore open the Registry. (Either via the search in the start menu with the term “regedit” or by […]

WordPress self-hosting – what has to be considered?

self-hosted-wordpressI’ve been working with WordPress for over 9 years now and have already created, set-up and driven some blogs at this time. My own blogs all run on their own vServer. But if a friend or one of my family circle says “I want to start a blog, can you help me with the installation?”, then the blog usually ends up on a webspace.
But which webspace package is suitable? What are the installation requirements for WordPress and can not you simply take a free provider? I would like to clarify these and other questions.
WordPress self-hosting or ready to take-off solution?
If I am asked what I would recommend to a beginner – host the blog himself or use a complete solution like wordpress.com – then my answer is always always hosting itself. (If you don’t trust me, […]

How to create personalized form mails in Thunderbird

Serienmails mit Thunderbird versendenIn today’s post we will talk about how to create serial mails in Thunderbird. By using a plug-in, Thunderbird is able to do the same thing as Microsoft Word does with its form letters. So our aim is to automatically send personalized e-mails from an existing recipient list.
It makes sense to use such a serial mail, for example, when you want to send invitations or for sending newsletters to small recipient list in your friend and acquaintance circle. (For several hundred recipients, however, you should rather switch to a professional solution because otherwise you would run the risk of being classified as spammer.) However, the following solution is best suited for “home use”.
Install the Mail Merge plugin
In order to teach Thunderbird the serial creation of mails, we have to expand it with a plugin. In this case, the plugin of choice is called “Mail Merge”. Although there […]