How to change the price of gas on a 2015 Toyota Prius

One of the greatest things about driving a Toyota Prius is the ability to see how much you spent on gas with every trip you take. This of course only works properly if you set the price of gas to what you paid per litre when you filled up the car. Toyota doesn’t make this an easy process and during my week-long test drive of a 2015 Prius I struggled to figure out how to change the price of gas. Once I realized there was a settings menu controlled by a button on the steering wheel it all became clear.

This is how you change the price of gas on a 2015 Toyota Prius.

2015 Toyota Prius DISP button

The steering wheel of the 2015 Toyota Prius. The DISP button is highlighted in yellow.

With the car on and in park, press the DISP button on your steering wheel (it’s the one by TEMP and TRIP) until you see SETTINGS appear on the upper dash display (beside the speedometer).

Press and hold the DISP button until a menu appears with the following options:

  • EXIT

Press the DISP button once to select GASOLINE PRICE.

With GASOLINE PRICE selected hold the DISP button for a few seconds.

You will either see the last price of gas that was set or if no price had ever been set it will show $0.00.

Use DISP to move the price up and TRIP to move the price down.

Once you have the price you want, stop pressing buttons and wait a few seconds. Once the price sets the screen will go back to the main menu.

Use the DISP button to move up to EXIT.

With EXIT selected press and hold DISP and you’re done!

For more on the 2015 Toyota Prius read my post 8 observations after driving a 2015 Toyota Prius for a week.

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How to take a screenshot on a Mac

Apple iMac

One of the most common questions I get from Mac users is how to take a screenshot in Mac OS X. It’s easy to remember on a Windows PC (Alt+Print Screen), but not so much on a Mac where there are many different ways to do it with varying results. Here’s a guide to help you learn how to do it and hopefully how to remember how to do it.

Method #1 – Grab


Grab (icon above) is an app that comes standard with OS X (located in Applications > Utilities). This is the easiest way to get screenshots on a Mac as it allows you to take a shot of the full screen, an area of the screen you select, or a shot of a specific application window. You can also use a timer to get a shot at an exact moment. These settings are found under the Capture menu when you run Grab. Once you have the screenshot you want you can save it (Grab saves in .tiff format only) and then use Preview (another app standard in OS X) to edit and export it as a more common file type, such as .jpg or .png.

Method #2 – Key combinations

Of course Apple has key combinations to get a screenshot if you don’t want to use Grab. Again, these are not as simple as Window’s Alt+Print Screen, but there are many different functions available to give you more control. All of the combinations use the Command key, which looks like this Command key icon and sometimes also has the apple logo logo on it, and the Shift key, which sometimes looks like Shift icon.


This will take a screenshot of the entire desktop and save it as a .png file on your desktop.


This will allow you to select a portion of the screen and will save it as a .png file on your desktop.


This will allow you to take a screenshot of a specific application window and will save it as a .png file on your desktop.

NOTE: Older versions of Mac OS X might save the files to the desktop as a .pdf (OS X 10.3 – Panther) or a .jpg (OS X 10.2 – Jaguar). Adding the Control (Control key icon) key to any of these combinations will copy the image to the clipboard instead of saving it to the desktop.

Method #3 – Extra software

If you don’t like the first two methods you can purchase software such as SnagIt or Skitch to get the job done. Lifehacker has put together a nice list of some of the best screen capture apps available that might help you decide if this is the way for you.

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How to host an HTML file on Dropbox

Dropbox logo

Since starting to play with I’ve discovered many great things about it (and continue to find things I love about it almost daily). One task I was recently trying to tackle I was unable to do within no matter what I did though.

The task at hand was embedding <iframe> code into a page that would connect to a service and allow people to search real estate listings. To my surprise, does not allow the use of <iframe> code (or a bunch of other code that feels could be a security risk to everyone using their platform). A more common example of <iframe> code is if you want to embed a video from Vimeo on your site (there is an easy workaround for that).

After a few days of trying to hack the code to get it to work I decided I could add the <iframe> to a simple HTML file and link my site to that instead. But since I’m using, I don’t have any server space to host the HTML file. Then I discovered I could use Dropbox to host the file and it worked flawlessly.

1. Using your browser, login to Dropbox and go to your Public folder (if you don’t have a Public folder create a new folder and call it Public).

Dropbox - Public Folder

2. Once in your Public folder press the Upload button near the top-right and then select Choose files. Find your HTML file you saved on your computer to upload. Once uploaded, press Done.

Dropbox - Upload

Dropbox - Choose file

Dropbox - Done

3. Now that your file is uploaded to your Public folder click anywhere in its row to highlight it (don’t click the file name). Once highlighted click Share link near the top.

Dropbox - Highlight

4. After the Share ‘file-name window pops up select Get link.

Dropbox - Get Link

5. Your link will then be copied to your clipboard. Open Notepad (Windows) or TextEdit (Mac) and paste your link.

6. Your link will look something like this when pasted:

Sharing this link will only allow someone to download the HTML file you created and won’t open the file as a web page. In order to have it run as a web page you need to remove the https://www.dropbox. part and replace it with dl.dropboxusercontent. creating a link that looks like this:

And that’s all it takes to host an HTML file on Dropbox!

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Setting a static page as your homepage

While I’m not a huge fan of static entry pages on blogs, there are many reasons why someone would want one. A real estate agent may want their photo, tagline, and contact info to be prominent, or a charity may want to promote an upcoming fundraiser. Whatever the reason, setting your homepage to a static page is a very simple thing to do.

1. Under Pages in your Blog Admin section select Add New. - Add New Page

2. Give your new page a name, such as “Home”.

3. Enter the info you want to appear in the body section. - Homepage

4. On the right-hand side set the page to Home under Page Attributes. - Page Attributes

5. Uncheck Allow comments and Allow trackbacks and pingbacks on this page and also uncheck Show likes and Show sharing buttons. These areas are found under the body section. - Likes and Comments

6. Publish your page.

7. Create a second page called “Blog” (NOTE: This page can be called anything you want, but if you want your URL for your blog posts to be it needs to be named “Blog”). You do not need to put any content into the body section or edit any other settings for this page.

8. After you’ve published your “Blog” page go to Settings > Reading on the left-hand side of the Blog Admin section. - Reading

9. At the top of the Reading Settings section is an area called Front page displays. Select A static page and from the dropdown for Front page choose “Home” and for Posts page select “Blog”. - Reading Settings

10. Save your settings by clicking Save Changes at the bottom of the section.

Now when people visit your site they will see the “Home” page you created and will have to click a link to your “Blog” page to see your posts.

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Adding a Favicon to a blog

One of the most common questions I hear about is how you can add a Favicon to your blog. If you don’t know what a Favicon is, it is the little image that appears in the browser bar beside your URL or on the browser tab (it stands for Favourite icon). It’s also used to represent your site when someone bookmarks you. The default Favicon on a blog is the blue and white WordPress logo, which can get lost if you have many tabs or windows open. So while it might sound like a small thing, if you want to stand-out from the crowd it’s a good idea to have your own mark.

NOTE: doesn’t use the term Favicon and instead calls it a Blavatar (as in Blog Avatar). also uses the image you upload to represent your blog in other areas other than the Favicon spot. Moving forward I will now refer to this as the Favicon/Blavatar image.

Creating your Favicon/Blavatar image

For best results when creating an image for your Favicon/Blavatar keep it square and clean. I found that using an image 300 x 300 pixels gave me great results (a Favicon is only 16 x 16 pixels, but since will use the image elsewhere you want it to be a bit larger when you upload it).  When I say keep it clean, I mean don’t use a wild drawing or graphic as your image won’t show up properly and will end up looking like a smudge. I went with a simple @ symbol as my image as you can see in this screenshot:

@bamcat Favicon will only accept a jpeg or a png file as the Favicon/Blavatar image and the file should be as small as possible so it doesn’t slow your site down.

Adding your Favicon/Blavatar image in

1. Under Settings in the Blog Admin section select General.

Wordpress Favicon/Blavatar

2. On the General screen to the right is an area called Blog Picture / Icon. Select Browse to find your image and then select Upload Image.


3. Once your image is uploaded you will be prompted to crop it. If you uploaded a square image just select Crop Image without doing anything else.

Wordpress - Crop Image

5. You now have a Favicon/Blavatar image!

Wordpress - All Done

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Adding a Custom Domain Name in

You’ll notice my site is now — a domain name I’ve owned for many years. It looks much better than and is also easier for people to find me. It’s also better for SEO and in general looks more professional. Telling this is the URL I want to be associated with my blog cost me $14 CDN (a fee I’ll have to pay annually), but only took a few minutes to setup. Here’s how to do it if you’re interested in having your own custom domain with your blog.

1. From your Blog Admin section click Store on the left-side side. Store Menu Item

2. Under the slider for Store you’ll be presented with a few options. Select Domains. Domains Menu

3. In Domains you can add the domain you want to use. If you need to purchase the domain, will take you through the steps of purchasing and using it (they charge $20 CDN per year if you don’t have your own domain already registered). If you already have a domain name you own, enter it into the field under Add a Domain and select Add domain to blog. Add a Domain

4. When you enter a domain name you already own you’ll be prompted with a message that the domain is unavailable. If you own it you’ll need to check off that you own it and you want to map it to your blog. Already Own Domain

5. After telling you do indeed own the domain name and want to use it, you’ll need to pay the annual fee. You can use a credit card or pay with PayPal. Pay for Domain

6. Once you pay to use the domain name it will appear in your Domains list. Now you need to tell it’s your Primary Domain Name so your URLs looks like this instead of like this You can’t make it your Primary Domain Name until you setup your DNS records. Select Edit DNS from beside your domain name to get the nameservers you need. Edit DNS Set Nameservers

7. For this next step you need to login to your domain registrar, such as GoDaddy or Netfirms, and tell them to point your domain to the nameservers you were given in Step 6. In the screenshot below I’m using GoDaddy. - Add Namersevers to GoDaddy

Change Nameservers GoDaddy

8. Once you add the nameservers to your domain in your registrar you can now return to the Domains section and make your custom domain the Primary Domain (NOTE: It could take up to 24 hours for the changes on your registrar to take affect so don’t be alarmed if it doesn’t instantly work).

9. Once you select Update Primary Domain your custom domain will become your main domain and you’re done! Primary Domain

If you have a lot of posts under those links will still work and be redirected to If you’ve already submitted a sitemap to Google or Bing (more on how to do that in an upcoming post) it’s a good idea to tell them you made this change and to re-index your site with the new domain name.

In my example above I mapped the custom domain for my wife’s parenting blog It works! Check it out.

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