How to Uninstall CGAPlay

In the course of searching for video editing software, I came across CGAPlay aptly titled “Video producer editor/maker. Film studio” on Sourceforge. After reading the description, I installed CGAPlay and had some quick realizations:

  1. It did not seem to work
  2. It was not a good fit if it did
  3. It installed in my localhost
  4. It does not have an uninstall function

DesktopServerWhile I appreciate developers that are willing to spend time creating apps and open sourcing them for all to use, this suddenly became a nuisance to me. Why? Because I develop WordPress sites locally using a really cool app called DesktopServer made by ServerPress. CGAPlay suddenly blocked DesktopServer from working.

It took a while to figure this out but after looking at my downloads folder and identifying the download date for “Movie-Animation_studio.Setup.oud.exe” on 9/20/2015, I was able to search for files and folders added the same day. There were two folders added: “php” and “Apache Software Foundation”.
Apache Software Foundation

Here’s how to uninstall or stop CGAPlay from creating havoc on Xampp or Xampplite on your PC.

First things first. Make sure Apache is not running. Open up Task Manager and end any instances of Apache HTTP Servers.
Apache HTTP Server

Once Apache is stopped, go to C:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\ and rename the folder to anything besides “Apache Software Foundation”. I usually add a capital X so I can quickly scan folder and file types and see that I’ve made a change to them. This should resolve any conflicts between Xampplite and or DesktopServer. Once you are sure this won’t break anything else, you should be able to delete the folder.

Renaming or deleting the “php” folder in the C:\ folder should not affect DesktopServer one way or another. Rename and check it first before deleting.

I hope this helps you save some time and effort in removing CGAPlay from your localhost.


Options to Manage Multiple WordPress Installations

If you have multiple installations of WordPress sites across various hosts and are tired of managing and updating them one site at a time, look no further. The following is a list of solutions to help you update all of your WordPress installations all from one location.

Application 10 sites 30 sites 50 sites comments website
CMS Commander $12 $20 $30 Offers many options more info
iControlWP $15 $29 $49 Charges .85 to $1.20 for each additional site more info
InfiniteWP free free free Self hosted and has upgrade options more info
iThemes Sync $50 $50 $90 Offers 10 site updates for free more info
JetPack Site Management free free free Requires JetPack plugin and access more info
MainWP free free free Offers paid extensions more info
ManageWP $21 $60 $75 Offers variable pricing depending on qty of sites more info
My Sites Manager free free free Utilizes a plugin and is currently free more info
WP Remote free free free Plugin hasn't been updated and no support more info
WP SiteStack $37 $37 $37 Updates only one host instance more info
WPDash $18 $30 $100 Has auto updates; no middle ground pricing more info
WP Pipeline Charges $9.97 a month more info

*Note: Not all price options fit into the 10, 30, and 50 site updates.

Of course updating WordPress isn’t the end all requirement to manage WordPress. Many of the applications above offer upgraded services which provide automated backups, up-time notifications and monitoring, analytics, client reporting, post content and more.

What’s your favorite application to manage multiple WordPress installations?


San Diego British Car Day October 2015

Sunday, October 11, 2015 was San Diego British Car Day so we decided to brave the 100 degree heat and head over to the Embarcadero Marina Park North adjacent to Seaport Village to check out my friend Aaron’s Austin-Healey Sprite and take a few snapshots of the other British car classics.

For this round of photos I experimented with several filters and custom actions in Photoshop just for fun. Check ’em out!


Beauty in Big Bear

It’s always a good idea to take a break and get away from the daily grind of business to clear the mind. Here are some of my favorite photos from a October trip to Big Bear Lake, California.

Photos copyright Phelan

In researching whether the dandelion was a dandelion or something else, I discovered that the yellow flower actually turns into the dry seeds that blow away. I had no idea. Check out this time-lapse video of a dandelion changing over the course of 30 days. Video credit to Neil Bromhall.


U.S. Sand Sculpting San Diego 2015

The U.S. Sand Sculpting competition exhibited Sep 4 – Sep 7, 2015 at the “B” Street Pier in San Diego. Here are the pics!


Opt out of SiriusXM Marketing and Direct Mail

If you’ve recently purchased a car from a dealer that has satellite radio installed in it, then you’ve probably been entered into the lead generation and call list for SiriusXM. This means you’ve received frequent sales calls followed by a barrage of relentless direct mailers asking to upgrade your membership to a paid account. Not into satellite radio? Here’s how to opt out.

  • First you must create an account with SiriusXM. Although contradictory to opting out, this is what I had to do to opt out of their mailers.
  • Once you’ve created an account, go to “My Account Info” then “Communication Preferences”, click on each accordion tab and opt out accordingly. That should do it.

When I first received their calls, I asked them to remove me from their list. It took a couple of calls but I finally don’t receive any more calls. The mailers did continue so this how I found out how to opt out of SiriusXM’s direct mail. Good luck!

Opt out of SiriusXM Radio direct mail


Opt Out of Catalog Mailers

Tired of getting catalog mailers? Want to opt of the following catalog mailers list below? Sign up for an account at Direct Marketing Association’s opt out list at While you’re there you can also opt out of credit offers, magazine offers and other mail offers and finally put a stop to all direct mail marketing campaigns.

Here’s the DMA’s current list of companies and organizations they represent that you can you opt out of:

  • 1-800-Flowers.Com
  • Abbey Press
  • ABLambdin
  • Achievement Products, Inc.
  • AJWright
  • AllPosters
  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • American Girl Brands, LLC
  • American Mint, LLC
  • AmeriMark Direct, L.L.C.
  • Anthony Richards
  • Anything Goes / dba Heavenly Treasures
  • Autom
  • Back In The Saddle
  • Ballard Designs
  • Bass Pro Shops, Inc.
  • Beauty Botique
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Daedalus Books, Inc.
  • Dave’s Novelty Catalogs
  • Dave’s Soda & Pet City
  • Day-Timers, Inc.
  • Dean & Deluca Brands Inc.
  • Deseret Book
  • Discount School Supply
  • Dixie Home Crafters
  • Donna Salyers’ Fabulous-Furs
  • Dover Saddlery
  • Dream Products, Inc.
  • Drs. Foster & Smith, Inc.
  • Early Childhood Manufacturers’ Direct (ECMD)
  • Eastern Mountain Sports
  • Easthill Group Inc. DBA The Eastwood Co
  • Eddie Bauer Holdings, Inc.
  • Essentials by Anthony Richards
  • Excelligence
  • Eximious, Inc.
  • Express, LLC
  • Hanesbrands Inc
  • Harriet Carter Gifts, Inc.
  • Harrington’s of Vermont, Inc.
  • Harry & David
  • Harvest Manor Farms
  • HCI Direct
  • Health Freedom Nutrition LLC
  • Healthy Living
  • Hearthsong
  • Hershey Company,The
  • Highlights for Children
  • Highplains Bison
  • HomeGoods
  • Improvements
  • In The Company of Dogs
  • J & J Commerce, Inc.
  • J & R Music World/ J & R Computer World
  • J Jill
  • J&P Cycles
  • J. W. Jung Seed Company
  • LEGO Brand Retail
  • Lenox Group Inc.
  • Levenger
  • Limited Brands
  • Loehmann’s
  • Long’s Electronics, Inc.
  • Lucky Brand Jeans
  • Macy’s East
  • Magellan’s Catalog
  • Magic Cabin
  • Marshalls
  • Maus & Hoffman Inc.
  • MediBadge, Inc.
  • Medifast, Inc.
  • Michael C. Fina
  • Musician’s Friend
  • Nancy’s Notions
  • National Wholesale Company, Inc.
  • NBTY, Inc.
  • New York & Company
  • Park Seed Company, Inc.
  • Passport International, Ltd.
  • Patagonia
  • Payless ShoeSource, Inc.
  • PB Teen
  • Peruvian Connection Ltd.
  • Petco Animal Supplies
  • Petsmart, Inc.
  • Pfaltzgraff
  • Pier 1 Imports, Inc.
  • PJT Inc. d/b/a River Street Sweets
  • Plow & Hearth
  • Potpourri
  • Potpourri Group, Inc.
  • Pottery Barn
  • Pottery Barn Bed and Bath
  • Pottery Barn Kids
  • Prestwick House, Inc.
  • Pyramid Collection,The
  • RadioShack Corporation
  • S. Wallace Edwards & Sons, Inc.
  • See’s Candies, Inc.
  • Serengeti
  • ShapeFx
  • Sheplers, Inc.
  • Shoes for Crews, LLC
  • Sierra Trading Post
  • SkyMall, Inc.
  • Smith + Noble
  • Soft Surroundings
  • Spiegel
  • Sportif Mail Order, Inc.
  • Sportsmith, L.L.C.
  • Staples, Inc.
  • Stitchery,The
  • Sturbridge Yankee Workshop
  • Summit Racing Equipment
  • Sundance Catalog Company LLC
  • Sunnyland Farms, Inc.
  • SunPorch Structures, Inc.
  • ULTA Salon Cosmetics Fragrance
  • Unicover Corporation
  • UniFirst Corp
  • UniFirst Corporation
  • United Retail Incorporated
  • United States Mint
  • Vector Marketing Corporation
  • Vermont Country Store,The
  • Victoria’s Secrets
  • Waterfront Media
  • west elm
  • West Marine
  • Whatever Works
  • White Flower Farm
  • Williams-Sonoma
  • Williams-Sonoma Home
  • Williamson-Dickie
  • Wind & Weather
  • Windsor Collection
  • Wine Enthusiast Companies