The Automation Blog’s “Best Of 2013” Miscellaneous blogs

Welcome to the third and final article in our “Best of 2013″ series.

Today we focus on our seven most popular miscellaneous blogs which don’t directly relate to PLC’s or HMI’s.

As we previously noted, older blogs have the advantage due to the fact that they’ve been posted longer and have had more time to get views. However, it wouldn’t surprise me to see some of our “late 2013″ blogs in next year’s “Best Of” list after they’ve had more time on the net.

So to wrap up our “Best Of 2013,” below is a list of the remaining top blog posts of 2013!

Free Allen-Bradley (A-B) and Rockwell Automation (RA) software (part 1)

Free is good, and in this article posted on July 22nd, we show you what A-B, RS, and RA software you can legally get for free. Find all the links to download the free software in the full article HERE.

 Using Batch Files to change your PC’s IP address

Tired of manually changing your IP address? In this article posted on September 20th, I share Darrel’s “BAT” files which automate the changing of your IP Address on Windows XP.You can find the full text of his “BAT” files in the full article HERE.

USB Cables For Use With Allen-Bradley (A-B) And Rockwell Software (RS) Products

Get a new Laptop or PC without a serial port or PCMCIA slot? In this article posted on July 24th, we list all the USB cables we’ve found for use with Allen-Bradley products. You can find the complete list in the full article HERE.

Allen-Bradley (A-B) and Rockwell Software (RS) support for Windows 7

Will your Rockwell software work in Windows 7? In this article posted on August 22nd, we show you a quick and easy way to find out. Learn how you can find out for yourself in the full article HERE.

Free Allen-Bradley (A-B) And Rockwell Automation (RA) Software (Part 2)

Free is still good, and in the second article on the subject posted on July 23rd, we list more A-B, RS, and RA software you can legally download for free. Find the additional links to download free software in the full article HERE.

FactoryTalk Activation Grace Period

Did your PC with your Rockwell FactoryTalk Activation just die? Fear not, in this article posted on October 24th, we tell you all about Rockwell’s FactoryTalk Activation grace period. Learn all about it in the full article HERE.

Moving (aka rehosting) a Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk Activation

Changing PC’s and need to move your Rockwell FactoryTalk Activation? In this article posted on September 26th, we show you it’s as easy as 1-2-3. Find out the details in the full article HERE.

I hope you’ve found this “best of 2013” article helpful.

If you have your own favorite article, or have a question about one of the above articles, please feel free to click on the “post a comment or question” link below.

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2014!

Until next time, Peace ✌️ 

Shawn M Tierney
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