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Reduce Firefox Memory Usage

August 30th, 2007 Comments off
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Drag and drop an iTunes playlist’s songs into a folder

August 30th, 2007 Comments off

from Lifehacker:

Regarding transferring songs out of iTunes, readers point out that you can select, drag and drop songs from iTunes to a Windows Explorer or Mac Finder window to copy them to a destination folder, a much easier method than Friday’s iTunes Export tack. However, the drag and drop method does NOT create an M3U playlist like iTunes Export does. Also, when I tested drag and drop on an extra large playlist (over a thousand songs), it refused to do a thing. For shorter lists it worked like a charm. Thanks, ‘hackers!

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Firefox Tip: Jump to Site Subpages with Ctrl+Enter

August 30th, 2007 Comments off

from Lifehacker:

You already know you can use Ctrl+Enter to avoid typing http://www or .com when entering URLs in the Firefox address bar. Along those same lines, you can even go to a web site’s subpages without typing the protocol or top level domain. Try it: type apple/trailers into the Firefox address bar and press Ctrl+Enter (Cmd+Enter for Mac users). Her Foxiness will fill in the http://www and .com in all the right places and zip you right along to Apple’s Trailers section of the site. Same works for lifehacker/software/downloads, too. Nifty!

You can also use shift+enter in a similar way – wraps “www.” and “.net” around whatever you type.

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Identify an external modem

June 29th, 2007 Comments off

In addition to packing and identification stickers, you can identify an external modem by installing as a ‘standard modem’, running the diagnostics and reading the responses for AT13 and AT16.

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Offline Files tips

June 28th, 2007 Comments off

“Incorrect Function” Error

When synchronizing offline files, some files give an error:

“Unable to make ‘Filename.ext’ available offline on \\Server\Share\Folder. Incorrect function.”

Solution found here

  1. Open My Computer
  2. Goto Tools–>Options
  3. Click on the Offline Files tab.
  4. Hold down CTRL+SHIFT and click DELETE FILES. This will completely clear the client cache and re-sync after a reboot.

“Files of this type cannot be made available offline” Error

Error message:

“Warnings occurred while Windows was synchronizing your data. Results: Offline files. Unable to make file name available offline. Files of this type cannot be made available offline.”

To suppress error message for specific file types:


To change the error message display for all types: (from here)
To change this default behavior, use Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe) to locate the following key in the registry:


Add the following registry value:

Value Name: KeepProgressLevel
Data Type: REG_DWORD
Value: 1 (hexadecimal)

You can add the following values and then quit Registry Editor:

1 – Pause on errors.
2 – Pause on warnings.
3 – Pause on errors and warnings.
4 – Pause and display INFO.
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Stalk your tube line with Twitter

June 13th, 2007 Comments off


I have been struggling to see the point of to be honest, but here’s something that does make it a little useful – Tom Morris has written a script that updates Twitter accounts with the current status

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View CHKDSK log

April 26th, 2007 Comments off

The log for CHKDSK can be found in the Windows Event Log. It’s in the Applications log and the source will be listed as Winlogon.

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Installing additional Ubuntu software

January 29th, 2007 Comments off

To install additional software required to support various types of multimedia:

The GUI way

  1. Applications->Add/Remove Applications.
  2. Type xine into the search box at the top.
  3. Find “Xine extra plugins” in the list and tick it.
  4. Find and select “Gstreamer extra codec” and “Sun Java 5.0 Plugin”
  5. Press OK.

The Command Line way

This is much quicker as long as you know the names of the packages you want to install.

  1. Install codecs etc:
    sudo apt-get install sox vorbis-tools flac lame mpg321 faad faac
  2. Install the Xine-backend version of Totem:
    sudo apt-get install totem-xine

Flash v9

The version of Flash in Ubuntu 6.10 is v7 which is quite old. Lots of websites now require version 9, which is easy to install in Firefox:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the green jigsaw piece icon to install the current version of Flash.
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CSS Code to allow Image Float in WordPress Themes

January 29th, 2007 Comments off

To enable the ability to float images left or right, add the following code to the CSS stylesheet.

Obviously this works for any web page, I just happen to be doing it for this blog on WordPress.

Read more…

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Pastebin tools

January 29th, 2007 Comments off

A pastebin is a website that allows you to paste text in order to share it with someone else on the web. They are useful for troubleshooting all sorts of programming and configuration issues. appears to be the original, and it allows a wide variety of syntax highlighting and also the creation of private Pastebins (private in the sense that only your content should be on there, but still available to anyone who knows the URL) doesn’t appear to be working properly at the moment so I can’t say much about it.

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