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Internet Explorer 5.2

Internet Explorer 5.2

I’m surprised it even runs in Leopard.

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December 29, 2008 at 11:11 am

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Windows 7 Beta

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win7I managed to get my hands on the beta for Windows 7. It’s a definite improvement over Vista. It boots faster, and it’s pretty stable.

ZDNet has a review of it here.

There are multiple torrents floating around out there; i’d recommend Vuze, or Transmission.

Update: You can download the official beta by following these instructions.

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December 28, 2008 at 11:58 pm

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Fennec (Mobile Firefox) Alpha 2

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Mozilla has released the second alpha of the mobile version of Firefox a.k.a. Fennec. New features include faster loading speeds, smoother transitions, and improved usability. There are three new recommended extensions, AutoAuth, URL Fixer, and TwitterBar. AutoAuth adds password memorization, URL Fixer does what you’d think, and TwitterBar lets you post twitter updates by entering them into the url bar. There’s a no-install desktop version for all platforms and an installable version for the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet.

Screenshots!

fennec1

fennec2

Tabs

Tabs

Back/Forward, Tools, and Bookmarks

Back/Forward, Tools, and Bookmarks

Addons

Addons

Autosuggest

Autosuggest

Flash don't work, except sound

Flash don't work, except sound

Aside from having the scariest logo ever (it reminds me of Pinky and the Brain), it looks like a promising mobile browser to rival Mobile Opera and Explorer (and maybe even Safari).

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December 23, 2008 at 5:57 pm

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New (as in old) Computers

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My Dad’s company had an auction on old IBMs, and he managed to get two for just $200. They’re both Pentium 4s, one’s a desktop, and the other’s a tower. They’re both NetVista, but I’m not sure of the exact model:

Tower

Desktop

The Tower has 1GB RAM, which is more than adequate, but I cannibalized the old PC 300GL and put some of its  RAM into the Desktop. Now it has more than 700MB. The PC 300 died a useful death:

dsc02767

I’m probably going to put Linux on the Tower, maybe an Ubuntu minimal again. The Desktop will keep Windows XP, since we’ll be giving it to my sister, and she isn’t used to Linux (“It’s not that hard,” I tell her).

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December 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm

Hacking Myspace for Project Playlist

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Update: Thanks to a tip from Doug, I tried using Playlist’s regular Myspace code, and it seems to be working, but if yours’ is still blocked, this should still work.

Recently I discovered that Myspace has blocked Project Playlist. This pissed me off. A lot.

Where my playlist should be, there’s just this:

annoyance

So I was searching for a way to fool myspace into letting me have my playlist, and it turns out there’s a simple hack that’ll do the trick.

In the embed code for your playlist, you need to replace

src=”YaddaEtcWhatever”

with a shortened URL. Only do this with the first “src” you see. I’ve only tested this with Snipurl, but any other service like Tinyurl should work just as well.

And now it works:

MyspacePWNed

Take that, Myspace!

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December 22, 2008 at 9:13 pm

Making Windows Behave Like Openbox

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My favorite window manager in Linux is Openbox, but when I have to boot into Windows (no iTunes on Linux), I have to use the Start Menu, which can be a pain for anyone accustomed to the root menu in Openbox. So following a tip from the How-To Geek, I decided to make the right-click context menu in Windows behave more like Openbox’s root menu.

To do this, I opened regedit.exe, the registry editor. You can find it by using Vista’s search, or the run command. Just enter “regedit”.

Regedit looks like this when I start it:

regedit

I browsed down to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell, which looks like this:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell

And right-clicked on “shell” and chose New->Key:

New->Key

I named the new key the name of the application I want to appear in the context menu. For now, Google Chrome:

Naming the Key "Chrome"

Then I right-clicked on “Chrome” and did New->Key again. This time I named it “command” (in lowercase):

Naming it "command"

Next, I found the file the contained the .exe for Chrome, and copied it’s path by shift-rightclicking and choosing “Copy as Path”:

Shift-rightclick "Copy as Path"

Now that I had the path to Chrome’s .exe, all I had  to do was edit the key for “command” that I created earlier, and paste in the path by double-clicking on “(Default)”:

Paste the path by double-clicking "(Default)"

And now my context menu looks like this:

Context Menu

It’s certainly not as easy as using Obmenu, but it gets the job done.

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December 16, 2008 at 11:50 am

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What Happens When Wii Meets LCD

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Ouch.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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December 16, 2008 at 8:58 am

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