Deleting Auto Complete URL or Item/Entry in FireFox Address/Search Bar/Text Field

03.04.2010 Comments Off on Deleting Auto Complete URL or Item/Entry in FireFox Address/Search Bar/Text Field

If you use Firefox regularly, overtime you’ll accumulate auto-complete suggestions and url history which are misspelled words or incorrectly typed email addresses. It’s easy to clear ALL auto-complete information, but I’ve been looking for a way to delete a single auto-complete suggestion or URL from the Firefox history (such as an invalid or mistyped url). Last night I finally found the solution (I’m not sure why I never tried this before, it’s certainly straight forward enough)

If you want to delete a single item / entry (or URL) from:

  • Firefox’s Address Bar History
  • Firefox’s Search Bar (on the top right)
  • Firefox’s Text Field Auto-complete (within any web page)

…Simply start typing as you normally would, when it start to give auto-complete suggestions you can use the arrow keys to highlight the entry to you want to delete. Once highlighted, press the delete key and it will delete the single entry. (If for some reason that doesn’t work try Shift+Delete, but ...Read More

Windows 7 Explorer RAM Usage

01.20.2010 Comments Off on Windows 7 Explorer RAM Usage

I upgraded from windows XP X64 to Windows 7 Ultimate (64-Bit) a few weeks ago. I’ve been using Windows XP X64 on my last 2 machines, which has been for the past 6 or so years. For those unfamiliar, Explorer.exe is a process used for the start menu, browsing folders, and some other windows functions. With windows XP this process used between 20-60MB of ram about 95% of the time. I would say this is true with almost all Windows XP machines, both 32 and 64-bit.

Today I noticed that Windows Explorer in Windows 7 uses around 200-300MB of ram when idle, and as I’m writing this is currently using 1300-1700MB of RAM for reasons unknown to me. I’m not sure why this is, but on top of the fact that it’s using a ton of RAM, it’s roughtly10% less responsive than Windows XP.

To sum it all up…If you upgrade to Windows 7 from Windows XP X64, in my ...Read More

Android HTC Hero/Eris x264 (h.264) video encoding with HandBrake

11.21.2009 Comments Off on Android HTC Hero/Eris x264 (h.264) video encoding with HandBrake

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Note: This article focuses on the HTC Hero, but should work just as well for the HTC Eris.

The HTC Hero can play a variety of video codecs and formats, but there’s one far better than the rest. That would be the x264 codec, which is the open-source version of the h.264 codec. According to the HTC Hero’s specs it’s able to play x264 mpeg4s (.mp4), so I wasn’t going to settle for anything less. Finding the correct settings turned out to be a close to impossible task, but after some testing I figured it out. My goal was to create a profile in handbrake that could output a video, which would play perfectly smooth, have good quality, and wouldn’t take up too much space.

As for those who don’t know what handbrake is…it’s a open-source application used for encoding and transcoding video into other formats. In my case, going from a DVD to a format that would work on ...Read More

Skype with Google Voice (Voicemail Issues)

09.16.2009 Comments Off on Skype with Google Voice (Voicemail Issues)
Skype Voicemail Options

Skype Voicemail Options

Of course one of the issues with Google Voice,  are voicemail issues. Not so much with Google Voice itself, but having many phone systems that all have their own built in voicemail services. When I first setup Skype I realized that having voicemail turned on would be problematic, so I unchecked the button labeled “Send unanswered calls to voicemail”. Unfortunately what I did not realized is the voicemail settings are part of the application and don’t effect your Skype account.

A few days ago I was having trouble getting an expected call from a client. None of my 2 phones connected to Google Voice or Skype rang, but a few minutes later voice mails started coming in. Although I was getting no type of notification from Skype that I was getting a call or had a new voicemail, email notifications were being sent to me (Skype notifications, not GV). I noticed Skype froze up and the icon ...Read More

Could Apple make iTunes 9 any harder to install with X64?

09.13.2009 Comments Off on Could Apple make iTunes 9 any harder to install with X64?

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You'll be seeing this a lot...

The short answer is NO, I don’t think they could…

A while back Apple released the 64 bit version of iTunes. Since its release, I’ve had to upgrade iTunes 3 times and each time it has taken 4+ hours to both install iTunes AND get it working with my iPod Touch. What bugs me is rather than giving you the option to install with a warning saying, “You’re on your own…X64 isn’t supported by us” they put a bunch of restrictions on the installers. I’ve been using the 64-bit version for a long time now and have yet to see any aspect of the program that is not supported on my computer.

So, here’s the ridiculous process (in a super-condensed list format)

  1. Download iTunes from Apple’s website.
  2. Open the installer and have it tell you the installer is 32-bit and you should use 64-bit.
  3. Go back to Apple’s website and hunt down the 64-bit
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Google Voice Transcript Test (not even close…)

07.20.2009 Comments Off on Google Voice Transcript Test (not even close…)

I’ve been playing with Google Voice over the last week or so, and although there’s some minor issues overall it’s awesome. I finally decided it was time to test the so called “feature” of Google Voice being able to transcribe your voicemail, and then email or send a text message with the content. I was almost sure it would be no better than other voice recognition technologies and my suspicions were quickly confirmed.

This is the default welcome message from Google Voice:

Welcome to Google Voice! Google Voice gives you a single phone number that rings all your phones, saves your voicemail online, and transcribes your voicemail to text. Other cool features include the ability to listen in on messages while they are being left and the ability to make low cost international calls. To start enjoying Google Voice, just give out your Google Voice number. You can record custom greetings for your favorite callers or block annoying callers by

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Making email links open with Google Apps Mail / Gmail

07.19.2009 Comments Off on Making email links open with Google Apps Mail / Gmail

I’ve been using Google Apps for a while now and one of the things that bothers me is when I click a mailto link on a web page I get outlook instead of Gmail. After a few tries I figured out a way to have mailto links passed to Gmail. In my case I use Firefox 3.5 as my default web browser, but I use Google Chrome for my email because of the Application Shortcuts. It makes Gmail feel more like standalone software, which I like.

This tutorial will show you how to make email links (mailto links) open a new window in Chrome, and automatically compose a new message using Gmail or Google Apps. If you’re using Firefox, you can have a look at this tutorial on lifehacker.com . For the advanced users, you can jump to the bottom of this page and grab the end results.

I can’t confirm all the operating systems this will work on, but ...Read More