Huge Update

22 June 2011, 17:20

I have added a link on my twitter account. I do post more than once per two years there. And some of them are even interesting, all you need is a lower expectation bar.

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Smiling..

7 December 2009, 11:19

..I’ve yet to see someone doing it by themselves when commuting and reminiscing. Is it because they’re so unhappy? Or too afraid they might be seen? Either thought is worrying.

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Ringtones

17 September 2009, 21:52

Zeitgeist has it that our individuality and freedom of expression is suppressed as much as it’s conveniently conveyed through the ringtone we use in our mobile phone.

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How to download/save Quicktime trailers when Apple doesn't really want you to.

5 September 2009, 02:51

Getting to save those pesky Apple.com trailers on our hard drive was easy, if you knew how: One simply had to open the source of the webpage the trailer was embedded in, find the desired resolution and add an “h” before it and tada, you could let your download manager do the dirty work. Another nice alternative if you were a Firefox user, was to have the Greasemonkey Apple Trailer Download script installed, which essentially did the same thing.

Alas, since mid-August 2009 Apple added an extra measure to ensure that only Quicktime can save those movies. This is where another Firefox Extension comes in handy, called User Agent Switcher. Only thing left to do is add a custom user agent value of “QuickTime/7.6.2 (qtver=7.6.2;os=Windows NT 5.1Service Pack 3)”, for example and you’re back in business. Just make sure you don’t pass the URL along to an external download manager, since it will use its own user agent.

Another option is to input the custom user agent to a download manager directly, FlashGet does have that capability. Big props go to the guys in the Apple Trailer Download forum, namely rbot and hach22 without which I wouldn’t have anyone to blatantly steal their enlightened knowledge from.

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File deletion issues?

5 September 2009, 02:41

A major headache in this regard are Adobe’s Flash objects/libraries, it’s nigh impossible to delete for example, Flash?.ocx et al from your Windows system folder.

For this and all related issues regarding in use system protected files, folders etc. comes a wonderful little utility which admittedly doesn’t come handy on a daily basis, but it does get its money’s worth (especially since it’s free), called Unlocker by Cedrick Collomb. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

Worthy of note is that there are actually plenty of similar utilities out there (who would have guessed ;-)), and of course Microsoft has a poor man’s command line utility called inuse that does a similar job.

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