Sunday, July 31, 2011

How to Get the Old Chat Interface Back in Facebook?

Old-time Facebook users who hate the new sidebar chat can relax. "SocialReviver" is a free extension which helps you in disabling the new chat sidebar and return to the good old  Facebook chat sidebar.

Download Link for:

♦  Mozilla Firefox
♦  Google Chrome
♦  Opera

Features of SocialReviver :
  • Disable the Chat Sidebar and return to the Old Normal Chat.
  • Use Friend Lists in Chat to limit your availability and group your Chat contacts.
  • Don't let your friends know when you read the messages they send to you in chat.
  • Link the name in chat windows titlebar to contact's profile

You can also reorder and manualy update your contact list using the options present in the chat menu. To use video chat, just open a normal chat tab and click the video icon in title bar of the conversation.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Firefox's about: commands (and easter eggs!)

Firefox (and other browsers) have a special URI scheme to display internal pages, or built-in functions. These commands start with an "about:" followed something, for example - "about:blank" displays a blank page.
These commands can be quite handy sometimes. For example, yesterday, I was searching for how to use the "sync tabs" feature of  Firefox 4 and 5. I knew how to enable tabs sync, but I did not know where I could access the synced tabs. Of course, if I had just gone through the menu, I would have found it under "History > Tabs from Other Computers". But, Firefox 4 and 5 have their menu bars hidden by default, and so I searched online and came upon another way to do that: just type "about:sync-tabs" in the address bar (without quotes), and there are your tabs.

So, I decided to find a list of all about: commands which can be used in Firefox. And I found some easter eggs among them. Here are the commands that I found to be working on my version of Firefox:

Easter Eggs:
  • about:mozilla
    Shows a verse from the fictional Book of Mozilla.

  • about:robots
    Try it in your own browser, or see the screenshot below.

General Information Pages:
  • about:
    Shows information about Firefox.
  • about:blank
    Shows a blank page
  • about:home
    Shows the Firefox home page with a Google search bar.
  • about:addons
    Shows the addons page
  • about:sync-tabs
    Shows tabs synced from other computers (tab syncing has to be enabled).
  • about:sync-logs
    Shows the sync logs
  • about:credits
    Shows credits
  • about:license
    Shows the Mozilla Public License.
  • about:rights
    Shows licensing information and your rights.
  • about:logo
    Shows the logo used on the about: screen.
    Advanced Information Pages:
    • about:plugins
      Shows installed, currently enabled plug-ins.
    • about:buildconfig
      Shows the arguments and options used to compile the Firefox build in use.
    • about:cache
      Shows information about the data in the browser cache.
    • about:cache?device=disk
      Shows the disk cache device info, keys, and data.
    • about:cache?device=memory
      Shows the memory cache device info, keys, and data.
    • about:crashes
      Shows details of crashes submitted by Mozilla's crash reporter.
    • about:memory
      Shows memory usage.
    • about:config
      Shows the firefox configuration page with a lot of configuration options.
    • about:support
      Shows troubleshooting information.
    Other Pages:
    • about:privatebrowsing
      Can be used to switch to private browsing mode. 
    • about:sessionrestore
      Shows an interface for viewing about last session.
    • about:blocked
      Shows the malware protection page used when the browser identifies a page as not safe for viewing.
    •  about:certerror
      Shows the error page used when an SSL/TLS certificate is untrusted or otherwise invalid.
    • about:feeds
      Shows the page used when clicking the rss feed icon in the address bar.
    • about:neterror
      Shows the error page used when the browser could not access the requested path.

    Update : Check my new post for some more "about" commands.

    If I missed something, you can let me know in the comments.

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      Sunday, July 24, 2011

      Enable Checkboxes for Easier Selection in Windows Vista and 7

      For years, Windows users have used a two-handed procedure for selecting multiple files that weren’t next to each other. With one hand they would hold down the CTRL key and with the other they would click each file’s name. An easier alternative, could be that you enable checkboxes in Windows Explorer. This will let you select any number of files or folders in a window, consecutive or non-consecutive, with one hand using the mouse itself. It isn’t enabled by default, however, and you have to turn the feature on by going to "Folder Options".

      1. Open My computer or explorer window. Below the address bar, look for "Organize". Click on it and select "Folder and Search Options". A window will pop up.

      2. In the window click on the "view" tab. Now find  “Use check boxes to select items.” and check it.

      3. Click "Apply" and "OK".

      From now on, a check box will appear to the left of a file name whenever the mouse is hovered over it. Click the file to put a check in the box and select the file. The file will stay selected until you remove the check or close the Explorer window.