Have you ever wondered how some web sites put a small logo for their web sites in the address bar next to their web address.
I did, but I found a web page called How to display your web site logo on the address bar and in the favorites list that not only explains how to do it, but also provides a small utility that you can use to convert a pictures into the required .ico file.
Donald over at the Burleson Consulting web site has a very useful looking Q & A on how to do date arithmetic in Oracle. While it’s not something I or probably many people will need to use every day, it might come in very handy next time you do need to calculate how many days it is until next Christmas, Easter, Public Holiday.
At my work the standard desktop setup comes with Windows Media Player installed. But they have it locked down so that you can’t use any of the library options or anything. Basically just play files.
However, it isn’t too hard to get around this and enable full mode.
One of the main reason I purchased my iPod Touch was to watch videos on the train on the way to work. And this has been work out great for me. One of the small problems I had was there seemed to be certain show that it didn’t want to sync properly.
I have the TV Shows set to sync the “5 least recent unwatched”, and this works OK for most TV shows that I add to iTunes myself. However for one particular show, it seemed to be choosing episode 10 onwards, instead of episode 1 onwards. I couldn’t for the life of me work out why. All the files had the same date, the same time. There was no reason.
Then I found The Complete Guide to Managing iTunes Videos at the iLounge.
In their guide I found that “when dealing with the various ‘recent’ settings, iTunes bases this on the date the episode was added to iTunes, not on the episode number, episode ID, or release date.”
After reading that I removed all the episodes from my library, added them again all at once, and tried sync’ing again.
Thank you iLounge.
If you’ve had the chance to try the new Media Center in Windows 7 you may have noticed that there is a new Optimize option ‘hidden’ on one of the menus.
I turned the option on, but wondered what it did. After a little digging I how a post on Ed Bott’s Media Central blog“ that explains it. It basically just restarts Media Center.
I was recently reading an LifeHacker blog post about how to setup an SSH proxy for ‘secure’ web browsing from a non secure location. While this was interesting, I don’t really need it. One thing it didn’t mention that peaked my interest was that you can use multiple Firefox profiles.
I hadn’t realized this. It’s not too hard to setup, but you do need to do some command line trickery. I thought it might be useful to setup on my work laptop. At work I need to use a proxy, but if I take my laptop home, I don’t use a proxy. So a quick way to swap between proxy and no-proxy would be very handy.
These 40 WordPress Optimisation tips by Yoast look like some very usefull tips. I havn’t had a chance to setup all that many of them yet however, so I can’t vouche for all of them.
I had a weird problem with my wife’s iPod recently. When I connected it I got and error saying “iTunes has detected an iPod in recovery mode – Use iTunes to restore” but if I logged into the PC as myself it worked fine.
It turns out that it was a drive mapping problem. My wife had a network drive connect to E: and the iPod was trying to use the same letter. I guess I don’t have that letter mapped when i log on. I simply remapped the drive and it started working OK.
Although Windows 7 media center does a very good job of creating thumbnails for all the videos, sometimes they’re just not good enough.
Luckly there is a simple answer. Simply put a JPG file in the same location as the movie file, with the same name (but different extension of course) and media center will use that image as a thumbnail.
However, if you’re looking for good thumbnails you can’t use just any image. It has to be the right dimensions. The actual image size appears to be 320×420, but if you use an image that is 1024×768 it gets scaled down nicely as well.
If you don’t have ready access to an image for your movie, heres a tip for using google to find the right image size.
If the search field type
groundhog day imagesize:1024x768
That will return all images relating to “groundhog day” of the size 1024×768
I had to add an IDE hard drive into a Solaris server the other day and couldn’t remember all the commands you need to use to get the system to see the new drive, partition it and format it.
But luckly I found a very helpful page over at http://www. idevelopment.info called Adding Second IDE Hard Drive into a Blade 100/150
As it turns out I wasn’t adding a drive into a Blade 100 server, but all the commands i needed were there and I got it going.