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.
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
The guys and girls over at the Windows 7 Team Blog have announced that Windows 7 is on Track to Hit This Holiday Season. Exactly which holiday season they are referring to and how that fits in with our (Australian) calendar I’m not sure. But I’m guessing in time for Christmas. I would expect they would want it ready to go onto any new PCs people might be buying for Christmas or just as an upgrade gift.
In the mean time you can try out the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. It will analyse your system and let you know if your hardware and software is compatiable with Windows 7. There are no guantrees of course, but it is a pretty good guide.