If you ever need to turn some Android-based device (like a spare tablet) into single-function device (like auto-started browser with precisely selected website and all other functions disabled) then there’s a great article at Android Enthusiasts that explains in quick, sharp words, what you need to achieve this (some time and cash).
Sometimes QNAP changes file owner to
admin:administ (actually to
admin user in
administrators group) which may cause some troubles on certain FTP operations when you’re logged in to QNAP’s FTP server with user different than
admin (using this user to operate on FTP is a quite great mistake and you should always use other, less privileged user for this).
chown command you can easily fix this.
I’m using newest version of webtrees (1.7.9) and even though I have Control panel > Manage family trees > Preferences > Lists > The date and time of the last update set to
Hide, I could clearly see that field in
Facts and events sections of each person’s record.
Here is the solution how to hide that (and many more sections).
There are several ways, how one can access a website. Using domain name (i.e.
http//www.example.com/) is one of most popular. We can also use IP address (i.e.
http://188.8.131.52/). In certain situations URL can be “enhanced” with port number, login and password etc.
Less known option is that in internal network you can access an URL using… MAC address. You only need to enclose it inside square brackets i.e.:
This will, of course, work in any other situation where you know MAC address of the destination device.
When you press Alt+F7 in Total Commander, you have access to really powerful search functionality. Unfortunately, the
Load/Save tab allows loading and saving of search parameters, not the search results.
However, there’s a hidden gem that allows you to copy search results to clipboard and then you can paste them to Notepad and save them to file. Just press Ctrl+C when list of search results is focused. A single “blink” of window will tell you that contents are copied to clipboard.
…and other synced data.
If you purge your local sensitive data in one of computers (i.e. on shared PC) while you’re logged-in to your Google account then — due to some serious stupidity in Google Chrome — you will purge the same set of data from your Google account as well. Each device that syncs data with this account will, as a result, purge its local sensitive data next time it contacts Google servers.
This article presents a list of solutions you can try to apply in situations like this.
I’m as big fan (maniac) of perfectly crafted movie subtitles as I’m a regular expression newbie (ignorant). I simply don’t understand them and I’m pretty scared of each attempt / need of using them.
Until today, my biggest problem about movie subtitles were “sound-like” sentences. Manual removal of 100+ lines out of 400+ subtitle files wasn’t and option. Today, I said to myself, that I’m going to sit by the computer until I don’t figure out a regular expression, which I can feed into Notepad++ and replace all of this junk-like (at least to me) text out of each of my movie subtitle.
So I did. Finding proper regular expression for such extremely easy task is a snap of fingers for every regular expression freak. For regexp-ignorant, like me, it took no more than five minutes, so I managed to get on time for diner back home.
If your Windows Update process hits the wall with error code
8024200d then you may find really strange solutions, including suggestions to restart all services and boot system in a clean mode.
The truth is that error
8024200d means nothing more than the fact that Windows Update downloaded a malfunctioned version of update. And this is the only reason on why it is not able to install it.
And the solution is as simple as — install it manually by yourself.
I’ve got brand new Intel NUC Kit. With powerful processor, lots of RAM, M.2 disk and… absolutely no way to install Windows 7 except for using properly prepared USB stick. And so, for the first time in my life, I have a no-DVD computer and for the first time in past seven years (since I started using Windows 7) I was forced to figure out good, old Windows 7 USB installation way.
Using own images as desktop wallpapers in Windows 7 isn’t that easy and obvious task, because most of the time clicking
Browse... button in
Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Personalization > Desktop Background simply brings no effect.
And there are many solutions to workaround this problem. Of which the brute-force one I prefer the most.
There’s a fairly easy way to diable all transformations, transitions and animations introduced in CSS3, which often are being used in a nasty way, just as Flash animations were used ten years ago and as
.gif images were used twenty years ago.
This article also show how to set styles for absolutely every element in document.
I was aware that a limit of 25 MB per single message posted to Google Groups exists, but I wasn’t aware of any other limits and thus I was quite surprise to find out that Google Groups web interface block me from sending a message with just a two files, having 16 MB size in total.
I’m testing my mobile applications on various number of mobile devices with Windows Phone system on-board. And Windows 7’s creators are stupid enough to develop this feature in the way, that all Windows Phone-based devices are named
Windows Phone. Eventually, I ended up with four different mobile phones listed in
Devices and Printers section under
Windows Phone name. I needed a way to rename each of them to display correct model.
This is possible in Windows 7 and this is fairly easy, though pretty nice hidden, so some may claim that renaming mobile device is not possible.
The most basic way of adding a “connector” from one part of Word document to another section, header or place is achieved by adding a bookmark followed by creating a hyperlink to that bookmark. This is a two-step process that involves using two different windows and a lot of typing and clicking.
There’s a much, much faster one-way method of achieving the same.
Markdown formatter in WordPress (Jetpack’s one) by default does not format parts inside block elements:
<div style="margin-left: 50px"> Thus, _this_ will **not** work! </div>
But, with addition of
markdown="1" you can enable the magic:
<div style="margin-left: 50px" markdown="1"> And _this_ **will** work! </div>
I love simple solutions!
This has been reported to be happening after fresh install of Windows 7 SP 1. But, it happened to me on an old netbook with Windows installed three years a go or more as well. There were also reports, that fix shown in this article can help for Windows Vista SP2 not being able to install any new updates. I’m also pretty sure, that certain Microsoft downloads (even those offline) are affected by this problem, i.e. until you fix it, you won’t be able to install .NET Framework (for example) on freshly installed Windows 7 SP1.
Anyway, if at any point of time on any Windows you’ll notice, that Windows Update hasn’t updated any new updates for past few weeks or if searching for new updates in Windows Update hangs forever or you run into some weird problems with installing Microsoft tools then you should read this article, as you may find fix for your problem and many useful links here.
Currently the only official way of downloading Windows 7 ISO image is by visiting Windows 7 Disc Images website and providing valid license key. There is no official way to download these images, if you don’t have a key. Fortunately raymond.cc brought a nifty workaround, found by one of the Russian groups of net-freaks.
As a conclusion to this post, here is a world-fastest way to download Twitter video, without need to play with 3rd-party software, online services or digging through Twitter website’s source code. Nice, fast and clean way to grab Twitter-posted videos…
By a complete accident I have found a cool feature in Windows 7 (probably works in other versions as well), that allows you to use Windows and keyboard arrows to quickly change active window placement.
You can change horizontal placement (i.e. pick to which screen margin active windows sticks) as well as vertical placement (i.e. quickly maximize or minimize active window).
My six years old QNAP TS-210 was key solution for my most important data backup back in 2012. That’s the moment, when I first time heard about Unison (webpage, Wikipedia). Its idea (a free, self-hosted alternative to Dropbox, limited in size only by free space on your device) caught my heart and I immediately felt in love with it.
Unfortunately, after struggling with it for over a few months I finally failed getting it back to QNAP and turned into some alternative solutions (Bittorrent Sync, Dropbox, OneDrive). However, someone did finally find a solution and answered my four years old post. This obligates me to share this knowledge. Have a good reading.
When preparing an application for publication in Google Play, you can provide description and other details of your application in as many languages as you want, directly in Google Play Developer Console.
You won’t find anything similar in Windows Phone Dev Center. This is, because Windows Marketplace is the only market of “big three” platforms, that require you to declare supported languages inside your application before you’ll be able to create store impression for your application in different languages.
There’s an extremely fast, two-step way to download any Facebook video to your local computer. You don’t need any software or 3rd party website. You don’t actually need anything, except for the any web browser and Facebook account, you’ll be logged-in to. Downloading any Facebook video in just 10 seconds! Impossible?
If even after repeated attempts, you can’t change Windows Search / Index Service location to a different folder or disk, then this comment may be your answer and solution — keep in mind, that you must change index location to an empty directory.
Default, system DVD burning program in Windows 7 is widely known for being very unstable and having burned-down (wasted, destroyed) DVDs ratio even as high as 20-30% (meaning, that you successfully burn only seven DVDs out of ten). If using more stable, dedicated software is not an option (for various reasons), you have to survive hell of using default burner. However, the fact, that DVD is burned-down doesn’t necessary mean, that you should recycle that DVD. In many case you can re-used in future.
This article started as a simple guide, on how you can re-use disk, that were damaged by native Windows burning software. But, since I was burning about 30 DVD DL files, when writing this text, I also included some tips and extra general information on burning disks and using UDF-formatted DVDs. So, this post may become useful even to those, who does not have any problems with disk burnout process under Windows.
I had a serious problems with OneDrive on Windows 8.1. I wasn’t able to access my folder or OneDrive settings (to at least login to OneDrive account and start syncing). I wasn’t evan able to start OneDrive or see its icon in file explorer. Ultimately, I gave up and “resolved” my problem by upgrading system to Windows 10. However, you may use this article as a kind of checklist to see, if you have checked everything, when resolving your problems with OneDrive under Windows 8.1.