Friday, March 26, 2010

Bring Your Own Firefox, Add-ons and Bookmarks.


Everytime I use University's computer for browsing, I must log-in to various website. It's a hassle to type all usernames, e-mails, and password all over again. Not to mention the ancient version of Mozilla (v3.2 or something) they use and lack of bookmarks and add-ons.

So I decided to bring my trusted Mozilla Firefox Portable in my Flash disk (after banging my head mentally wondering why I didn't think of it sooner in my half a year University life).

After installing Firefox to the Flash disk, the next step is to move all my bookmarks. As I mentioned in my previous post, I use X-marks (which I use to move my bookmarks  to Chrome also). Install, type username and password. Voila! All my bookmarks is there. And then, all I need to do is install the essential add-ons for speed and security.

Basically, that's all the steps and I do it in less than half an hour. And I believe it will save me the agony of typing usernames and passwords all over again. So, everytime I use other computer all I need to do is plug my Flash disk, open Firefox, and just start to browse.

You can see various suggestion of portable freeware in my favourite freeware suggestion site, Gizmo’s Freeware

Friday, March 19, 2010

Too Much Time

It's been a silent week over here. I'm in no mood for sharing anything that I found in internet or technology news. So I think I'll just share my thought with all. 

Let's start with mundane things that have little to no impact to you whatsoever. I'm in holiday. It doesn't have any significant meaning to you except that I will spend more time on the internet. It means I will be more willing to talk if you approach me in messenger and Facebook. Other than that? Honestly, no. If you are asking why I don't go to some place nice, here is the answer : Well, what do you think a poor college student can go to? I can go to the 'nice place' but I can do nothing there which means it will just waste my transportation money. On another note, money also play a big role on why I don't go back to my hometown. *sigh* 

Enough with the depressing no money talk. Let's go to more meaningful topic (hopefully more meaningful, anyway, :D). With so much free time in my hand, I don't really want to spend it uselessly. So I thought I will learn some topics that interest me. One of them is psychology. I'm learning about Eneagram now. It's pretty complete (and complex) psychology types (with 9 main types) compared to 4 types that I've ever learnt. Of course the 4 types psychology is much easier to learn, but somehow I find it not complete enough. There just seems to be so many exceptions and anomalies. OK, going back to the Eneagram. I hope when someday I'm quite proficient in Eneagram I can post some short explanation on them. So far, I'm quite convinced that I'm the Fifth type : The Observer. I have long struggling for determining whether I'm type 5 or 9 but I settled for 5, period. 

Well, even after some hard thinking, I still can't find anything useful or have effect on you. So, I will continue to speak about myself. My search for finding some game doesn't end up well. Freeware game is mostly crappy. Another sigh. Maybe God just doesn't want  me to waste my time in game? Maybe. I'll just try to find more interesting thing and hopefully more useful. 

I will close this post with some question and request. Please, I mean really please, can you tell me any useful but interesting time waster?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Hack Windows Taskbar Thumbnail Size and Time

This is just another cool link to another two useful post to hack the taskbar thumbnail in Windows 7.

To go to Lifehacker post that explain how to change the size of thumbnail, click here.

And this is post from How-to Geek to change how much time delay the thumbnail will show up after the mouse hover to that Taskbar. I use it to change to show up instantly, though.

Adding Keyboard Language

In my daily life, I usually use more than one language. I can say I’ve been living in multilingual culture and I’m thankful for that. In my hometown, I mostly use Indonesian and some Chinese language with my friends and family while I use English in internet while now in Malaysia I mostly use English and Mandarin and listen to Cantonese (I can only speak little, and I mean really little Cantonese). It’s funny and quite entertaining and sometimes feels weird.

Anyway, the important part is I need more than one input option. I’ve been wanting to search for way for it, but laziness beats me. So, when I found post of How-To Geek that shows me how to do it, it’s like Heaven sent gift. My overflowing RSS feeds in Google Reader is worth it just because of some great posts like those.
Basically, in Windows Vista and 7, adding Asian keyboard language is really easy. You just have  to tinker with the Control Panel a little. This is how I add Chinese in Windows 7, but the basic idea for Vista and other language should be there.

Start > Control Panel > Change keyboards and other input methods > Change keyboards >

Add language

You should arrive in some place like in the screenshot. From there, click Add… and add language you want. For some shortcut to change language, go to Advanced Key Settings tab. As you can see from the image, I choose Chinese Simplified Quan Ping because in my opinion, it’s the easiest Chinese input to use.

In Windows XP, adding the Asian language is a little bit more complicated. Head to the full post of How-to Geek to see the full screenshot and How-to.

Happy Geek-ing!