Category Archives: How-to

Thank you Firefox

I just stumbled upon something in Mozilla Firefox that saved me a lot of time: Recently Closed Tabs.

I had just finished typing up a new wiki page and just before saving, I accidentally closed the tab I was working in. After a quick moment of panic, I thought to myself, “Maybe Firefox has a feature to undo the closing of that tab.”

A quick click on the History menu revealed Recently Closed Tabs. I could instantly open up the tab again, complete with all the text I had just typed in my wiki entry. Thank you Firefox!

This has saved me about 10 minutes today, and probably many more future minutes. It also follows inline with an article that I read recently. The article explains the importance of providing an “undo” feature just like the one in Firefox that saved me today.

Update Apr 10, 2013 – This is now supported in most major web browsers.

Truth-Gammon

Backgammon

Truth-gammon (or maybe T-gammon) is a game I just thought of while playing backgammon with a co-worker. I call it Truth-gammon because I think it truly exposes the strengths and weaknesses of backgammon players. Here’s how you play:

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A tip from Inch’s bathroom

Have you ever been frustrated by condensation on your bathroom mirror when you get out of the shower? Are you annoyed when you wipe it off only to discover that you’ve now created streaks on your mirror, and the condensation just comes right back anyway? Here’s a discovery I made a couple months ago to get rid of your foggy mirror after a hot shower.

Simply use a hair dryer on its hot setting and move it in a circle over the area you would like cleared. At first, it won’t look like it has any effect, but then after a few seconds, the mirror will become crystal clear. Also, because you’re using hot air, the mirror heats up and doesn’t allow more condensation to form after you’ve cleared it off.

You can now shave, brush your teeth or style your fancy hair with confidence and a clear image staring back at you.

iTunes 7 – Unnamed Album Fix

For those of you who haven’t heard yet, Apple released version 7 of iTunes yesterday. The new version has lots of new features including movie support from the iTunes Music Store, iPod games, and way more support for album artwork including automatic downloading from the iTunes Music Store, and Cover Flow which is an awesome new way of showing all of your albums in iTunes visually.

One problem that people will notice almost immediately while browsing by album, is that any tracks that do not have an album name specified will automatically take up their own spot in your album browser. So if you have 20 tracks by an artist, but no album information specified, then each of those 20 tracks take up a spot in your album browser. It would be much better if Apple had grouped all of these tracks together in one “Unnamed Album”, but we wouldn’t be so lucky.

Here’s a simple fix that will rectify that problem lickety-split: In the album view, sort all your tracks by album name. All of the tracks with unnamed albums will go to the bottom of the list. Highlight all of those tracks, and view their info (Command+i on a Mac). You’ll get a warning about changing all the tracks at once, then simply type the album name “Unnamed” or “Unknown” or “null” or whatever you’d like. Click OK. All of the tracks will be assigned an album of that name.

Now when you’re browsing by artist, any tracks that previously took up their own spot in your album browser, are now grouped under an album named “Unnamed”. Voila!