Friday, December 31, 2010

Firefox Tabs Won't Close: Solved

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I have been having this problem for the longest ever since the new version of Mozilla's Firefox browser was released.  It's random, but sometimes my tabs will just straight up not close when I try to use the "x" button or the Window's keyboard shortcut to close a tab, Ctrl + w.  Sometimes I was unable to close any tabs at all! This has been going on for months and I'm not the only one who has been having this problem.  Mozilla's answer has been to uninstall each of your add-ons one by one until you figure out which one is causing the who wants to do that?

After searching through the forum I finally came across someone who posted a possible solution that thankfully worked for me. It seems that the add-on Invisible Hand was doing some invisible magic that prevented me from closing my tabs.  

Hopefully this helps out many of you out there who've been having the same problem.
In the process, I also switched back to the Pale Moon browser.  In a nutshell, it's the same as Firefox except it runs 25% faster.  It even ports over your bookmarks, add-ons, etc. from Firefox upon installation. 
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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Temple Tips: Is Your Droid No Longer Playing Music?

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Is your Droid or Droid 2 suddenly no longer playing your music, mp3s, songs, or ringtones?  If you're trying to play one of the aforementioned items and you've suddenly started receiving the error that says "Sorry, the player does not support this type of audio file," then this is the fix for you.

To correct this problem turn off your phone, pull out the battery and turn your phone back on.

Everything should now be a-okay!

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Best Buy Gets Rid of Restocking Fees

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If you ever bought an electronic item from Best Buy and then took it back because it wasn't what you'd thought it'd be, then you know all about the company's 15% bogus restocking fee.  Last Christmas I bought my Dad a supposedly HD camera, but the quality was garbage.  I took it back and they told me that I'd have to pay $60 just for them to restock it (all I could think of was "get outta my face with that).  Thankfully this fee is now being phased out for the most part and applies to the following items:
  • computers                    
  • tablets
  • projectors
  • camcorders
  • digital cameras
  • radar detectors 
  • GPS units
  • in-car video systems & audio equipment
  • iPhones
If you returned an item after November 17th and were charged a restocking fee, Best Buy will offer you a refund.  This will come handy for those of you who have to return those unwanted holiday gifts.

Smart move Best Buy. Smart move. 

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Watch Your Favorite Bowl Games on Xbox Live

If you have an Xbox 360, no cable but would still like to watch the major bowl games, then you're in luck!  Just head over to your dashboard and you'll be able to watch the games live on the ESPN section of LIVE.

It's nice to see Microsoft making this an interactive event.  Before the games head over to the ESPN section on your console and you can make your picks for each of the bowl games.  Scores are kept so that you can see how you're stacking up against your friends.  While making your selections you can see which and how many of your friends picked which team as the winner for each game.  Doing so will also enter you into the sweepstakes to provide you with the opportunity to attend the ESPYs or take a trip to ESPN studios.   

You get a free ESPN avatar jersey as well as an ESPN avatar hat just for entering, so you really don't lose anything.  Check our for more details. 

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Apps 2 SD: Gain More Space on Your Android Phone (Rooted Only)

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This article is strictly for those of you with rooted phones.  If you aren't rooted but want to get a little more out of your device that may happen to be a little less powerful than those released this summer, feel free to take a look at what a rooted device can do.  The XDA community has lots of instructions and help on how to go about the process for your specific phone.  If you're not interested in rooting, please feel free to check out any of the previously written articles

The best part about owning a smartphone is the ability to download and play with literally thousands of apps.  However, a problem arises when your device runs out of space.  This is especially problematic for those of us with older devices who don't have gigabytes of internal memory to spare such as the Droid X (8GB of internal memory!).  I've been having this problem over the past few weeks, frequently getting the low disc space warning which haults any incoming text messages, voicemails and the downloading or updating of all apps.

I finally decided to do something about it and take advantage of the ability to completely install all of my apps to the SD card.  This is different than the feature built in Froyo, which doesn't completely do this.  To give you an idea of how great the Apps2SD feature is: before going through with the process I only had 22.31 MBs of available space.  After installing App2SD, I now have 92.86 MBs of available internal storage space left.  Got your attention now 'ey? :-)

Below is a guide I put together due to all of the scattered information available out there.  It took me forever to figure out how to do it the right way and hopefully this makes it much easier for anyone else going through the process.  I used tkirton's post to install Darktremor Apps2SD and danfrance's guide from Android Forums.

This guide is for those of your using a ROM from Cyanogenmod.

  1. If possible, move all of your apps to the internal memory
  2. Make a backup copy of everything on your SD card  and place it onto your computer
  3. Go to ROM manager and select "Backup Current ROM"
  4. Go to ROM  manager and select "Partition SD Card"
  5. Select the size to be 512MB and the Swap = 0
  6. Download Darktremor's Apps2SD and place it on the root of your SD card
  7. Take the backup of everything from your SD card before the partition and place it back on to the card
  8. Reboot into recovery and flash Download Darktremor's Apps2SD
From what I've read, this should be all that you have to do.  Check the links I posted if you're still having trouble.  If your internal memory is still low then you'll probably have to use move your Dalvik cache to your partition as well.  Instructions for that can be found here.

The only problem I'm having is getting my text messaging to work.  I have no idea what I did and it's frustrating lol.  I made a backup though so if I still can't get it to work I'll just put that back on.  If anyone knows how to fix this problem, please let me know :-(

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Texting Gone Wrong...Damn You Auto Correct!

When it comes to smartphones, there are two types of people.  The first type are those who absolutely refuse to have a device without a keyboard.  They've always had one, they stick by it, live by it and won't ever go without.  Then there are those who have gone to the other side.  Those who have tried going without the physical keyboard have realized that an all touch screen device isn't bad at all!

The best part about touchscreen devices are sometimes they can lead to funny typing moments.

(via. DYAC)

I LOVE this website!  It has all kind of crazy text message errors like the one above. even has an app for iPhone and Android.  Be warned though, you will be laughing out loud when you read these. Shout out to my sister for point me to this site!

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Xbox Live Reward Points

Microsoft is beginning to roll out it's Xbox Live Rewards program.  I read about this on Tuesday and today I received an e-mail.  Or as they put it, an "Exclusive Invitation to Xbox Live Rewards."  I don't know how exclusive this program really is, but at least it made me feel special when I first viewed my inbox.  According the Microsoft, this program will enable to you to "begin earning Microsoft Points for renewing your Xbox LIVE Gold memberships, spending on Xbox LIVE Marketplace, watching movies, and giving us your feedback."  Have any of you other Xbox Live members received this e-mail?   I really am genuinely curious about how exclusive this program is for the time being.    

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