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Happy New Year!

NOTE: This post was supposed to go live at midnight, but it didn’t, so here it is 🙂

For me at least (on the East coast) it is now 2012. Some of you have most likely been in 2012 for a few hours, while others still have a few more hours to wait. Now that it’s 2012, what are your plans and New Years resolutions? Personally, I don’t really have many plans except starting college.

As for this website, I plan to keep adding content, and maybe once I’m in college I’ll start making Youtube videos again (or maybe not, depending on how much work I have and how much free time I can spend making videos). I can’t promise anything but I’ll try :).

Hope everyone had a nice 2011 and hope 2012 goes even better!

Oh, and I can’t wait for the world to end in less than a year! 😉

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Did you know I have a chatroom?

If you’ve ever wanted to chat live with other geeks/nerds (and me!) then why not try going to my chatroom? It’s IRC based but has a flash client here on this site. So far, not many people have visited my chatroom but I’m looking to change that. Just click the Chatroom link in the top navigation bar. Any topics will be allowed, tech or non-tech, but be sure to read the rules and guidelines first ;).

I connect to the channel automatically any time my IRC client is opened, so I should be there most of the time.

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tEdit HTML Editor

What is tEdit?

tEdit is a very basic HTML editor. It has the ability to open your current file in five different web browsers. It has some support for syntax highlighting, but it will most likely be improved in future versions.

What is the current version of tEdit?

Currently, tEdit is in beta. It is at version 0.2.

Where can I get tEdit?

tEdit can be downloaded from the Programs link at the top of every page. For quick access, you can click this link. You will be taken to my Skydrive account where you can download the zip file of tEdit.

I downloaded it but where’s the installer??
First, extract the .zip file into a new folder. tEdit does not have an installer. Instead, just double click the tEdit.exe file to run it.

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Setting up a router with Time Warner Cable (Roadrunner)

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to setup a new (store-bought) router with my Time Warner Cable modem. This is what happened. Before setting up the router, I had been using the Time Warner provided modem (which also acted as a wireless router). I had been living with this for a long time (technically since we signed up for TWC RR, but we’ve had the modem replaced once) but I started getting annoyed because we could only connect up to 5 devices at a time. In my house (currently) there are four computers, an iPod Touch, and a Nintendo Wii. That’s 6 devices that connect to the Internet. I also wanted more control over my router settings. I received a new Belkin router (I believe purchased at Walmart). Before I got the router, I discussed the 5 device limit with Time Warner over Twitter and discovered that the current modem would have to be put into bridge mode. It made sense, since I’ve helped others setup a router in the past. This is the weird part. The only way the modem could be put into bridge mode was to call Tier 3 support and have them do it (it’s not a user accessible feature). Time Warner gave me the number to call for tech support (my local number). I had to call this number previously and it isn’t the greatest system in the world. You have to go through many menu’s, and there are only 2 options for Roadrunner support. Neither of the two options were really close to what I wanted. I went back to Twitter and told the Time Warner account my issue with calling in. They DM’ed me a private number (and told me not to give it out). I called this number and was told that all the reps were not available and was put on hold. After waiting for a little bit, I decided to hang up and try again. This time it was just a busy signal. I went to Twitter again, told the TWC account about the busy signal, and was given another private number. The same thing happened. I was put on hold the first time, and got a busy signal every other time. The Time Warner Twitter account apologized and said they could have a TWC rep call my house. At the time, I was just about to leave for the Fourth of July weekend, where I would have no internet access. I asked if they could call me when I got back and they said they could. I asked the TWC account when a rep could call me but then had to leave to pick up some things at Walmart. While I was gone, the TWC account asked me the best number to contact me. Since I didn’t answer, they looked up the number for the account on file. A rep called and left a message (leaving the number to call back as the first number that didn’t have a relevant option) but thought I was having trouble connecting to a wireless network. Um.. no, that wasn’t the problem.

Yesterday (7/9/10) I finally told the TWC account call my house. When they called, I was surprised. The rep calling me knew exactly what I wanted done. When I answered the rep said “I understand you want your modem to be put into bridge mode?” which was exactly what I wanted. The rep said he was logging into the modem and was silent for a few minutes. He then came back and said that it was in bridge mode and was rebooting. I was very relieved. I unplugged the computer that was hard-wired to the modem and plugged in the router. I thanked the rep and hung up (the rep I spoke with on the phone was very good) but the trouble didn’t end here.

I had installed the router software previously. I tried connecting with the computer that had the software installed, but it wouldn’t connect. It kept trying to acquire a network address but then disconnecting. The hard-wired computer worked fine. I then tried connecting my laptop. I installed the router software and it did the same thing as my desktop (both wireless, both had the software installed). I finally realized that the router software must be causing some sort of problem, so I uninstalled it from my laptop and it connected fine. I then uninstalled the router software from my desktop, which then connected fine as well. I then connected the Wii, iPod Touch, and fourth computer fine without any issues. I still find it ironic that the software, that came with the router, screwed up the connection to the router.

Anyway, the router is now working fine and every internet-enabled device in my house is now connected fine and simultaneously.

The Time Warner support was very helpful and patient. I do find it very annoying that I couldn’t have just put my modem into bridge mode by myself (like other ISP’s allow) but other than that I think it went pretty much OK.

Sorry this was such a long post, but it summed up my struggles in the past few weeks (regarding Time Warner anyway)

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EDIT: Comments have been disabled for this post because it has attracted a lot of spam.

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How To: Get the bookmarks bar back in Chromium 6.0.458.0

In the latest nightly build of Google Chromium (version 6.0.458.0), the bookmarks bar appears to be gone. After tinkering around, I noticed that it appears when you open a new tab:

I Googled around but couldn’t find an answer on how to get it back to the way it was. I decided to look around in the options. Still no luck.

It’s actually very simple to get the bar back. Open a new tab to show the bookmarks bar. Then right click anywhere on the bar and select “Always show bookmarks bar”

Now your bookmarks bar should be back to normal.

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Ubuntu 10.04: Change close/min/max button layout

http://www.youtube.com/v/IGQr3kQl9vI&hl=en_US&fs=1&

This is a video demonstrating how you can change the button position from the left side of the window to the right side of the window in Ubuntu 10.04.

Changing it is relatively simple and doesn’t require a restart.

Press Alt+F2 to bring up the Run Application dialog.

Type “gconf-editor” (without the quotes) into the box and press Run.

In the left pane, navigate to: apps > metacity > general

Click button_layout in the right pane and rename it (click once on the text saying close,maximize,minimize or similar)

Change the text already present to: “menu:minimize,maximize,close” (without quotes)

Then press enter. The buttons will change automatically.

If you would like to see more tips or tutorials, please use the Contact Me page, tweet me, or send me a message on Youtube.

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Samsung Eternity Full Review

A while ago (in August) I got a Samsung Eternity. I also blogged about this phone not too long after I got it but I haven’t done a full review yet. Here is my review of the Samsung Eternity:

The first thing, if you want to completely customize your phone with themes and change every sound that plays through the speaker, then this is not the phone for you. This phone really only allows you to change the wallpaper behind your widgets (not the lock screen wallpaper) and change your ringtone/text tone. You can also choose from a few default vibration patterns for incoming calls and texts but other than that there isn’t a whole lot you can change. There is no way to get themes, not even by hacks. The OS on this phone is very locked down (although a LOT has been discovered over at http://samsung-eternity.com/)
Also, this phone is discontinued at AT&T. Good news however, there are a few devices, such as the Solstice and Mythic, that are very similar to the Eternity (although they have basically the same limitations). Since this phone is discontinued, your best bet at getting one would be E-Bay, but I would only recommend choosing the Eternity over other devices from AT&T if your contract isn’t up but you still want a decent phone.

I’m just going to list the pros and cons of the device to make things easier.

PROS:
Very good resistive screen – You won’t get the same responsiveness as the iPhone (or any capacitive touch screen for that matter) but if you don’t care if you have to push a little, the screen is very good.
Pretty decent camera – The Eternity comes with a 3.0 mpx camera (although megapixels don’t really matter too much). The camera takes very good pictures for a phone but I would not sell your point and shoot digital camera and depend of the camera on this device.
An OK set of widgets – There are some useful widgets that come with the TouchWiz OS. I really don’t use too many other than the Clock and Date widgets but the media player widget is pretty useful.
Not too laggy – When using the phone I hardly notice much lag. There is some when loading large lists or the “Games & Apps” menu but overall it’s not that bad.
SD Card Slot – Most phones have Micro SD card slots but others *ahem* iPhone *ahem* don’t, which makes it harder to transfer over music and pictures.
Good community – This isn’t really with the device itself but the community (samsung-eternity.com) is awesome!

CONS:
Lack of customization – I mentioned this above but I find this a major con of the device.
Many small bugs that are very annoying – Some I don’t notice too much but others are VERY annoying. One example is the increasing ringtone bug. This is a bug (or as Samsung calls it, a feature) where even if the sound setting is “Normal” and not on “Increasing” the ringtone will start off soft and get louder. This even applies to text messages, so my current text tone has a few seconds of nothing (silence) before the actual tone chimes.
No flash on camera – I’ve never owned a phone with a camera flash but it would be very helpful when outside (or even inside) at night when there isn’t much light.
No physical keyboard – If you want a physical keyboard, get the Impression. The Eternity relies solely on a virtual keyboard, which is somewhat hard to use because of the resistive touch screen.
No proper email support – The phone is classified as a feature phone (or a dumbphone) and so there isn’t proper POP/IMAP email support. There are a few 3rd party applications that allow this but none are as good as a built in client (although there IS a mail client, but its limited to predetermined mail services)
Boring UI – This sort of goes along with the lack of customization but after a while, the little effects between menus and the overall user interface gets boring (and there’s no way to change it!)
Old and discontinued – If you are just now buying this phone, you may be disappointed. It does not have all the features a newer phone has and doesn’t have the specs of a newer phone. It is also NOT a smartphone so don’t expect smartphone functionality from it (although its pretty close without having to pay the $30 extra a month for data).
No addition of widgets – The newer TouchWiz OS phones have the ability to add widgets. This phone is not able to have added widgets and no hacks have been found (yet) to allow them.

If you don’t want a smartphone or don’t want to pay for data, this is a pretty decent phone. It is old and can probably be only bought online (i.e E-Bay, Craigslist) but has an excellent community behind it who is willing to help you through any problems or questions you may have (as long as you search first. If the question’s been asked before, the mods may get mad..)

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