29 April, 2007
28 April, 2007
-inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:”index of” +”last modified” +”parent directory” +description +size +(wma|mp3) “Stevie Ray Vaughn”Your results would be something like this:
You can even add different file formats and wildcards for the search string:
-inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:"index of" +"last modified" +"parent directory" +description +size +(wma|mp3|ogg) "stevie ray vaughn%"How does this apply to Firefox? Well I'm glad you asked!
You may recall that by entering a keyword into the field of a bookmark, you can retrieve the bookmark in the Address Box by just entering the keyword. Firefox also supports wildcard parameters, so you can enter a keyword followed by a word, and it will add it to the bookmark. I wrote about this in October 2006. So if we create a bookmark in Firefox, modify our Google string for the Location (URL), and add a keyword, we can then execute the same search directly from the Firefox Address Box.
Here are the steps:
- Create a bookmark
- Change the URL as follows: http://www.google.com/search?q=-inurl%3A(htm%7Chtml%7Cphp) +intitle%3A%22index+of%22+%2B%22last+modified%22+%2B%22 parent+directory%22+%2Bdescription+%2Bsize+%2B (wma%7Cmp3%7Cogg)+"%s%"
Note that I added spaces for wrapping -- if you right-click and Copy Link Location (Firefox), you can get the string without the spaces.
- Add your keyword, such as: music
- Click OK
- Enter music Stevie Ray Vaughn into the Address Box and press [Enter]
- All characters are escaped (For example, %3A is a colon [:])
- I replaced Stevie Ray Vaughn with a %s so that Firefox will recognize this as where to insert the value of my parameter (I left the wildcard [%] at the end)
24 April, 2007
For example, using a program called AudioID, it will announce the Skype user name on incoming calls. This is a great feature if you're away from your PC. Other hacks include:
- A DIY security system
- Recording calls
- Enhanced voice mail
- Integrating with last.fm
- Lip syncing Avatar
23 April, 2007
Microsoft has other game templates as well.
22 April, 2007
With last.fm, I enter my favorite artist, band, or song, and it streams music related to that category. At the surface it sounds just like Pandora, but I believe the music matching algorithm is better, as well as last.fm offers many more features. For example, the module above will play my music recommendations, or you can play it on the last.fm site. These are the songs that match what I have selected. I can also play my recommended songs through a downloadable client.
last.fm uses scrobbing to assist in recommending music.
Scrobbling a song means that when you listen to it, the name of the song is sent to Last.fm and added to your music profile.
Once you've signed up and downloaded Last.fm, you can scrobble songs you listen to on your computer or iPod automatically. Start scrobbling yourself, and see what artists you really listen to the most. Songs you listen to will also appear on your Last.fm profile page for others to see.
In addition, last.fm provides several ways to interact with their music, such as through top charts and tagging. Using the Love feature, you can go back and play songs just from your Love list. Likewise, using the Ban feature, you can ban songs from being recommended again.
This is just a peak at the fun you can have with last.fm. If you haven't already, give it a try.
21 April, 2007
Many Podcasters, such as Leo Laporte, use this service to record guests on their shows; which is cheaper and yields better quality than if you tried to recorded off a standard phone.
Skype also offers other services such as Skype SMS and SkypeCasts. SkypeCasts are public live conversations -- a good way to meet people with similar interests. For example you can speak to people who like NBC's HEROES.
So if you're looking to reduce your monthly phone expense, I suggest you give Skype a try.
15 April, 2007
Roundup can be a useful function in other applications as well. The last parameter (0 in this example) is used to change the rounding level. A positive number will add decimal places, while a negative number will round left of the decimal (i.e. -1 rounds to 10s and -2 rounds to 100s).
03 April, 2007
Here's a sample taken from News.com:
- Copy the list and paste it into Word.
- Open the Find and Replace dialog (Edit | Replace... or Ctrl + H).
- Click the More button and check Use wildcards.
- Here's the trick, as you need to use special characters. First, paste the string you want to remove in the Find what: field.
- For each greater than and less than character, place a backslash before it, i.e. < becomes \< .
- Replace the contents of the value field with an asterisk.
- Validate Word will be able to find the code by clicking the Find Next button -- the code should now be highlighted.
- Go to the Replace with: field and enter ^p. This will replace your code with a carriage return.
- Press the Replace button once to validate that it works as expected.
If not, close the Find and Replace dialog and then enter ctrl+z to undo, then return to the Find and Replace dialog to correct the error.
- Now press Replace All button to replace all the code with a carriage return.
- Likely the beginning code and ending code will still exist, as they are different than the rest. Delete those two entries and you are done.
Where there are a couple of work-arounds to prevent this from happening. Perhaps the easiest is to get Microsoft's Tweak UI to disable it. Look for Focus in the General section of Tweak UI.
You can also do this through a registry setting:
- Start the Registry Editor: Go to Start | Run and enter regedit [Enter]
- Find HKEY_CURRENT_USER | Control Panel | Desktop
- Go to the Edit menu and select New > DWORD value
- Name the DWORD value "ForegroundLockTimeout"
- Assign a value of 30d40
- Close the Registry Editor
While your in the Registry Editor, you can also set how many times the Window seeking your attention flashes in your taskbar. This is another setting within HKEY_CURRENT_USER | Control Panel | Desktop:
- Add another new DWORD
- Name it "ForegroundFlashCount"
- Set it to the value equal to the number of flashes you want, e.g. 3
I have heard (though not experienced) that some times newly installed applications will change your setting back (allowing focus to be taken again). One work around is to execute a registry update each time you reboot (the other is to get a different program that wont make this change). Here is how you would create the file to execute each time you rebooted:
- Open a text editor such as Notepad
- Type the following (or copy and paste):
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
- Save the file focus.reg. If your using Notepad, be sure to quote it ("focus.reg"), otherwise it will add a .txt extension (focus.reg.txt).
- To get this file to execute with each new start, go to Start menu | All Programs
- Right-click on Startup and choose Explore
- Right-click in the right pane of your new Explorer window and choose New > Shortcut
- In the Shortcut Wizard, locate your registry file, Focus.reg
- The entry will contain the entire path, and will be quoted. To avoid being prompted each time to allow the Registry to be updated, enter regedit /s before the first quote. i.e. regedit /s "C:\Documents and Settings\Chris\Desktop\focus.reg"
- Name your shortcut, e.g. Focus