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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

How to remove your name in the top right corner in Chrome

chome new user account switcher in the top right corner near minusYou may have recently noticed that Chrome now displays your name in the top right corner near the
minus, maximize, and close buttons. The new update has brought forth account switching. The point of this is to let multiple people use the same computer and use Chrome with their own personal settings by simple switching to their account. Customizable things such as themes and extensions are now custom set for each user, i.e. Person 1 may have a green theme while Person 2 may have a blue theme.

Despite these new features, the update makes it so your name is always shown on the top right of the window which can not only be annoying, but also privacy-intruding. You may not want your name displayed at all times, whether it's because you're using your laptop at school or a coffee shop or you've signed in to Chrome on a public computer.

Luckily, there's a way to remove your name from showing up in the top right corner and it doesn't require technical knowledge.

Removing the Chrome avatar menu

    Chrome new avatar menu in the top right corner removed
  1. Open a new tab
  2. Copy and paste chrome://flags/#enable-new-avatar-menu into the address bar and press Enter
  3. You should see an option highlighted yellow with the text Enable the new avatar menu Mac, Windows, Linux Enables the new avatar menu. When combined with new-profile-management, it simply shows the new profile management avatar menu. Otherwise it shows a redesigned avatar menu with the same functionality as the old one, plus a tutorial card at the top prompting the user to try out the new profile management UI. #enable-new-avatar-menu
  4. Click on the combo drop-down box and select Disabled
  5. Restart Chrome and the name box should now be gone

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Friday, February 21, 2014

How to fix YouTube not adding videos to favorites

YouTube not displaying favorites when saving a video from add toYou may have noticed in the last few weeks or so when you add a video to your favorites it does not appear at the top of the list when you view your favorites. The video counter will go up and when you add the video to your favorites everything seems to work fine. There are no errors or any indication that the video has not been added to your favorites.

This is because YouTube has once again changed its design and now when you add videos to your favorites it gets added to the end rather than the beginning. Why? Well favorites are no longer favorites. The old favorites is now gone and upon creating a new YouTube account you will notice that there is no option to save a video to your favorites when you click on Add to, rather it just displays 'Watch Later'. The old Favorites is now a list and when you add a video to a list it gets added to the end.

This means that when saving a video to your favorites you need to check the box that says 'Add videos to top of list' and your video should appear at the beginning of your favorites.
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

How to mine DogeCoins

DogeCoin wallet downloading blockchains and saying syncing with networkDogeCoin is a satire crypotocurrency based on the Doge meme. DogeCoin is similar to Bitcoin in that both are a form of electronic currency, but while Bitcoin caps out at 21 million coins, DogeCoins has a whopping 100 billion coin cap, with a b.

There are a couple of different ways you can obtain some DogeCoin. You can either mine it, trade for it, beg someone to give you some, or use what is known as Faucets. Trading is as the name suggests, you can give something to receive a certain amount of DogeCoins. That can be anything from real-world money to items you possess. Faucets are sites that give 1 to 100 free DogeCoins. You can think of them as welfare for those exceptionally poor Doges. Mining is currently the best way to obtain DogeCoins.

Anyone, anywhere can mine DogeCoins as long as they have an Internet connection and a computer. Though, your computer needs a relatively good-performing video card in order to mine a decent amount. The better your video card, the faster you will mine.

Setting up accounts

To get started with DogeCoin mining you will need a wallet to store your wealth. Download it from the official site. Open it and it will start downloading blockchains. Minimize it and continue on.

Now you will need to choose a pool site and create an account. Here's a list of pools. Choose whichever you like and load the site. Create an account by clicking on the 'Sign up' link on the left hand side under 'Other'.

After you've created the account you will need to create a worker so head over to the 'My Workers' link under 'My Account'. Name your worker anything and give them a secure password and after you're done click 'Add New Worker'.

Mining software

If you have an nVidia graphics card you will need to download cudaminer.

If you have an AMD graphics card then download cgminer.

You will need to setup the mining software so that it points to your account and worker. To do this, first extract the mining software and open the folder.

Setting up Cudaminer

For Cudaminer in Windows you will need to know whether your system is 64-bits or 32-bits. If you don't
know then follow these steps:
Windows 7 Computer properties showing system type as 64-bit operating system
  1. Left click on the Windows Start button
  2. Right click on Computer
  3. Click properties
  4. Under System Type it will say either 64-bit Operating System or 32-bit Operating System
If you have a 32-bit OS then open the x86 folder otherwise open the x64 folder if you have a 64-bit OS.
  1. Right click in the white space
  2. Go to New -> Text Document
  3. Copy and paste the code:
cudaminer.exe -o stratum+tcp://<domain>:<port> -O <username>.<workername>:<workerPassword>

Setting up Cgminer

For Cgminer you don't need to worry about if your operating system is 32-bits or 64-bits.
  1. Right click in the white space
  2. Go to New -> Text Document
  3. Copy and paste the code:
cgminer.exe --scrypt -o stratum+tcp://<domain>:<port> -u <username>.<workerName> -p <workerPassword>

Getting the information for the miners

Both Cudaminer and Cgminer require the domain and port number the pool is using so open the pool you chose previously and click on 'Getting Started' in the left sidebar. It should list the port and domain of the site. Simply copy and paste the domain into the text file as well as the port number.

For the username type in the username you chose to create the account on that pool site. The workername and workerpassword is the worker's information that you created in the previous steps.

Make sure you delete the <> brackets, but do not touch anything else.

Now you will need to save it as a .bat file:
    Cudaminer console mining and showing statistics
  1. Click File
  2. Click Save As...
  3. On the right side of 'Save as type' click the drop down menu that lists Text Documents (*.txt) and select All Files (*.*)
  4. Name your file whatever you want, but the extension should be .bat, i.e. Miner.bat and save it
Open the file and it should start mining DogeCoins.

Receiving DogeCoin payments

After digging(mining) all those DogeCoins you deserve a paycheck, but how do you get one? It's easy, you can either request a cash out or you can setup an automatic payment system which pays you when you acquire a certain threshold.

Open your pool's website and click on 'Edit Account'. Open your DogeCoin wallet and click on the 'Much Receive' tab and you should have one address listed there. Right click it, click Edit and name it something that will let you know it's from the pool you've chosen and click OK. Now, right click it and click copy address. Paste the address in the 'Payment Address' and save changes. It should now list your payment address in the cash out address text box. You can use the cash out area to send DogeCoins to your wallet. It will take a few minutes to process but once it's done you should see a recent transaction appear in your wallet.

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Wednesday, August 07, 2013

How to fix Vine videos not playing in FireFox

Screenshot showing disabled in FireFox's about:config pageIn FireFox 21.0+, Vine videos do not play or load for that matter. All that appears is the thumbnail of the video. The cause of this problem lies within FireFox's built-in mp4 media player. For whatever reason, it is not playing Vine videos or HTML5 videos for that matter. Google Chrome has no problem playing Vine videos and surprisingly, neither does Internet Explorer 8, but only because Internet Explorer 8 does not support HTML5 video playback.

Apparently, FireFox tried implementing HTML5 video playback, but did not bother fully testing it for bugs and issues. In order to properly play HTML5 videos in FireFox you need to disable the HTML5 media player. This in turn causes the page to load the flash player version of the media you are trying to watch.

Fixing HTML5 video playback in FireFox

FireFox's built-in HTML5 media player is called Disabling it should fix HTML5 video's not playing.
  1. Open a new tab in FireFox
  2. Navigate to about:config
  3. If a page loads with the title This might void your warranty! click the I'll be careful, I promise! button
  4. In the search bar at the top of the page, copy and paste
  5. Double click on to disable it
  6. Restart FireFox
Try playing a Vine video. It should work now that HTML5 is no longer the default media player.
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Friday, June 21, 2013

How to fix PS3 firmware 4.45 brick

PS3 firmware 4.45 bricks the consoleThe latest Sony Playstation 3 firmware is wrecking havoc on many gamer's consoles. If you are reading this
post and have not yet updated your PS3, make sure you keep it that way. By updating your PS3 to the latest firmware you risk having your console bricked, i.e. made unusable (other than being paperweight of course). It seems this issue is affecting consoles with upgraded HDD and not stock PS3 consoles, however, just to be on the safe side it is advised you do not update it.

Luckily, there's an easy way to fix your console or unbrick it. It involves a series of steps, but should not take a long time. You do not need to open your console up or go into any technical details.

Instructions for PS3 firmware 4.45 brick fix

The PS3 system needs to be in what is called recovery mode:
  1. Make sure the PS3 is in standby mode first, i.e. the red light is on
  2. Press and hold the power button
  3. You will hear a beep, keep holding the power button
  4. A second beep will sound, let go of the power button after you hear it
  5. The PS3 should be in standby mode again
  6. Press and hold the power button again
  7. Keep holding it after the first beep
  8. There should be two fast consecutive beeps, release the power button when you hear them
The PS3 system will now boot to recovery mode. Attach the USB cable to your console and controller and press the PS Button.

Warning: Do not play around with the options on this menu. Doing so may result in your HDD being formatted. Your HDD carries trophies, saves, videos, pictures, music, games, and other important data.
  1. Download the firmware fix from Sony
  2. Make a folder on your flash drive called PS3 then make another folder inside the PS3 folder called UPDATE. Make sure they are both in capital letters. The directory should look like this: /PS3/UPDATE
  3. Place the firmware fix inside the UPDATE folder
  4. Insert your flash drive into one of your PS3's USB port
  5. Select '6. Update Firmware' from the recovery menu
  6. Follow the instructions from then-on
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

How to add a custom item to the start menu in Windows 7

Custom folder on the Windows 7 start menu titled WallpapersThe Windows 7 start menu is not very useful for most of us. I regularly need to open the Computer folder
and find myself accidentally clicking the Games folder instead. I don't need a link to the games folder there because I never use the games folder and I probably never will in the future either. Most of the time when I open the Computer folder it's because I want to access a folder that's inside the hard drive, like wallpapers for example.

If I can customize my Start menu to include the folders I most frequently use, I can save a lot of time, and as a result increase my productivity. Unfortunately, for whatever reason Microsoft complicated matters and made the process somewhat unfriendly. Though, that's not to say you need to jump through hoops in order to accomplish the simple task of adding a folder, but it's harder for the average PC user to find the steps to take to accomplish it.

Fortunately, it doesn't involve a lot of steps and can be done in less than 5 minutes.

Adding a custom item to the start menu

  1. Right click on the Start Menu
  2. Click properties
  3. Click the Start Menu tab
  4. Click the Customize button
  5. If you want to remove the Games folder then scroll down until you see 'Games' and click on 'Don't display this item'
  6. If you want to add more folders, find the ones that have 'Don't display this item' selected (Except Games, Control Panel and Computer) and click 'Display as a link'
  7. Click OK to close the 'Customize Start Menu' window and then click OK to close the 'Taskbar and Start Menu Properties' window

Linking to custom folders

    Windows 7 start menu custom menu item with shortcuts
  1. Left click on the Start Menu
  2. Right Click on the item you want to customize (Except for Games, Control Panel and Computer because you cannot edit those) and click Properties
  3. In the Library tab click Include a folder
  4. Select your custom folder you would like to link to
  5. Remove the other folder that was there
  6. Click OK
  7. It should now open the custom folder you linked when you click it

Shortcuts in the custom item

If you want to save even more time, you can add the item as a menu rather than a link. This way, the item displays all the items and folders inside the linked folder.
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Thursday, December 06, 2012

How to fix inventory not available in Steam

steam logo
There is a new bug or issue that's affecting steam's trading system. When attempting to trade another person, you sometimes get the error 'Your inventory is not available at this time. Please try again later.'. Refreshing it can help from time-to-time but in most cases, it does not.

Luckily, there's an easy solution to this problem.
Simply follow these steps and your issue will be fixed:

  1. Open the Steam Community website and login if you're not already logged in
  2. Navigate to your profile page
  3. On the right hand side under Actions, click Edit my Profile
  4. Change the Custom URL
  5. Click Save

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Monday, December 03, 2012

Domino's Pizza December 2012 Coupon Code

Domino's Pizza is having another 50% deal where you can get any pizza for half the price. This offer only lasts from December 3 to 9, 2012.

To get 50% off any pizza, use the coupon code CAGDD2012.
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Saturday, December 01, 2012

List of boredom sites

Male boy sitting in a chair bored
I constantly find myself being bored and I don't know whether it's because I have almost no hobbies or if I just spoil myself, but I cannot stand it. Being bored is like getting tortured for me. It's a state of mind in which you experience no pain, but you still cannot tolerate it.

In today's technology-driven world, a lot of us find ourselves drawn in into non-productive things like listening to music, texting, using Facebook, Twitter, etc, or using our smartphones, and while these activities are a great way to pass the time, many of us often find ourselves too indulged in them.

We have 86,400 seconds in a day or 24 hours, of which 7-8 hours are spent sleeping. That leaves 16 hours for us to use. If you can just devote 1 hour of those 16 hours into doing something productive then in an entire year you will have allocated 365 hours doing productive things.

Here is a list of things you can do with those 365 hours:

Videos and Lectures:
  • Chess - Play chess against other players or against a computer
  • AudioBooksForFree - Listen to audio books completely free
  • Sporcle - Stimulating brain games
Educational YouTube Channels
Want even more things to do? Check out these sites:
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Thursday, November 22, 2012

How to get a Hawken Closed Beta Key

hawken screenshot
Hawken is a new, innovative multiplayer mech combat game that's focused on providing an intense battle experience while at the same time, keeping the action fast-paced and strategic. Hawken has been in development for over a year now and is planned for release on December 12, 2012.

However, if you don't want to wait for its release date, you can get a closed beta key and play the game immediately.

To get a Hawken closed beta key, follow these steps:
  1. Go to
  2. Create an account
  3. Verify your e-mail address
  4. Go back to and sign-in
  5. At the top right, click on Redeem Code
  6. Type in HAWKEN_RPS to get your beta key
  7. Enjoy
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