Monthly Archives: May 2009

asdfasdfasdfasdfsadfsadf If you find yourself setting up several new computers, or just one or two on a regular basis, you'll quickly discover that the most annoying part is downloading and installing all those darn applications. Smart Installer Pack to the rescue. Just download this file and dump it onto a CD or flash drive. Now you'll have relatively current versions of many common programs including OpenOffice, Firefox, Chrome, Skype, and Adobe Reader. Unfortunately, it won't allow you to do unattended installations but it will prevent you from needing to download them individually to each computer.

Want to try Ubuntu Linux but don't have a spare computer to install it on, or even the know-how to install multiple OSes on a single computer? Try running Portable Ubuntu off your flash drive instead. In this case, you end up running Ubuntu just as you would any other Windows application and then, within that, you have the ability to run any program within Ubuntu as if you'd installed it as a full OS. There couldn't be an easier way to give this great free OS a try.

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image Do you find yourself visiting particular Web sites a little too often? Sure, checking Facebook while at work is generally considered ok these days but 10 times in a hour may be just a smidge too often. If you find yourself in such a situation try keepmeout.com. Just enter the URL of the site in question, set a time period in which you shouldn't be visiting that site more than once and click submit. Lastly, replace your bookmark to the site with the new URL you've been given. Now, if you use that bookmark a little to often, you'll be warned that you're doing so.

images I've played with several different online services for sharing files (not p2p) and here's another one.  Dropbox gives you 2GB to start with and you have the option to buy more. There's a complete online interface but it also has a downloadable client that allow you to put files into a specific folder on your computer which will automatically synced to your online account. Interestingly enough, it seems to be catching the eye of many tech librarians as I've already used it three times to share files with others in the last week.

(In the interest of full disclosure, each use of the link in this post which results in a new account will get me an additional 250MB of storage space.)

iphone_safari_browser I will admit that the browser on today's iPhones and iPod Touches are impressive. They both do an amazing job displaying Web sites as the designer intended. However, some sites still work much better than others. Recently I've been pointed to to a neat little bit of HTML that can improve how your site is displayed on these platforms. Just add this line to the head of your document:

<meta name="viewport" content="width=320">

There are other attributes available including initial-scale, user-scalable, minimum-scale, and maximum-scale. More details can be found on the iPhoneWebDev Google Group.

Source: iPhone Geek