Tips, tricks, howtos and information about some useful software applications
This section contains tips and tricks, howtos and help about useful Windows and Linux software applications.
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Save for Web in Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 was moved on the menus from File -> Save for Web to File -> Export -> Save for Web (Legacy).
Want to count rows and/or columns in a range with Excel no matter what content they contain? This post shows you how.
This post looks at the error "fatal: https://domain/project/filename-plates.git/info/refs not found: did you run git update-server-info on the server?" when trying to access a git repository.
If you've moved a git repository from one git hosting service to another, transferred from one account to another at the same service, or moved your own repository servers around the place, you'll need to change the remote url for you local repository to be able to continue pushing and pulling changes, etc.
The Vudu To Go app allows you to download movies you have purchased from Vudu and stores them on your computer to watch using the app. But where are the files stored?
If you have the RSS Subscription Extension (by Google) installed in Google Chrome, you can add additional services to the "subscribe to this feed using" drop down box. This post shows how to do this for Feedly.
I frequently export a whole bunch of web pages as PDF documents in Safari on OS X and found it frustrating to have to use the mouse to click click click to do it, and worked out how to create a keyboard shortcut to do it much faster and simply.
If you have saved a password for a website in Google's Chrome you can easily enough remove that password (or all saved passwords) if you no longer want it saved on your computer. This post shows how to do this with easy to follow screenshots.
Auto-updates from Google's Play Store can be a quick way to fill up internal phone storage on an Android phone when you don't have much. This post looks at an issue I had with an older phone with little internal storage and how to disable auto-updates in the Play Store.
Google Chrome caches 301 redirects for a long time. When typing in a URL that you've previously visited that had a 301 redirect on it, it takes you to the redirected location without checking the server again. This could be argued as expected behavior, because it is a permanent redirection after all, but this post shows how you can remove a specific URL from the 301 cache in Chrome.
I help to manage some virtual servers running on a XenServer host and there's a management tool call XenCenter. I needed to install XenCenter again but couldn't manage to find the installer on the Citrix website. This post shows the issue I had and where you can download it from.
When trying to add some files to an images directory under git source control, my new files wouldn't show up and I kept getting the response "The following paths are ignored by one of your .gitignore files" but I didn't have any .gitignore files, as far as I could tell. It turned out that I had rules in my global gitignore so this post documents where to look when you get this error.
I installed/upgrade Xcode on my Mac Lion to 4.3 and couldn't work out where the iOS Simulator was. It turns out you have to manually configure Xcode to install the simulator but even then there's no obvious way to run the iOS Simulator. This post shows how I did it.
Gmail by default shows ads above the list of emails. It's easy to switch these off but they're not intuitively named when looking at Gmail's settings. This post shows how to switch them off.
On an Android phone there is a notification ringtone which will be used by default for all notifications. The Gmail app allows you to specify a different notification ringtone which can be quite useful for having the default for SMS messages and something else for new emails, but the option is buried quite deep and I can never remember where it is, so this post will help to remind me in the future.
This post shows how to do set up a port tunnel using the PuTTY SSH client on Windows. I don't normally use Windows myself but on occasion need to use the SQL Server Management Studio to connect to a server on an unreachable internal network, but can connect to a Linux server that sits within that network. By port forwarding with PuTTY, I can use Management Studio to connect to the normally unreachable SQL Server.
I've started using Aptana Studio 3 to try it out for a while and compare it with Netbeans because Netbeans is such a memory hog (although Aptana seems to be a CPU hog instead so far). This post shows how to set up a custom file extension association in Aptana Studio 3. The screenshots are from the Mac version but should be the same for other platforms too.
I recently posted about how to move *nix application with minimal downtime, inspired by having to do this with a Postgres install I support. The last post looked at this in fairly general terms, and this post more specifically at the exact problem I experienced.
In Google Chrome you can easily purge browsing data including cookies, history, etc using the application preferences. But there are still a bunch of files that it doesn't touch. I was having some weird issues with my SilverStripe installs (I won't go into that here) which didn't happen when using incognito mode but did under normal browsing. Deleting all browsing data made no difference so I needed to really poke under the hood to delete all data.
This issue has been bugging me for a while and I just worked out how to solve it: if you're using NetBeans and add some files to the project outside NetBeans (like copying and pasting in Finder/Explorer) then they don't show up in the list of files in the projects tree view.
TortoiseSVN is a powerful SVN client that plugs into Windows Explorer. This post looks at how to export just the changed files between two version numbers.
Notepad++ is a feature rich Windows Notepad replacement. It contains an automatic package update feature in more recent versions but if you are using an older version you will be prompted todownload an update package and then apparantly nothing happens.
I recently needed to test what some web pages looked like when Flash was disabled to show a prompt to install Flash, and discovered how to disable Flash temporarily in Firefox.
TortoiseCVS will not work on network shared drives by default so there won't be any of the CVS overlays in Windows Explorer for mapped drives and theright-click context sensitive menu won't show the checkout, commit, etc options. This post shows how to enable TortoiseCVS on network drives.
I was a little surprised when I took a look at Microsoft's new Bing search engine to see that it thought I was in the United Kingdom when I'm actually in New Zealand. It showed the United Kingdom when I was using Firefox but correctly showed New Zealand with Google Chrome. This post shows how to change the country settings when using Microsoft Bing.
Running Adobe Photoshop on Windows 7 Release Candidate I get the error message "The Adobe Updater could not be started. Please reinstall the application and components." This post looks at how to get rid of the error message when starting Photoshop (but does not get the Adobe Updater actually working).
PuTTY is a freeware terminal emulator and SSH client for Windows packed with a lot of useful configuration options. I'm forever mistyping my login name when logging into a server and the only solution when you do this is to close the PuTTY app, start it up again and then try again. To make logins quicker and to save login name mistypes you can specify a auto-login username and then all you need to do is type in the password.
Gmail has a web based interface but it's also possible to access your Gmail mailbox using IMAP or POP and use a different (offline) application, such as Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird to access your Gmail. This post looks at how to enable IMAP access for Gmail. The same settings page also allows you to enable POP access but you're better off using IMAP.
This post looks at how to clear the cache in Google's Chrome web browser, which you will need to do if you are experiencing the "waiting for cache" error in Google Chrome.
Subversion (SVN) is a version control system. This post looks at how to install subversion on CentOS (the process is similar for other Linux distros) and the setting up a repository.
Putty is an SSH/telnet/etc client which allows you to connect to remote servers such as a Linux or BSD webserver. When you change directories etc in a terminal shell the window title in Putty is likely to change, depending on the shell's settings. This post looks at how to change the Putty window title to be what you want and how to prevent it changing as you change directories.
By default Google Chrome will automatically save downloads to My Documents\Downloads but it is possible to either specify an alternate automatic location or ask to be prompted each time. I covered this a while back for Firefox ("Change where Firefox saves files to by default") and in this post look at how to do this in Google's Chrome browser.
In Gmail you can click the "show details" option to view some of the basic message headers such as who the email was to and from etc, but you can't see the full raw message headers and message. There is a way to do it that isn't particularly obvious and this post looks at how to do this.
Google's Chrome web browser lets you create "application shortcuts" for web pages. These are shortcuts on your desktop, start menu or quick launch which open Google Chrome at that web location. The search bar, options and tabs are not present when running a web page as an application and the website's favicon is used as the application icon.
I have Windows Media Player 11 installed on my Windows Vista desktop and was surprised when I went to play a DVD and a dialog window popped up to tell me that "Windows Media Player cannot play DVD video". You have to ask what sort of media player WMP is when it can't play DVDs (and many other useful codecs like MP3 and xvid/DivX). A quick search on Google provided the answer which I will show in this post.
Recently I was configuring a new email account and needed to check the message headers of an email in Microsoft Outlook 2007. As I discovered it isn't all that intuitive how to view email message headers in this version of Outlook. This post looks at how to do this.
By default Outlook has a little envelope icon in the system tray; the system tray is where all those little icons are near the clock in the taskbar at the bottom of your screen. You can hide it by right-clicking and selecting the "Hide Envelope" icon but this prevents it showing again when new mail arrives. This post looks at how to re-enable the Outlook envelope icon in the system tray.
Adobe Photoshop's "Save for Web" function will truncate filenames to 31 characters by default to (apparantly) allow for compatibility with Mac OS 9 browsers. The dialog box which gives the warning about the filename truncation tells you to edit the output settings but it isn't that clear where to go to actually change the filename compatibility options. This post looks at how to do this.
The uTorrent bittorrent client has a web interface which allows you to control uTorrent with a web browser. This means you can control uTorrent while you are out and about or, in my case, from an upstairs laptop when the actual download is happening in my downstairs office. This post looks at how to enable the web interface for uTorrent version 1.7.7. It should work for all 1.7 versions.
On Windows Vista, every time you start up Adobe Photoshop CS2 you are asked to register. There's an button labelled "Do Not Register", but despite clicking this the next time you start Adobe Photoshop CS2 you will be prompted to register again. This post looks at the solution for this problem.
When looking at emails in several IMAP folders one after the other in Mozilla Thunderbird, I got the following error message and was unable to view that folder and the emails in it.
"Unable to connect to your IMAP server. You may have exceeded the maximum number of connections to this server. If so, use the Advanced IMAP Server Settings dialog to reduce the number of cached connections."
Nano is a text editor used on Linux and Unix based systems and is an enchanced free clone of the Pico text editor. By default the tab size in nano is 8 spaces, but it is possible to change the tab size either on the command line, in the system wide configuration file, or in a user specific configuration file.
This article covers how to install VMWare on Gento Linux if you are getting errors like the
"/etc/init.d/vmware: line 919: [: -: integer expression expected" error when trying to configure the VMWare options.
PuTTY is a free telnet and SSH client for Windows and UNIX. This article covers how to log into an SSH server using PuTTY on Windows and also covers how to use private rsa and dsa keys when logging into an SSH server using PuTTY.