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How to – Bypass YouTube restriction without logging in Google

Posted in How to, Internet, Privacy, Tweaking with tags , , , , , , , on May 20, 2014 by Sirusdark

I noticed websites had embedded YouTube videos and not a single age restriction/login prompt. After making such an observation, I tried embedding videos in a simple custom HTML page and it worked!

Why

Ever wanted to watch a movie trailer on YouTube only to be asked to login to view it? Then you decide the movie isn’t to your liking, but Google thinks you like this type of movie and start showing weird videos/ads suggestions? I got fed-up with that.

Simpler, faster

Guess what? There’s an easier and simpler way to do it than manually coding an HTML page every time: JSFiddle!

1. Copy the YouTube embeded code from the video’s sharing option

2. Go on JSFiddle and paste-it in the HTML section

3. Run the code.

Voilà! Problem solved. Google won’t ask you to login and won’t associate the viewed video to your account, since you’re not logged in. Right?

Enjoy!

Sirus
sirusdark.ca

How to – Change default Contact Search scope in Outlook 2013

Posted in How to, Tweaking, Workflow with tags , , , , , on May 5, 2014 by Sirusdark

Outlook 2013 LogoThis week’s post is about Outlook (again). This tip was one hard to find information, because that information is simply nonexistent: nowhere will you find in Outlook 2013 settings to change its default contact search scope.

Help is here

But don’t worry, I finally figured it out. Microsoft Office devs sure are a lazy bunch, I can tell you that. In my Outlook, my contacts are sorted in different groups/folders. By default, when searching contacts, Outlook searches only in the CURRENT folder, thus omitting a lot of results, since in my case I also have contacts in other folders. It was really getting on my nerve: EVERY single time I searched a contact I had to change the search scope to All Contacts. After doing some research, I finally found how to change once and for all that pesky search scope to All Contacts by default.

Mailbox settings

Believe it or not, Outlook’s search settings are found in the Search tab of Outlook’s options. Now guess what? There are no settings for contact search; only for the mailbox. And that’s what the problem is all about: the mailbox search options are ALSO those of your contacts. No wonder you can’t find anything about it! Some say it’s obvious and makes sense since your outlook file (.pst) contains your e-mails AND your contacts. I’m sorry, but managing e-mails is different than managing contacts. Microsoft should’ve seperated the settings to behave independently of each other.

Anyway, simply put, changing your mailbox search settings also changes contact search settings.

Enjoy!

Sirus
sirusdark.ca

Reference
-http://www.msoutlook.info/question/735

Saving files painlessly in Windows 8 – Easier and faster than XP!

Posted in Tweaking, Windows 8 with tags , , , on April 21, 2014 by Sirusdark

Windows 8 + saving files = @&*%$

That used to be my initial reaction…. Until I used the Libraries.

Note that I made the jump strait from Windows XP to Windows 8 and was used to save files easily and faster than most people. Thing is, I couldn’t save stuff the same way I used to in Windows 8… until I figured it out. It’s now easy and as fast. Here’s why and how:

Quick access gone?

When saving files in Windows 8, you’ll notice the big quick access shortcut buttons are gone (My recent Documents, Desktop, My Documents, My Computer, My Network) in the left side of the save prompt. In Windows XP, I used Tweak UI to customize those shortcuts to point strait at my data hard drive’s folders. Life was good… But, now, it’s even better!

XP - Save as...

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[ Windows XP “Save as…“; customized with Tweak UI ]

Instead, in Windows 8 you have Windows Explorer’s tree view (folders listing) on the left. And that’s where the magic happens.

Windows 8 Save Prompt and Libraries

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[Windows 8 Save Prompt with custom Library “My Picture” selected]

Libraries

Libraries are a bit weird, but they’re awesome: simply put, they are pointers/shortcuts that redirects you to specific locations. Using libraries, you can now have a LOT more than just 4 or 5 quick access shortcuts! As of writing, I already use 8 custom Libraries, in addition to the default 4 Windows libraries! :D

Creating a custom Library

Here’s how to create a custom Library: navigate to your Libraries, then right-click -> New -> Library. Name it, then go in its properties (Alt + Enter), choose a location and voilà!

Library Folder View

In case you didn’t already noticed, Libraries all use the same folder view. You might wanna read my previous article on this: Windows 8 folders view – Nasty frakin’ oversight from Microsoft?

In conclusion, using Libraries I can now save files strait to my most used locations without the hassle of clicking down the trees. Combined with Windows’ Recent places in the Favorites section, I usuallydon’t have to browse more than one or two folders when saving stuff.

Enjoy!

Sirus
sirusdark.ca

How to save and download JSFiddle code

Posted in Browser, Coding, Open source, Tweaking with tags , , , on April 10, 2014 by Sirusdark

JSFiddle Logo

JSFiddle is AWESOME to test any code or when you simply need to iterate quickly some code. But there’s no way to simply save everything all together at once. Here’s a hack to do just that!

Simply add “embedded/” orembedded/result/” at the end of your JSFiddle URL! You can then save the whole page as an MHT or HTML file + the external libraries (if any)!

Hack it, grab it

1. Add embedded/result/ at the end of the JSFiddle URL you wanna grab.

2. Show the frame or the frame’s source code: right-click anywhere in the page and view the frame in a new tab or the source  right-away (requires Firefox).

3. Finally, save the page in your preferred format (MHT, HTML, TXT, etc.) and voilà!

4. Don’t forget to save any external libraries that you may have called.

“embedded/” or “embedded/result/” ?

Here’s an example of a JSFiddle code I created: http://jsfiddle.net/R3C6p/

As you  can see, you can’t view it as a single HTML page. Now, check it out with the modified URL: http://jsfiddle.net/R3C6p/embedded/ and http://jsfiddle.net/R3C6p/embedded/result/. Notice that the embedded version allows you to switch each sections, while the result version only shows your code’s result. That’s the one you’ll need to open the frame to grab the source code (Ctrl+U).

That’s it!

FREE BONUS! Shattered Planet Logo

Available on iOS now!

I’ve personally playtested that game: it’s fun!

Enjoy!

Sirus
sirusdark.ca

How to prevent Outlook.com or Hotmail to redirect to MSN on sign out

Posted in Browser, Internet, Tweaking with tags , , , , , , , on April 3, 2014 by Sirusdark

Hello crazy world!

I finally decided I would share with you a secret tweak of mine. When I sign out of Outlook.com or Hotmail, I don’t get redirected to MSN. Yes, I don’t.

Firefox is your friend

Step 1. Use a real Internet Browser (aka Firefox).

Step 2. Use NoScript or AdBlock Plus. If you have neither of those installed, Ctrl+Shift+A and do so.

Step 3. Simply deny any scripts from the following domains:

demdex.net

omtrdc.net

Piece of cake. Block these two domains and you shouldn’t get redirected to MSN anymore.

Outlook.com - No MSN

Sign in – sign out. Nothing else. You’re welcome.

EDIT – Workaround

For some reason, this method doesn’t work anymore. Being fedup and wanting a simpler solution, I’ve found one:

Log out from a non e-mail related service, like OneDrive, OneNote, Word/Excel Online, etc. Switch service and logout as usual.

Enjoy!

Sirus
sirusdark.ca

IMPORTANT NOTE
-As much as the name implies it, I don’t use AdBlock Plus to block ads. I’ve never used the filter subscriptions either, not even once. I don’t encourage anyone to block ads without a very good reason. If you DO need to block an ad, it means the website you’re on has a problem. Ads are great. Usually.

Did you know? – Optimize EA Games Origin’s cache folder

Posted in Did you know, Games, Tweaking with tags , , , , , on March 28, 2014 by Sirusdark

Origin Logo

Origin is a game application created by Electronic Arts (EA) to manage all your EA games. It allows you to buy, install, update your games and chat with friends. Quite similar to the well known Steam by Valve Software, but with less game titles…

Double it up

Here’s a little tweak for those of you who uses more than one hard drive (you should). To reduce your main data hard drive’s wear and read/write bottleneck, you should (whenever possible) redirect all your program’s cache & temp files to a separate hard drive. Among those programs, Origin, as bad and crappy as people may say, allows you to customize its cache file location.

Origin is cool

So simply go in your Origin’s settings and choose a new location for all your game downloads!

FREE BONUS

Dead SpaceDead Space 1 is currently free on Origin! Grab it while it’s hot!

Enjoy!

Sirus
sirusdark.ca

How to clear Windows 8’s Jump Lists (aka Folder History)

Posted in Privacy, Tweaking, Windows with tags , , , on March 11, 2014 by Sirusdark

Here’s how to clear Windows 8‘s recent Jump Lists (aka Frequent File, Recent or Folder History) from your Taskbar shortcuts/icons. Note that you can also clear your recently opened programs, but that’s not desirable, as you’d also lose your Run history… Something very useful to keep if you work efficiently.

Jump the Jump Lists

First, right-click anywhere on an empty space of your Taskbar >go in Properties > then click the Jump Lists tab and ONLY uncheck:

[ ] Store and display recently opened items in Jump Lists

Click Apply, then re-check the box and click Apply. That’s it! Your Jump Lists history should now be empty.

Enjoy!

Sirus
sirusdark.ca