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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
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