• Prevent Adobe Acrobat Crashing Firefox

    I’m using Adobe Acrobat (for compatibilities sake only, please post your favourite PDF program in the comments below!), but I’ve been rather annoyed recently at it having a tendency to hang Firefox if I tried to open more than one PDF file from the internet.

    Simple fix/hack – make Firefox save PDF files rather than open them.

    1. Open Options (Tools \ Options in Windows and Edit \ Preferences in Linux)
    2. Open the Applications tab
    3. under ‘Adobe Acrobat Document’ change the value of the dropdown to ‘Save file’

    Firefox Applications options tab. Vista I know!

    1. OK the change
    2. All done. Hopefully that’s one less annoying crash to worry about!

    Ps get Session manager to save yourself loosing a window full of tabs or having to do a horribly manual procedure like recovering tabs from a accidentally closed Firefox window.

  • Books

    I’m a bookworm. I love curling up with a cup of tea and a  good book, to read.

    So far at the moment, I’m re-reading two books, “The fifth elephant” – Terry Pratchett, and “Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone” by you know who ;)

    Two books, because I got a bit into Terry Pratchett’s book, and then got bored, and I try to re-read Harry Potter every couple of years. Seems I am always re-reading it around Christmas.. :)

    The majority of my books I get from charity shops. A few I get from bookmooch.com, the rest I buy from amazon, or am given by relatives for christmas and birthday (The Company, by Max Barry was a Christmas present :) )

    Where do you buy your books?

  • Christmas shopping

    Christmas shopping today, in between watching episodes of the season 2 of Bones :)

    If you want to get interesting fair-trade presents in London, check out “fair share”, at the end of bewick street, next to the red light district of picadilly circus (hope I’ve got the spelling right). Very cool little things, made in interesting and deprived places. Worth giving it a look, if you’re looking for something a little quirky as a gift :)

  • Quick interesting stuff for today

    Addictive flash/iPhone game: canabalt
    Elwoodicious just wrote an interesting price on elastic load balancing with amazon’s virtual servers: http://elwoodicious.com
    RPS a uk pc gaming site/blog got mentioned on a BBC news article about the laws of war, and how they’re broken in computer games

    That’s all for today!

  • Must post before midnight…

    Got to be quick. Today is the closest ie come to failing the challenge (using my brothers post earlier to give me a break, hope that doesn’t break the rules!

    Today, used the east-coast train. Sat opposite to an older Irish lady, who looked like she had a lot of money, and seemed a little rude, the little I spoke to her. Don’t know if she was or not, it was very early in the morning. Then spent the rest of the day preparing a server, to move a site onto it in a rush this weekend. Kinda out-grown shared hosting all of a sudden, being a Christmas targetted website! Mine because I phoned the customer with the “we need to turn you off” call ;) fun fun. Anyway must post. Cutting it fine!

  • Help firefox wget and ssh shell script

    I’m trying to create a script to allow me to command a remote server to download a file from firefox.

    There are various reasons for this, mainly todo with connection speed.

    What I have at the moment is:
    terminator -x ssh user@site.com wget -qc -t 3 -o ~/wget_testlog ftp://anothersite.com/file.ext \\& \& &

    I want it to kick off, ask for a password to login via ssh and then go away…
    I would like to be able to set the location for the download to ~/www/files/

    I was planning to place this script in /usr/bin and install it in firefox using the code/link provided on this blog: Wget from firefox

    Can anyone complete my solution with the correct syntax, or provide a better solution (preferably KISS)?
    I’m more of hacker than an expert IMO and I know when I’m out of my depth!


  • Another day, another post (18)

    Today, I, tweaked a domain name, helped talk a customer into upgrading, changed a few passwords, advised a user on a script I helped write, to add apache vhost, user, email, mysql db & user to a server and closed a few support tickets. Oh, and talked to a customer who is leaving. Fun fun.

    Note to self, when cutting up chillies, loose the seeds.

    Fun tweets today (sorry if you follow me on twitter!)

    • Dear customer. Please don’t complain that we’re rubbish, when you break your own email clients! We can’t control your computers! :/
    • Thank you psudo-random password generator. No, I’m not going to send this to a female customer: hei9deer
    • Pens! Why do they randomly appear on my desk? I swear, I only had one at the start of the week, now I have 3 :/ (Apparently I’m stealing them from James and Paul. Bonus points to whomever can explain how they flew over the atlantic from James’s desk ;) )