For the last 2–3 months I’ve been too busy to write much new content for the site. This hasn’t been helped by a drop in things to write about — most of my articles are about technology fixes or exciting new HTPC related developments. There haven’t been too many new developments, and I haven’t fixed much technology because I’ve been too busy. That doesn’t mean the site has been entirely ignored however…
Posts Categorised: Web Technologies
Google have finally enabled Google+ for apps accounts (as of the 27th Oct)! Now those of us with an apps account can finally get an account and +1 pages etc. Google have also enabled “pages” on Google+ for organisations. For the DIY Media Home Google+ Page just click on the Google+ icon at the top right of the page. If you need to migrate a temporary non-apps account Google promise there will be a migration tool coming very soon. Happy +ing
I’ve added a lot more icons to my set of custom pushpins for google maps. I’ve also now uploaded them individually to picasa web albums, so they can be directly linked to there.… Read Full Article
Firefox 8 has been released. You can get it from mozilla. Unfortunately it still isn’t available as a 64bit release.
Adobe Flash Player 11 has been released. It finally brings official 64bit support in an all-in-one installer for both 64 and 32bit. Hardware acceleration is also now included. Good work Adobe, lets just hope there are less security issues than in the past.
I frequently use google maps, and have created quite a few custom maps. I particularly like using the placemark icons with the standard colours, rather than the custom shape icons. However, there are only 2 types, in 7 colours, for a total of 14, which is frequently insufficient.… Read Full Article
Nearly 18 months ago I wrote a brief note about how to remove certain firefox plugins, addons and extensions which don’t have a “remove” button in the Add-ons manager. I have updated and added to the original list, and will continue to add any further plugins I encounter here. If in doubt there is usually no harm done by leaving or removing any plugins, addons or extensions. I advise removing all of those that you don’t use as they are using memory and processing resources and slow firefox down. In some cases the stability of the browser can even be undermined by plugins.… Read Full Article
I was so pleased upon upgrading to Firefox 4 to no longer have Windows Live Messenger crashing the browser every time I opened Hotmail and had an active conversation window. I don’t know if it was Microsoft or Firefox at fault but the problem seems to have gone away now.
I’m less pleased, however, that two of my plug-ins for the previous version aren’t yet supported. Then again, one of those is old and seldom used and the other (IE Tab) should follow in time.
I’ve found that Firefox 4 doesn’t seem to have complete hardware acceleration enabled by default and by using the following tweaks have improved performance.
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