Block Youtube Video Ads In Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox And Opera

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If you are watching a lot of youtube, ads that happen on some of the videos are very intrusive and annoying. You dont want to sit there for a long time watching more ads then videos.

There is a plugin I use which blocks these ads so all you see is the videos. It is also useful for other websites as you will not see ads anymore wherever you go. The software is called AdBlock. It is available for all browsers. I use chrome but it does not matter what you use. I will add the links to these plugins below so you can download them.

Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Your internet experience should be a lot better now!

Add photos to iPhone / iPad simulator add photos to iphone simulator

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When doing iPhone or iPad development sometimes there is a need to do processing on photos in the iPhone photo library. Instead of just testing the app on the device there is an easier way.

You can create a photo library on the computer that shows up in the simulator. The path to the simulator photo library is:

~/Library/Application Support/iPhone Simulator/5.0/Media/DCIM/100APPLE

If the directory structure is not there create it and add your photos / videos in there.

To have them show up in the simulator delete ~/Library/Application Support/iPhone Simulator/5.0/Media/PhoneData. This will rebuild the iPhone photo database and allow you to use those items during development.

That is what i do. Good luck.

Airplay stream audio and video for Windows free

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I have been looking for a simple remote solution for my Windows media center pc. My audio system is connected to it so i needed a way to stream audio wirelessly from iTunes. I have used the Airfoil for Windows free but it starts garbling sound after a while if you dont buy a copy. I am trying to keep my media center mostly using open source software. Two softwares have actually made this possible for me.

I can now stream both audio and video over Airplay from my iPhone or iTunes on my laptop and its FREE!!!!

Audio Streaming

For streaming audio over Airplay i use Shairport4w which is located at

Sharepoint4w allows you to make any Windows machine into an iTunes speaker making it very easy to send music to it. It has settings to allow a user to set a password on it so not everyone can send audio to it. It also allows for audio output selection. This helps if your audio system is not your default audio device. PERFECT!

Video Streaming / Photo Streaming

Streaming photos / video over airplay from iPhone to TV is a very useful and very cool feature to have. I use Windows Media Center for my media needs and i found a plugin which is also open source. It is called Airplay for Windows Media Center. Follow the link:

These are free tools. If you find them useful support these creators by donating help or $$.

If you have any questions about how to use these tools let me know below. I can explain to you how to install them or use them.

IOS SDK Check if device is an iPhone or iPad at runtime

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This is the code i use to check if the user device is an iPhone, iPhone4 or IPad. Based on this i show different screens.
[sourcecode language=”objc”]//check the device type – iphone / ipad / ipod / whatever
if ([[UIDevice currentDevice] userInterfaceIdiom] == UIUserInterfaceIdiomPhone) {
if ([[UIScreen mainScreen] respondsToSelector:@selector(scale)] == YES &&
[[UIScreen mainScreen] scale] == 2.00) {
} else {
} else {
}[/sourcecode] Let me know if you have any questions. Good luck

Shut down or restart computer via Remote Desktop in Windows 7

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It is very simple

For Windows 7 press the start button and in the search box type in shutdown /r
This will reboot your computer.

If you are using Windows Xp you can right click on your Taskbar and open TaskManager and on the TaskManager window you will see the Shutdown menu and can choose your options there.

Change Mac Mail and Outlook 2011 file location

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Apple does not seem to give details about this. If you dont want the mail files to be on your main drive you can change this by creating a symbolic link. Dont worry it is very easy.

Where are all the Mail files on a Mac?
They are located at ~/Library/Mail (~/ represents your home directory — /Users/YOURUSER )

Before doing anything close your Mail App or Outlook 2011 if you have them open.
To change this to something else you have to first move your mail folder to wherever you want.
The command line command for that is: mv ~/Library/Mail WHERE/YOU WANT/TO MOVE IT
You can also move your files in finder.

After this you just have to create the symbolic link. Open the Console.
The command is: ln -s path/to/where/you/moved/mail/ ~/Library/Mail

After this is done you can open up Mail or Outlook and all your files will be there.

If you have any problems with this or any questions use the comment box below. Good luck!

Nicholas Canyon Beach Kiteboarding / Kitesurfing

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Nicholas Canyon Beach is an awesome place for kiteboarding and kitesurfing. It is not really for beginners but I kite boarded there and I am a beginner. I have good control of the kite but just learning to water start. The wind here is pretty strong so in general use a 9m to 10m kite. There is a large area to kitesurf and there are awesome waves you can ride as well. Going there on a weekend I encountered a few surfers. They were left of the kite spot. Make sure you setup past the concrete ramp after the 2 orange flags. Ask the locals kiteboarding / kitesurfing there if you have any questions.

Here is the wind forecast : Wind Forecast

Iphone IOS 5 Wifi sync not showing up in ITunes Solution Fix

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Wifi sync is a new feature for Iphones which is part of the new IOS 5 upgrade.

You will need to have IOS5 Beta 2 or Beta 3 for this to work.
You will also need to have ITunes Beta 2 or Beta 3

The reason why it does not show up in ITunes for most people is because you have to have Mac 10.6.8 update. If you click the apple on the top left of your screen and click on “About this Mac” it will tell you what version of OSX you have. In my case I have 10.6.8.

Once you have the update installed and you plug in your IPhone in the summary screen Sync over Wi-Fi connection will show up as an option. Check that box and you will not have to plug in your IPhone to sync anymore.

If you have any questions write me below. If this article has helped you click the +1 Thank you!

Secure Torrent Client

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Every torrent client can be a secure torrent client. I have used a wide array of clients and they can all be made secure by changing a few settings. It has to do with turning on torrent encryption.

Go to your torrent client’s Preferences or Options and look for Encrypting outgoing and incoming traffic. For the best security set all the options to Force encryption.

Here is how to do it in my favorite torrent client: µTorrent
1. On the top bar go to Options > Preferences and you will see a window come up like the one below.
2. Click BitTorrent on the left side. On the right side now you will see a section for Protocol Encryption.
3. Set Outgoing to Forced and uncheck the checkbox that says “Allow incoming legacy connections“.


By doing this your torrent traffic will look just like a secure tunnel to your ISP.

You will be safe from your ISP throttling your connection because you torrent and things like that. Be aware though that if you are torrenting items that are illegal this encryption will not save you from everything. It is just one extra layer of security. For a more secure torrenting experience look up proxies. These proxies will hide your IP Address from the world.


Good luck and happy torrenting.

HTPC Media Software

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I have just built my media center PC. It is now sitting in the living room running 24/7 since its also my file server. HURRAY!

I know there are many options for software and some people will argue Linux over Windows but after doing some research and talking to a few people I decided to go with Windows 7 Ultimate (Home Premium will work also) for its Media Center.

My requirements for my media center were to have a way to share files and an easy way to view my photos, videos and music. It is an ongoing project but this is what i have installed so far:

Media Center Master –
This is an essential software for Windows Media center if you are going to be using Media Browser. Media Center Master will scan your video folders and not only rename the video files and folders in an organized matter but also download backdrops and eyecandy that Media Browser can use to display your movie collection. It will also auto torrent shows and video for you if you set it up that way. Install your favorite torrent client and you are on your way.

Media Center Studio –
This allows you to customize your Media Center using different themes you can download online. There are many media center theme packs out there if you do a google search.

Media Browser –
Great addon for Windows Media Center it organizes movies in a very easy to view format and adds a lot of eye candy. It will change the way you navigate your Video.

AirFoil Airspeakers –
Apple released a very cool remote speaker option for people who have an Airport extreme. This allows users to stream audio from their computer or iphone to another place in their home. For those of us who dont have an Airport Extreme, AirFoil has a similar software with a lot more options. I have installed the server on my HTPC so that i can stream audio to it anytime i want bigger sound. The stream works very well and it goes through at a very good quality.

Hulu Desktop
We all like to watch Hulu. With the new Hulu Desktop, Hulu can be controlled from Windows Media Center giving users a unified interface.

Logitech Touch Mouse
This is the best free Wifi Mouse keyboard option I have been able to find. It allows me to use my IPhone to control both the mouse and keyboard of my HTPC. There are some downsides to this. Since it is a server running in the background, it will not work when you restart your HTPC. What I have also noticed is that it does not work when Windows UAC pops up and asks for permissions. Overall though it works great.

My HTPC is slowly evolving as I get more use out of it. Im finding new things to do with it all the time and will be probably be installing more software as I go on. I will update this list as it happens.