Tag Archives: Tips And Tricks

How To Unjailbreak Your iPhone or iPod Touch

We have already written about several ways to jailbreak iPhone and jailbreak iPod Touch but what if you have problems after you have jailbroken your or ? Can you go back to a unjailbroken state and remove the jailbreak? Well the answer is yes, and I was able to unjailbreak my iPod Touch recently.

Unjailbreak iPhone

Removing the jailbreak from your device is pretty easy, just follow the simple steps listed below.

Step 1: Connect your device to your PC or Mac.

Step 2: Let iTunes backup the device and other settings, this is very important since we are going to wipe out the iPhone or iPod Touch.

Step 3: Click the device name in iTunes, you will see a “Restore” button under Version, click on that.

Step 4: Follow the steps to restore the device to factory settings. This might take a while.

Step 5: iTunes will prompt you to restore the device from a backup. Choose the latest backup you made before you restored the device and iTunes will copy all your settings for email and more back to the device.

That’s it. You have now successfully removed the jailbreak from your device now. All your settings including email accounts, app settings, game scores and more will be restored.

Fix "View In iTunes" Link Not Working In Opera

Back in October, I had written a post about fixing an issue with the iTunes store in , where app store links or "View in iTunes" link did not open the iTunes app. The same problem existed in too and many users have been emailing and asking me about how to fix it for Opera.

Open iTunes Link in Opera

So as promised, here is a quick way to fix the "View in iTunes" link not working for the Opera browser, I have borrowed this trick from Pallab’s earlier post on using Google Instant in Opera.

Here are steps to fix this issue:

Change Opera Browser Identification

  1. First of all open any app in iTunes, you could click on this link to open the app in iTunes.
  2. Now right click on an empty spot on the page and select "Edit Site Preferences" from the context menu. Alternatively you could use the hotkey F12 and select it.
  3. Navigate to the "Network" tab and change the "Browser identification" option to "Mask as Firefox" from "Identify as Opera"
  4. Reload the page and you should now see a prompt to Open iTunes.

If the "Mask as " does not work, you can try out the other options available for Browser Identification.

Fed-up Of Jimmy Wales on Wikipedia? Here’s How To Get Rid Of Him

Wikipedia LogoWikipedia is no doubt one of the best resources for anyone looking to find more information about topics they are researching on. It is also the 5th largest site in the world, however, Wikipedia does not run ads and instead relies on donations from its users to run the huge database of articles it has.

At last count, Wikipedia has over 35 million articles in the English section and there are more documents in other languages too. That’s really good, however, in the past few months, users who visit the website are being shown a banner, which is an urgent appeal from Jimmy Wales, the Wikipedia founder on getting donations for the site.

jimmy_wales_wikipedia_appeal

Now showing this message is fine and many people including me have already donated to them. However, here is the problem, you will see this banner on every page you visit, no matter whether you have donated or not. This is making it quite annoying for users who have to visit Wikipedia everyday.

Are you fed-up too? Here are some ways to get rid of this Wikipedia message. On you can install the called Goodbye Jimmy Wales to get rid of this message. users can use the called Wikipedia Appeal Remover to get this done.

If you use or Internet Explorer, you can use a script to get rid of the Jimmy Wales Appeal, you will find the User scripts for the same here. Learn more on installing Greasemonkey scripts in Opera and IE.

Prevent Google Chrome From Closing When You Close The Last Tab

By default closes the window when the last tab has been closed. However, you can prevent it from happening using a which also does a lot more things.

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The Chrome Toolbox extension for Google Chrome adds a ton of features to the browser. It also provides a feature to stop Chrome from closing down when you close the last tab. To enable that feature install the extension and then click on it’s icon to display then menu and click on the "Options" link.

Disable Window Closing in Chrome

On the options page, select the checkbox next to "Don’t close current browser window when closing last tab, create a new tab instead." This will ensure that Chrome does not close the window when you close the last tab using the Ctrl + W hotkey, you can of course close the window by clicking on "x" symbol on the browser.

In addition to closing tabs Chrome Toolbox also provides you with several other features, including a confirmation before closing multiple tabs. Here are some more features of what Chrome Toolbox does:

  • Magnify any image on a web page, set it as your wallpaper, and view it in its original size
  • Drag any video on a web page (Flash and HTML5 video) out of the page in its own stand-alone window, closing the window puts it back to the original page, both with play state reservation
  • Customize tab behavior to close the tab on double click, to create a new tab on closing the last tab, and to always open a link in its own tab
  • Save and restore un-submitted form data, to avoid data loss caused by session expiration or a no-cache page setting
  • One shortcut to launch all predefined URLs (from your Bookmark Manager folder)
  • Learn, compare and contrast shortcuts in Chrome and other popular browsers.
  • Put your favorite Chrome functionalities in the drop down menu, reorder them in the way you like
  • Define Boss Key
  • Mute all tabs

Definitely worth downloading and using. Download Chrome Toolbox Extension.

Stop Auto-Refresh of Pages In Opera And Refresh Websites After Certain Time

After , is my secondary browser and I use it very frequently. I use Opera to visit websites and check on stats among other things. Now, many of the websites I visit are news sites which have auto-refresh turned on. Sometimes, this provides me with a bad experience since the page auto-refreshes while I am in the middle of reading an article.

On the other hand, I find it unproductive to reload stats pages every time I want to see new data. Thankfully Opera has a nice little which will allow you to stop auto-refresh on certain websites while allow you to refresh certain websites after a time-interval.

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In order to stop a webpage from auto-refreshing, right click on that page and select "Never" from the "Reload Every" submenu. On the other hand, you can use the same menu to also auto-refresh certain webpages after a certain time interval.

This feature is pretty useful since it is built into the browser itself and does not require third-party extensions. Pretty neat and useful.

Further Reading: Auto-refreshing of webpages is done through a meta tag, you can read more about it here.

How To Import Delicious Bookmarks Into Xmarks, Diigo, Chrome, Opera, Firefox or IE

Delicious is closing down, the first thing you have to do is export your Delicious bookmarks so that you have access to it. Now, what do you do with those bookmarks? Well there are several things you could do now with your Bookmarks.

Few of these include importing them to your favorite browser including , , or Internet Explorer. You can also import your Delicious Bookmarks into Xmarks, however, more on that later.

Also Read: Top Delicious Alternatives to Hop Onto

Import Delicious Bookmarks To Google Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer

For Google Chrome

Import Delicious Bookmarks to Google Chrome

Click on the Setting icon in Chrome and select Bookmark Manager. In the bookmark manager click on Organize and select Import bookmarks. Now select the HTML file you downloaded from Delicious and it will be imported to Google Chrome.

For Firefox

Import Delicious Bookmarks to Firefox

Click on the Bookmarks menu and select "Organize Bookmarks" from the menu. Alternatively you can also use the shortcut key "Ctrl + Shift + B". Click on the "Import and Backup" and select "Import HTML" option. Now navigate to the HTML file you downloaded and import it into Firefox.

For Opera

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In order to import your delicious bookmarks to Opera, click on the "Menu -> Bookmarks -> Manage Bookmarks". In the Bookmarks manager, click on the File Menu and select "Import Firefox Bookmarks" from the list. Now navigate and select the downloaded HTML file from Delicious and import it into Opera.

For Internet Explorer

Import Delicious Bookmarks to Internet Explorer

Go to "File -> Import and Export" and select Import from a file. Click on Next and select "Favorites" on the next screen. Click next and select the downloaded HTML file and then choose the folder you want to import the bookmarks into.

Done, you now have your Delicious bookmarks in your favorite browser. Now how about moving it to Xmarks? Turns out it is easy, check the steps below.

Import Delicious Bookmarks to Xmarks

Import Delicious Bookmarks to Xmarks

Xmarks provides an easy way to import your bookmarks from Delicious to your account. Login to your Xmarks account and then head over to http://my.xmarks.com. Now click on the "Tools" menu and select "Import Bookmarks from Del.icio.us". Provide your Delicious username to Xmarks and it will download your bookmarks and add it to a new folder.

The downside of this feature is that it only supports 100 public bookmarks, so your private Delicious bookmarks and those which are above 100 won’t be imported. To get over this problem you can simply download a sync tool for your browser from here and then sync your imported bookmarks in the browser to Xmarks.

Import Delicious Bookmarks to Diigo

Import Delicious Bookmarks to Diigo

Another good service for bookmarking is Diigo. You can also import your delicious bookmarks to this service. To import your bookmarks to Diigo, sign in to the service and head over to this link. Now navigate to the downloaded HTML file and upload it to Diigo.

Using these import guide will ensure that your Delicious bookmarks are not lost.

Note: This article was updated to add instructions for Opera.

How To Export Delicious Bookmarks and Tags

Yahoo is going to shut down the popular bookmarking service Delicious. Though this is not going to go down well with users, here is your chance to get your bookmarks out of Delicious in time for the impending shutdown.

Export Delicious Bookmarks

So here is how you can export your Delicious bookmarks and keep them safe with you. I will try and update the post on how you can import these bookmarks into other services like Xmarks soon.

Step 1: Login to your Delicious Account.

Step 2: Head over to this Delicious bookmark exporter page.

Step 3: Choose the options you want to export or you can also export selective tags. Once you have entered your choices, click on the Export button and your bookmarks will be exported as an HTML file.

How To Block Tynt Read More Links While Copy-Pasting From Websites

I love the concept behind Tynt, it is a service which adds a Read more link when you copy content from certain sites. However, the problem here is that it is also truly annoying and hurts my productivity, since I have to keep deleting all that additional data added to my copied text.

To restore my productivity levels I searched for ways to disable them from adding the additional content to my text. First of for Users, there are couple of which block the Tynt script. You can download the Tynt Blocker extension from here or also try out the Tynt Blocker 2 extension from here.

Unfortunately there are no Tynt blockers for , and Internet Explorer. However, I did find an alternative to block Tynt completely on all browsers thanks to Daring Fireball. All you have to do is edit your hosts file and add a new line to it as shown below.

127.0.0.1 tcr.tynt.com

If you are not sure how to edit an host file, you might want to read a previous guide on using hosts file to block websites or also download a Hosts file manager to easily edit the file.

How To Uninstall Chrome Apps or Extensions

Google recently rolled out the through which users can download several new and . There are tons of cool apps out there out of which we reviewed few including TweetDeck, Distraction Free Writing and some Note Taking and Sticky Notes App.

If you went on a app installing spree, the new tab page feels a bit cluttered. However, you can uninstall Chrome Apps or Extensions easily without having to break your head.

Uninstall Chrome Apps

To uninstall an that you installed, open a new tab and scroll till you see the app you want to uninstall. Now, right click on that app, and click on "Uninstall" from the available options. Click on the "Uninstall" button in the popup window and the app will be removed. The good thing is that if you use Chrome Sync, the app will be removed across the board on all the computers you use.

Uninstall or Disable Chrome Extensions

To uninstall an extension in , Click on the Settings icon and then click on Extensions from the Tools sub-menu. This will take you to the extensions page, alternatively you can just type chrome://extensions in the browser address bar. On the extensions page, you will see all the installed extensions. You can either disable an extension or remove it entirely by clicking on the available links below the extension description.

Have fun and do try out new extensions and apps that Chrome Web Store.

Filter Tweets In Twitter Web Interface

is a place for everyone to communicate their feelings with no one in particular. However, at times some people you follow could go on a tweet rampage or there could be a barrage of tweets for some #hashtag which can get annoying. Unfollowing those people is an easy option to stop seeing their tweets, but what if you could just temporarily not view those tweets from a person or for a #hashtag on your timeline?

twitter_filter

Desktop software like already provide you with an option to filter tweets, however, it you cannot do it on the web though. Twitter Filter is a handy for which allows you to temporarily filter out tweets from certain users in the web interface. 

As you can see from the screenshot above, this extension will allow you to exclude tweets that contain a certain #hashtag, as well as tweets from one or more people. This is a great way to temporarily hide tweets instead of using the Unfollow button.

twitter_web_filter_greasemonkey

users can make use of some scripts to filter out tweets from your Twitter web timeline. You can install the Filter Tweets script for Greasemonkey and use it to filter out keywords or people’s tweets from your timeline temporarily. One benefit of using this script is that you can also filter out all tweets which contain links.

This script can also be used on Chrome, and Internet Explorer. You might want to read our earlier tutorial on installing Greasemonkey scripts in Opera, IE and Safari.

P.S. I have only tested these scripts with the #newTwitter interface. I am not 100% sure about it working with the older one.