Fast way to network adapters

Still remember in Win95 when changing an IP or DNS server was as easy as going to the Control Panel, opening the network folder then choosing the adapter? Rember in WinXP when you get there without even leaving the start menu? Driven insane by Win10's constantly changing settings interfaces from every previous OS with zero cohesion? Well now you can get to your beloved adapters quicker with three easy steps:

  1. Win+R (Run)
  2. Type: ncpa.cpl
  3. <ENTER>
Fast way to network adapters

Permanently disable Firefox and Chrome web notifications

Are you horrified that any website would even ask to send notifications to your desktop? Would you like this pop-up to never appear again? Then:

  1. In Firefox, visit the URL about:config and if promted, say you do want to void your warranty
  2. Filter using webno
  3. Double click dom.webnotifications.enabled (changing the value from the default true to false)

Thanks to this guy for the Firefox info.

  1. In Chrome, in the top-right, click the 3 vertical dots (the More menu) and select Settings
  2. At the top, search notifications
  3. Expand Content settings, then Notifications
  4. Toggle Ask before sending to Blocked

Chrome info from the Google Support article.

Permanently disable Firefox and Chrome web notifications

Remove 3D Objects folder from Windows 10

In Regedit, open the following locations (only the first is needed for 32-bit systems) and delete the key 

{0DB7E03F-FC29-4DC6-9020-FF41B59E513A}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace

References

Remove 3D Objects folder under This PC in Windows 10, The Windows Club

Remove 3D Objects folder from Windows 10

One line Debian/Ubuntu upgrade and clean up

The following command:

  • gets the latest update information
  • upgrades all packages (without prompting for confirmation)
  • removes any unneeded install files
  • removes any unnedded packages
  • checks if any services or daemons need to be restarted

Note: the debian-goodies package needs to be installed to use the checkrestart command

apt-get update;apt-get upgrade -y;apt-get autoclean;apt-get autoremove;checkrestart

Linux allows running applications to be updated however they will not start to use the new files until restarted. The checkrestart command (from the Debian package description):

Help to find and restart processes which are using old versions of upgraded files (such as libraries)

One line Debian/Ubuntu upgrade and clean up

Skip Mass Effect 2 Intro Movies and Cerberus Network

Want to skip the opening movies and not have to wait for the Cerberus Network every time you start ME2? Easy, just requires two tweaks to your system (instructions for Windows only).

1. Add the -nomoviestartup argument to your ME2 shortcut

a) Go to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Mass Effect 2 to find your Mass Effect 2 shortcut
1-folder

b) Right-click and select Properties
2-properties

c) Change Target from (including quotes: ")
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Mass Effect 2\MassEffect2Launcher.exe"
to
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Mass Effect 2\Binaries\MassEffect2.exe" -nomoviestartup

and change Start in from
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Mass Effect 2"
to
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Mass Effect 2\Binaries"

then click OK
3-me2-properties

Now when you launch ME2 it should skip the Bioware and EA animated logos and go straight to Press a key on launch.

After this you still have to wait for ME2 to talk to the Internet before you can click the all important Resume. Let's fix that.

2. Block ME2 from accessing the Internet in Windows Firewall

a) Go to the Control Panel and open Windows Firewall (eaisest way is to hit the <Windows> key on your keyboard, type 'Windows Firewall' and then hit <enter>), then click Advanced settings
3-me2-properties

b) Select Outbound Rules on the left, then click New Rule… on the right
2-b-outbound

c) Accept the default selection of Program and click Next
2-c-program

d) Enter the path as c:\Program Files (x86)\Mass Effect 2\Binaries\MassEffect2.exe
2-d-path

e) Accept the default Block the connection and click Next
2-e-block

f) Accept the default of all networks and click Next
2-f-networks

g) Give the new rule a name, e.g. ME2 Block, and click Finish
2-g-name

Done! You should now be able to get back into your game as quickly as possible.

Skip Mass Effect 2 Intro Movies and Cerberus Network

Solution: Get What the Tech video via DoggCatcher

Some time ago the host for GFQ's What the Tech, blip.tv, decided to limit access to their content to iTunes and their own Blip TV app.

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If you're quick, or view the downloaded video on your computer, you may see the above message

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Or you may just see this error message

So what if you're using DoggCatcher or one of the other great Android podcasting apps? Well there's a fix. (note: I do not know whether Android podcasting apps other than DoggCatcher support spoofing their User Agent; your mileage may vary)

  1. Open DoggCatcher and tap the Add button (the + icon, top-right)
    Screenshot_2013-09-04-14-14-15
  2. Scroll down and select 'Feed RSS URL'
    Screenshot_2013-09-04-14-14-39
  3. Scroll down and select 'RSS URL'
    Screenshot_2013-09-04-14-14-46
  4. Enter http://feeds.feedburner.com/WhatTheTechvideo?format=xml and tap the down arrow to dismiss the keyboard (if your phone has hardware buttons, the back key should perform this function)
    Screenshot_2013-09-04-14-14-53
  5. Tap 'Ok'
    Screenshot_2013-09-04-14-14-59
  6. What the Tech should show up at the bottom of your DoggCatcher feed list. Tap the overflow/menu button (top right icon looks like '…')
    Screenshot_2013-09-04-14-15-07
  7. Select 'Settings'
    Screenshot_2013-09-04-14-15-11
  8. Scroll down and select 'Miscellaneous'
    Screenshot_2013-09-04-14-15-19
  9. Select 'User Agent'
    Screenshot_2013-09-04-14-15-22
  10. Enter iTunes/10.1.6 and tap the 'Ok' button
    Screenshot_2013-09-04-14-15-26
  11. Done! Return to the DoggCatcher home screen. You may need to force the first What the Tech video to download again as the automatic download that took place before updating the User Agent will have failed, depending on your settings.

Source

Thanks to the guys at the DoggCatcher forum for finding this workaround:

http://www.doggcatcher.com/node/2582

Solution: Get What the Tech video via DoggCatcher