Thursday, September 30, 2010

Google Reader on your Blackberry (and it's free!)

I love how quickly I can be reading my Google Reader subscriptions via 1-click.  Simply change the start page to one of your Google reader subscriptions per instructions below.  I also have a separate Google quick search app that I use for general web searches.

Change the home page or start page

Depending on your wireless service provider, you might not be able to change the home page.
  1. On the Home screen, click the Browser icon.
  2. Press the Menu key.
  3. Click Options.
  4. Click Browser Configuration.
  5. Perform any of the following actions:

  1. Press the Menu key.
  2. Click Save Options.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Thursday, September 16, 2010

How to set a Password on Blackberry

How to password protect your Blackberry:

From the Home screen of the BlackBerry smartphone, click Options.
Click Security Options.
Click General Settings. Note: If you are running BlackBerry Device Software 4.0.2 or earlier, click Options, then Security.
Change the Password field to Enabled.
Display the menu and click Save.
Type your new password and click Enter.
Verify your new password by typing it again and click Enter

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Google Chrome - "Print Selection" Grayed Out - Print Selection Now Works!!!

UPDATE 8/18/2011: DANG. It's happened again. Print selection is NOT available. My version: 13.0.782.112. History below tells me there's nothing I can do until a new version of Chrome. Geeze Google.

UPDATE 10/10/2010: Looks like Chrome upgrades itself as my version is now:  7.0.517.41.  Print selection and all else works still!

UPDATE 9/12/2010: Print Selection now works! I didn't update Chrome, it just started working. My Chrome version: 6.0.472.55.

UPDATE 8/3/2010:  "Install the DEV CHANNEL of Chrome. The following link will bring you to a page where you can install the DEV CHANNEL, and get "print selection"."

Beware this is a development installation which means it's not a public release. You may find 'other' issues (e.g. my Blogger extension no longer works).  The print selection fix will be installed in the next public release as well.

8/3/2010 - Later that day... Ummmm. OK.  Just reinstalled the non-dev version as too many other things not working yet.  It just depends on what you want - print selection, or everything else.  I can't do without everything else, and I'd already compensated with good options for print selection so that is why I reverted.  Will wait for public release.

I've become used to not having the print selection feature and this is what I do to compensate:
1-Highlight your selection, copy/paste to notepad, print.
2-Install the IE tab.  Then you can click the icon to open the IE tab and copy/paste the URL.  Print/selection works in this tab.
3-This is great! Add "Print Friendly" to your bookmarks.  Clicking the bookmark brings your selection into a pop-up box where you can also "remove images" by simply checking a box, and then print.

Not as easy, but works.

UPDATE 5/18/10: "Future dev channel releases will have this fix, as will beta and stable releases of 6.0 when those happen."
I love Google Chrome - it is fast and the interface is by far the best browser design IMO.

But alas, I'm completely frustrated without the option to "Print Selection".  I tweeted back in Oct'09 that finally Chrome had Print Selection, and it did!  But I upgraded to the latest version (4x) sometime in Jan'10, and that option is now grayed out again. :(  I tried a system rollback but find that even the latest restore point has the "upgraded" browser.  It is truly a sad day.  Sigh.

You can follow this issue on Chromium's project queue here:  Issue# 22937

I also follow this thread Issue# 1682.  This thread is no longer updated by Chromium but people still enter useful comments from time-to-time.

And here's Google Chrome Release Notes site.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

How to make Blog This! work in Google Chrome

This works!  You'll need to change your pop-up blocker to accept Blogger:

1st - Click the folder icon with the X which is to the right of your browser address bar
2nd - Click the radio buttonn to "Always allow pop-ups from...."

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