[Updated] Removing App Spam From Facebook iPhone App

Facebook allows you to filter away apps you do not care about on your news feed but its iPhone app ignores the filter and you end up with something like this when you try to check on your friends on-the-go:

You end up scrolling through 2 pages of app spam to get some actual useful updates. To fix this, you need to block the apps.

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Borderlands on Steam saving issue quick workaround / fix

I was really excited to play Borderlands today. After decrypting my pre-order, I took a tour around and quickly realise there were issues with saving. After browsing the forums, I found a work-around that seems to work for me. I got my game through Steam and had My Documents pointing to a dedicated partition.

All you have to do is basically add the -nohomedir launch option to Borderlands. You can specify that by accessing the Properties of the game in your Steam games panel.

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Credit to KevSteele and MrKlorox from the GearBox forums for the fix. Honestly, I’m a little disappointed that a bug in a critical system like saving escaped the developers but they’re working hard on a patch which will hopefully clear this and other issues up.

I have no idea how saving works I believe you have to access those stations which are supposed to “register your DNA”. Can anyone clear this up?

Went for family dinner to celebrate my Dad’s bday yesterday. One comment by Grandma was I could get married on my Dad’s 60th birthday. -Gawd. We’re in the 21st century Grandma.-  (Which afterwards, could be a slippery slope of bugging you to have kids….from both sides without saying!)

What’s with the older generation and marriage?

How to Uninstall Symantec Antivirus Client without password

Been playing around with my anti-virus options and accidentally double-clicked on the Symantec anti-virus’s archive installer I got some time back. Can’t stop the installation process and if you’ve installed SAV before, you’d realise that for some reason it prompts you for a password to uninstall. Here’s the solution to yet another technical annoyance:

1) Go to Start -> Run and type regedit

2) Navigate to:

CurrentVersion\Administrator Only\Security\

3) Double click on the value name “UseVPUninstallPassword” and change the value from 1 to 0

[Password to Uninstall Symantec Antivirus Client]

After you’ve changed that registry entry, you won’t be prompted for the password during uninstallation.

Lifehacker: How to Fix Annoying YouTube Jumpiness in Firefox

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[How to Fix Annoying YouTube Jumpiness in Firefox – Firefox – Lifehacker]

Many users, myself included, visit YouTube on an almost daily basis. Ever since Firefox version 2.0 implemented the session restore function, when you are watching a video on YouTube (perhaps on other video sites as well, I haven’t really tested that), you may notice a tiny freeze-up of the video every 10 seconds or so. This happens because the session restore is by default set to save all open tabs every 10 seconds. This is especially noticeable if you happen to have a lot of tabs open at once.

The quick fix for this problem, at least for my own sake, is to increase the time between each of the saves performed by session restore. By opening about:config in your Firefox address bar, then typing browser.sessionstore.interval in the filter box, you’ll see a value of 10000, which is in milliseconds. (Meaning your session is saved every 10 seconds.) I changed this to 300000, or every 5 minutes, as I don’t have the urgent need for tab restoration. If you feel like being more on the safe side, try increasing it to something a bit lower, say 120000, or every 2 minutes.

I’ve been having the problem myself. I tested the sessionstore and it seems your tabs are stored whenever you close down your browser properly anyway so a 5 min tab storing for when your browser crash should not be that much of a biggie.

Now to test if YouTube indeed becomes less jumpy.

Gmail sends mail for you properly now!

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[Gmail Removes “On Behalf Of” For Real This Time – Annoyances – Lifehacker]

Not sure how many people use Gmail to manage all their mails. In case, you’re like me who receive and send your mail from multiple accounts via Gmail, you’d probably be glad to know Gmail now sends it properly through your non-Gmail account’s STMP server now. No longer will your blah@domain.com mail declare they’re sent via gmail.

More details from the official Gmail blog.

How to remove Microsoft .NET Assistant from Firefox

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Not exactly breaking news but better late than never. Prevent your favourite browser from becoming Internet Fire Explorer Fox.

2nd link has lots of screen shots and may be easier to follow.

This update adds to Firefox one of the most dangerous vulnerabilities present in all versions of Internet Explorer: the ability for websites to easily and quietly install software on your PC. Since this design flaw is one of the reasons you may’ve originally chosen to abandon IE in favor of a safer browser like Firefox, you may wish to remove this extension with all due haste.

I like Microsoft products overall, but I cannot and will never condone blatant misuse of corporate power to distribute useless, unasked-for software to masses who do not have the skills to tell part good from bad or how to handle issues like the above.

The Assistant, if at all, should be an optional package, with clear user consent granted before any installation. Furthermore, the installation should be fully 100% revocable, so that anyone using the computer can do it, via the standard Add/Remove panel.

This is a very serious breach of user trust. Not only is this package delivered without explicit approval, it’s also made difficult to remove. Moreover, its use is not clear. Lastly, the change affects third-party software, not one of Microsoft products, so the question is, what the hell did Microsoft want to achieve with this nebulous, spyware-like update? Animosity from a few trusted users? Force people not to install updates or use older versions of their products?