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Lot of people have been asking me how to save swf animations and YouTube videos. Although i have already covered these in my earlier posts, but this time we see a new way to view temporary internet files for firefox.

People know that in Internet Explorer they just open a folder of temporary internet files, view all saved content and copy any file they wanted. Some people still come and ask me which folder to open for firefox ??

Actually for Firefox there is no folder. Firefox stores all its cache data in a single file. Now to read this file you can go to you address bar and type

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You get all the cache entries stored on your disk or memory, whichever you choose.

Now its pretty difficult to locate what you are searching for and this is where Cache Viewer comes into play.

This extenion is GUI Front-end of “about:cache”.
Allows searching and sorting memory and disk cache files.

Just install cache viewer addon from firefox website. Here’s the link .

When you open the viewer you get a complete list of the cache. You can search anything you want.

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Now when you need to save something just right-click and select the Save As option.

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Enjoy ! Browse and Save what you want !!

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Load only what you want !! Over these months this has been the best tool that I have used (recommended by Vijyesh). Working on slow bandwidths can be tedious, but this tool helps load webpages faster by displaying only what you need.

ImgLikeOpera allows load only the images that you want in Firefox browser. This extension is very useful for non broadband users…

ImgLikeOpera allows load only the images that you want in Firefox browser. This extension is very useful for non broadband users.
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Features:
– placeholders for blocked images (hi, LJ treads!)
– (re)load image from context menu or Ctrl+rightMouseClick
– forced expiration time (5 minutes – 3 months)
– policies for tabs
– filters
You can set one of policies for each tab:
– don’t load images
– load cached images only
– load images for the originating Web site only
– load all images

Get It Here : https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1672

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Do a Google Search in saving youtube videos. And you are likely to come up with numerous results. Tons of websites offering you ways of downloading You Tube videos.

Now having tried many of them myself, I found out that that most of these did not work every time.

Now I am putting up two websites that I found were the best and the fastest to download videos.

First one is on the very popular website TechCrunch.com

Here’s the link : YouTube Video Download
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How To Download ??

Just get the video link { Example : http://youtube.com/watch?v=M3n-eiSpErk } from YouTube and paste it in the text box.

And remember to rename the video and change the extension to ‘.flv’. Use flvPlayer or VLC Playerto play the video.

There’s also another great site that always worked for me.

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We often need to save embedded flash files like animations, games and cartoons.

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Many people save screenshots of others work, bookmark websites, or “right click – > view Source“…..to save code/files/images, for later reference. With Flash files however it’s not usually as easy as save as, or right clicking to viewing source.

There are always plugins, addons and tools available to save these files. But this is best and the easiest way.

Use these tips to save all the ‘swf’ files you need. You can now save all Flash animations from web pages, including Flash websites, Flash game, Flash Animations, Flash Tutorials, Flash Movie Trailers, Flash Advertisements, or what ever Flash files you find in the web.

Saving Flash files from Firefox

The Easy Way –

a.) Click Tools – Page Info
b.) Click the Media Tab on the Page Info Windows
c.) The media tab has a complete list (with preview) of Images, CSS Files and Shockwave Flash files that were downloaded by the Firefox browser while rendering (loading) the page.
d.) Scroll down the list and locate the swf file.
e.) Click the “Save As” button. Select some directory on your hard drive and save the file (No need for a third-party plug-in).

The Geeky Way –

a.) Type about:blank in the Firefox address bar
b.) Now click List cache entries or directly type about:cache?device=disk (Disk cache device)
c.) Press Ctrl+F and try to location the flash file by typing some part of website URL or the flash file name or just ‘.swf’. After some hit and trial, you should be able to locate the swf file URL
d.) Click the SWF URL to open the Cache Entry Information page. Right click on the link and choose “Save link as”.
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How to save flash in IE browser

a. Click Tools – Internet Options
b. In the General Tab, click the Settings button available in the Temporary Internet Files group.
c. Click View Files to open your Temporary Internet Files folder. Depending upon your IE settings, the Temp. folder can contain tens of thousands of files.
d. Click View – Details. Now click View – Arrange Icons By – Internet Address. Depending upon the webpage, there could one or more Flash files (Shockwave Flash Object) under the Inernet Address.
e. Once you find the right flash file, right-click and choose Copy. Then paste the swf file in any other directory. Be sure to
keep the page and IE open to avoid purging of the cache file.

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Hello again !

Now I decided to write this post because there are still people like my friend, Nakul who still download the 23.2mb big Adobe Reader to view pdf files.(through his limited 550mb/month broadband connection)

A lot of people might have heard about Foxit Reader, but many are still unaware. So now all these people can actually judge which is better.

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The basic factor is the SIZE.

Adobe Reader is a whopping 23.2mb

Foxit Reader in an incredibly small size 1.67mb !!!

Now I am mentioning some of the feaures of the Foxit Reader.

In the past, you have to download a huge PDF reader from another software company, go through a lengthy installation process and wait for an annoying splash window to disappear just to open a PDF document. Moreover, if you want to annotate a PDF document, you have to pay US$299 to buy certain PDF software.

Now with Foxit Reader 2.0, you don’t have to endure such pain any more. The following is a list of compelling advantages of Foxit Reader 2.0:

  • Incredibly small: The download size of Foxit Reader is only 1.67 M which is a fraction of Acrobat Reader 20 M size
  • Breezing-fast: When you run Foxit Reader, it launches instantly without any delay. You are not forced to view an annoying splash window displaying company logo, author names, etc.
  • Annotation tool: Have you ever wished to annotate (or comment on) a PDF document when you are reading it? Foxit Reader 2.0 allows you to draw graphics, highlight text, type text and make notes on a PDF document and then print out or save the annotated document.
  • Text converter: You may convert the whole PDF document into a simple text file.
  • High security and privacy: Foxit Reader highly respects the security and privacy of users and will never connect to the Internet without users’ permission. While other PDF readers often silently connect to the Internet in the background. Foxit PDF Reader does not contain any spyware or adware.

So download Foxit Reader now !! Click Here

Still, why do most people download Adobe Reader ??

Because…….

A Google search for “pdf” results in Adobe Reader at the top and Foxit Reader at the bottom(9th) !!


					

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I read about this online, and it is really cool. Using this method, a user can shutdown, restart, hibernate, etc. his or her computer, just by sending an email from his or her phone.

To do this, all you will need is Microsoft Outlook which should come with Microsoft Office, which most people have. This will need to be on the computer wish you wish to shutdown.

You can refer to the original source here.

So, this is how you do this:

  1. First, you need the batch files to perform the Shutdown, Hibernate etc. You can write them down yourselves or can download them from here.
  2. Extract them to your C:\ drive so the path to the shutdown batch file is C:\sms_functions\shutdown.bat (Important this is a must the path must be exact) or you can modify the rule once you import it to point to the new destination, it’s your call.
  3. Open up Microsoft Outlook. Make sure that you have already configured it for your email.Now we will need to make it so that Outlook checks your inbox about every minute (1 minute for testing time can be increased if a delayed shutdown is desired). You can do this by going to Tools>Options.
  4. Then click the Mail Setup tab, and afterwards, the Send/Receive button.
  5. Make sure that the Schedule an automatic send/receive every… box is checked, and set the number of minutes to 1. Now you may close all of these dialog boxes.
  6. Now go to Tools>Rules and Alerts… Next click the options button in the upper right hand corner and press the Import Rules button.
  7. Now select the shutdown.rwz file that was found in the zip file named sms_functions that you downloaded (the one taken from the original source).
  8. Now, when you send a message from your phone to your e-mail address with the subject smsshutdown%%, your computer will shutdown.

You can also make your own rule, so that you can use your own batch file, and may specify the phrase you want to trigger the action.

Have a doubt, feel free to ask or you can also refer to the original source.

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When it comes to bookmarking websites i often mess up and lose some very good links. Often in the pat I was creating the “links[1234…..n].txt” text files, but they usually got mixed up and eventually lost. Also bookmarks were not available to me at all the different places. But while creating this blog I found a new( for me !) way of saving web links. It is Furl It !

“Furl is a free service that saves a personal copy of any page you find on the Web, and lets you find it again instantly by searching your archive of pages. It’s your Personal Web… Each member gets a 5-gigabyte personal archive, large enough to store tens of thousands of pages… When you want to find something again, enter any word or phrase you remember from it… Even if a page has disappeared from the Web and other search engines, you’ll still have a personal copy.”

There are some other choices as well like del.icio.us and Spurl which you can always try.

After signing up on site i have been Furling every page that i want to save with the furl button installed on my browser toolbar. The best part is that even if the web page is changed or removed you will still have your own personal copy stored and you can even check out what other people are saving.

. . . . . my attempts to get organized !!

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