Category: Tips

7 Apps that don’t yet work on the HTC Hero 0

7 Apps that don’t yet work on the HTC Hero

There are some apps that I’d love on my Hero but, for one reason or another, I can’t currently get. Talk To Me This is a language translator, which uses both text and speech facilities. Sadly, it needs Android 1.6 onwards. HootSuite HootSuite, an online Twitter client, have had an iPhone app for a while. Now they’ve released an Android version, but it only currently works for Android 1.6 onwards. Thankfully they’re working on a 1.5 version… Google Apps There...

Recommended Android Apps 0

Recommended Android Apps

I’ve had my HTC Hero now for over a month, and have already settled on a number of apps, after much installing, trialling and uninstalling. I therefore thought I’d share my results, all neatly categorised. I haven’t linked to any of the apps, as they should all be searchable in the Android Marketplace. Oh, and I haven’t listed games (they’re a lot more of a personal choice, I find). Information The BBC news widget is particularly useful, providing easy access...

Xmarks and star ratings! 0

Xmarks and star ratings!

The latest version of Xmarks for Firefox has added a new feature where, in the status bar at the bottom of the browser window, there are 5 stars, allowing you to easily rate websites that you visit. Unfortunately, they’re a bit of an “estate” hog and can only be turned off along with the Xmarks icon (which is useful for quick synchronisation). However, there is a way to turn off just the rating stars… Enter about:config in the Firefox address...

More Useful Netbook Software 0

More Useful Netbook Software

My original list of Useful Netbook Software was rather popular so I’ve gathered together some more suggestions for getting the most out of your Netbook. I’ve seen many similar lists on other sites but they seems to suffer from at least one of the following… Concentrating on applications which are, well, generally useful and not really Netbook specific. Free antivirus? Hmm. Recommending the same old “popular” choices – irfanview, OpenOffice, etc. Recommendation are mainly around the theory of moving everything...

Albums not being added to Windows Media Player 0

Albums not being added to Windows Media Player

On my home desktop PC, I’m running Windows Media Player 11 under Windows XP. Last night, when attempting to sync some music with my phone, I realised that a couple of recent albums were missing from WMP. However, they were in the My Music folder, along with everything else. Clearing down the library and getting WMP to rebuild it didn’t work. However, after a bit of searching I found that rebuilding the media library is the usual solution. Here’s what...

Black Gel Case 0

Recommended HTC Hero Accessories

In the past I’ve bought new phones and then purchased the ubiquitous case and various other accessories, only to end up not using them. Therefore, for my HTC Hero, I’ve been more careful. Here’s what I’ve found. Case You can get some lovely leather, opening cases for the Hero but I had something similar for my N95 and the inconvenience of having to keep opening and closing a flag that needs securing each time was, well, not worth it. And...

Clearing all data from the Nokia N95 1

Clearing all data from the Nokia N95

As I said I would, I’m selling my Nokia N95 to one of the many “we’ll buy your old mobile” sites1. However, first, I had to remove all my personal data from it. There is an option in the settings to reset it to factory settings but that leaves the data behind. After some searching I found the answer. So, here’s what to do… Connect your Nokia to your PC and format the removable drive (FAT32 flavour) Disconnect and type...

How to get incompatible Firefox add-ons to work 0

How to get incompatible Firefox add-ons to work

Firefox 3.6 has been released and that means, once again, that you might find some of your add-ons don’t work. Now, this isn’t Firefox just wanting to cause problems for us all, but for genuine security and stability reasons. None-the-less, if you need to get an add-on working, then there is a (relatively) simple way to do it. Download the .XPI add-on file Change the file extension from .XPI to .ZIP (because that is what they really are) Double click...

Secure Gmail & how to get Notifier to work 0

Secure Gmail & how to get Notifier to work

For some time Gmail has offered the ability to default to using HTTPS, for more secure access. However, they have now announced that it is to be made the default. One thing this will lead to, assuming you use it, is Gmail Notifier to stop working. Google themselves, hidden away in a help screen1, offer a solution to this in the way of a downloadable registry change that will force Notifier to use HTTPS too. Simply download the zip file,...

Microsoft Update – 0x8002802B Error 0

Microsoft Update – 0x8002802B Error

On a couple of my PCs now I’ve had a problem where Microsoft Update stopped working, reporting the error code 0x8002802B. Looking this up in the Microsoft knowledge base yielded no results, but a quick Google and I found a “Fix it” utility from Microsoft. Sadly, that didn’t fix the problem. After much trawling I found an answer – and this worked for both instances (both of which occurred months apart). Either, open up the command prompt (click on Start,...

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