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Adblock in IE9 with Tracking Protection Lists [Quick Tip]

Posted by Stu On February - 10 - 2011

Adblock in IE9 with Tracking ProtectionSo InPrivate Filtering has had a dose of steroids and changed its name (confusingly) to Tracking Protection. Tracking Protection helps protect users from being tracked online by blocking third-party content such as images, text & cookies. By importing a Tracking Protection List (much in the same way we used to import .xml files with pre-defined filters in IPF for IE8) we can better lock down our privacy and rid ourselves of ads.

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Turn Off Suggested Sites in MSIE 8 [How-To]

Posted by Thomas On January - 20 - 2011

One of the first things to do on a machine running IE 8 is turn off the Suggested Sites feature.
This feature looks at the sites you visit and then attempts to guess what other sites you might like and suggest them to you.
Awe, the thought is nice, but … no thanks.

Here’s how to turn it off

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If you want to use a Ringtone for your iPhone, of your favorite song, you have a few choices:

  • Pay an outrageous amount (sometimes up to $3.99 USD per ringtone or $9.99/month subscription to a ringtone service.)
  • Buy an App (there are some out there for $0.99 but I haven’t tested them and can’t recommend them.)
  • Follow this guide and make ringtones from your songs–for free.

Learn, in this guide, how to make a ringtone with iTunes for your iPhone.

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Update: Part 2 of this article can be found here.

Using spreadsheets to analyze numerical or well-categorized data is relatively straightforward. It might not be easy necessarily, but at least you normally know exactly what to do. If you have ever been faced with open-ended text responses, perhaps from a survey, emailed questions or feedback forms, you know how tricky it can be to make sense of it.

The problems are many. Non-standard formatting, having to manually read each response to understand its content, variable length, and those are just the first that come to mind.

What we need is some way to drill down automatically to see if there are any common patterns, and therefore have an immediate starting point to start interpreting the responses.

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In the last guide, I showed you how to extract files from multi-part archives. If you want to create on of these archives yourself, follow this guide. This guide will show you how to create multi-part archives with the following tools:

  • 7-Zip
  • WinRAR

Why would you want to create a multi-part archive?

  • You want to email a large file to a friend but your email limits attachment sizes to 20MB.
  • You want to host a file and want people to have a greater chance of wasting less time with failed downloads.
  • You have a file that’s over 4GB and you’re moving it to a file system that doesn’t support such a large size (i.e. FAT32.)
  • You need to spread the archive across multiple thumb drives, CDs, DVDs etc.

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Every now and then I come across something I want to download and find it’s been separated into multiple archives. This is usually done because the file size is large and, to avoid failed downloads, it’s split up into multiple pieces before it’s uploaded. The archive may also be split because the site on which it’s hosted restricts the maximum file size.

Case in point: the mintywhite 1003 font megapack is split into 20MB pieces so users are less likely to experience a failed download and have to start from the beginning (as many people don’t use download managers.)

This guide will show you how to extract multi-part archives like the mintywhite font megapack.

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