Category Archives: dev

Opera: address bar shortcuts

The Opera web browser is my favorite web browser. One of the main things I love about it is the option to define your own address bar shortcuts. For instance, instead of typing ‘’, waiting for Google page to load, typing your search keywords and hitting the submit button, the Opera browser is by default set to allow you to simply type ‘g my name is red’ in the address bar to search for ‘my name is red’. Now, so far nothing great, because most browsers allow you also to set your own preferred search bar, so you can mimic this by typing your keyword here.

But if you go to the Opera preferences > Search , you can add your own address bar shortcuts. For instance I have added Wikipedia as follows:

Name: Wikipedia
Keyword: w

So, I only have to type ‘w My Name is Red’ in the address bar to search Wikipedia for ‘My Name is Red’.

Create your own customized address bar shortcut, by simply replacing the search string of any URL by %s. For instance: Continue reading

Show hidden files in Finder (Mac OS X)

On the Mac OS X you browse your files and folders using Finder, which hides all hidden folder and files. To view these hidden files and folders in finder open a Terminal window and type the following command:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles -bool true

To hide the hidden files again in Finder simply execute the same command with the boolean value changed from ‘true’ to ‘false’.

To block advertisements on your Mac OS X, add domain name mappings to your local /private/etc/host file. See for more details:

Filtering ads while browsing

When you are online, if you are browsing the web or if you are playing online games, you are bombarded with unsollicited advertisements of all kinds and origins. Some of the largest polluters of internet traffic are Google, DoubleClick and Microsoft, who serve many dynamic advertisements into websites or video games AND slowing your traffic down by using upir bandwidth. The most effective way to filter these served ads is by redirecting their requests. This is done by adding a line to your local HOSTS file that misleads the request. On Windows XP you will find this file in c:/windows/system32/drivers/etc, on Mac OS X 10.4 you will find this file in /private/etc. Open this file in a text editor, for example JEdit or Notepad and at the following lines to it. Continue reading

Hello World!

Hello World! Today I installed the php publishing framework WordPress, using a custom theme. I will adjust this custom theme in the near future and will and some some specific functions included. If you are interested you may look and use the mindxp theme, version 0.1, which is currently in a minimum state. On the WordPress page on my wiki I track information about the installation and development process.
I looked at a shortlist of php publishing frameworks among others PostNuke, TextPattern and WordPress, but I found WordPress in design, options and performance superior.
There is no technical reason why I restricted my choice to php frameworks, but the plan I have at my hosting company restricts my choice to a Linux, Apache, MySQL, Perl and PHP (LAMPP) platform.
I will update the site with previous entries as soon as possible, and will improve the style of the theme, which I admit are rather slim at the moment.