Don’t upgrade Kodi to v17 on FireTV

If you use DTS pass-through, don’t upgrade Kodi to version 17.0 (Krypton) on FireTV. The new version of Kodi needs a newer version of Android (version 6.0 / Marshmallow) or later to support DTS pass-through.

If you’ve already upgraded, you will need to re-install version Kodi 16.1. You may have to fully uninstall Kodi 17, before you can reinstall the old version.

Random Factor Mahjong – Android

I like mahjong. It’s amongst favourite timewasters. Windows 7 has a fairly nice one called Mahjong Titans, but Random Factor Mahjong on Android is something else. Unlike other Mahjong games on phones, this one looks fantastic, especially on a tablet like the Motorola Xoom.

It features 3 difficulty levels, auto hints, and if you get stuck you can shuffle the remaining tiles or start over. If you still fail, you can also walk through the solution. It’s got some nice touches like slowly zooming in as you clear tiles near the edge of the screen, as well as multitouch. It automatically saves the game state when you quit, or if your game is interrupted by a phone call.

Its Unique selling point is meant to be that each game is generated completely randomly, which definitely its longevity. It definitely has the addictive factor.

It’s available in Ad Supported and Paid versions. Considering the amount of time you’d spend playing it, the paid version is worth it.

FIX: Firefox 3.6 not starting in Ubuntu 10.04 Alpha (Lucid Lynx)

I got Firefox 3.6 in a Lucid alpha update on 27 January. The problem is that it wouldn’t start. I tried it with a new profile, which made it work. So I ran firefox with the -safe-mode argument and disabled all add-ons. Then in firefox, I tried each add-on to figure out which one’s weren’t working, and left them disabled.

To do this, open up a console and run the following:

firefox -safe-mode

You’ll see the following dialog box:

Select the first checkbox (Disable all add-ons), and press the Make Changes and Restart button.

When Firefox starts up, go into the Tools->Add-ons menu. And try enabling each add-on and restarting firefox. If it starts, then the add-on is working. If it isn’t, run firefox in safe-mode and disable the last add-on you enabled.

In my case, Adblock Plus, Better Gmail 2, Better GReader, Firebug, FoxyProxy, Ghostery, HttpFox, NoScript, Nuke Anything Enhanced, and User Agent Switcher were working. DownThemAll, Greasemonkey, and Stylish were not.

Screenshot showing the add-ons I had to disable

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Thunderbird 3.0 is officially available!

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Mozilla have released the new major version of Thunderbird. It has huge improvements in the interface. First of all, the inboxes of all your mail accounts are grouped together and they’ve been moved to the top. You can also view a collated list of emails from all your accounts by clicking on the top level Inbox.

Gmail users will love this version of Thunderbird. Setting up a new Gmail account is as simple as entering your username and password. You can see all your tagged emails in separate folders too.

The POP3/IMAP account setup process has also been totally simplified where it asks you to enter just the email address and password, then tries determine the server information from that. Even when it can’t autodetect the server, it populates most of the information in the manual setup window.

The main user interface is now tabbed like firefox. opening an email now shows it in a new tab instead of a new window. Search results are also displayed in a new tab.

The search feature is one of the most improved features in Thunderbird 3.0. The search results look similar to a web search with the title and summary of each email matching your search. Additionally it also allows you filter the search results based on a number of criteria, all without having to rerun the search.

And last but not least, being a sister-product to firefox, it has a huge number of add-ons.

All in all it’s a great email client. Its available for Linux, Windows and Mac. Get it at Mozilla Messaging.

What to do if Firefox no longer starts after installing a rogue add-on

If Firefox no longer starts up after you installed an add-on, what you can do is start Firefox in safe mode and just disable that add on.

To do this, open up a console and run the following:

firefox -safe-mode

You’ll see the following dialog box:

Press the Continue in Safe Mode button. Once Firefox has started up, go to the Tools->Add-ons menu and disable the one you just installed. Click the Restart Firefox button, and it should start up fine again.

Mozilla Instantbird IM client

Mozilla are creating a new IM client that works with msn, yahoo, aim and googletalk.

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Instantbird from mozilla is a multi-protocol Instant Messaging client. At present it supports the following networks:

  • .NET/MSN, XMPP (Jabber, Google Talk)
  • Yahoo!, OSCAR (AIM/ICQ/.Mac)
  • MySpaceIM
  • Gadu-Gadu
  • Novell GroupWise
  • Internet Relay Chat
  • QQ, SILC
  • SIMPLE
  • Lotus Sametime
  • Zephyr
  • Netsoul

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Desktop Applications for GNU/Linux – Part 3: Office/Productivity

There are plenty of office suites as well as a whole host of other productivity software freely available for GNU/Linux. Here you will find an overview of the best free office suites and individual productivity applications.

There are plenty of office suites as well as a whole host of other productivity software freely available for GNU/Linux. Most of these provide the average user with all the functionality they need from a word processor, desktop database or spread sheet application. Some will even open documents created in Microsoft Word or Excel with varying degrees of success. There will be some issues when it comes to Continue reading “Desktop Applications for GNU/Linux – Part 3: Office/Productivity”

Best Thunderbird Addons

On its own Mozilla Thunderbird is quite a decent email client. However, there are a number of add-ons that add some useful new features as well as ones already present in the competition. Here’s a few of the best.

Thunderbird pluginsOn its own Mozilla Thunderbird is quite a decent email client. However, there are a number of add-ons that add some useful new features as well as ones already present in the competition.
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Desktop Applications for GNU/Linux – Part 2: Music, Movies & TV

There are plenty of applications in GNU/Linux for playing music or watching movies and TV, and many of them will work perfectly fine on old computers that choke on the simplest of tasks in Windows XP.

There are plenty of applications in GNU/Linux for playing music or watching movies and TV, and many of them will work perfectly fine on old computers that choke on the simplest of tasks in Windows XP. Continue reading “Desktop Applications for GNU/Linux – Part 2: Music, Movies & TV”