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bio website synetech.dyndns.org
location Canada
age 35
visits member for 4 years, 2 months
seen May 11 at 1:48

“Hobby programmer”, though doing it for 20+ years.

Primary languages include

  • Assembler
  • Basic
  • C/C++
  • Pascal
  • PHP

Secondary languages include

  • lots of stuff

Apr
26
comment Stopping “shared a video with you” emails/spam from YouTube?
I found a list of so-called YouTube “contacts” at youtube.com/address_book, except I never added any of them (as seen in my contact-notification page at youtube.com/inbox#invites/1). Random strangers added me as contacts (for some reason) and so were automatically granted permission to spam me. That they’re strangers makes me wonder if they’re spam accounts. I could delete them, but that won’t stop new ones. It looks like YouTube allows anyone to spam anyone by simply adding them as a contact even if they don’t reciprocate, so you can add a celeb., ex, etc., then spam the hell out of them.
Apr
26
comment Stopping “shared a video with you” emails/spam from YouTube?
I’ve already done that (I’ve checked all of the keep…private) boxes. I attempted to find a list of my YouTube contacts to see who’s in it, but couldn’t find one, though I did find a list notifications of other people who added me as contacts (I don’t know any of them). It looks like Google/YouTube has a (purposeful‽) bug which allows anyone to send junk to anyone by simply adding them as a contact even if the recipient does not reciprocate. I can’t find a way to remove these people (probably because I never added them). (Also, I want to allow private messages, just not shared videos.)
Apr
21
comment Stopping “shared a video with you” emails/spam from YouTube?
Yes, they’re definitely from YouTube/Google. I’ve added the header of the latest message.
Feb
23
comment Changing “Willing to Move/Relocate” setting in a LinkedIn profile
It’s a pretty standard job-profile field and I’m pretty sure I had seen it on LinkedIn. I certainly get a lot of jobs for other cities which are useless right now, so I need to filter those out in some/any way.
Dec
17
comment Way to get back to unsaved work on Quotev.com?
As it happens, Chrome crashed while I was typing up this very answer. I restarted Chrome and click [Restore] and picked up where I left off. But then, the form I was typing the answer was a standard web form, so Chrome had saved its contents.
Dec
9
comment How can I prevent Gmail from formatting our order numbers as IP addresses
@Levans, but the tel: part was not in the original post; you added that. Unless she reports back with the exact link that is added, we can only conjecture. The order number doesn’t really look like either an IP address or a phone number, it only looks kind of like both, so Gmail’s heuristic is throwing false-positives. Regardless, the answer would likely apply to all text that Gmail auto-interprets and auto-formats.
Dec
8
comment How can I prevent Gmail from formatting our order numbers as IP addresses
Are you sure it’s thinking they phone numbers and not IP addresses? Are you sure about the content and formatting of the resulting HTML that Gmail auto-adds?
Nov
22
comment Disable YouTube HTML5 player in Chrome
Even worse, HTML5 elements are not affected by Chrome’s click-to-play function, so there is no way to prevent Youtube videos from automatically loading, buffering, and playing. There are some extensions that can help with this, but they don’t work with Youtube’s Feather mode. ಠ╭╮ಠ
Jul
21
comment Google removed the Stop Download command from the context-menu of YouTube videos
Very nice! I tried them all and they all worked. I don’t like having the bookmark bar always-on since that’s of little use, so I’ll use an extension. Fortunately the extension doesn’t run in a separate process which is good, but the button it makes flickers, so I’ll use the user-script instead (I’ve previously tried using the JavaScript) command stopVideo(), but it didn’t work ఠ_ಠ).
Jul
19
comment Google removed the Stop Download command from the context-menu of YouTube videos
Actually, that is something I do with other video sites that don’t have a stop-buffering command. The problem is that not only does it still end up downloading a little, it’s not always easy to click at the end anyway. If the video is long, even clicking as close to the end as you can, you could still end up a couple of minutes from the end, which is a waste of bandwidth if you have decided not to keep watching. You can switch to full-screen and click the now-longer time bar, but even then, doing any/all of this takes an extra few seconds which YouTube spends continually downloading.
Jul
19
comment Google removed the Stop Download command from the context-menu of YouTube videos
And doesn’t do anything anyway. I just tested it and it still keeps buffering when paused and of course without the context-menu (or any other way) to stop it.
Jul
1
comment Google removed the Stop Download command from the context-menu of YouTube videos
Yes, I prefer to download anything I expect to keep (that way I can watch it in VLC and increase the speed). But it doesn’t really help with generic videos. I have a feeling that we’ll end up having to install yet another extension or script to fix yet another problem with a Google product. ¬_¬
Jan
29
comment Turning off Google search results indirection
When testing an anti-tracking script/extension, make sure not to fall for Google’s deceptive tracker-hiding. When you do a search, hovering the cursor over a link shows the correct URL, but clicking causes it to revert to the tracking server. When you install a script, you can make sure it is actually working by right-clicking a link before looking at the status bubble. Also, note that Web Search isn’t the only Google site that does this; GMail, Image Search, YouTube, etc. do it as well, but most anti-tracking scripts only support Web Search. Make sure to use one that is pan-Google.
Aug
30
comment Why is Google not accepting my phone number?
Why are you using the 1 prefix at all? Have you tried using just 53390XXXXX, 533-90X-XXXX, or (533) 90X-XXXX?
Aug
2
comment Gray pixels in YouTube video
Then hopefully it will do a better job converting from H.264 or XviD than from WMV.
Aug
2
comment Gray pixels in YouTube video
I doubt that they keep the original; they probably only keep a high-quality MP4 version.
Aug
2
comment Gray pixels in YouTube video
@John, you are not watching the YouTube video on your computer, you are watching the original video. The one on YouTube is a converted copy of your video, and obviously something went wrong during the conversion. Try deleting the video and uploading (the original) again. If that still doesn’t work, try converting it on your own computer and uploading the converted version to YouTube.
Jul
20
comment How to configure Hotmail to delete emails on server?
It took me a few minutes to even find the link to add another account. :-)
Jul
20
comment How to configure Hotmail to delete emails on server?
@Matteo, yes, Hotmail is the client. He is downloading emails from another account to Hotmail.
Jul
20
comment How to configure Hotmail to delete emails on server?
@Matteo, Hotmail.