Windows Media Player Plug-in Gone After Firefox 21 Update

I hate updates. Specially those that aren’t seamless. And even more when it’s your browser.

I am one of the hard-headed people who still use Firefox as their web browser even if a lot of people have been endorsing the speed and low-memory consumption of Chrome. But I don’t think I’ll be converted anytime soon… even if it has its drawbacks. Case in point: Firefox 21 update and the Windows Media Player plug-in not working after it.

Well, a quick Google of the problem showed me this discussion and the simple man’s solution, I’m reposting it here:

Rather than messing around with the registry, which can be fraught with danger – and will also need to be done every time the plugin version number changes – this is the easiest solution:

1 Open a new tab and type about:config into the address bar.
2 Click on the button that says “I’ll be careful, I promise”.
3 In the search bar at the top, type plugins.load
4 That will show you a line which says plugins.load_appdir_plugins – which will be set to false.
5 Highlight that line by right-clicking on it. Select “Toggle” – that will change the setting to true.
6 Close the tab and restart Firefox. Your missing plugin(s) should now be visible and work as before.

Was that useful to you? Drop me a “Thank You” in the comments section. And hat tip to Vitesse for the step-by-step instructions how to do it.

Autohotkey is useful. But I wouldn’t describe it as “awesome.”

Being a regular reader of Lifehacker, Autohotkey has been reviewed and featured over and over again in a lot of its articles which gradually created curiosity in me. At first, I was like, “eh, another tool on the PC.” Followed by, “Oh, maybe I could find a use for this.” and then, “I should try this once.”

And try, I did.

Autohotkey is a small scripting tool that creates keyboard shortcuts for different tasks and keystrokes you would normally do. It is made for your convenience such that you would hardly need to reach for that mouse and navigate your entire workspace with your keyboard, specially repetitive tasks that require you to input a lot of keystrokes.

But for the average user, it’s a pretty nice tool that doesn’t take up much system memory and makes working with a keyboard a little more convenient. I really didn’t need more keyboard shortcuts (since I’ve got most of the Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V down pat :P) at work so I actually tried this more for the ‘scripting’ part. And so far, it sits quietly in the background everyday but I don’t put it on my Startup folder.

So, how do I use it? Continue reading

7-zip fix to “Incorrect command line”

Been getting that irritating error (which shouldn’t exist in the first place if you ask me)? Here’s the quick fix:

Right click on the file you want. (No, we’re not going through the old way of 7-zip > Open archive technique.)

Choose ‘Open with…’

Select ‘Choose default program…’

Look for 7-Zip File Manager. If it’s not in the lists of recommended programs, search for it (click ‘Browse…’. Typically it’s under your C:\Program Files\7-Zip folder. Choose the 7zFM.exe program as default program.

Notice that 7-zip GUI is different from 7-zip File Manager. (Aha!)

Click ‘OK’ and try double-clicking your compressed files.

You’re welcome. 🙂