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Chris Cardell

Twitter RSS feeds aren’t gone, just hidden

Twitter has “stopped supporting” RSS feeds, although you won’t find them directly on the website, they are still available (at least for the time being).

Twitter RSS feeds can be found at the following URL http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/USERNAME.rss (replacing USERNAME with the username).

For example http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/doeswhat.rss.

jQuery Mobile “Error Loading Page”

UPDATE: This was an issue in Alpha 4, but in 4.1 this has now been fixed.
I was working on a jQuery Mobile system and I couldn’t pages to load with a standard link (e.g. <a href=”hello.html”>Hello</a>), it would always display the below error message.

Error Loading Page

The solution is really simple. You can’t work with jquerymobile with the protocol file:// it has to be a web address. After moving it to a server, with protocol http:// it worked immediately. Hope this helps anyone else frustrated with the problem.

Disable RSS in WordPress

WordPress doesn’t come with the ability to turn off RSS. There are no really easy ways to completely switch off or remove your RSS feeds in WordPress for private or semi-private blogs. You could delete the php files themselves in wp-includes, but you’ll have to do this everytime you upgrade. Here is a better way.

Installing OpenOffice.org 3.0 on Ubuntu 8.10

Ubuntu 8.10 “Intrepid Ibex” sources by default include OpenOffice.org 2.4 instead of the latest OpenOffice.org 3.0. This means that the update manager by default won’t update OpenOffice automatically. This tutorial explains how to uninstall your current version of OpenOffice and install the new version in all of about 2 minutes (excluding download time).

Step One – Download package

– Go to OpenOffice.org.

Configuring the somewhat unpleasant Apple Wireless Mighty Mouse

Apple’s Mighty Mouse is considered by many as the worst Apple product ever made. It has to be said, it is not a great mouse. It feels cheap and plasticy, the mouse buttons take some time to get used to and the default sensitivity is impossible to get used to.

Remove/disable “For testing purposes only. Build 7000″ watermark and “Send Feedback” link from your Windows 7 beta 1 desktop

So previously we showed how to unlock the superbar, remove the activation countdown and remove the watermark from Windows 7 build 6801.

Since then, Windows 7 Beta 1 (build 7000) has been released into the wild.

Remove “For testing purposes only. Build 6801″ watermark from your Windows 7 desktop

Our previous tutorial showed how to unlock protected features such as the superbar, remove the watermark and remove the 30 day trial.

In this tutorial we’ll just be showing how to remove the watermark at the bottom right of the screen on Windows 7 build 6801 desktops in easy steps. The watermark should state “For testing purposes only. Build 6801″ and look a little like the image below.

Windows 7 Taskbar

Unlocking special features and taskbar, removing 30 day trial and watermark on Windows 7 (build 6801)

Windows 7 build 6801 was released into the wild shortly after PDC this year. You may have found and installed a copy simply to find the regular (so last summer) Vista taskbar and wondering what all the fuss is about. There have been some tutorials on how to fix these issues, but they are not all that easy to follow. For example, Rafael Rivera posted a great fix, which allows you to unlock the protected/hidden enhanced Windows 7 taskbar. However, the instructions were a little short and required you to use a command line interface, which simply isn’t necessary.

Retro Red Text in Photoshop

In this tutorial you will be creating a 3D styled ‘Retro Red Text’ graphic. This tutorial is aimed at beginners, this tutorial uses basic Photoshop features such as distort, duplicating layers, photoshop effects and blending options.