iTunes Keeps Opening Automatically in Windows 7


I recently updated to iTunes 10.5 here at my office and for some reason, iTunes has decided that it ALWAYS needs to be open. iTunes now opens when I boot up my computer. Upon closing it, iTunes will re-open itself within 1-5 minutes. Seems to be very random. This will happen continuously. As many times I close it, it will always open again. So far, the only way I’ve found to stop this annoyance is just to leave iTunes open, which really isn’t an option for me. I don’t need iTunes consuming any memory while I’m trying to complete other tasks.

Has anyone else had the problem of iTunes opening automatically, continuously and repeatedly? It is really frustrating because each time it opens, it comes to the foreground.

Symbolic Links Not Working in OS X Lion

I used to use symbolic links within Mac OS X Snow Leopard to point a few of the folders in my home directory to an external hard disk that I share with my PC (Music, Documents, Movies). Upon updating to OS X Lion, the Symbolic Links no longer work – they now show up as an alias (or as a PC style shortcut). This is frustrating because I can no longer select the “folders” when trying to save a file. I now have to go to my external disk and find the folder where I want to save my data/documents.

Has anyone else experienced this or found a work around?

Building a Hackintosh (PC-based Macintosh) in May 2011


After being a PC owner and user for most of my life, I recently purchased a Mac laptop which I love. Mac makes some amazing software for picture/video editing and management. So due to the fact that I don’t store all my media on my laptop, I have decided to build a Hackintosh – CustoMac Pro. I’ve started doing some research and have found some great resources which I will list in a future post. For the time being, here is a brief overview of the hardware that I am looking to puchase for my new Hackintosh CustoMac Pro buildout.

  • Intel i7 Quad-Core 3.2Ghz
  • 6-12GB of DDR3 RAM (haven’t decided the amount yet)
  • 120GB OCZ SSD – would do 60GB, but decided I want 60GB for each OS, will dual boot OSX and Windows 7
  • Gigabyte Motherboard – these seem to be the most compatible

For those that have already build a Hackintosh, I’d love to hear your experiences below in the comments. Let me know how it went & what you might do differently if you were to re-build one now.

Osama Bin Laden Dead – Seal Team Six Photo Evidence – Real or Fake


Well, as could be expected, a photo of Osama Bin Laden dead has been leaked and has been being spread around the internet for much of today. As much as we all wanted to see Bin Laden dead, it was only a matter of time before someone out there began creating fakes. Well, below is the first picture that I’ve seen of Osama Bin Laden dead, but is this authentic photo evidence? Is this really a picture that was released from one of the members of Navy Seal Team 6? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Regardless of the legitimacy of the photos shown below, there is one thing for certain. All the victims of the 9-11 attacks can now rest in peace. Thank god for our troops and Navy Seal Team Six.
Osama Bin Laden Dead - Photo Evidence - Real or Fake
Osama Bin Laden Dead - Photo Evidence - Real or Fake

Bin Laden Dead – Photo Update

We just read that this is a fake generated from another image, shown below. What do you think?
Osama Bin Laden Dead - Photo Evidence - Original Photo That Lead to Fake

The Simplest Way to Accept Money – The Square iPhone Dongle


This is great! If you’re the type of business owner that frequents trade shows, or travels, or needs to be able to accept money on the fly, you need to check out Square! This isn’t a paid advertisement, or post, I just came across the Square website while browsing for payment options and thought this was great. The company I was looking for is currently all online, but this is definitely something that I can recommend to all of my other clients. This could come in handy at a multitude of events and will definitely revolutionize the way that payments are made and accepted.

Check out Square today!

Firefox 4 – Increase the Width of the Active Tab in Firefox 4


Though many people are complaining about the new version of Firefox, there is a lot of good that has come out of it. One of the things that happened was the tabs have been moved to the top of the screen. This makes for much more screen real estate, but the downfall is that we can longer see the page title. This little userChrome tweak will help you increase the width of the tab in order to make more space to see the page title.

You just need to add a few lines to your userChrome.css file.

  1. In the Firefox button menu, select Help>Troubleshooting InformationTroubleshooting Information  menu
  2. In the about:support page, press the Open Containing Folder to access your profile folder
  3. In your profile folder, move to the chrome folder, and open the userChrome.css file. If it is not there copy the userChrome-example.css file as userChrome.css
  4. Add this code at the end of the file:
    @namespace url("http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul");
    .tabbrowser-tab[selected]:not([pinned])[fadein] { min-width: 300px !important; }
  5. Restart Firefox to apply the change. Now the active tab will appear wider than the rest of the tabs so you can see more of the current page title.

Note: I wanted to have a very wide tab, so I set my min-width attribute to 300px – 200px is a good value to start with and you can adjust it from there.

GMC_Util is not defined – chrome://goobox/content/connection.js


I’ve recently been getting a ton of errors in the console within Firefox and I haven’t been able to figure out the cause. For some reason, chrome is telling me that GMC_Util is not defined, when in fact it is and is being referenced in other places within the same JS file.

Netflix Servers Down – Instant & Online – netflix.com/tvhelp


I tried to turn on Netflix today and was unable to connect to instant streaming through my xbox. It gave me an error message to look at netflix.com/tvhelp and their website seems to be down too. You’d think that a company that large would have backup servers in place so that their streaming and web servers wouldn’t be down at the same time.

Localscope Knows if Your iPhone is Jailbroken, and if the App is Stolen


This was sent in from a reader and raises some questions about our privacy.

I have a jailbroken phone and oftentimes, I’ll download a jailbroken version of the app to try out before I purchase it in the app store. This is the one downfall of the Apple app store, most apps don’t have trials. Some have free or lite versions, but a majority must be purchased immediately if you want to use it. So anyways, back to the story. I read about a newer app called Localscope, so I downloaded a jailbroken version to test it and I was surprised with the following screen:

Jailbreaking your iOS device may be okay.

But not paying for apps is not cool.
Please stop supporting software piracy.

So this is kinda scary, right? Apple can tell if and when your device is jailbroken, but they can also tell when your running a jailbroken/”stolen” app. Not cool.

Fire.fm Volume Problem – Volume Increases After Each Song

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I’m a huge fan of the Firefox extension Fire.fm and have been using it for quite some time now, but the most recent update seems to have a huge bug that needs to be fixed immediately. What’s happening is anytime I skip a song, the volume seems to jump up to 100% (though the volume slider remains in the same position). The same thing happens when Fire.fm just goes from one song to the next (without skipping). The funny thing is that when this happens, I click on the volume slider and slide up – the volume level actually goes down because of the fact the volume is jumping between songs.

Has anyone else noticed this problem, or am I the only lucky one?