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Image Hider (Chrome Extension) Published

I finally published that Chrome extension I had written about previously. I feel like there is more I can do to improve it, but for what it is now I think it can be useful to people.

You can check it out here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/image-hider/fdjghmbmljbhojdgegmhhbkhgoacgdcb

If you use it, please leave a review. Thanks!

I also want to thank my good buddy Jake Farr for the new icon!

Hiding Images In Chrome With ChromeImgHider

I wrote a quick little Chrome extension a few weeks ago and it’s been working pretty well for me so far. My cousin Jasper convinced me to publish it on GitHub, so I did. You can find it here: https://github.com/alexmason81/ChromeImgHider

I haven’t published it to Google Play yet, mostly because it’s so basic and I know people are pretty fickle and I’m not really interested in fielding a bunch of complaints. Perhaps I’ll get around to that at some point though if there is enough interest from people I know.

If you’re interested in creating your own Chrome Extension, check out these articles/posts/what-have-you here:

https://robots.thoughtbot.com/how-to-make-a-chrome-extension

https://developer.chrome.com/extensions/getstarted

Have a great day!

Learn Shell/Terminal Basics

Do you have interest in learning basic shell commands? Perhaps you’re new to Linux and want to become more familiar with the Terminal? Perhaps you’ve been using Linux for some time now, but never really got the hang of using the command line?

Codecademy has a nice beginner course on shell commands. You should definitely check this out. I consider myself an advanced user in this area and I still managed to learn a few things.

The course is free and should take less than an hour (I was done in 15 minutes and I took time to skim/read the lesson).

https://www.codecademy.com/en/courses/learn-the-command-line

How to watch Amazon Prime Videos in Ubuntu 14.04 or Newer

Amazon Prime Videos now rely on one of two things: 1. a browser that supports HTML5 video player, or 2. Silverlight being installed on the system and a browser that is compatible with it.

If you’re using Ubuntu and running Firefox you may see the following when attempting to watch Prime Videos:

Amazon Video: Browser Not Supported

Until Firefox fully supports HTML5 video player (and whatever other features Amazon requires — click to see Amazon Video System Requirements), it probably wont work. It works in Firefox on Windows if you have Silverlight installed, but Silverlight being a Microsoft product, does not play well with Linux/Ubuntu.

So what can you do?

# Install Google Chrome

There are a few different ways to install Chrome, but I like to use the PPA (at least until it gets added into the main Ubuntu repos).

  1. Open your terminal and enter the following lines of code…
  2. Add Key: (this should all be on one line, including the – at the end)
    wget -q -O - https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add -
  3. Set repository: (this should all be on one line)
    sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google.list'
  4. Install package: (this should all be on one line)
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install google-chrome-stable

# Watch Amazon Prime Videos in Chrome

Now Chrome is installed and should update whenever you update your system (provided there is an update available for Chrome). Go ahead and open Chrome and go find your favorite video on Amazon Prime and enjoy.

 

Note: I’m updating this post from one I wrote over a year ago. If you want to read the old post you still can. I kept it below in a hidden div.

# Disclaimer

Don’t do any of this if you don’t know what the commands do. I cannot be responsible for what happens to your computer as a result of your attempt to follow this tutorial. By using this guide you acknowledge that I’m just trying to help describe what process I used to get it to work on my computer and offering it as feedback to anyone else attempting to accomplish the same thing.

Buy a PC — Get a Free Xbox 360 (it’s legit)

Free Xbox 360 w/Purchase of New PC at Amazon
Free Xbox 360 w/Purchase of New PC at Amazon

That’s right folks! You can get a free Xbox 360 if you purchase a new PC from Amazon. Here’s how it works!

Use the link I provide here:
Buy a PC get a Free Xbox 360 from Amazon

And make sure you have a student account at Amazon. Don’t have one? Don’t worry, you can get one for FREE from Amazon as long as you have a valid (and accessible) email address ending with .edu — I’m serious!

If you already have an Amazon.com Student Account, just go here and start shopping!

If you need to get signed up for the Student Account (includes 1 year of FREE Prime shipping benefits), go here first: Get an Amazon.com Student Account for Free
Then come back and go to the link in the above section and get to shopping.

Make sure you add this Xbox –> Xbox 360 4GB Console to your cart!