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Have you been using Firefox 4 and been frustrated that you can’t go back or forward more than one page at a time? (You remember the old Firefox had the little down arrow next to the back and forward buttons that let you see your history for that tab so you could move back or forward easier?)
You may have written it off as a lost feature (why would they remove something so useful?!) or perhaps even tried to find an option for it in the options/preferences or even looked for a plugin to put it back?
Well you’re going to be mad, perhaps even furious, (and then happy) at just how easy it is! The feature is still there, it’s been there all along! Check it out!
Are you ready? ………………. Are you sure? …………… OK here it is:
Click and Hold the Back (or Forward) button for just a few seconds, and TA-DA! There it is!
It get’s even easier than that! All you have to do is RIGHT CLICK on the Back or Forward button. Super Easy!
I don’t have an iPad (though it would be cool), but my friend Mike asked for some help printing from his iPad to his Wifi printer… I did a little searching and it turns out he’s definitely not the only one having trouble with this. Here’s why…
Full of Promise
iPads, like other iOS devices, were given a nice upgrade by Apple when they included the “AirPrint” feature in iOS 4.2 and it seemed to be promising. Unfortunately that is all it seems to be so far — promising…
Writing checks it can’t cash?
The trouble is that in order for AirPrint to work it’s magic — and by magic I mean helping the iPad et al print from a printer — it needs both an upgraded iOS device and a printer that supports its protocols. At the time that it was released there were all of 8 or 10 printers that supported it! I don’t think it has increased all that much since.
“So what can I/we do?”
Well, there are some options, but they can be expensive and/or frustrating… I’ll list a few of the most common with a few caveats:
Buy a Printing App(note: almost every one I’ve seen requires an additional download that you run on a computer attached to the printer to work as a type of pseudo-AirPrint driver. Not all are cross-platform. Also the prices can be very expensive.
Jailbreak your iOS device and run some print-helper scripts that make use of Dropbox on your phone and on your computer.(Look, this really isn’t a reasonable option. It may be free, but it’s far from efficient).
Jailbreak your iOS device and buy a Printing App(note: this one may still be expensive, but supposedly it does not require installation of any additional software)
Do it the old-fashioned way by emailing the files you want to print and opening them from a computer attached to the printer you want to print from.(note: Really? That’s so lame!)
Sync the documents to Dropbox on your iOS device then print them from a computer that is also synced with your Dropbox account.(Note: Faster than the option above, but still not exactly efficient or desirable).
Go out and buy a printer that is AirPrint compatible.(note: that is assuming you have enough cash left after coughing it up for the iPad)
The Best Option?
Clearly the best and cheapest thing you can do to print from your iPad (or other iOS device) is to do as this image demonstrates:
But in all seriousness, the best solution is whatever works best for your own situation.
UPDATE! — Some better info from a good friend of mine — See below!
The following quotes are from my friend Phil. He was able print from his iPod(s) and shares his experience as follows…
This was actually really easy, at least for me.
Of course, I jailbroke my idevice and downloaded TruPrint from Cydia, which did not require any additional software. TruPrint is a pretty awesome app, but I think it costs like $10, so if you don’t see yourself printing a whole lot from your idevice, it’s definitely not worth it!
The cool thing about TruPrint is that it allows you to print documents like emails, webpages, PDF’s, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and any other app with a “Print” option. When you open TruPrint, you will see “Printer Helper Status”, then below lists Canon App, HP iPrint App, Epson iPrint App, Lexmark App, and Brother iPrint App.
When you click on your printer brand, it will then take you to the App Store. All the apps *should* be free (mine was–Canon). For me, the Canon app page listed the printers that is supported, and of course, mine was listed, but I’m not sure about the other ones; I’m sure they are listed though. The downside to using JUST the Canon app is that it will only print pictures. To some people, that would be good enough, but to others, they may want to have the option to print emails, documents, etc.
I think it really depends on what you are going to be printing, how often you plan on using it, and convenience. For me, printing an email or document on my computer is good enough; I don’t HAVE to print from my ipod. The opportunity cost to pay $10 for TruPrint is much lower than to simply hopping onto the computer to print a document.
On the other hand, I’m sure somebody has already cracked TruPrint (or an app similar) to be free. With that, you get into the moral and ethical debate, but I guess that is the user’s choice.
This is great news for those who don’t mind jailbreaking their iDevice. But if you want to keep yours “jailed” then maybe try downloading the iPrint app related to your printer (Canon, HP, Epson, Lexmark, Brother, etc.) and see how well it works “out of the box”. You may need to install computer-side software to get the printer and your iDevice to interact properly (I believe TruPrint makes use of other methods that are not restricted to Apple’s iPrint and thus bypasses the need to run computer-side softare).
If you have a non-jailbroken phone and this works for you, please let me know.
Finally, a few more quotes from Phil and a link to his website.
Found out another way to print. I can’t believe I didn’t think of this before. It may not be the most effective way, depending on if it fits on the whole screen.
Tested only on iPod Touch 4Gen, you can take a screenshot by pressing the home and power buttons at the same time. The image automatically gets saved to your Camera Roll. Open the free printer app that you download from the App Store (in my case Canon iEPP), then print the picture from there.
It will only work if what you need to print fits all on the screen, so any documents that is several pages long will not work unless you resize it to fit one page on one screen, do a screenshot, then do the same with the remainder pages.
Update: you can take screenshots with iPod 2Gen, so the idea should work with most idevices as long as it has iOS 4.2+ for printing.
This is probably the best free and legit way you could take, but may not work in every situation. In many situations I can think of, you can usually zoom out enough to make everything fit well on the screen.
Have you tried Ubuntu 11.04 yet? What do you think of the new Unity interface? I happen to like it, but it certainly isn’t for everyone! There is some learning curve to it and it can be buggy (or at least seem buggy compared to normal –aka “Classic” — Gnome usage)…
I know my friend Brad isn’t the only person who wants to know this and I’ve seen several confusing and excessive responses to this question, so I’m going to make it plain and simple for you all! And you get multiple options! Woohoo!
Ubuntu 11.04 ships with the new Unity interface as the default GUI, but it also comes with other options like “Ubuntu Classic” and “Ubuntu Classic (no effects)”. You can select which one you use from the login screen and/or set a different option as your default. See below for more.
Change at the Login Screen (may only be temporary)
One easy way is to simply choose “Ubuntu Classic” from the login screen*.
At the login screen, select the user you wish to login, type the password, but DO NOT press ENTER (or click Login) yet… Look at the bar on the bottom of the screen. See where it says “Unity”? Click that and change it to “Ubuntu Classic” (or use the “no effects” option if you have an older computer and/or video card).
Now you can login and you’re back to using Gnome (aka the “old” Ubuntu GUI). Depending on your system settings this may only be temporary. To ensure this is permanent see the next two sections.
*Note: If you have auto-login enabled, you will have to logout first.
Set Ubuntu Classic (Gnome) As Your Default GUI
Using the system settings (don’t be scared, it’s not as bad as it sounds) you can set Ubuntu Classic (or it’s “no effects” clone) as your default GUI. This is actually pretty easy.
Step 1: Click the system button located at the far top-right corner.
Step 2: Select “System Settings” (should be the last option) to open the Control Center
Step 3: Select “System” on the left side, then “Login Screen” on the right, to open the Login Screen options window.
Step 4: Click “Unlock” and enter your password (assuming you have sudo powers).
Step 5: Change the “Default Session” to “Ubuntu Classic” (or the vanilla “no effects”). Then close the window.
Step 6: Either log out and then back in, or restart your computer. Done.
Set Ubuntu Classic (Gnome) As Your Default GUI — The (slightly) Faster Way
Step 1: Click the Ubuntu logo in the top-left corner. (This brings up the “Search” overhead/hub)
Step 2: Type: “Login” (no quotes) then click the “Login Screen” launcher.
Step 3: Click “Unlock” and enter your password (assuming you have sudo powers).
Step 4: Change the “Default Session” to “Ubuntu Classic” (or the vanilla “no effects”). Then close the window.
Step 5: Either log out and then back in, or restart your computer. Done.
Do you ever have problems with your netbook or laptop when typing? Maybe when you’re typing all of the sudden a big segment or all of your text is mysteriously gone! Or maybe while you’re typing every now and then the cursor mysteriously moves or jumps to odd places and messes up your typing? Or perhaps some similar problem?
Well if that is the case, then the odds are high that your Touchpad is the problem! I never have this problem (because my hands are so big they are almost always well away from the touchpad when I type), but I know a lot of people who struggle with this, and it can be quite frustrating from what I’ve been told.
Well here is an easy solution: Disable the Touchpad automatically whenever you are typing! Sounds great doesn’t it? But you’re probably wondering… “Oh man, ‘EASY’ — Yeah Right! How difficult is this really going to be to setup?” and the answer is that it is actually really simple and you only have to do it once!
I’ve figured out a way to do it in on Ubuntu, Windows, and even Mac (though I can’t test it on Mac as I don’t have a Macbook, so if it doesn’t work, let me know). Here’s how to do it…
Disable Your Touchpad While Typing In:
Go to: System->Preferences->Mouse
Select the “Touchpad” Tab
Check: “Disable touchpad while typing”
Close the window, you’re done
Note: If you are using the Unity interface (which comes default in Ubuntu 11.04) you can find the Mouse Preferences by clicking on the Ubuntu logo in the top left, then typing in “Mouse” in the search box. It should show up under the “Applications” section as the first choice.
Install it by running the executable file (it’s an MSI extension, which is an executable, just double-click it or select it and press enter/return)
Check your taskbar (usually bottom right, near the clock) and make sure it’s running. It will look like a little touchpad with a green checkmark. If it’s not there, run it from the start menu. It should run automatically every time you boot up your computer and as long as it’s running, it will work.
That’s it, you’re done
Note: I’ve tested this in Windows XP and Vista. I have not tested it in Windows 7, but I have been told it works without problems there too.
Open your System Preferences
Click on Trackpad
Check: “Ignore Accidental Trackpad Input”
Close/Quit the window, you’re done.
Note: Again, I haven’t tested this yet in Mac as I don’t have a Macbook so please let me know if I need to change anything here. If you can’t find that option (or something equivalent) it may be under the Keyboard or Mouse sections of the System Preferences.
With Ubuntu 11.04 you will notice some big changes from 10.10, namely the Unity interface will now be default (as opposed to Gnome). But if you don’t like Unity, don’t panic! 11.04 will come with 3 different options for your user interface:
Ubuntu: it runs Unity. It requires 3D driver support.
Ubuntu Classic: it runs GNOME with gnome-panel. It supports all video hardware and video drivers.
Ubuntu Classic (No Effects): it runs GNOME with gnome-panel. It is in 2D mode only.
These are easily selectable from the login screen. When I get a chance, I’ll put a quick post up with some screenshots for those more visually inclined.
There are also some nice updates to the Software Center (allowing user rating/review!) and also some nice updates to Ubuntu One!
Since my laptop has been sitting in its case doing nothing for several months, I think it’s about time I break it out and do something with it. I’ve had a triple-boot on it, with Ubuntu (originally 8.04, but upgraded all the way to 10.10), Windows XP, and Windows Vista (which I NEVER used, never even activated). Since I rarely used the XP partition, I think I might wipe the whole hard drive and just install Ubuntu 11.04 and maybe do XP through VirtualBox… If I do that, maybe I’ll put up a guide…