Firefox 4 — How to Use Back/Forward Button History — Quick and Easy

Firefox 4
Firefox 4

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!

Thanks to my friend Brad for the tip!


Firefox 4 -- Back/Forward History
Firefox 4 -- Back/Forward History

Told you it was easy! 🙂

DC Relaunch

DC Comics Logo
DC Comics Logo

After a long absence from here I have returned, so for those that cared sorry. I have been through a lot of personal stuff lately that has effected my time. Now I’m back and ready to tackle a few things. Most notably DC comic’s announcement that they are going to be relaunching this summer.


will fill a few of you in. But before I get into that i want to address something i was very annoyed with, I’ve been ranting on my twitter for weeks now. The Static Shock series was cancelled after Dwayne McDuffie’s death. While at first (and still somewhat) pissed about it’s cancellation, the news of DC’s relaunch on canon (most canon anyways) this makes so much more sense. I’m assuming Static will be put back on the TT’s team. If not then I’m not too sure I’ll be giving DC that much more of a fair shake. At least I’m still getting a Static special that’s dedicated to McDuffie due out today.

Now onto the real issues here. DC has decided through the efforts of Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, and Dan Didio that they’re going to relaunch DC canon after Flashpoint. Pretty much anything that was touched by Johns in the past 4 years (aka Superman, Green Lanterns, Flash) will all remain the same, but other titles, characters, relationships, and histories will get overhauls. Some will get tweaks, some things will get deleted from canon, and others well i just don’t know lol

For sure the new Wonder Woman costume (yet another new one) is happening. It looks like they’re going to give her back her normal history instead of the vigilante/batman history in her recent retcon that received horrid reviews. The one consistent has been that the costume needed a 2000 update, while others translated alright or only needed a little tweaking. While Wonder Woman’s lets just face it, no woman is going to go around fighting in that and not fall out. It’s unrealistic. besides the fact that Diana Prince is suppose to embody of a strong woman aka brains, beauty, and sexuality. A costume says a lot.

There will be 52 new #1’s. JLA will be the first. Also Teen Titans, Birds of Prey, Justice Society, Flash, Wonder Woman, Hawkman, Aquaman, Superman, Batman, Green Lantern are all the confirmed so far that i can list off hand that will get new #1’s. that leaves a lot of others, so we’ll see what the first month brings as far as #1s. I plan on getting all the 52 #1s so that i can properly judge the new origin reboots and switches correctly before determining whether or not I’ll stick with DC comics (of course Teen titans, Green Lantern, and anything with Static in it I’ll still buy).

I was really just sick of yet another reboot event by DC, marvel has been beating them in sales since 2002 so they had to do something. This will probably have a short term boost in sales, but depending on what gets deleted/fixed in canon we’ll see. Cry for Justice was probably the second waste of time i ever read in comics (countdown being the first). Though i defend CfJ a lot on a purely situational level (I can rationalize if anyone wants to argue events/realism on it). So i expect CfJ to get deleted, while events like Blackest Night will stay in tact. Though an interesting turn of events we’ll see Morrison writing Superman instead of batman. Johns will have control over the Justice League which makes a lot of sense and for the first time in forever Gail Simones won’t be writing Birds of Prey.

Sitting here I want to be mad and admit that I’ll be dropping a bunch of DC titles, but i seriously don’t even know what titles will be turned into #1s or what series will be continued. Will the long titles like Action Comics or Detective Comics be reset? I’d be disappointed if so. At the same time I’m hoping to see a few characters get their much deserved solo shots.

So right now I’m indifferent, I am a skeptic about a lot of what DC is doing, but i understand the why behind it. This can be a real turning point and what DC has needed for some time. But at the same time I am hopeful that characters will finally get a history that won’t be reset in a decade (or less… lol).

DC’s track record is retcon event, retcon event, event, event, retcon event, etc. But if anyone can manage a company wide overhaul it’s Johns, and Lee, i just wish McDuffie was still alive so he could be involved in this.

so expect a follow up toward the fall on this.

DC Comic Relaunch (Including new uniforms)
DC Comic Relaunch (Including new uniforms)

Printing From an iPad (or iPod Touch or iPhone)… Not as smooth as you might think…

Printing from an iPad
Printing from an iPad

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:

iPad Printing - Fixed!
iPad Printing - Fixed!

But in all seriousness, the best solution is whatever works best for your own situation.

If you have the money (say $9 or $10 USD) go ahead and buy/download PrintCentral Pro iPad | iPod Touch and iPhone
Then install the helper software (called “WePrint”) on the computer attached to your printer. You can find it here:

Further Reading

If you’re curious, you can read more about the problems with AirPrint and etc. with these links:
Official Apple AirPrint page. Includes list of supported printers.
TruPrint — The jailbreak app I mentioned earlier…
Some Forum talk regarding printing from an iPad
More forum talk, different info.

Sorry I couldn’t be more help.

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.

Thanks again Phil for the help!

Check out Phil’s website here –>