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Get Show Desktop Shortcut back in Windows 7

Having to re-adjust to the new location for the Show Desktop in Windows 7 can be a pain especially after years and years of muscle memory training. If you are like me you are used to looking for the Show Desktop icon in the bottom left side of your task-bar.

This tutorial shows you how to keep the current functionality and add the old Show Desktop back in it's place.

1. Create a new folder somewhere on your computer. I created one in: C:\Program Files (x86)\ShowDesktop

2. Save the following code in a plain text editor (Notepad) with extension: .scf name it ShowDesktop.scf

Save it in the previously created folder
Windows will hide it's extension after you save it; Even if you have show extensions option enabled.
Saving it in Word will NOT work
If you don't have Show file extensions enabled you will not be able to correctly modify the extension.


3. Now save a blank file in a plain text editor (Notepad) with extension: .exe name it ShowDesktop.exe

Note: Save it in the previously created folder

4. Browse to the folder where you saved the two files

5. Drag the .exe to the taskbar to pin it.

6. Right click on the ShowDesktop.exe shortcut which is now pinned to the taksbar. When the pop-up shows the file
name: ShowDesktop.exe right click on that file name and then click on "Properties".

7. In here replace the Target: with the location of your ShowDesktop.scf file for me this is: C:\Program Files

8. Click on "Change Icon..."

9. Click OK when the pop-up comes up.

10. Under the option: "Look for icons in this file:" replace the current location with: C:\Windows\explorer.exe

11. If you look in the bottom left corner of this icon list you will see the old Show Desktop icon. Click on it to
select it and OK your way out all of the Windows:

Note: The actual Icon might not update untill after you restart next.

Et voila your old Show Desktop icon is back.


Save Brightcove videos from Google Chrome

I'm goint to keep this short and sweet here are the steps:

1. In Google Chrome browse to: chrome://plugins/
2. Dissable Flash
3. In a new tab go to the location of your video (You should see a message about Flash being dissabled)
4. Open developer tools Spanner icon > Tools > Developer Tools > Wheel Cog Icon (Bottom Right) > Overrids > Select User Agent: iPad - iOS 5 > Close the developer tools settings but leave the developer tools window up
5. In Developer Tools go to: Network Tab.
6. Reload the page (F5)
7. Pause the video
8. Click on the circle with a line through it to clear the list.
9. Start the video
10. Look at the bottom of the list for a Name Path with .mp4 in it.
11. Once you identify the .mp4 video right click on it and select open in new tab
12. Switch to the new tab
13. Right click where the video is and select: "Save as..."

Hope this comes in handy.

Inspiration for this post and a lot of the meat came from Zac @ Bombast


Google Talk on Port 80

This is a very short tutorial on how to connect to Gmail using Pidgin over port 80.  Some of my beloved readers behind the Great Firewall of China and some on really restrictive networks have requested this. Enjoy.

1. Download and install Pidgin client.

2. Configure the client with the following settings do not make changes to anything that I don't specify in here:
Note: If you already have it install pull it up and go to: Accounts > Manage Accounts > Add

Basic (tab)

Protocol: Google Talk or XMPP
Username: Your Gmail username
Domain: gmail.com
Resource: Gmail
Password: Your Gmail password
Check the box Remember Password

Advanced (tab)

Connection security: "Use encryption if available"
Do not check Allow plaintext auth over unencrypted streams Connect port: 80

3. Click Save