"I upgraded my Safari browser on my macbook the other night and all of a sudden, all I see on YouTube is a solid black box!"
Does this sound like you? Ok maybe it doesn't...it actually sounded more like me the other night. As I fell deeper into the rabbit hole of finding more dirt on Alexandra Wallace's YouTube/Social Media faux pas, I found that as soon as I did Apple's most recent Safari upgrade (yes I sometimes use Safari...don't ask me why, I'm a glutton for punishment I guess), YouTube videos were no longer viewable.
Apparently there is a bug in the recent upgrade that Apple is trying to figure out...in the meantime, here is the work around:
Let's first tweak the YouTube player in Safari...
- Go to http://www.youtube.com/swf_test.html in your browser.
- Right-click or <ctrl>+click on the player part of the video.
- Choose Settings from the context menu.
- Disable the Hardware Acceleration by unchecking it.
Now let's tweak Safari...
- Quit Safari
- Go to the Applications Folder
- Right-click or <ctrl>+click on the Safari icon
- Select Get Info from the context menu
- Check the Open in 32-bit Mode option
And that should do it! Hope it works for you because it worked for me!
This has been my first post in a really long time...I think this will spur a new beginning for my blog. Look for a new look and direction in my blog soon!
I'm wrapping up Week 1 of the 18-Week Navy Seal Training
and am continuously amazed at how quickly the human body adjusts to new physical challenges. The old adage of "Practice Makes Permanent" holds true every time everyday when it comes to new habits I introduce in my life. Day 3 and 4 were SIGNIFICANTLY easier than the first 2 days of the workout and because of that, I find myself even more optimistic about reaching the 18-week goal. As I sit here feeding my system after the Day 4 workout, I find myself reflecting over this week on both a physical and mental level. It's a good feeling.
I have mentioned this before and I will continue to say this. The human body is an AMAZING piece of machinery. If you train your mind to never give up on a specific activity, trust me, your body will never fight your mind on it. The human body has this innate ability to adjust and compensate to any obstacle presented to it and, if stimulated consistently, will rise to accomplishing the task with ease with each time it is repeated.
To test this principal on a smaller scale, try this exercise:
- Pick a simple activity that you don't necessarily find extremely easy to do but would like to incorporate into your life...something small that can easily be integrated into your daily life. (i.e. stand on your head for 2 minutes, stretch your calves for 5 minutes, jumping jacks for 2 minutes, reach a book for 30 minutes, etc.)
- Make a commitment to do this once a day for the next 7 days at a specific time and mentally commit to it. (Schedule it on your Calendar, Blackberry, or iPhone if you need to)
- Make both physical and mental observations of how you feel on Day 1
- Continue to document how you think and feel with each passing day
- At the end of the 7 days, honestly ask yourself how your body and mind are reacting to the activity.
- Continue to do the activity after the 7 days and note how quickly your body and mind adjusts to easily performing that activity.
Starting from small exercises like this is great practice for the big game. You will learn to break down bigger obstacles into "bite-sized" pieces to overcome and conquer. And like I mentioned earlier, the more often you practice this exercise, the easier it will be to take on larger challenges. If you need help breaking down a specific "bad" habit you'd like to overcome, let me know!
There are two-sides to this coin, however. Because the human body is so adept and quick to adjust to new habits, it warrants that your mind be careful about what you introduce to your body. The body doesn't know to reject and refuse "bad" habits, it merely compensates and adjusts until it stops being a stopping block from your daily life. It doesn't care how much it compensates or takes away from your daily life either. It only knows that when something unpleasant is being consistently introduced to it, it must quickly adjust to it so that it can continue to survive and live. Smokers are perfect examples of how the human body compensates and adjusts. The body can't cough forever, so eventually the lungs adjust. The body can't get high off of just one cigarette forever, so it adjusts so that. It eventually compensates by reducing faculties in other areas over time so that at the present moment, you can live somewhat normally. Do we get the picture, yet?
Point is, once you understand how amazing the human body is...respect it. It only knows what you allow it to experience. It doesn't differentiate between what's good or bad. It can tell you initially by indicators about how the activity is effecting your body, but if you ignore the indicators and continue forward, it will trust you that it's ok and adjust so that it becomes part of your life.
Does this sound like what the term "addiction" defines? Does it maybe suggest that "addictions" were mental commitments that one makes to the body instead of something that we have no influence over? What do you think?
It's been a tough week, but a revealing one. I am looking forward to another week of the same thing to make this new habit stick! Look for my next post about the diet I'm choosing to follow to support this training.
Have a great Thanksgiving weekend everyone!
I will tell you right now...this Navy Seal workout is NO JOKE. I just finished DAY ONE of WEEK ONE and I am completely exhausted. I can barely type this blog out. I must admit, I'm not in the best shape I've ever been in my life...but I'm not exactly out of shape either. I was already going to the gym somewhat regularly and playing beach volleyball 2-3 times a week. Despite the relatively active lifestyle, I STILL got my a** kicked today. My morning workout buddy (when I asked how he felt halfway through the day) was quoted as saying, "In all the years we've worked out together, I have never been more beat up than today. I felt like I was dragged behind a bus..."
However, I will tell you this. During my years as a personal fitness trainer, I've always pushed my clients by telling them that their mind will always give up before their bodies do. I guess I must have forgotten because my body obviously made it through the workout today, but my mind made the process so much more difficult by introducing such thoughts as: doubt
, and a myriad of other counter-measures against my finishing the workout. It just goes to show:
The Mind Is A POWERFUL Thing. Make It Your ALLY For Success In Everything That You Do.
All our lives we have always been required, for the most part, to ask for permission to do things. We need to ask for permission before going anywhere, we need to ask for permission to ask OR answer a question, heck, we needed to ask for permission to even go to the bathroom! In a recent post by one of my favorite bloggers/writers, Tynan.com
, he had made an interesting point as to how this has conditioned us to pretty much ask for permission for everything we do in life. The only difference, now that we're older, is that most of the time we are no longer ACTIVELY asking for permission, but rather passively seeking for approval.
Here is the exercise Tynan had suggested that stirred something deeply within me:
"If you’re the type of person who likes to put new ideas into action, here’s my advice: search your mind for something you’ve been wanting to do, but have been hesitating on, and just do it. Don’t ask anyone, don’t tell anyone (a passive form of permission asking), just do it and see how it feels. Maybe it’s something small like walking around your neighborhood barefoot, or maybe it’s something big like quitting your job because it sucks. Whatever it is, do it not for the immediate benefits of indulging yourself, but rather because it’s a first step towards owning your life."
I sometimes like to skip steps when I'm responding to emails on my Google smart-phone. So much that I don't even bother hitting "Reply" when I want to reply and I just start typing like it's a text message. I mean, it's SUPPOSED
to be a smart phone, right? Well, I guess my expectations are too high for even a smart-phone. In my rush to reply to an important email, I started typing "I am..." and then...my email disappeared. I freaked out for a split second but remembered something I mentioned before in another post... PANIC NEVER DOES ANYONE OR ANYTHING ANY GOOD
. So I didn't. I went to my ALL MAIL
and found my email conversation and noticed that it now had the label of "Muted" on it.
How did that happen? And better yet, how do I Un-Mute it?
Apparently to MUTE an email conversation in Gmail it is something as easy as pressing the letter "M" on your keyboard while reading the email. How to REMOVE the MUTE label is not so intuitive.
I looked through my menu...looked through my settings...no "un-mute" command anywhere. I went to my Gmail mailbox online and did not find any "un-mute" button or setting anywhere there either.
Now that's annoying.
So why would anyone want to mute a conversation anyway? Muting is particularly helpful if you see a long email discussion happening on a topic that you know you'll want to reference at some point in the future, but isn't important to you right now. A quick search with Gmail's powerful search tools, and you'll have the entire
neatly archived, without it cluttering up your inbox!
Let's first understand how to actually MUTE a gmail email conversation:
- Open up the email you wish to Mute.
- If you are on a browser checking webmail, click on More Actions and choose Mute.
- If you are on an android smart phone with the built-in gmail Inbox interface, just press the letter M.
- The email conversation should now have disappeared from your Inbox.
See how EASY it is to make your emails disappear from your phone? (Or maybe I'm just a smart-phone klutz...most likely the latter)
Now, this is how you un-intuitively UN-MUTE your email conversation:
- Go All Mail on either your webmail or android smart-phone. (My Google phone menu option is View Labels)
- If you are in webmail, open the muted conversation and then you will see a button on top called Move to Inbox. Yeah, click that one.
- If you are in your smart-phone, you will open the muted conversation and go to Labels or Change labels from the menu option. Check off the Inbox label to send it back to the Inbox.
- Go back to your inbox and your muted email will have been restored.
Just thought I'd share in case somebody freaks out like I did. (I didn't freak out that long, ok, but it was enough for me to warrant this post.)
I love my keyboard shortcuts...why? It is the ultimate in computing productivity. I mean, seriously, if I could save a half a second every time I have to perform a specific function by simply avoiding the necessity to: stop what I'm doing, pull my right hand away from the keyboard, and then find the mouse to change a window or cut and paste... then those "ha-seconds" saved actually add up to a lot!
I don't know if it's because of my distant programming days or if it's just advanced stage laziness (I believe the latter), but I think if the millions of computer users out there in this world were to save a couple seconds a day...what do you think that would do to this nations productivity quotient? I'm not going to get into the actual statistics for fear of appearing even geekier than I already probably do now... But, trust me, it's a lot of time saved.
But there's a lot of these shortcuts. So instead of trying to cram it all into one big post, I'm going to break it down to an on-going series of bite-size pieces so that anyone
can master these shortcuts without being overwhelmed.
Today's post is about navigating between your multiple browser tabs. Browser tabs are fairly new in the browser legacy. Prior to the browser tabs "era", whenever you wanted to keep a webpage open and then go look at another one, you had to open a whole new window. With browser tabs, you can now keep your thoughts and online researching congruent and focused...all in one window.
Here is the problem: Let's say you are drafting a blog post online via your browser and you needed to reference another web page you have open on another tab. Without knowing the quick keyboard shortcut, you would have to take your hands off of home base, go to your mouse or trackpad, move the pointer to the tab you wish to view, click it to view that tab, and then do the same process to get back to your half-finished blog post.
If you have any form of A.D.D. (or just have a lot on your mind...my excuse), chances are, your blog writing mojo has just gone out the window.
So here is the solution. The keyboard shortcut to browse or tab between browser tabs are:
Oh here's a disclaimer... I'm only addressing Firefox and Safari users for PC and MAC. If you use IE...switch already...there are so many security issues with IE...don't even get me started. Besides, I like Firefox because when it crashes (as all programs do...just ask Microsoft), I just re-install it and everything is A-OK.
For MAC Firefox Users:
Next Tab: [control] + [tab] or [command]+[option]+[right arrow]
Previous Tab: [control]+[shift]+[tab] or [command]+[option]+[left arrow]
Jumping To A Specific Tab: [command] + [the corresponding ordered number of the tab]
(Play with this one and you'll see what I mean...it's cool)
For MAC Safari User:
Next Tab: [shift] + [command] + [right arrow] or [control] + [tab] (*Noted by Dan below, Thanks!)
Previous Tab: [shift] + [command] + [left arrow] or [shift] + [control] + [tab] (*ditto)
(See why I prefer Firefox? More options! )
For PC Firefox Users:
Next Tab: [control] + [tab] or [control] + [page down]
Previous Tab: [shift] + [control] + [tab] or [control] + [page up]
For PC Safari Users: ...why? Safari works better on Mac anyway so don't bother.
For PC Internet Explorer Users: Boo! (Just refer to the Firefox instructions )
And there it is! Short(cut) and Sweet! Enjoy and come back for the next in the series after you've mastered and integrated this shortcut into your daily web surfing activities!
In a recent conversation I had with someone who was having troubles in their self-run family business, the details of their issues prompted me to pose questions that I ask myself on a regular basis that explores the purpose of why people do what they do. Granted, I find myself posing some of these questions to myself almost everyday in my meditation sessions. It actually helps me maintain my focus and conviction in the things that I do. I figured I'd share a little in hopes of possibly inspiring others to experience even the smallest of revelations as well!
Let's start off with some status quo questions for ourselves:
Have you ever thought about why you work in the line of work that you do?
My G1 Google Phone took a dump. In other words, I had somehow bricked my G1 T-Mobile Google phone. As much as everyone tells me to upgrade to a newer android with all the Froyo fixins... (That name still reminds me of the old skool Silicon Valley frozen yogurt place), I'd like to maintain this G1 so that I can one day be referred to as an Android O.G...1.
So here is the easy fix...assuming you have everything on it sync'd with your Gmail account, this is quick and simple. Before we begin, let's identify the assumptions:
- You're G1 Google phone isn't dead because you dunked it in water...in other words, total hardware failure.
- The phone sort of starts...but then gets stuck after the G1 splash screen, or Android screen, or it keeps shutting off on you.
- Your battery isn't dead or dying in terms of its ability to hold a charge.
I like this fix for the same reason why I love my Google phone. If my phone dies, I don't lose all my contacts, SMS messages, or emails. BECAUSE it's a Google phone, all important data is synchronized with your Gmail account AUTOMATICALLY. I love it when I don't have to think about things. So occasionally having to do a factory reset on the phone isn't as traumatizing as it would be for other phones such as a Blackberry (Unless your Blackberry is sync'd via the their enterprise server).
My G1 was getting too cluttered anyway and I was having low memory issues that prevented a slew of tasks I needed to have happen everyday.
So on to the Factory Reset!
- Turn off your G1. (If it's frozen, just pull out the battery and then put it back in)
- Hold your [Home Icon] key + the [Red End Call] key for 20 seconds or until you see a triangle icon with an exclamation point in it.
- When you see the special screen, open your actual keyboard and then press [ALT] + W button to fully restart
- Congratulations, you have just restored your otherwise unusable G1 Google phone to factory default!
Note: If you wanted to just do a soft reset instead, after STEP 2, press the white [HOME] + [BACK] buttons instead when you see the triangle icon with an exclamation point.
I realized afterwards that my phone was overly cluttered from when I first bought it and was experimenting with all these random apps. It was actually a good thing that it had kind of crashed so that I could give it a good cleanse...kind of like the cleans I went through recently. More on that later.
Good luck with the Factory Reset!