About three months ago someone suggested I create a video of how to set up Foobar2000.
Here it is:
If you have other things you’d like to see, sound off in the comments.
Every time I switch to a new cell phone I’ve had to disable 2-factor authentication on all my accounts in order to set them up on the new device. I just switched again and decided to make it easier. I had previously saved the secret keys for the various accounts in a secure location for just such a reason. You’ll need those keys for this solution to work.
The solution is a QR code generator.
Visit the page on your desktop and type the name, user and secret key, then point your mobile device at your monitor to scan the code into Google Authenticator (or whatever app you’re using to generate the six-digit codes).
Today I was working while listening to classical music instead of my regular musical diet of techno. During Aquarium by Camille Saint-Saens I found it eerily similar to the opening music in Beauty and the Beast, composed by Alan Menken.
This is yet one more confirmation that Everything is a Remix.
Have a listen to the two. It’s not a direct copy, but there’s a clear resemblance. First is Saint-Sens, followed by Menken.
Today, Google’s front page has a link to an Hour of Code video. The Hour of Code is a worldwide effort to introduce 10 million people to coding and it’s happening this week (December 9th – 15th).
I’ll be presenting an hour of code in both of my sons’ classes at school, and if you’re a developer I encourage you to teach others how to code. If you’re not a developer, you can do work through the tutorials yourself or help your children do it with you using one of the excellent tutorials. If your worried it will be too difficult, don’t be. It’s no harder than playing Angry Birds.
Everyone can benefit from learning to program, plus it’s fun! It’s great to see folks like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Chris Bosh giving their support to such a worthy cause.
Check out the first lesson in the flagship tutorial:
The Java browser plugin has a sordid security history and you’re better off uninstalling it entirely if you don’t need it. However, if you use sites that require the Java plugin, such as USAA’s Deposit@Home, DinkyTown Financial Calculators or even the official US time, the java plugin is a necessary evil.
I kept running into problems with the installation because the Java plugin auto-installer would detect Windows 7 64-bit and install the 64-bit version of the Java plugin. But Chrome is a 32-bit application and couldn’t see the updated plugin and would continue to insist I needed to update the plugin.
If you’ve experienced this, or don’t want to in the future, here is the list of steps I use whenever I need to update the plugin (like today when I deposited a check from the comfort of my computer by scanning it in).
Steps to Update Java Plugin in Chrome
1. Visit https://java.com/en/download/manual.jsp and download the Windows Offline (32-bit) installer.
2. Close Chrome and any other open web browsers (be sure to do it yourself before running the installer, especially if you have multiple browser windows open).
3. Run the Java installer you downloaded in Step 1.
4. Run Chrome again and verify the Java version.
A few notes
And so you’re aware, Chrome uses a click-to-play method for Java applets, meaning you will be asked to allow it to run. This is a good thing, because it means you won’t get any drive-by malware from a naughty applet on a random site you visit.
Also, if Chrome insists you don’t have the latest Java plugin, make doubly sure you installed the right architecture (most likely the 32-bit version, even if you’re running a 64-bit operating system).
And once you have it installed, you might as well give it a hearty test by playing some games. You know, for science.