Forceful Eject Disc

This is a simple and effective way to eject discs that are being stubborn and won’t eject using any other method. Please be advised that this may also eject discs that you do not necessarily want to be ejected, such as mounted images besides optical discs (CD and DVD) as well as other devices.

Forceful Eject Disc is released completely free of charge but is provided “as-is” without any guarantee or warranty of any kind whether express or implied. Forceful Eject Disc (or “FED” for short,) is distributed with two types. The actual application that you can drag and drop to your Applications folder, execute it from the image or copy it anywhere you wish. The second is an OS X Installer that guides you through the installation process.

This is something that I tossed together when I was having issues trying to eject a disc that was actually never in the system, oops. But it does also eject images that are mounted along with discs that are in the drive, could be useful to some. Please keep in mind that this was also developed on Mac OS X 10.7.

 You may download Forceful Eject Disc (or “FED” for short) here.

Firefox Better Surfing

This document aims to serve two main purposes, security and a better experience surfing the internet. You are more than welcome to comment and offer feedback, even opinions about other products that do the same or better than what’s mentioned in this document.

This document is provided for use with Firefox for Linux, OS X and Windows unless it is stated otherwise differently. If there are enough requests for a different browser, an updated version of this document may be published for that specific browser.

There is no one-stop solution when it comes to a web browser, at least not that I am aware of. This said, you must be aware that this is a multiple tier setup, that takes a few minutes to setup and you’re good to go from that point after.

This document will be updated, as new content is available.

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Advertisement Battleground

Let’s face the facts; the internet is a full-blown battleground when it comes to advertising and marketing schemes. It’s also one of the most known methods to get a product or service known. However, advertising has become more abusive and intrusive over the years, especially if you’re on limited bandwidth and/or a slow system. To eliminate most, if not all advertising on a site, we have many options that are available to us, and are completely free.

This also goes without saying that some sites have opted in to preventing content from being shown to you due to these methods and techniques, but thankfully for the ability to “white list” sites and domains, you can allow that specific site and domain while keeping the others at bay.

First we have a very popular plugin called NoScript Security Suite that is available for free at https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/noscript/, and offers a nice deal of protection, and is one of the very first extensions that I personally install on any new installation of Firefox. As you will see on the URL, it helps by protecting you from being click-jacked and XSS attacks, and comes in handy more often then you would think otherwise.

Secondly, we have AdBlock Plus, which blocks and prevent those annoying video advertisements from showing up, and can be installed completely free of charge at https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/. This is not only good to conserve your precious bandwidth, but can also speed up your surfing speeds and system. Another good thing is if you have a person or people sleeping nearby, those annoying video advertisements won’t wake up anyone up, because they won’t play.

Third, and certainly not last item that will be mentioned, we have Flashblock that is available for free at https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/flashblock/. This plugin for Firefox makes sure that Flash items are not played automatically, so again you’ll save on precious resources and bandwidth, and not have to worry about security risks and issues that are related to Flash as much. And while Flash is a dying technology that will eventually never be used, it’s still actively used at the time of the creation of this document. It’s better safe than sorry, right?

Encrypted Connectivity

The chances are that when you’re connecting to a web site, that you’re probably using HTTP and not HTTPS. When you’re accessing a site that uses HTTPS, it’s assumed that everything is and must be encrypted, but the truth be told, HTTPS can also access and delivery content from HTTP, usually warning you that some content is not encrypted and may not be safe.

Here are some but not all examples:

  1. You can access a site to create an account and use that account on both HTTP and HTTPS based connections, but HTTPS is the recommended method.
  2. You can access the site through HTTP and create and access the account on HTTPS connections, which is slightly more secure and preferred.
  3. You can access the site to create and use an account over HTTPS without any HTTP use, which is the best practice. However, any content that HTTPS uses that’s from HTTP, can give the wrong impression.

Now with keeping on the subject, “Encrypted Connectivity”, many sites such as America Online, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo! And many others can be accessed using both methods, HTTP and HTTPS. When you access a site, say for example, Facebook, you could easily use http://www.facebook.com/ or you could equally use https://www.facebook.com/ and get the same content, and use the service as you normally would on either connection type. The same applies to the others mentioned in this document, and for many others.

What if you’re used to typing just “www” or “http://www” and the site? Sure they’ll both default you to the HTTP, unless it’s set by preference, or they force HTTPS on to you, but what if they don’t? There’s a nice extension for Firefox called HTTPS Everywhere. You can download, install and use it completely free of charge directly from https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere.

Excerpt from eff.org, “HTTPS Everywhere is produced as a collaboration between The Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Many sites on the web offer some limited support for encryption over HTTPS, but make it difficult to use. For instance, they may default to unencrypted HTTP, or fill encrypted pages with links that go back to the unencrypted site. The HTTPS Everywhere extension fixes these problems by using clever technology to rewrite requests to these sites to HTTPS. Information about how to access the project’s Git repository and get involved in development is here.

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Steam Games (Free to Play)

This is a list of games that I actively play on Steam, where you’re more than welcome to send me a friend request if you wish at http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561197977873665. I will be adding more games to this list, but just wanted to get the ones I play mostly on here.

** ADDED 10-09-2015 – NOT A FREE ITEM **: Ballistic Overkill has launched as Early Access on http://store.steampowered.com/app/296300/ — This is a fast paced first person shooter that has console quality graphics, but designed for your PC and Mac systems. Please keep in mind that Early Access does not mean it’s the final product, and as such, it should be expected to experience issues and other problems that are known or unknown at this time.

 

America’s Army: Proving Grounds is the official game of the U.S. Army and part of the highly acclaimed America’s Army game series. This free military game focuses on small unit tactical maneuvers and puts you to the test in new America’s Army maps as well as AA fan favorites Hospital and Bridge.

 

http://store.steampowered.com/app/203290/

 

CABAL Online is a 3rd person 3D role playing game that will put you in a graphically vivid world of non-stop hack & slash action. Designed to let everyone play, CABAL Online runs even on older computers while still maintaining its scintillating action scenes, lifelike environments, ornate decorations, detailed characters, and non-stop fast action.

 

http://oldcabal.estgames.com/

 

Dirty Bomb: It is 2020 and the once great city of London stands abandoned after a mysterious disaster, a dilapidated shell of its former self. Now the streets of London are the playground of Private Military Companies (PMCs) who battle to control the city’s abandoned riches. After all, what’s a little radiation sickness when there’s money to be made?

 

http://dirtybomb.nexon.net/

 

Battles take place not between dozens of troops, but thousands; with air and ground vehicles slugging it out alongside squads of troops. Whether in open fields, tightly packed urban centers or enormous structures, planning, teamwork and communication are essential.

 

PlanetSide 2 features incredible continent maps with dozens of square kilometers of seamless gameplay space; every inch of which is hand-crafted, contestable space. With the territorial control meta-game, landmass has intrinsic value.

 

https://www.planetside2.com/

 

The year is 2020. The European Union has collapsed. The United States, in an effort to revitalize their anemic economy, has withdrawn from the geopolitical stage. China and Russia have moved to fill the vacuum of power left behind.

 

Worse, a group of degenerate Xanthids, extraterrestrial creatures that escaped from an Andromeda prison colony, have taken refuge in the depths of Antarctica. Attempts to communicate have proven impractical, and they have begun to instigate skirmishes elsewhere as they seek to expand their territory—a highly classified problem kept tightly under-wraps by the world’s governments.

 

Though each nation preaches about the benefits of peace and stability, the political structure of the world has crumbled. Nations jockey for power behind the backs of their citizens, and the slightest political misstep could end in nothing less than mutually assured destruction—or a complete alien takeover. The second Cold War has dawned.

 

However, when war is fought behind the scenes, the only warriors are the elite. Delta Force, GAFE, Spetsnaz, and their brethren—these brave soldiers control the future, delicately maintaining the balance between the world powers through shadowy operations and confidential weaponry.

 

The world is their battlefield. Live or die, their existence will be disavowed by the very nations they protect. Succeed or fail, their heroism will never be known.

 

They are the world’s special forces.

 

http://soldierfront2.aeriagames.com/

 

Warface offers an intense Co-op experience with daily new content, in which players can master unique teamwork moves and gameplay styles. They can also engage in fast-paced or tactical action in Versus modes such as Team Death Match or Plant The Bomb.

 

http://store.steampowered.com/app/291480

I’ll add more games later on, there are quite a few other free to play games that are of good quality and worth many hours of playing. You’re more than welcome to recommend games that should appear on this list, and I will add them as well, but only if they are the same or better quality.

Samsung Galaxy S4 (5.0.1) update from Verizon.

Since long before the Lollipop update for the Samsung Galaxy S4 became available, I was getting the “Software update is temporarily unavailable. Try again later.” message, which should say permanently since it happened when my phone was 4.4.2 and continues after updating to 5.0.1.

If you’re experiencing the same issue and are wondering how I did get 5.0.1 installed, there’s one way to do it. There’s a few sites around that suggest replacing the SIM of the phone, I’ve been hearing that you can borrow someone else’s SIM, but the way I actually did it, made sense.

There was one small problem, I couldn’t get the the phone to reconize as an installation medium to install the required software. So I used my wife’s phone for a few minutes, and got the Verizon Update Software installed within the matter of seconds.

This said, I was off with the installation of Android 5.0.1 for my Galaxy S4 phone, and after 20-30 minutes, all was good. The only problem I have encountered is that temporarily unavailable for updates. So, the thing more than likely will need to be updated through software from either OS X or Windows. I provided the following URL for you to see what’s needed; though I don’t know if you can actually download the software or not from Verizon or Samsung.

http ://www.verizonwireless.com/support/samsung-galaxy-s-4-update/