David Millington
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I Hate The Udemy Adverts Argh!!!

For the last month my YouTube videos have had the same 3-4 Udemy adverts showing up at the start of every video and in the middle of many.  It's driving me crazy!  After weeks of seeing that Udemy guys smug face I just scream.  After a bit of digging around I finally found what I was looking for, a way to get rid of the adverts.  Pause the advert video and look to the bottom left hand corner where it says:

"Ad 0:28 (i) [link to their site]"

If you click the (i) you get the "Why am I seeing this ad?" popup.  At the bottom of that is a link titled "Stop seeing this ad".  Clicking that gives you a second popup asking why you want to stop seeing it.  I picked "Repetitive" and then "Send".  Boom.  Just have to do that with each advert you don't want to see.

There is another way to hide video adverts based on their category.  Check the page "Ads you see on videos" and click the "Ad Settings" link in the bottom paragraph.  On this page you can turn off advert customisations so you just get random stuff that's not based on your searches and you can deselect specific categories i.e. no longer want to see videos about "Computers & Electronics".  I chose the first method I described because I don't mind most tech related adverts.  It's just the horrible Udemy guy over and over again led me to hate their platform!

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Teamspeak Auto Mutes Channel

It turns out that Teamspeak has a "feature" which means that as default it will auto-mute a channel if there are 100 or more clients connected.  This can cause problems and if you do not want this to happen then the option to disable this is easy to change but it is hidden away:

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Latest Windows 10 Skype Is Horrible!

I use Skype for work calls on a weekly basis.  Recently it nagged me into upgrading to the latest Windows 10 version that has been "rebuilt from the ground up".  Straight away after installing and running it I realised they meant they had demolished it and let a cowboy builder do the reconstruction.  What a pile of shit!  Took 3 attempts to get it to load past the loading screen.  When it finally did connect I saw what a mess they made of a simple thing like the contacts list.  Instead of having a list of my actual contacts I now have a list of everybody that's ever tried to contact me on Skype ordered by last activity.  So all those Chinese ladies that want to be my friend, all the Nigerian princes that need a load etc.  You have to click a contact button to get a popup and then another button on there to see who is online from my actual contacts list.  I can handle the extra clicks to do basic tasks but the two three big killers are (1) the interface looks horrible, both color variations of it (2) it keeps getting stuck on the loading screen and (3) it keeps being entirely unresponsive so I can see the contacts and messages but clicking on them does nothing.  They visually respond to the mouse event but don't trigger the actual action.

Anyway, I gave it a week and now I'm done.  Downgrading is super easy.  Head to the Skype download page here.  Click the down arrow on the blue button labelled "Download Skype for Windows" and choose "Get Classic Skype".  Download and run the installer.  It will replace the latest Windows 10 version and boom, you're back in business.  I'll keep an eye on reviews for new Skype versions but there will have to be some huge improvements before I upgrade it again.

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Restore Previous FireFox Tab

I recently upgraded my browser to FireFox Quantum and found most of my addons no longer worked as the devs haven't updated them yet.  One thing I forgot I missed until I needed it was the Restore Closed Tab toolbar button I had with the Session Manager addon. The way this worked was that when I accidentally closed a tab I could press the toolbar button and the tab would re-open along with it's back/forwards history.  Turns out there is a built in FireFox way to do this.  Just press CTRL-Shift-T and the tab will open again.

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Fix ManyCam Not Saving Login Subscription

My sister was having problems using ManyCam with Windows 7.  She could enter her login details to connect and setup her subscription but when she closed the program all the details were lost.  This caused her an additional problem where she could not use the same details again next time as it threw a subscription error at her.  She runs Windows 7 using an admin account so the solution was pretty simple:

  1. Right click the ManyCam desktop icon
  2. Choose the "Compatibility" tab
  3. At the bottom tick "Run this program as an administrator"
  4. Click OK
  5. The next time you run ManyCam it will now correctly save your settings file at the end when you close the program
  6. Note that if you are not running as an administrator then you may have to provide their login details when you use the shortcut

I think this ManyCam problem is because the program is trying to save the config file in its main program directory which it can't do when run as a standard user.  Running as an admin means it can save the file.  This is not the ideal solution as it means granting admin access to the ManyCam program but at least it will get you going until they provide a proper fix.

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