Sunday, November 11, 2012

Moving from Opera to Firefox

I'm a long term Opera user and advocate to be honest but sometimes you got to change when you hit too many problems using something.

I have had a lot of stability issues with Opera in work and at home so I migrated to Firefox again and new versions like nice (a lot of features borrowed from Opera I might add).

However, one thing Firefox lacks out of the box still is speed dial.  It has gone down the annoying Chrome route of trying to work out your most visited sites and the only way I found to lock my own to it is to bookmark a page and track it to a slot which is clumsy.

It also doesn't expand in numbers like Opera so I'm restricted in how many I can have.  I looked at some extensions but they don't support bookmark sync.  Anyone know any better ones?

I think I'll just continue using Firefox as my main concern is a browser that doesn't crash then hopefully Opera will become usable again in a few months time and I can switch back.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Witcher : Enhanced Edition through Steam on Mac OSX

Okay, this game uses wine wrappers to get itself going and seems like a fragile port though I guess it does work (eventually).

I bought it through the Steam sale and it refused to launch after downloading.

Here are the steps I followed to get it to work and the versions I'm using at the time of writing this that are working.

I'm on Mac OSX 10.8.2 and using the WineSkin Winery Engine version WS9Wine1.5.16 (previously had WS9Wine1.5.14 but this didn't work).  Wrapper version Wineskin-2.5.8

Instructions taken from reddit below (I'll copy and paste them here in case this reddit gets archived or something but cheers to WhiteMouse on reddit for the steps):

Monday, October 15, 2012

Bluestack for Mac Install Apps


So Bluestack for Mac is out but seems to be limited to only a few select apps with no market place.

Well I worked out how to get GoLauncher on it, very easily which basically breaks you free to do whatever you want like a regular android device.

How do you do this?  Simple, launch the twitter app on it, find a weblink and click it.  This will open the browser on the device as Twitter uses the built in browser.

Click the Url in the title and you can change it to go to a new URL.  So go to Google and type Opera appstore into Google or go to below URL basically:
GO Launcher EX 3.17

Once downloaded, pull down notification bar and tap it then tap install and open.  You may notice, it looks a little funny.

What I did was change it to use the Nexus Live wallpaper, this doesn't appear correctly but gets rid of the wallpaper looking incorrect in the background and the Nexus one thought not appearing correctly, does fill the screen properly.

Next, go into the menu for Go Launcher and into preferences, set it to vertical (disable keyboard) for orientation and change it to display 4X4 icons.

Go into menu and find settings, there are two side by side.  Hit the one with the default Android icon (not the one with the default settings icon).

Now tap change app size and select tablet for Go Launcher and tap done and exit out.  tap the bluestack icon at the bottom (which functions as the home button) and a menu will appear asking which launcher you wish to use.  Select always use this one and tap Go Launcher and your done.

Update 1: Upon restarting it, the Nexus live wallpaper actually worked properly for me so 100% success.  From here I used, the browser icon in Go Launcher to launch stock browser, got an apk for Opera mini and installed it.  Once you start that, it comes with speedial shortcut to Opera app store for other apps.