Showing posts from November, 2011

Blogger stats since switching to Dynamic Templates

Google has released a new set of beautified, ajax-heavy templates for all Blogger accounts, namely Dynamic Templates, which is what you see here (unless you're a search engine). These templates look pretty and are supposed to be faster due to ajax-loading optimizations, but come with several disadvantages:

No support for user customization.No support for standard widgets or custom HTML code.No support for Google Analytics!No support for Disqus commenting system.Search Engine friendliness? So switching to the new templates is a big compromise at the moment, especially for well-established blogs with large Disqus communities and a long-history of Google Analytics data which is used for advertising and content data-mining. 
Also not sure how search-engine friendly the new templates are. If you look at the source, it's just a bunch of javascript and no actual content on the main page. All content gets loaded dynamically. However, there is a noscript section which provides a link to…

Can't delete last blank page from Word

If you're reading this, you already know what this is about. Sometimes in Microsoft Word you have a blank page at the end of the document that you just can't seem to be able to get rid of. Blank pages are not blank of course, and if you click on the icon to show paragraphs marks (called a pilcrow), you'll find that blank last page has one or more ¶.

You can try to delete these just as you would normal text, and in simple cases that works, but sometimes it doesn't. The reason for this is that Word uses the final ¶ at the end of a document to describe some special styling rules. If your document ends with a table, or columns or something other than a normal paragraph, Word has to insert an empty paragraph to contain this style. And if this empty paragraph doesn't fit on your last page because the table you have or whatever it is takes up all the space, then you end up on this blog.

Knowing this, the solution is simple - select the ¶ on the last page and change it&#…

Hands-Free lock-unlock Android phone

For most Android phones you need to push either the Power button or the trackball button to unlock the device (wake from sleep). Similarly you usually need to press the power-button to put the phone back to sleep.

This has been known to cause issues on some phones (such as the original Nexus One) where the power button gets worn out and stops responding, which leaves users in a bit of a pinch.

Luckily though, there are apps that allow you to map other buttons or sensors to unlock and lock the screen. My favourite is Tap tap app which uses the proximity sensor to do both.

The cool thing about this app is that you don't even need to touch the phone. Unlike the video above, you can just wave your hand back and forth across the proximity sensor at a distance of an inch or two and the phone magically comes to life. Wave your hand again and the phone goes to sleep. Excellent for when you have the phone lying on your desk at work, or in the cup-holder in the car.

One issue though is that…