Problem viewing www.adobe.com troublesome...

www.adobe.com had been causing trouble for a while. It was not showing on any browser (Safari,Firefox and Chrome). I couldn't fond any details on how to resolve this, mainly as I was not searching for exactly the right thing. Though, there is very little information on this, I only finally came to the solution when I searched for the term "Firefox can't establish a connection to the server at www.adobe.com". I did not search this as Firefox is not my main browser.

The solution was to do with "/etc/hosts", but I could not find any such file or directory. The entries in the hosts file were disabling adobe.com:
127.0.0.1 hl2rcv.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 t3dns.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 3dns-1.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 activate.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 activate-sea.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 activate-sjc0.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 activate.wip.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 activate.wip1.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 adobe-dns.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 adobe-dns-1.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 practivate.adobe
127.0.0.1 practivate.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 tpractivate.adobe.newoa
127.0.0.1 practivate.adobe.ntp
127.0.0.1 practivate.adobe.ipp
127.0.0.1 ereg.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 ereg.wip.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 ereg.wip1.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wip.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wip1.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 www.wip.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 www.wip1.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip60.adobe.com

All these and more.

So after doing a bit more searching, I found that these entries had to be deleted, (or just commented out with # to avoid problems [#127.0.0.1 wip.adobe.com])
Even though there were explanations on how to do so, I am no Apple Mac expert and had no idea what to do.
Then there was one post that just happened to mention some software called GasMask that would hope the host file which can then have those troublesome lines removed or #-commented out. I put an hash(#) next to each one referring to adobe, then saved it.

PROBLEM SOLVED!!

Disabling swipe in Safari

I do like the swipe feature of the Magic Mouse, especially while looking through photos in iPhoto. But when it comes to safari, it can mess things up. I had filled in may online documents or processed many payments. Whit it comes to selecting something else with the mouse or just clicking next (or even writing on this blog and using the mouse to move up and down the page) is when the problem strikes.

It can be a very sensitive mouse at times, if it feels the slightest notion of a swipe (generally to the left), it may navigate away from a page you are browsing. So the solution I was looking for, was to disable the swipe in Safari.

There is nothing to so this in the system preferences, nor is there anything in the Safari preferences. I could not find any possible plug-in or extension for Safari, but finally came across MultiClutch. This is a System preference for 32bit systems. So as the majority of people may now be using 64bit systems, there is someone under the name of Prashant who had made this software workable.

View here to learn how to make it workable for 64bit applications.
Getting to the point, this software does not disable it for Safari, but you can change what the gestures do in Safari (or any software). When you open MultiClutch for the first time from the System Preferences there will be nothing assigned. You will need to add an Application first, I added (clicking +) Safari. Then I added the two gestures I wanted to change in Safari (clicking the + on the right), first the swipe left I added key command "shift" + "ctrl" + "tab" keys (select previous tab), then the swipe right I added key command "ctrl" + "tab" keys (select next tab). See the image for what you set up should look like if you are following my route.
Multiclutch.jpg

Once all is set up, restart your computer to make sure all is in order. Once your are back on, the swiping in your web browser should no longer navigate away from your page you are viewing.


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Adding your own customer sounds to iCal

For a while I was looking for how to add custom sounds, but all I was getting was results on how to add sounds to appointments in your schedule.
I did eventually find some that said you would need to edit the registry of iCal to add new ones, and then the sound could be put in a particular folder.

Well the solution for this, is that you need not edit anything. You just need the sound file in aiff format.

Now the sound file needs to be in aiff format, otherwise its no good.
A great free program is Max.
If you don't need to convert your file, skip to the bottom.

If you are using Max to convert the audio file to aiff then there are a few things you will need to configure in Max first.
Max1Firstly open up the Preferences and then click on the Formats button. From the bottom list of "Available output formats" double click format required.
As iCal requires them to be in aiff format, that is what we will double click in the list. I chose AIFF (Apple/SGI). It will no appear in the top part "Configured output formats". Now put a tick in thebox and you can close the preferences. Max2
Max3Now clike File > Convert Files...
[I was converting the Mac Install Complete as its a a nice loud sound to alert me.]
Now choose the file you want to convert.
Then click "Convert".
So the jobs done, well I did not know straight away where the file was save to, but I did find it. Its in Music/Unknown Artist/Unknown Album/00 Unknown Track.aiff. Max4

Rename the file and copy it to the folder: Macintosh HD/System/Library/Sounds/
Now the next time you run iCal, you will be able to select the custom sound you chose as an alert.

The "fn" key in Snes9x for Mac

For a long while, I had been looking for the way to disable the sound channels on Snes9X. In the Snes9X help file under Controllers Support it states:




These functions below work with 'Fn' button:

F1-F4 toggles background 1-4 on/off.
F5 toggles sprites on/off.
F6 swaps 1P and 2P controllers.
1-8 toggles sound channel on/off.
9 enables all sound channels.
0 toggles displaying pressed buttons.
- toggles displaying frame counts in movies.
Q increases emulated frame time - slowing down the game.
W decreases emulated frame time - speeding up the game.




So while I go to run a game under Snes9X, then I press my "fn" key followed by "1" to disable sound channel 1, this only brought up the save state menu. Even trying the F1-F4 for the background only toggled the brightness or dashboard for the Mac.

I searched many thing on the internet:

  • Changing key mapping for snes9x mac

  • disabling mac function [ or "f" ] keys


I had many results that either brought me to the above, showed me how to change the "keyboard layout" or just how to "Use all F1, F2, ets. keys as standard function keys".

So after many weeks of searching and seeing the same thing, I finally saw what I needed as said to myself "i'm so stupid"




Here is what I was looking for...
fnkey
...its a key mapped fn key for Snes9X

So, holding down the "/" key and pressing 1 turned off sound channel number 1!

Fantastic.
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