One of the larger annoyances of YouTube video producers is that they may restrict their video to Flash only. Even if you turn on HTML5 support, videos do not play. Here is a quick fix for some of those types videos if you use Safari.
The basic idea is that you change the user agent to "Safari for iPad". This makes YouTube think that you are browsing from an iPad, and it will serve up a non-Flash video.
First, you have to turn on the Develop menu. Go to the Advanced tab of Safari Preferences. At the bottom, check on “Show Develop menu in menu bar”. You will now have a Develop menu (between Bookmarks and Window).
Go to that menu, and pick User Agent. A submenu will show various browser types. Select “Safari iOS 4.3.3 – iPad”. The YouTube page will immediately reload, and in most cases, you will be able to watch the video.
I haven’t tried this trick in Chrome, yet, but will update once I do.
UPDATE: This also works to play music without Flash on Tumblr, except that you will have to select Safari iOS for iPhone.
UPDATE 2: Well, YouTube seems to have started blocking this work-around for Safari. It does seem to still work in Chrome: use the User-Agent Switcher extension.
If you have a feature phone, and it runs Java apps, you can still get Skype Lite even though Skype has officially discontinued it, and pulled all download links from their site. I found copies on Softpedia. They may have versions for other makes of phones, as well.
I did this because my Sony Ericsson W760a died -- the backlight does not come on. In their infinite wisdom, SE does not allow one to backup applications, merely data. The phone I got as a replacement is a SE C510a. It has a better camera: same resolution, but with auto-focus rather than fixed focus so it does focus closer than about 3 feet. Since I'm definitely getting an iPhone in a few months when my contract is up, I decided not to get either the C902 or K850i merely due to the admittedly small price difference.
I just got my iPad 3G on Monday. It’s fun. The built-in iBooks store has free books. But you can also just download any ePub format book, say from Project Gutenberg or epubbooks.com, and then drag and drop the file onto iTunes.
The Amazon Kindle app also works just fine, and it is easier to find free books via Kindle ebooks store. THe downloaded books will sync to all Kindle devices and apps (including iPad and desktop computer).
You can now login to any website that supports OpenID using your very own Google Account.
To create a custom OpenID URL with your Google Account username, go to openid-provider.appspot.com and login using your Google credentials. You will be assigned an OpenID sign-on that looks something like this:
where email@example.com is the email address associated with your Google Account.
Despite Google providing OpenID, they didn‘t really mention how the end-user would use it in their announcement a year and a half ago. You can do the above, or, if you already have Blogger set up, use your Blogger URL as the login ID.