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Helpful Hints: Downloading trailers from iTunes Movie Trailers

This guide works with iTunes Movie Trailers as of Jan. 14th, 2010.

What you’ll need to get things working is:

  1. The Greasemonkey Firefox addon.
  2. The HeaderControl Firefox addon.
  3. My iTunes Movie Trailers Download script.
Screen capture of iTunes Movie Trailers download page for the new Karate Kid

Yes, Karate Kid, I want to download you... even though Jackie Chan != Mr. Miyagi

Installing Greasemonkey

Thank goodness for Firefox documentation:  just use the easy-to-follow guide on installing extensions, but install Greasemonkey instead.

Instructions for installing Firefox Extensions

What could be better than easy to follow instructions?

Installing and Configuring HeaderControl

HeaderControl is slightly more difficult to install and requires some additional configuring as well.  Not to worry though, I’ve already covered it before.  Please refer to the section titled “Setting up HeaderControl” in my last version of this guide.  Just make sure you’ve got the User Agent string right (“Quicktime/7.6.2“).

Installing the iTunes Trailer Download script

Installing the script is as simple as visiting the script’s webpage and clicking the big green Install button:

Webpage for The Apple Trailer Download Greasemonkey script

Go ahead, cilck that big, green button.

Rock ‘n Roll

Followed all the steps?  Great, now you’re ready to rock and roll.  Go ahead and try it out.

Download links for the Karate Kid trailer

That's money.

Written by Sohail Mirza

January 14, 2010 at 2:03 am

Oh, sooo smooooth: My sweet, sweet Charamel returneth

How I’ve missed you Charamel. But now that you’re Firefox 2.0 compatible, I’ll never let you go!

Charamel is Back!

How smooth is Charamel? Oh, sooo smooooth. Just take a look at the Options dialog:

Charamel Options

Go and get Charamel.

Written by Sohail Mirza

October 17, 2007 at 12:11 pm

Posted in Firefox, Style

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Helpful Hints – Downloading HD Trailers from Apple Trailers

Quicktime LogoEver been perusing the Apple Trailers website, checking out the HD trailers, and been annoyed by the process of buffering and watching the streaming video? Wouldn’t it just be better to download the video to your desktop and watch it at your own convenience, without having to buffer the video?

Well, there are a couple of ways to do this.

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Written by Sohail Mirza

July 15, 2007 at 5:35 pm

Helpful Hints – Running multiple instances of Firefox

Ever wanted to run more than one instance of Firefox? At the same time? It’s quite simple, really!

The advantages of doing this are apparent to those who might be in a multi-user environment using only one account on the PC. Also for web developers who may have a separate Firefox profile for development, and another one for regular browsing, this is a useful ability.

The way to do it is to set up a Firefox shortcut with the link target being:
"C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" -p -no-remote
You would, of course, want to modify the path to the Firefox executable depending on where you’ve installed it.

In Ubuntu, your application launcher should reference the following:

/usr/bin/firefox -p -no-remote

The keen observer will note that we’re actually providing two different command-line switches to Firefox. The “-no-remote” tells Firefox to launch in a new process, and the “-p” switch tells Firefox to bring up the Profile Manager. Without the profile manager switch, Firefox will simply try to load your default or last used profile, provided you haven’t setup Firefox to bring up the Profile Manager every time you start it.

Written by Sohail Mirza

June 11, 2007 at 10:28 am

Posted in Firefox, Helpful Hints

Firefox Pwns IE

Firefox Eating IEIf you were ever looking for the amazing Firefox icon showing the Firefox chewing the blue IE logo, here it is in its full-size glory.

I’m not certain who the original artist is, but if you know, please do let me know and I’ll give them credit.

If you’re looking for the icon in .ico format, you can download it from DeviantArt.

Written by Sohail Mirza

May 28, 2007 at 12:09 pm

Posted in Design, Firefox

Sweet, sweet Charamel

I’ve been away from the blog for a while, so I thought I’d return on a note of beauty. If you’ve never tried the Firefox/Thunderbird theme, Charamel, I highly suggest you take a look at the home page at the very least.

Charamel Sneak Peek

In my opinion it is hands-down the most beautiful theme for either Mozilla product. The travesty is that the theme only supports up to version 1.5 of both Firefox and Thunderbird. The theme is so smooth and delicious, it’s almost worth reverting to Firefox 1.5 for. Almost.

From the glorious iconography to the fantastic, melt-in-your-mouth colour scheme, this theme is as perfect as I’ve seen any theme get.

Check it out, and if you can, try to convince the author of the theme to update his theme for Firefox/Thunderbird 2.0. Only thing is I’m not sure it’ll be possible to sway the author as he’s showing the following message on the website:

No Charamel theme for Firefox 2

Initially thinking this code may have been due to an unclosed tag in the author’s HTML, I took a quick look at the code and was saddened to find this little tidbit:

<table id="hiatus" border="0">
<td align="left">
charamel[firefoxVer="2"]{<br>
display:none;
<br>
}</div>
</td>
</table>

No, I’m not saddened because there’s an unopened <div> in the table cell, or even because the <td> isn’t wrapped in a <tr>. Instead, I’m saddened because the id attribute on the <table> confirms that the Firefox 2 version of the theme is officially on hiatus.

Oh sweet, sweet Charamel, why dost thy beauty blind me so??

Written by Sohail Mirza

April 16, 2007 at 10:26 am

Posted in Firefox, Style