Category Archives: Software Tips

Show/Hide the Chrome Bookmarks Bar – Keyboard Shortcut

I am a big fan of Google Chrome and I generally browser with the bookmarks bar turned ON as I find it to be very useful. However, sometimes for screenshots or other purposes it is nice to hide that same bookmarks bar. Today I decided to find out how to quickly show/hide the bookmarks bar. Thankfully it is very easy, you can use these keyboard shortcut  toggle the bar on and off: Ctrl+Shift+B  on Windows and Chrome OS ⌘-Shift-B on Mac

Dell Inspiron 14z (N411z) ACPISMO8800 Windows 7 driver [SOLVED!]

Question: Hello Sir/s, I have faced the same problem after formating the orginal windows 7 64bit operating system in my dell inspiron N 411z model no it ask every time to install SMO8800 driver for your unknown device in device manager please send me this driver to my e mail adddress,thanks from your kind help –M M K Answer: That unknown device is a ST Microelectronics DE351DL Motion Sensor. You can get the driver here: (Dell download link)   Installation Instructions

Upgrade to uTorrent 3.3 Stable? [yes]

uTorrent has been making some nice performance changes and bug fixes lately, here are the latest: µTorrent 3.3 gets a dramatic rewrite to its disk i/o, which means noticeable performance gains in multi-tasking.  For example, you can delete files from a torrent or move torrents to a new location, but without the usual slow-down in torrent downloading.  Or, download torrents to two different drives, but with the speed of downloading to a single drive. You’ll notice gains at both low

uTorrent stopped, cannot start [SOLVED]

Q. I am having trouble with my uTorrent program. 🙁 Everything had been working great but now everything is stopped and I cannot get it to connect and download. I have made sure nothing is paused/stopped and I even tried ‘Force Start’ but that didn’t even work. Then things would work again for a bit and stop, it is driving me CRAZY! My internet connection is fine and nothing has changed there. I am hoping you have a suggestion to

Open multiple PDFs in seperate Foxit Reader windows

When doing taxes or any other task requiring document comparison, it can be very handy to view PDFs side-by-side. Unfortunately, many PDF readers today (including Foxit Reader) default to opening PDFs in tabs and you cannot ‘pull’ a tab out to make a new window. However, there is a simple workaround: open multiple instances of Foxit Reader and then open (or drag/drop) your files to whichever Foxit window you want. 🙂 First though, you need to do is enable the ‘Allow

Drastically improved search for jdhodges.com (WordPress based blog)

While using the internal search feature on my blog recently, I realized how worthless it was. As an example, searching for ‘exede review‘ came up with a bunch of mildly relevant results but by far the most relevant search result was on the second page. Not good. 🙁 Default WordPress search stinks The reason this happened is that by default WordPress sorts search results by date. So if you happen to have some recent posts that contain a keyword, they will

DISABLE: Restart Your Computer To Finish Installing Important Updates

If you are reading this page then you have probably been greeted by this every annoying Windows  Update prompt: ‘Restart Your Computer To Finish Installing Important Updates’ Wouldn’t it be nice if we could get rid of this annoying prompt? Thankfully, we can with just a few simple steps: #1 make sure the ‘Restart your computer…” prompt is not showing (i.e. ‘Postpone’ it for 4 hours) #2 start the Windows command prompt with administrative privileges #3 run the following command: net