Setting Up a Logitech Mouse for Firefox

December 18, 2008 by

I’ve recently purchased a Logitech G7 mouse, and I’ve been trying to configure it for easy Firefox browsing. After some tweaking, I came up with a decent setup, and since I’ve failed to find a useful guide online, I figured I’d write one.

Basically, what we we’ll be doing here is configure the scroll wheel’s side-moving ability to switch tabs, and the DPI buttons to open/close tabs.

First, load up SetPoint, the Logitech mouse and keyboard software suite. Simply double click the system tray icon, or load it up through the start menu (Start->Programs->Logitech->Mouse and Keyboard->Mouse and Keyboard Settings.)

Now, once inside the Set Point mouse button settings tab (first one up), hit the [Manage Programs…] button.

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We need to add Firefox to our programs list, so hit the [Add…] button, and locate the Firefox executable on your system (default install directory is C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe.)

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Since there’s no default keyboard shortcut in firefox for moving one tab right or left, you’ll need to download this plugin (don’t worry, it’s not in Chinese) and configure custom keyboard shortcuts. I personally use Ctrl+Alt+[ and Ctrl+Alt+], but you can set whatever shortcut you want (just make sure not to collide with an existing Firefox/Windows shorcut.)

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Back to SetPoint. Make sure Firefox is the selected program, and change the key configuration for numbers 5 through 8 (Left scroll, right scroll, DPI+, DPI- accordingly.) Choose the Keystroke Assingment option, and set these values

  • Left scroll (5) –   Ctrl + Alt + [ (or whatever shortcut you’ve set in the Firefox plugin)
  • Right scroll (6) –   Ctrl + Alt + ] (or whatever shortcut you’ve set in the Firefox plugin)
  • DPI+ (7) –   Ctrl + T
  • DPI- (8) –   Ctrl + W

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And we’re done! I’m using Firefox 3 and a G7, but this trick will probably work with other Logitech mice that utilize the SetPoint software, and I’m pretty sure there’s similar keyboard shortcut plugins for Firefox 2. Hope you found this guide useful. If you have any suggestions for similar Logitech mice programming, make sure to leave a comment.

Addendum: Another neat little trick is assigning the scroll wheel sideways movement as the Left and Right keyboard buttons for Picasa Image Viewer.

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Killer Plants, Swedes, and the Worst Video Clip of All Times

December 10, 2008 by

It’s been a while. Right, let’s do this thing.

band

Nirvana: The Band: The Show is an (awesomely-named) independent web series following two guys and their upcoming band. Not only is the show great, but so is everything else on their website (which features an impressive design.) Piano sessions, (fake?) auditions, outtakes. This is a prime example of a quality indie web-based series.

plant

If you own a Source game, you might want to check out the recently released Suicide Survival. It’s a mod where men wearing squeaky shoes throw gardening books at insidious suicidal plants bent on their destruction. The catch lies in one simple fact: not all plants are alive, and unless you see one moving towards you, you can’t know which is which.

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I’ve been experimenting with 2D level design these past few weeks, and it brought me back to Knytt Stories. Released back in August 2007 by Swedish independent developer Nicklas “Nifflas” Nygren, Knytt Stories is a cute little platformer featuring a Knytt (roughly translates as ‘tiny creature’ in Swedish) named Juni. However, Knytt Stories is far more than simply that. Nygren created an intuitive tool for users to create their own levels, free to use either the extansive libraries of music and tilesets packed with the game, or their own assessts, easily importable. This has led to some impressive community levels, which can be found either on the Knytt Stories forums, or the Knytt Stories level archive. If you decide to give it a try, you should check out Gaia and The Life Ruby.

Auditorium is Flash puzzle game where you use flow mechanics to feed musical receptors in order to proceed to the next level. Well, That’s a very scientific way of describing it. You really should just check it out and see for yourself.

I don’t own a DS, and I don’t even know anyone who does, but the footage from the upcoming Scribblenauts really makes me wish I had one. You’re a boy. You really like stars. How do you get them? You draw something. What do you draw? Whatever you want.

As promised in the title, here’s the worst video clip of all times.

Link Time 01/12/08

December 1, 2008 by

triforcetriforce

link

It’s link time boys and girls!

Indie (n’ a Jones)

November 26, 2008 by
Aquaria

Aquaria

The two-men (and major awesome) team of Bit-Blot have recently released version 1.1.0 of their brilliant underwater metroidish platformer, Aquaria, for the Mac. This is the game’s first Mac release, and so far, the new version (which now offers sexy widescreen) is Mac only. A PC release is said to follow soon.

Cephalopod!

A Cephalopod!

And here’s an interesting experiment in in-game narrative by Spooky Squid Games. It’s a preview of an upcoming freeware game, titled Night of the Cephalopods. It’s nothing special, and the preview is only about five minutes long, but every action you make is narrated by a surprisingly-decent voice actor, all in a Lovecraftian style of horror.

Also, how about a Flash remake of Jones in the Fast Lane?

iPhone tales

November 22, 2008 by

So I wake up one day, and my iPhone 3G is stuck on my pretty custom boot logo, I reboot it, and it’s dead.

after finaly restoring, it wouldn’t read its own IMEI, again, dead.

I tryed all sorts of things and finaly faced the fact that the baseband is fucked up 😦

If this was a 2G iPhone, I’d just overwrite the baseband with a new one, but until the good old dev-team manage to crack the bootloader and release a soft-unlock for the 3G, I’m lost. (Don’t get me wrong, the dev-team are doing an excelent work, and are actualy showing great progress)

So this last friday, iPhoneOS 2.2 came out, which included a baseband update (yey!), and that restored my baseband (updated actualy) and my iPhone is back to life.

Some resolutions from this new 2.2:

  • apparently it blocks the usage of sim adapters, which means for now, the iPhone 3G is not actualy a phone (in israel atleast)
  • in addition, every time you connect it to iTunes, it tries to activate itself again, meaning if you’re not using an AT&T sim you can’t really do anything with iTunes and the iPhone
  • new features allows you to go back to the first page in the springboard, which is really nice if you have lots of pages. but on the other hand, why not use QuickGold and Categories and manage all your apps ?
  • streetview (useless in Israel), better HTML, less call drops, and safari is ALOT more stable (runs ikariam smoothly :))

I’ve been trying to help out some members of the dev-team, coming up with problems and solutions for the 2.2 pwn, also the Israeli HebDev have some promising ideas, stay tuned !

oh yea, I also found a really cool app for the iPhone, it combines failblog.org, icanhascheezburger.com and all of the related sites in to one great app that feeds you the latests from each site, also lets you save pics straight to the iPhone, so you can use as wallpapers or show your friends

Daniel Floyd

November 16, 2008 by

Insightful analysis of key issues in the the video game industry, presented in an interesting format, you say?

I Deliver! Actually, Daniel Floyd delivers. I just link.

In order of appearance, we’ve got:

Link Time 11/11/08

November 11, 2008 by

triforcetriforce

link

It’s link time boys and girls!

And here’s a couple of interesting experiments in game design.

  • I Wish I Were the Moon is a cute little flash game that should take about five minutes of your time.
  • Aisle is an interesting take on the genre of interactive fiction. Specifically, you only get to input one command before the “game” is over.

O, an I can haz cheezburger naow?

Boreded Ceiling Cat makinkgz Urf n stuffs

November 10, 2008 by

There are some crazy people around the world, and we all love them.

The LOLCat bible is almost done, you’re welcome to have a look at http://www.lolcatbible.com

A small example from Esther 6

10 king sez “k. u can giv cheezburgrs to mordecai. also horsy ride, shiny clothz and shiny king hat.”11 so haman led mordecai thru town n said “see wot happenz wen king laiks u!”12 n mordecai went bak 2 kings gayte but haman went home all mizzerble.

This Is Why They Invented Streaming Videos

November 9, 2008 by

Seriously, it is.

The meaning of life

November 6, 2008 by

Just to share a few of the latest’s xkcds

Grownups

Grownups

Election

Election

edit: for the meanwhile, upload images unto the blog and insert them as thumbnails. -Eilam