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Setting Up a Logitech Mouse for Firefox

December 18, 2008

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.

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

December 10, 2008

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

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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.

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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

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It’s link time boys and girls!

Indie (n’ a Jones)

November 26, 2008
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?

Daniel Floyd

November 16, 2008

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

triforcetriforce

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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?

This Is Why They Invented Streaming Videos

November 9, 2008

Seriously, it is.

Soundglide

November 6, 2008

Audiosurf is selling for only 2.5$ on Steam this week, and I’ve just purchased it.

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Audiosurf

Google tells us that

2.5 U.S. dollars = 9.59000798 Israeli shekels

I’ve spent more than that on a bottle of coke.

And just in case you don’t know, Audiosurf is a rythem game where you can play your own songs. I’ve already played some Metallica, System of a Down, Rodrigo y Gabriela (check my previous post), Extreme and Infected Mushroom’s Becoming Inasne. This game’s a riot.

Do it.

Mexican Apples From the Balkans

November 5, 2008

Some great music has recently reached my ears, and I really recommend giving a listen to these three bands.

As usual, I’m shamelessly stealing from Wiki here:

Balkan Beat Box is a world music group founded by ex-Gogol Bordello member Ori Kaplan and Tamir Muskat of Firewater and Big Lazy and Tomer Yosef (MC, vocals, perc, sampler unit). As a musical project they often cooperate with a host of other musicians both in the studio as well as on stage. Their current live crew consist of Tomer Yosef, Ben Hendler, Itamar Ziegler, Eyal Talmudi, Uri Kinrot, Jeremiah Lockwood, and Peter Hess. Amongst their other collaborators are Victoria Hannah, the Bulgarian Chicks, and gnawa player Hassan Ben Jaffar.

This is their MySpace. At the very least, check out Digital Monkey. Oh, and Hermetico, too.

Rodrigo y Gabriela are a Mexican musical duo who specialize in playing fast, rhythmic classical guitars. The duo’s members are Rodrigo Sánchez, lead guitar, and Gabriela Quintero, rhythm guitar (‘y’ is spanish for ‘and’). The pair, now residing in Dublin, Ireland, are from Mexico City, Mexico.

What it doesn’t say there, is that most of their songs are covers of rock and metal tracks. Their versions of Orion (Metallica) and Stairway are insanely awesome. Here’s the MySpace link. Oh, and I’m pretty sure the first part of Vikingman is actually the X-Men animated series theme.

Third and final group are The Apples (התפוחים). They don’t seem to have a Wiki page, and I can’t really describe their music myself. Suffice to say it’s unique, awesome, and awesome. Get on their MySpace, and check out Killing. Probably one of the best covers I’ve ever heard.

History, As Recorded By Giant Dorks. Also: Clouds.

November 5, 2008

First, do yourselves a favor and check these out.

Now that that’s out of the way, we can talk about Valve and how awesome they are.

They’ll be introducing Steam Cloud pretty soon. This next bit is stolen from Rock Paper Shotgun:

Steam Cloud is a feature for Steam which, when implemented, allows players to store their save games and game configurations on Steam’s servers, rather than their own computers. With Steam you can access your games from any computer, so long as you’ve bought them on your account, but you’d have to start the game from scratch or carry your saves around with you. So the idea is, with your saves and configs stored on Steam, you can just pick up and carry on whichever computer you use.

❤ Valve