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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.

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iPhone tales

November 22, 2008

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