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Peek 2.2 has been released!

It's been a while since I updated my Peek browser extension - eight months, in fact. Over the past two weeks, I've been working on a new update, and it has just been submitted to the Chrome Web Store and Opera add-ons site.

Most of the improvements in Peek 2.2 are under the hood. The extension heavily relies on the jQuery and Tooltipster JavaScript libraries, both of which have been updated to the latest versions. The design for the previews has been slightly tweaked, as seen below.

The settings and welcome pages have a brand-new design, using the Bootstrap framework. They look much better than the previous pages, but work exactly the same.

Some functionality has been removed in Peek 2.2. Previews for HTTP links are now disabled on HTTPS sites, for security purposes. In addition, support for Flash video file previews has been removed, due to F4Player no longer working. Chrome now blocks Flash embeds by default anyways.

Peek 2.2 is rolling out now on the Chrome Web Store, and i…

NoPlugin 3.1 is now available!

If you're not familiar with it, NoPlugin (previously named QuickChrome) is a browser extension that allows you to play some plugin content on sites, without the need for plugins. If the content cannot be played in-browser, NoPlugin can download the file to your computer for playback with VLC Media Player (or another video/audio player).

Now I'm excited to release NoPlugin 3.1! This will be going live for Chrome users over the next day or so, and is waiting on approval for people using Opera.

The only major change in this release is how the extension handles plugin objects with audio files. If audio content is detected on the page, it is automatically replaced with an HTML5 player. Previously, the user would be required to click the 'Show content' button before the player would become visible. This was changed because the warning would often overlap other elements on the page (due to the small space the original plugin objects take up).

Left: Chrome with NoPlugin, Right:…

Trying out Fedora linux

Like millions (maybe billions) of people, I use Windows as my main operating system. After being a Mac user for years, I tried out Windows on my 2012 Mac Mini - and I was instantly hooked. All of my games ran better, overall performance was snappier, and I had a far greater library of applications and games to choose from.

I now use Windows 10 on my custom-built PC and my Dell Latitude laptop, and I've had relatively few complaints. Unlike many other people on Windows 10, I haven't been stuck in an update, and I haven't received an advertisement in the file manager.

But in the past year or so, I've become increasingly annoyed with how Microsoft is treating Windows users. Windows 10 was the subject of criticism for forcing Windows 7/8.1 users to upgrade, sometimes breaking the system in the process. Privacy is hot topic as well.

I don't really have a desire to go back to macOS, but I did want to give Linux a try. I've been an on-and-off Ubuntu user for years no…

Peek 2.0 is out!

Back in December, I released Peek - an extension for Google Chrome and Opera that allows you to preview links before you download them. After about two months of on-off work, I'm super excited to finally release Peek 2.0.

Here is the full release notes, and I'm pretty sure this is the longest list of changes in any update I've ever made for anything:

Now allows previews to 'pop-out' into new windowsToolbar icon now shows number of previews on the pageUpdated preview interfaceSupports more Google Drive linksImproved performanceChanged minimum Chrome version to 47Fixed bug where multiple popups were rendered for some filesChanged license to MIT
You can get Peek 2.0 from the Chrome Web Store right now, and the update is in the approval process for Opera users.
Peek for Chrome | Peek for Opera

QuickChrome is now NoPlugin

Back in January, I released a new Chrome extension called QuickChrome. With Chrome 45 completely dropping support for plugins, and other browsers trying to do the same thing, I thought it would be a fun project to try and restore some functionality.

QuickChrome detected any QuickTime player objects on websites, and if Chrome supported the video format, replaced it with Chrome's built-in video player. If not, it gave you a link to download the file and play it on your machine. I figured being able to play some content with Chrome's video player, and a download link for others, was much more useful than a useless 'Missing Plugin' error.

Well, for some reason it blew up in popularity. So I gave it a much-needed upgrade - say hello to NoPlugin!

NoPlugin is basically QuickChrome, but better. It now supports detecting Windows Media and RealPlayer plugins. For anything that it can't play inside the browser, it now provides a one-click download and this new notification to…

My new site

WordPress has been giving me a ton of issues lately, and I wanted a new domain name ( is a lot of syllables!). So I killed two birds with one stone and switched to this new short website name and switched to Blogger!

Unfortunately Blogger doesn't support redirecting the blog posts on my old site to this one. So you might find some dead links to my old site. I've moved the relevant posts here, but I had a lot of guides that didn't work anymore (like my 3DS homebrew guide) so I didn't move them to here.
That's pretty much it. Enjoy!

How to fix ‘SPOCJS’ memory leak on Windows 10

I recently solved a problem that seems to be plaguing Windows 10 users. After I updated my Surface Pro 2 to Windows 10 and attached my keyboard, a task called ‘SPOCJS’ (more specifically, the service ‘Jack Sensing Device for USB Audio’) would continually take up more and more RAM until Windows would crash.

Anyways, since I couldn't find a guide anywhere to fix this, I made one myself! Here’s how to fix it:
Search for the ‘Services’ program from the Start Menu and open it.Scroll down to ‘Jack Sensing Device for USB Audio’.Right-click on it and click Properties.Click the menu next to ‘Startup type’ and change it to disabled.Click OK. You’re done! The memory leak should be gone now.