New Site

Thu 29 January, 2009

I’m moving to lukecharters.com

See you there!


Useful Firefox Extensions Part 1

Tue 14 October, 2008

Yes, Chrome has come out and it is faster, but Firefox still has some strengths that keep me from changing. The major one of these is extensions.

Extensions are free addons which provide Firefox with increased functionality and features, improving your web browsing experience. This list is of the ones which I have found to be the most useful. If you don’t find any of these useful or perhaps you do and want even more, I encourage you find and try out others at Mozilla’s database – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/ .

After realising I’m not going to finish this for ages after already procrastinating with it for months, I’m going to post these in instalments. So if you have a favourite add on, let me know in the comments and I’ll check it out. There’s a good chance I’m already going to have it on my list, though.

But enough, let’s just get to the list.

AdBlock Plus

You have to download this, no excuses. Blocks 99% of ads on the net, banner ads, popup ads, annoying moving around the screen ads, those stupid ads that make sounds when you move your mouse over them, etc. Also, if you wish to see ads on a certain page, you can tell AdBlock to allow ads for certain pages or domains.

IE Tab

Found that some pages don’t work in Firefox? Right click the link and you can select to open it in a new tab using IE from within your browser. Problem solved. You can also click on the Firefox logo on the bottom right hand of the browser to swap it into IE mode.


I find this to be the easiest to use IRC client around, even better than dedicated programs such as mIRC.


Download manager built into Firefox, gives you the option to use it when the file download box appears. Great for huge files.

del.icio.us Bookmarks

Bookmark the page your browsing to delicious with the press of a button, no more having to copy the link and open delicious.

Net Usage Item

Displays how much data you have used in the current month and how close you are to your cap. Works with almost every Australian ISP.
In order for it to appear you may have to right click in empty space on your Toolbar go to Customize and then drag Additional Usage Item 1 onto wherever you want it.


Useful for people wondering where the site they’re on is located in the world, will show you the country’s flag either in the bottom right corner or at the end of your Address bar.

English (Australian) Dictionary

Spell checker whilst you type with a description that sums it up well. “I’m sick of all my favoUrite coloUrful language being marked incorrect.”


Great for web designers and graphics people. Places an eyedropper tool you can select from the bottom left corner of the browser, customisable to show whatever colour value you wish ie. RGB or hex.

Youtube Comment Snob

I love this extension, can’t stand all the stupid comments on Youtube videos? Sick of the fact that a video about a kitten eating corn has an argument about McCaine and Obama in the comments? Well worry no more, they all disappear with this.

Stay tuned for the 2nd part due out some time in the near future.


It’s almost Summertime…

Tue 16 September, 2008

This Summer feels like it’s going to be a scorcher already, and for it I have two goals.

  1. Get fit
  2. Get rid of my moon tan

Anyone feel like joining me on this endeavour?


Who’s coming with me?

Mon 15 September, 2008

The Powerhouse Museum is about to put on a massive Star Wars exhibition.

‘Go on an epic journey through the Star Wars universe with over 80 costumes, models and full-scale replicas from all six films’


I signed up to the newsletter and I’ll update on developments, I know you all want to do this with me.



Tue 2 September, 2008

Was my birthday on Sunday, had a good time after church at Dan’s. Feels good that I can’t be called a teenager anymore. I’m getting a new computer chair amongst other things like raiding Koorong, I’m such a nerd.



Tue 19 August, 2008

Here’s my del.icio.us account.

Here’s the RSS feed for it.

It will mostly be free tools and resources found on the web for all sorts of things, it will however have Christian stuff that I feel like sharing and whatever funny/interesting/important things I see.


Goings On

Wed 13 August, 2008

I thought I’d let everyone know what I’m up to currently.

On Sunday, I woke up with excruciating back pain that 2 Panadeine Forte didn’t make a difference to, had to spend Monday in bed. It’s better now but isn’t gone. Prayer for this would be great thanks.

Dad is going into hospital on Friday to have a piece of tissue, left behind from the last operation, removed from an artery next to his heart that is causing a blockage. They can just put a tube up there to remove it so he should be out in a day or two. Prayer for this also would be much appreciated.

I’m testing software to write up a guide on useful free applications that can be installed on usb keys. Most software will store settings or temporary files it uses on some part of the computer that isn’t the folder the program is contained in (ie. the Registry). This means software has to be modified in some cases to be self contained.

I’m going to set up a del.icio.us account to share miscillaneous links to things I find that I think people will also enjoy/benefit from. This is because every time I collect a good link I’m too lazy to make a blog post about just one. I’ll post a link to this and the RSS feed once it is set up (and actually has some content).