Last.FM widget test

Iím experimenting with what this blog means to me. You canít see it, but the tag line isTechnology, Travel, eBay, Airline seating, Social Networking ó a life online, but I sometimes struggle to differentiate it from my other blogs, forums and online writing. This is the closest to my personal blog i.e. no topic in particular, which is generally a bad idea as people arenít sure why they should come back.

Anyway Iíll be ruminating on those esoteric topics that engage my interest from time to time.

In the meantime Iíve finally decided to give Last.FM a chance and have installed the widget in the sidebar. Here it is below for now as well.

As I spend more time online, I find Iím very interested in digital convergence and how to share what I find interesting. Please join Last.FM and let me know what music you like. Iím heavily into the blues at the moment. But a recommendation is how I found out about Lily Allen before she was famous. So you never know.

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Facebook is sticky

Iíve been playing around with Facebook because I was receiving regular invitations to it. I created an account a while ago, but none of my closer friends were using it.

Suddenly over the last month or so Iíve started seeing old colleagues and friends pop up regularly. So Iíve checked back and found some of the fun stuff there quite compelling. So Iíve been adding apps, writing on walls, and reconnecting with people I havenít seen in a while because life got in the way.

So if youíre on Facebook, send me an invite.

PDF files left by Firefox on Mac OS X Desktop

Mac Desktop PDF files left by Firefox

How To Auto-Delete Temporary Files abandoned by Mozilla apps on your Mac OS X Desktop.

Firefox on Mac OS X does not clean up temporary files in the same way as the Windows version. When you right-click a PDF file and view it (instead of save) Firefox downloads it and then runs the browser helper application. Firefox has no way of knowing when youíve finished with the file, so by design it does not delete it.

This can leave your desktop cluttered with PDF files and other assorted detritus of the web.

The location for saving temporary files from the Open with command is set by your Safari preferences on the General tab. Change Save downloaded files toÖ and pick something like Documents | Downloads | Temp. Firefox will now download files there with you chose Open with instead of Save. Your default Save location is still set in Firefox preferences.

Thunderbird also displays this behaviour.

The fix is

  1. Go the the URL about:config (type it in the address line of Firefox)
  2. Right/Control-click anywhere on the page and select New > Boolean from the context menu
  3. Type or paste browser.helperApps.deleteTempFileOnExit as the preference name in the dialog box that pops up and select True for the value

Firefox will now automatically delete these Temp files when it exits.

For Thunderbird get to the config editor via Thunderbird > PreferencesÖ > General > Config EditorÖ and add the same Boolean preference.

Update: 21 August 2015 (!) Although I wrote this 8 years ago it still gets traffic and is still an issue for many people. Say thanks below if it helped. A lot of the internet links to this post broke over the last few months, but I’ve fixed it now.

Update: 4 September 2015 Railroad adds that this is still an issue with OS X 10.8.5 through to 10.10.5. Thanks for the update.