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Outlook 2010 – Disable Images in RSS Feeds

When reading RSS feeds in Outlook 2010, I was always bothered when images were automatically downloaded. When reading feeds in my RSS reader, I prefer to focus on the content rather than an image. In particular, I’ve noticed that a number of RSS feeds are now including very large images in their RSS feeds which caused me to have to scroll a full page-length before I was able to read the content.

Outlook has an option to disable image downloads in RSS feeds, but it was a bit tucked away. Here’s how to enable the feature:

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How to Install SABnzbd on XBMC Live

Installing applications on XBMC Live is actually much easier than you might think. It does require bashing out some code on a shell prompt, but it’s relatively easy. You can access the shell via two methods: directly from the XBMC-live machine or remotely via SSH. See below for the details on both methods.

Before I start the instructions on how to install, I’d like to give a plug for two other applications which pair up perfectly with SABnzbd: NewzBook and SickBeard. NewzBook is an application I wrote for managing my downloads and files remotely. (install instructions | info) NewzBook includes a mobile friendly website that allows you to search for content and start downloading it remotely — it also includes a web based media player and file manager. SickBeard is an amazing PVR app written by someone else and it heavily simplifies my life. (install instructions | info) Simply tell SickBeard what shows you want to watch and it will automatically go out and search the major indexers and download new versions of the TV shows as they come out. SickBeard can also index all your content locally so it can then download updated / better versions as they come available — for example, you might have a few episodes in SD quality and you can have SickBeard automatically check for HD versions.

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Theme Mod: Search Box

As some of you may have noticed, I've recently added a search box to the top of the site.  This is a default module in joomla, but the template I'm using didn't have support for a search bar right out of the box.  This blog post describes how I added the modified the WR_Futilus_Situs theme so it would have a search box that looked like it fit in.

At a high level, the steps involve:

  • Enabling the search module and setting it up
  • Modifying the theme's index.php file to include the search box

 

And here are the details:

Setting up the module: 

  • Enter the Joomla Administration page.
  • Click Modules > Site Modules
  • Click on the Module named "Search" (of type "mod_search")
  • Make sure the item is published by clicking the appropriate radio box.
  • And change the Position Drop Down box to position User8
  • Click save at the top

Modifying the index.php file:

  • FTP into your server
  • Access the joomla_home/templates/wr_futilus_situs folder
  • Download the file index.php (from the above folder) for editing
  • Find the section called <!– START: SUCKERFISH –>
  • Below : <div id="nav">
                            <?php mosShowListMenu($menu_name);    ?>
                </div>
    Insert:     <div style="padding-top: 5px;" align=right>
                            <?php mosLoadModules ( 'user8', -1 ); ?>
                  </div>
  • Save the file and upload it via FTP
  • You are DONE!