Use a song as a ringtone for the iPhone

April 6, 2009

NOTE: This is the my more detailed explanation of the process. If you’re looking for the quicker tutorial, from which this post was inspired. go here: http://www.pcworld.com/article/156234/turn_any_mp3_into_an_iphone_ringtone.html.

I wanted a way to use a song as a ringtone on my iPhone, and I didn’t want to pay for the priviledge. There is the option to download, for a fee, a song from the iTunes store, and pay another small fee to use it as a ringtone.

I don’t like spending money if I don’t have to, especially when it’s so easy to use one of your existing songs as a ringtone in about 30 seconds, once you get the hang of it and do it enough times. Here’s how.

1. First, find the song you want to set as a ringtone, and watching the playback timer, find the 30 seconds of the song you wish to use for the ringtone. i.e.: If a song is 3:38 in duration, maybe you only want from 0:23 – 0:53.

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2. Left-click the song you want as a ringtone to select it. Right-click it, and choose ‘Get Info’.

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3. On the ‘Options’ tab, put a checkmark in each box beside ‘start time’ and ‘stop time’, and enter those 30 seconds mentioned earlier, and click ‘ok’.

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4. Right click the song again, and choose ‘create AAC version’. The new AAC version of the song will appear directly below the original song, and will be 0:30 long.

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5. Right click the AAC version of the song, and left click ‘copy’. Right click and choose ‘paste’ in whichever folder on your computer you want to keep a copy of your ringtones.

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6. Right click on the AAC song you just pasted into your ringtones folder, and left click ‘rename’. Change the extension to “.m4r”, and press enter to make the changes.

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7. You will get a prompt confirming you want to change the file, click ‘yes.

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8. Back in iTunes, Right click the original AAC version of the song you copy&pasted, and choose ‘delete’.

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9. Right click the original song, and choose ‘Get Info’.

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10. Go to the ‘options’ tab, and uncheck those two boxes beside ‘start time’ and ‘stop time’, or every time you play that song from now on, it’ll only play those 30 seconds. Obviously, you don’t want that. Then click ‘ok’.

11. Go back to your ringtones folder outside of iTunes, and double left-click that “.m4r” file. It will automatically open in iTunes and be shown as a new ringtone.

12. Now, all you have to do in sync your iPhone with your computer. To use the new song as a ringtone on your iPhone, under ‘settings’, and ‘sounds’, and ‘ringtone’, choose your new ringtone, so your iPhone will begin using it. (as shown below)

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Monitor Your Monthly Bandwidth

April 1, 2009

A few months ago, it occured to me that I had been downloading quite a bit. Since I don’t watch cable TV very much, I get most of my entertainment content online, which means I’m using up more bandwidth. I live in Canada and my ISP is Shaw Cable, and with their Xtreme-I package, only offer 100GB a month. That’s tough for me to hit on my own, but with three other housemates, it’s easy, so having a tool to monitor my own usage gives me peace of mind.

I found a free tool called NetLimiter. It has everything I could possibly need and more. You can monitor your daily, monthly, and even yearly usage, in KB, MB, and GB units. and even monitors the real-time bandwidth of every application running.

There are paid verions of the program available, but the NetLimiter 2 Monitor, which is the full name, is completely free.

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Configuration Mania replaces about:config

January 27, 2009

props again to Tekzilla

For those who frequently access about:config via the Address Bar, there is now an add-on, Configuration Mania, that makes it even easier to manipulate those settings, especially for those who are uncomfortable with the geeky feel.

To get Configuration Mania, go to https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/search?q=configuration+mania&cat=all

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Now, click on ‘Add to Firefox’

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Click ‘install now’ to install the Configuration Mania Firefox plug-in (add-on)

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After Configuration Mania installs, it will ask you to restart Firefox for the new settings and change to take effect.

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Firefo will inform you that it will try and restore your open tabs when it restarts. This has always worked for me, so I wouldn’t worry about it.

When Firefox restarts, you can access Configuration Mania via ‘Tools’ and ‘Configuration Mania’.

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Configuration Mania will look like this:

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Stop Firefox Download Manager from popping up

January 27, 2009

There are two ways to prevent the Firefox Download Manager from popping up.

First way:

props to Tekzilla for this tip.

1. In the Address Bar in Firefox, type “about:config”, without the quotes and no space before ‘config’

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2. In the filter bar, type browser.download.manager.showwhenStarting

3. double click it, making sure the value turns from ‘true’ to ‘false’, and restart Firefox

Now, when you download a file, the download manager won’t pop up annoyingly. but remember to clear the download history, as that will still exist. To do so, click ‘Tools’, then ‘Downloads’, and ‘Clear’.

Second way:

1. Go to ‘Tools’, then ‘Options’.

2. On the ‘General’ tab, uncheck the box next to ‘show the downloads window when downloading a file’, and click ‘ok’.

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Speed Up Firefox via about:config

January 19, 2009

source: two videos from Tekzilla,

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1. 1. In the address bar, type “about:config”, and in the filter bar, type network.http to filter the list

2. 2. Double click “network.http.pipelining”, which changes the value from false to true.

3. 3. Double click “network.http.proxy.pipelining” to change it’s value to true

4. 4. Double click “network.http.pipelining.maxrequests” and change the value to 30.

5. 5. Next, close the and restart the browser to have the changes take effect, the next time a page loads, you should see a noticeable increase in the speed at which it loads, because instead of loading each thing one step at a time, it loads everything at once.

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1. 1. In the address bar, type “about:config”

2. 2. Right click anywhere and choose “new”, then “integer”

3. 3. Name the new integer “nglayout.initialpaint.delay”, press “ok” and set the value to “0”. This is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it receives.

4. 4. While it doesn’t load the page any faster, it lets you see what has been loaded sooner.


Yahoo.ca POP settings

November 12, 2008

For some reason, Yahoo.com does not allow you to connect to your email via a client such as Outlook without paying a yearly fee, but Yahoo.ca does. They’ve got no complaints from me.

In Outlook, use the following settings… under Account > Account Settings, click “New”

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on the bottom right, click “more settings”.

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click the “outgoing server” tab, and change these settings.

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on the “advanced” tab, change the above settings, then keep clicking the “ok”‘s until your back in your inbox.


What is OpenDNS?

November 12, 2008

according to OpenDNS itself…

“no matter where you are in the world your DNS requests are answered by our closest datacenter. Anycast routing also means that you are automatically routed to our next closest datacenter in the event of maintenance or downtime. This makes your Internet faster and more reliable.”

This means your connection to the internet isn’t relying solely on your connection with your ISP, as your DNS (domain.com > 111.111.111.111) queries are sent to OpenDNS instead.

Another fantastic benefit of using the free service is shortcuts. For example, when I want to access my site http://kevinsprograms.net, I simple type in “fp” without the quotes, and it sends me there.  You can also set parental controls to block certain sites, and OpenDNS blocks websites known to be troublesome or fraudulent, so you don’t put your computer at risk.

Your ISP doesn’t correct domain name typos, or care what sites you visit, legit or not, and often they’re DNS servers are slow because so many customers are using them. OpenDNS avoids this.

To setup OpenDNS on your home computer network go to:

https://www.opendns.com/homenetwork/start/computer/


My only beef with the service is their website is a little hard to navigate, so they could improve on that.

I do not work for, or am in any way affiliated with OpenDNS. I’m just a very satisfied user of the service.