Welcome to the Thunderdome

Due to the incompetence of my previous web hosting company, I’ve had migrate all the web sites and emails to a new web host. My own web sites have been a lower priority, but finally I’ve moved about 16 GB of my own files over and things are looking good so far. A couple niggling errors, though nothing fatal.

Metallica night at the Sharks

So I attended the San Jose Sharks v LA Kings game last night. It was Metallica night! The Sharks’ theme song is Seek and Destroy by Metallica, and the bad were there doing interviews and giving away t-shirts. One cool thing is I got to see the Sharks 5000th franchise goal, and they won 4-2.


Similar Items Shopper popup removal

Lately I’ve had this cursed “Similar Items Shopper” popup appearing when I browse shopping sites like Amazon.com or ebay.com. I can’t tell you how annoying this is, but I finally found the source and I’m sharing in the hopes of helping others out there avoid suffering the same rage I’ve experienced.

The cursed popup appears when browsing Amazon

Similar Items Shopper popup

Another example of the Similar Items Shopper popup, this time at ebay

After trying various virus scanners and finding no relief from this annoyance, I found that the source of the ads is the New Tab Page extension for Chrome, which is a shame because it’s a sweet little extension that mimics Google Now.

To remove it, go into Menu -> More Tools -> Extensions. The New Tab Page extension has an option to Disable Ads. Check this box and you’re set. No need to restart, no need to reboot.

Disable Similar Items Shopper

Disable this guy

In fact you should probably check each and every extension for this option. If the popup still appears, then disable all extensions. At this point you’ll know whether or not the extensions are responsible and you can start turning them on again one at a time. Feel free to send appropriate feedback to the extension developer via his web site or via the Google Chrome store.

Hope someone gets some use out of this. You are welcome.

I like photospheres

I want to start doing more of these. Here’s one I did from the Tree Top Walk in Tingdale.

You can submit them for inclusion on Google Map Views natively right from Android which is cool, or just share them with friends and family on Google Plus.

This one I did of the Cathedral was the first I tried and not that good, and I only just submitted it last night. But still, it has some value.

This one at Canal Rocks turned out a lot better. You just need to learn to turn yourself around the camera, rather than the camera around yourself. That, and find a way to not photograph your own feet.