You’ve probably been annoyed at one time or another when visiting a website that requires a specific browser. Luckily, you can fool a website into thinking you’re using a different browser and you can do this with most, including Safari. User agent “spoofing” is not a new thing. It was sometimes necessary when there was a so-called browser war. Website designers would often design pages to render and deliver different content depending on the user’s browser. The solution to this was often to send a false “user agent string,” which would fool the web server into delivering you the preferred content. Today, users are less likely to have a problem since websites and browsers are better at adhering to web standards. That’s not to say you won’t still encounter one every now and then. If you use Apple OS X’s Safari, here’s how you change the user agent, and even create custom ones as well. What is a User Agent Anyway? When Safari visits a website, it will send a string of text such … [Read more...] about How to Change Safari’s User Agent on OS X
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If you use Windows, you might have wondered about the small key with the Windows logo on your keyboard. It opens the Start menu and performs useful shortcuts, but where did it come from? Why is it there? Let’s take a look. The Origin of the Windows Key It might seem like the Windows key has always been with us, but it hasn’t. It first appeared in September 1994 on the Microsoft Natural Keyboard . This ergonomic keyboard was in the same vein as the earlier Apple Adjustable Keyboard , which split the standard QWERTY keyboard in half. Unlike Apple’s keyboard, though, Microsoft’s tilted each half at gentle angles to reduce wrist strain. By this point, Microsoft had already created other hardware products , including its widely acclaimed mice. When it was time to create its first keyboard, someone at Microsoft had the brilliant idea of including a permanent piece of Windows branding on it. This resulted in two Windows keys, located between the Control and Alt keys to the … [Read more...] about Why Do Keyboards Have a Windows Key? Here’s Where It Started
Buying a TV is more complex than ever. There are new technologies, formats, and buzzwords you have to keep up with. Plus, pricing is also all over the place as more affordable companies try to unseat brands like LG and Samsung. And if you’re looking for a TV specifically for gaming , different features are more important. We’re breaking down everything you need to know to make the wisest purchase! Choosing a Display: OLED, QLED, and More Currently, there are two dominant display technologies on the market: LED-LCD (including QLED) and OLED. Understanding the differences will help you make the right decision. A simple rule of thumb is to match the display type to your viewing habits. Most TVs on the market are LCD panels lit with an LED backlight. These include the cheapest new TVs, from brands like TCL and Hisense, all the way to LG’s NanoCell lineup and Samsung’s top-tier QLED sets. Not all LED-lit panels are equal, however. Panels advertised as QLED use a Quantum … [Read more...] about How to Buy a TV: What You Need to Know
Thanks to shifts in movie release patterns during the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the movies nominated for 2021’s major awards, including the Oscars, are easily accessible for home viewing. Here’s how to stream the 2021 Academy Award nominees. Of the eight films nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards (taking place April 25, 2021), only one, the historical drama Judas and the Black Messiah , is unavailable to stream (at the time of writing). Table of Contents The Father Mank Minari Nomadland Promising Young Woman Sound of Metal The Trial of the Chicago 7 The Father Anthony Hopkins anchors this intense drama as the title character, a man suffering from dementia and overwhelmed by everyday life. Director Florian Zeller adapts his own stage play, which takes the unique approach of telling the story from Hopkins’ character’s perspective. As his well-meaning daughter (Olivia Colman) … [Read more...] about How to Watch the 2021 Oscar Best Picture Nominees
While you’re still waiting on your refrigerator or your microwave to be as smart as your phone, the car in your garage is already ahead of the curve. If you own a vehicle made after 1996, you can connect to it with a simple device called an OBD-II adapter and find out your fuel efficiency, diagnose check engine lights, and gather a ton of other useful data. Most cars manufactured since the 80s have an on-board diagnostics (or OBD) computer inside. These computers allow mechanics and regulators to troubleshoot any computer-controlled parts of the car. From January 1st, 1996 onward, all cars sold within the US were required to have an OBD-II compatible port. This allows anyone with an adapter to read information from the car. You may have seen this when a technician checks your emissions. For the most part, OBD-II tools were only used by professionals to do things like figure out why you check engine light is on, or to make sure your car is meeting emission standards. However, … [Read more...] about How to Make Your Car Smarter with an OBD-II Adapter
Most computer and video games created in the 20th century featured blocky, pixelated graphics. If you didn’t grow up with them (or never paid attention to the technical details), you might wonder why. We’ll explore the origins of pixel art and how graphics have exploded in complexity over time. The Short Answer: Resolution Was Limited by Cost and Available Technology The pixelated artwork in older video games—where the display resolution is low enough that the pixels are obvious and blocky—was largely the result of low-resolution television sets and the high cost of memory chips and digital logic at the time those games were created relative to today. While it was possible to create an HD-resolution digital still image by the late 1970s, the technology to animate it in real-time did not exist until much later. Such technology was far too expensive to put into a mass-produced entertainment product that consumers could afford until the mid-2000s. Game designers did what … [Read more...] about Why Were Old Video Games So Pixelated?