How to fix the Firefox Sync Unkown Error in 3 Steps

Recently I’ve been getting an annoying error from Firefox 5.0 at the bottom of the browser saying: Sync encountered an error while syncing: Unknown error. Sync will automatically retry this action.

Solution to Firefox Sync Error Unknown

Don’t delete anything yet! Many people say you need to delete your FireFox Sync account and even reinstall the browser. But here’s the easier the solution that worked for me without the need for any re-installation and it’s all done online. Login, Clear your Sync data, Sync! You don’t even have to close your browser.

The “Before you do anything” solution:

Login to your Sync account online. After the log in, restart your Firefox browser. See if that did the trick. If that doesn’t work. Continue to this next part…

Solution #1 (in case that didn’t work – THIS solution worked for me)

  1. Login to your online Firefox sync account here https://account.services.mozilla.com/
  2. Click Clear your Sync data and then click the button. Once you’ve done this you’ll get the confirmation message “Your data has been successfully removed from your sync cluster”.
  3. Now click the Sync button if the error bar is still showing in Firefox. If not, click on the orange Firefox drop-down and click Sync Now. If you’re using the Menu Bar, you can click on Tools then click Sync Now. (Don’t  know what I’m talking about? Click here to see the image if you’re new to FireFox.)

If that didn’t work, here are some more solutions you can try.

Solution #2 (in case that didn’t work)

For for this solution I’m using the regular menu, not the orange menu button. If you only see the orange button you can hit the “Alt” button on your keyboard and the old style menu will appear. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, see a screenshot here.

  1. Backup your bookmarks to prevent any possible loss. Go the Firefox menu and click Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks > then click Import and Backup > Backup.
  2. Go to the sync tab in your firefox preferences. In the menu click Tools > Options > Sync. Uncheck everything except passwords and close.
  3. Now sync your data. Click Tools > Sync Now.
  4. Go back to the sync tab in your preferences and enable each box one by one (for whatever you want to sync) and do a sync in between.
  5. Restart your browser, see if that solves the problem!

Solution #3 (in case that didn’t work)

Contact Firefox support. You can do a live chat with them here. They might send you to this page “Firefox Sync is not working” but it didn’t solve my problem. Good luck!

Click this if you forgot your Firefox Sync key and want to know how to regenerate one. Click this to learn how to setup a new Firefox Sync account.

How to add more search engines to Google Chrome

Adding, editing, and removing search engines on Google Chrome is easy. I prefer the steps that I saw on the Google site. Here they are:

  1. To start adding searches on Google, simply click the wrench tool on the top right side of the Google browser.
  2. Then click the option tab
  3. Next is clicking the basic tab on the left upper side.
  4. Go to search and click the manage tab choosing google on the option.
  5. On the search engine, click the add bottom.
  6. Then from the bottom of the dialog, there’s a section that needs to be filled out.
  7. The form is asking for a name (name for the search engine), keyword (shortcut word for the search engine) and URL (the website for the search engine that you want to add).

Or you can go to Google search and simply type the words “how to add search engines on Google”. And there it is, you can now follow the instructions stated there.

How to create a Facebook account

In order for you to create a facebook account, you must need first a valid email address. Your email address is a proof that you’re a real person and really want to have a facebook account. Here are the steps:

  1. Create a valid email account. This is where they will send a confirmation letter after you create an account on facebook.
  2. Sign up on their facebook page at www.facebook.com
  3. Complete the form: First name, Last name, email address, Password, Sex and Birthday. Facebook requires all users to provide their real date of birth to encourage authenticity and provide only age-appropriate access to content.
  4. If it’s for your personal account, sign up using personal account. But if you to represent your band, business, or product you should create a Facebook Page.
  5. Then after you fill up the necessary form and submit it on facebook, a confirmation email will be sent on your given email account. Make sure it’s valid or else your account will be void.
  6. Facebook will ask for a code given on your email and you have to paste it on a box where it is asked.
  7. Then, here you go. You now have a personal account or facebook page.
  8. If you want to make you personal account private, you just need to edit your privacy setting that can be seen once you sign in on facebook.

Make sure to read the privacy policy and terms of service!

While creating account on facebook, they have a very tight policy and rules that you must read. And because many are using facebook all over the world, facebook has been known to be very tight when it comes to their restrictions. If you don’t follow them, you will be blocked for an hour or so and if you continue doing what they don’t like, you may end up be banned and blocked permanently.

How to set up a Firefox Sync Account

You create an account online, but here’s how to set up your Firefox Sync account in your Firefox browser. Also if you already have an account but lost the  key, here’s how you can get a new one if you lost the Firefox Sync key.

Firefox Easy Navigation to Options

Click on the orange Firefox menu button. Click on Tools. Click Options.

Firefox Tools Menu and click Options

OR... if you hit the Alt keyboard key, or if you have the menu in Firefox that looks like this. Click Tools and then click Options.

Options screen click Sync and Setup Firefox Sync

In the options screen click on Sync and then click Setup Firefox Sync. Follow the instructions they give you after that.

How to use System Restore to save you from spyware

A friend of mine installed some software the other day which included some nasty spyware. We couldn’t figure out what was going on and why the computer had popups and issues with internet. Our last option was Windows System Restore. Do you know about it? I learned that a lot of people don’t! Well here’s a summary of what it is, what it can do, and how to use it.

I found the following from Microsoft’s site under Using Windows XP called: Use System Restore to Undo Changes if Problems Occur

Every time you download or install a new game, application, or software update, you make changes to your computer. Sometimes that change may make your system unstable. Have you ever wanted to go back to the way it was? With System Restore, you can.

System Restore works a lot like the Undo command in Microsoft Word. You can use System Restore to remove any system changes that were made since the last time you remember your computer working correctly. System Restore does not affect your personal data files (such as Microsoft Word documents, browsing history, drawings, favorites, or e-mail) so you won’t lose changes made to these files.

How does System restore work?

Windows XP periodically records a snapshot of your computer. These snapshots are called restore points. Windows XP also creates restore points at the time of significant system events (such as when an application or driver is installed) or you can create and name your own restore points at any time. If you’ve installed a program that has made your computer unstable, you can open system restore, choose a restore point, and return your computer to its previous stable state.

When you run System Restore, a calendar is displayed to help you find restore points. If you don’t use your computer every day, some days might not have any restore points. If you use your computer frequently, you might have restore points almost every day, and some days might have several restore points.

Use System Restore to undo changes you’ve made to your computer

Before you open the System Restore console, you may want to save your work and close all programs since System Restore requires you to restart your computer.

There are two ways to access System Restore > through Help and Support or through your All Programs folder.

  1. Through Help and Support:
  2. Click Start, and then click Help and Support.
  3. Under Pick a Task, click Undo changes to your computer with System Restore.
  4. Follow the instructions on the wizard.

Through the All Programs menu:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Point to All Programs.
  3. Point to Accessories.
  4. Point to System Tools.
  5. Click System Restore.
  6. Follow the instructions on the wizard.

Creating a restore point can be useful any time you anticipate making changes to your computer that are risky or might make your computer unstable. If something goes wrong, you select the restore point you just created and Windows XP undoes any system changes made since that time.

  1. Create a Restore Point
  2. Open System Restore. (See step-by-step instructions above.)
  3. Click Create a restore point, and then click Next.

In the Restore point description box, type a name to identify this restore point as seen in Figure 1 below. System Restore automatically adds the date and time that this Restore Point is created.

Read the rest, see screen shots, or bookmark Microsoft’s help pages Right Here!

Remove The Yellow Google AdSense Background

I’ve had problems on websites when I display Google Adsense ads. The problem is a yellow background! Before they show activation and they show up, they will end up with a background. It’s usually yellow if you’re using WordPress. However I’m using their largest ads available on a site but it seems they are filling the gaps right now with smaller images leaving strange yellow backgrounds. Anyway – I found the solution! It’s in your Stylesheet that has a predefined “ins” code.

Here’s the solution I found. And one more.

And here’s how I’m using the custom WordPress CSS to fix it.
Google Adsense Yellow Background and the WordPress Custom Stylesheet Editor

How to choose the right hosting service for a video website

Choosing the perfect web hosting service is honestly not an easy task. Nowadays there are literally thousands of them to go through, with almost 90% of them being identical, which makes it even harder to choose from. So there are a few decisive factors which have to be met by the hosting service, for you to choose the right one.

1. Analyze the disk space provided:
There can be nothing more important than the disk space for a video website. Everybody knows that videos take up a ton of space depending on their quality, and people who visit these sites only go for high quality videos. So that means the videos uploaded should be of high quality and that directly leads to the videos taking up loads of space.

2. Bandwidth, what is it and why should it be huge?
Meaning, the bandwidth provided should be strong enough to withstand traffic. Ok, basically a bandwidth is a virtual road that can hold thousands of virtual cars, in this case the viewers. If the road is not wide or strong enough, it may cause a traffic jam or even worse break and fall apart. So wide road more cars, wide bandwidth more viewers/hits.

3. Is FTP access provided?
FTP is a software that is used to upload videos to the website without logging into the account each and every time you want to upload a video. Now most of the hosting websites are providing this service, but it’s never wrong to be sure right?

4. Customer Service is extremely important
It’s always a good thing to find a host service that provides first-rate customer service. Ken from design2work.net suggests that you send them an email and see how quickly they response to it to determine this factor. Try to find a host who can provide it 24×7, so that any viewer problems or hosting problems can be solved ASAP. Checking for hosts who can provide all these can be considered a right host for a video website.

How to block the voices in your head

Ever have one of those days where you wish you could just listen to nothing?

Well, have I got a treat for you!  If you look through the wiki pages, you can learn about the different “colors” of noise, and find the one that suits you.

Next, there is a place that you can generate Simply Noise.  Pick your color (currently only white, pink, and red/brown), then the volume, and wash your troubles away…

SNSD Korean Pop Girls HD Wallpaper Girls Generation

Actually... it all depends where the voices in your head are really coming from, doesn't it?

Fix Youtube running slow on Google Chrome

Youtube runs fine in Firefox and Internet Explorer, but I mainly use Google Chrome (I’m currently using Version 28.0.1500.72 m) and Youtube is running really slow for me. If I pause the video, buffering seemed to pause too. The solution I found was to go into my Youtube account and disable or opt-out of the “HTML5 Trial” by going here http://www.youtube.com/html5. I have posted a screenshot below to help you know what to look for.

YouTube_HTML5_Video_Player

You can also find more discussion on the Google support forum from other users.