Watch CNN Live online for free

With the USA presidential elections and subsequent reports being eagerly awaited by Americans and thousands of others worldwide, CNN is a popular destination for the latest news.

If you want to watch CNN live, and you do not have access to live TV feed, then this method may help you watch CNN television feed live. This method requires the computer to have Windows Media Player installed, which means that those with non-Windows computers cannot follow this method.

Start Windows Media Player. Click File -> Open URL (or use the shortcut CTRL+U) and enter the URL given below:

rtsp://cnn-cnnlive-1-primary.wm.llnwd.net/cnn_cnnlive_1_primary/

Click OK.

I used this method of viewing CNN online to watch the presidential election converage, although I imagine you would find this useful to see the CNN live feed even after the elections.

How to edit Firefox context menu

Firefox has a host of addons which add useful functionality to the browser. In fact, many (including myself) would argue that it is the extensions that prevented a mass migration away from Firefox 2.

When you add extensions, your context menu (menu that comes up with a right-click) may become cluttered. Many of the extensions may add options to the context menu. Have one too many extensions, and you might soon find yourselves thinking “WTF?” at the multitude of options in the context menu.

For example, my context menu contains items like “Download all with DAP”, “Web Developer”, “Send Link” – all of which I’ve never used. Removing them will not reduce any functionality (because I do not need them), and instead reduce clutter.

Thankfully, there is a Menu Editor Firefox extension that does what its name says: edit your context menu.

Edit Firefox menu with Menu Editor

It appears that Menu Editor is incompatible with Firefox 3(read our review of Firefox 3) as of writing this, but you could probably get it working with a simple about:config hack(via):

  • Type about:config into Firefox’s address bar and click “I’ll be careful, I promise!”. Right-click anywhere and choose a new>Boolean. Name it extensions.checkCompatibility and set it false.
  • Make another new Boolean value called extensions.checkUpdateSecurity and set it to false.
  • Restart Firefox for the hack to work.

PS: I haven’t tested Menu Editor with Firefox 3, so proceed with caution; however, the hack works well for many other extensions.

Create self-hosted URL shortener with Shorty

URL shorteners are a saturated niche now, with Tiny URL being one of the first players, and better entrants (like bit.ly that offers statistics and u.nu that has the shortest domain name) coming in every day.

The only worry with all these URL shorteners is about their existence. URL shorteners have little monetization, and one would have to wonder whether they would be around after, say, 3 years. If any of them go offline, it would take down a lot of shortened links with it. For your own purposes, a self-hosted (installed on your web hosting account and owned by you) URL shortener works best.

Shorty: Make your own URL shortener

Shorty is one such URL shortener software that you can install on your website. Shorty was born from a blog post by Khoi Vinh, a respected designer who works as designer for NYTimes.com

Free URL shortener PHP script software
Shorty has a pleasing design, and can be installed on root or subdirectories. Overall, it is a very useful tool – some popular websites have already used it to shorten only their own URLs.