Readers offer their best tips for quickly changing the media volume in Android, copying links in Firefox 4, and avoiding the new Facebook Photos layout.
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Quickly Change Media Volume in Android
Elliot shows us how to avoid embarassing, loud outbursts from your phone:
Often I want to play a game or watch a video in a quiet environment (like my economics class), but after one particularly LOUD incident playing Dungeon Defenders that ended up in a battery pull, I vowed I'd never do it again. Even in silent mode, Android's "media volume" can have a custom setting.
I just discovered that (at least on Android 2.2), you can go to your dialer app and use the volume keys on the side of your phone to lower the media volume quickly and quietly. No need to open your game and try to lower the volume before the music starts!
Open Un-Linked URLs in Firefox 4
PrairieMoon shares a helpful new Firefox 4 feature:
This is new to me. In Firefox 4b11, if I highlight a text link (not a hyperlink), "open link in new tab" is in the context menu. No linkification or "paste n go" required. I can't find this right-click feature in 3.6.13.
Go Back to the Old Facebook Photo Layout with a URL Tweak
Doublshot lets us know a way to avoid the new Facebook Photo layout:
Hate the new Facebook photo-viewing thing? Can't deep-link to an image because of it? Take the &theater out of the URL and you're back in business.
Store Audio Adaptors by Plugging Them Into Each Other
PrairieMoon keeps his audio adapters from being lost by keeping them all together:
I've been storing audio adapters in this manner for years.