How to Format a Hashtag on Reddit

Reddit does not use hashtags, but sometimes you may want to type one out. Hashtags show up normally in post titles, but in the comment section the # symbol before text creates a header.

Typing “#hashtag” in the comment text box would show up as

hashtag

 

So if you want “#hashtag” to show up normally you need to use an escape sequence. This means you must type a backslash first like this:
\#hashtag

If you’d like to display a header sized #hashtag you could type:
#\#hashtag

If you want to go further and actually have the hashtag link to a search of that term, try this:
[\#hashtag](https://www.reddit.com/search?q=hashtag&sort=relevance&t=all)
replacing both instances of “hashtag” above with whatever keyword you’d like.

Remember, you don’t need to do this for post titles, just in the text of a text-based post or the comment section.

If you want to test it out, try using one in a reply to one of your old comments where nobody will notice, then delete afterward.

The Feedburner Dilemma: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Feedburner, Google’s web feed management service, hasn’t been developed or supported in years. FeedBurner APIs and Adsense for Feeds shut down in 2012. Google has already shown itself willing to shut down popular services like Reader. While Feedburner is still functional now, all signs point to the service getting shut down sooner or later. What is the best way to handle this situation?

Continue reading The Feedburner Dilemma: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

What Does Winamp Detector Plug-in Do?

When you install Winamp, you will see an option for a “Winamp Application Detector” plugin. If you install it, you’ll notice it listed among your browser plugins in Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer.

What is it?

Answer from Ben Allison, Winamp Dev Team Lead Developer:

The “application detector” lets websites (well, really probably only winamp.com) know if Winamp is installed. We also added “winamp://” links to perform a limited number of “open such and such in winamp” kind of actions (similar to other programs that do similar things with protocols e.g. emule, aim, itunes). The browser plugin is simply a means of making sure it’s actually going to work before launching winamp://whatever in the browser. It really doesn’t do anything else – no information transferred besides the installed version. As for the benefits, umm, let me get back to you on that.

via Winamp Forums

How to Filter Gmail Headers & Stop “Via” Spam

In this article I will show you how to use a Google Apps Script to mark certain messages as spam based on their headers.

This script basically checks the 5 newest inbox messages every 10 minutes looking for a specific header. If it finds that header it will mark the message as spam automatically. Of course, you can modify the code to fit your needs. Continue reading How to Filter Gmail Headers & Stop “Via” Spam

How to Add an Instagram Feed to any RSS Reader

instagram-plus-rss

Instagram may not offer native RSS feeds, but it is still possible to generate feeds through 3rd party web applications.

Update (7/7/16): Various web apps have stopped working recently, but Free-RSS-Bridge is still currently functional as of July 7, 2016.

Go to Free-RSS-Bridge, scroll down to the box labeled Instagram Bridge, enter the desired username, and choose the type of feed you want. Feed options are Atom, Html, Json, Media RSS, and Plaintext.

Commenter Gaspard Beernaert also suggested trying http://instatom.freelancis.net/username which will create an atom feed from your Instagram account. Just replace username with the appropriate username.

You will be able to subscribe to the resulting feed in Feedly, InoReader, The Old Reader or whatever reader you choose.

Previously listed services that no longer generate Instagram feeds: Websta, Iconosquare and Ink361.