How to watch ‘The Daily Show with Trevor Noah’ in the UK.

READ THIS – LATEST VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE 2nd Dec 2015 Well I suppose it to happen eventually. Comedy Central got wise to, or more likely finally got around to stopping, the ingenious little video unblocking workaround that I detail in the post below. And lo there was much lamentation and speaking of naughty words. But just when all seemed lost there came a man, and it wasn’t me this time, who informed of a new easy way of watching The Daily Show. His name is Archbishop Shaggy and he posted a comment down below on the 2nd December 2015, with a follow-up from this humble scribe explaining in just a little bit more detail, on how you might once more resume your TDS viewing. So read my post if you wish (I just have and God, it seems dated now but it was written in 2011) but really the way to go now I believe is detailed in the comments below on 2nd December.

Update Oct 2015: Ok, so obviously things have changed since I first wrote this post back in 2011, namely the host of The Daily Show, hence a name swap in the title. But the method still works exactly the same and so read on, follow the simple instructions and enjoy the show still.
Although I fear just not quite as much as you would with the old host.

Ok folks this one is not like other posts, it’s very personal, is aimed very specifically at a particular group of people and if you don’t even know what a ‘Daily Show with Jon Stewart’ is then frankly you need not read any further, this one will not concern you.

For those it does however, this may be the most important post I will ever write.

Because this one is written in the fond hope you found me by Googling something like the title above. This one is because I desperately did the very same thing and eventually found the priceless information I’m going to share. And this one is because like me you love watching ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’ and can’t anymore because More4 have f***ing cancelled it!

(*I wrote this in Jan 2011 when it had just happened remember, obviously we have Comedy Central UK to thank for returning Jon back to us since) (And they’re not showing it either now!)

God knows it was bad enough when FX canceled ‘The Colbert Report’, but this, this was like getting shot in the face by Dick Cheney.

Of course it wouldn’t matter so much if you could just watch them on Comedy Central’s own websites. Trouble is, as I’m sure you’ve already discovered, that none of the lovely videos play once they realise that you’re not visiting from the U.S.

Well, they won’t…unless you make ’em think you are visiting from the U.S.

And it turns out that you don’t need expensive kit or some dodgy download, you just need to use Firefox as your browser (and you ought to anyway, it’s waaaay better than Internet Explorer, click here to get it), install a single legitimate Firefox add-on and follow these simple instructions that probably even most ‘Fox News’ presenters could manage.

(Breaking news – 18/6/12. It used to be that you had to use Firefox for this type of workaround but now there’s a very similar method for Google Chrome. So if you are an ardent Chrome user, still scan the instructions here to get the gist, but then look down to my comment dated June 18 2012.)

  1. So assuming you already have Firefox and have it open, go to http://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/967 and install an add-on called Modify Headers.
  2. Firefox will now ask to restart, let it and once it has, look to the top menu bar and go to Tools -> Web Developer -> Modify Headers.(OR, if you’re on a PC and running the newer Firefox that doesn’t show the menu bar by default, go to the orange Firefox tab on the top left -> Web Developer -> Modify Headers)
  3. Either way, a separate smaller window will open and you’ll see towards the upper left a ‘Select Action’ dropdown box, click it and choose ‘Add’.
  4. You’ll also see 3 input boxes, in the first after ‘Add’ enter “X-Forwarded-For” without the quotation marks.
  5. In the second box enter “12.13.14.15” without the quotation marks. No spaces and no full stop after the 15.
  6. Leave the third box empty and click the other button with ‘Add’ to the right of it.
  7. Ok, so now you have created the clever little filter you need, confirmed in the space below along with a green circle, all that’s left is to click that funny looking smiley face in the top left that says ‘Start’.
  8. And that’s it, you’re all done, give yourself an Emmy.
  9. Next for the best bit, head directly to The Daily Show or ColbertNation websites, giggle with happiness and emit shouts of whooooooo like you’re in the audience when the videos come on.

How the magic works I don’t fully know and I don’t really care. I know that it hides your IP address behind a proxy one so that your real geographical location is disguised, and even if it does sometimes interfere with video on other sites, I also know that all I have to do is go back to the Modify Headers interface and disable it temporarily. No, bugger all that, all I actually care about is that I can watch Jon Stewart AND Stephen Colbert again. Hallowed be their names.

So if this works for you, and it really should, you’ll now share my overwhelming sense of relief, but it can’t end there.

Nation, we have to rally to restore the sanity for every hero. Go forth and spread the word about this on Facebook, Twitter, forum websites or on toilet walls even. Or perhaps leave a simple grateful comment on here confirming that it works.

And let it be a moment of zen to those assholes at More4 who made us do this.

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(I really have to give a tip of my hat to someone called Saiftk on Reddit Canada. His is the original information I’ve adapted and while those details are a bit out of date now, it was the means that has made me and hopefully many others very happy.)

 

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Invisible Hand – The money saver you’ll want to see.

Right then my friends, since we all like absolutely the best deal when shopping online, I shall now tell you about the easiest way of ensuring you get it.

And I am talking about yet another browser add-on but handily this one comes not just for Firefox but several other popular browser flavours as well, so even all you stubborn Internet Explorer diehards are in luck this time.

Of course, luck like that is similar to only winning a tenner on the lottery compared to the veritable jackpot of add-ons if you are an enlightened Firefox convert.

Anyway leaving all that aside for now, time to get back to the subject at hand, in this instance an Invisible Hand, the name of this terrific little money saving extra.

A curious name admittedly but I guess it’s because it acts as your unseen scout scouring most of the very biggest shopping sites comparing prices, then either confirming the site you’re on has the cheapest deal or pointing you towards the one that does.

So granted, at heart it’s a just a price comparison tool but what sets Invisible Hand apart is its ease and convenience, all YOU need to do is shop normally.

I’ll give you a scenario, say you’re on Amazon looking at the page of the latest shoot ’em up game for your XBox 360

Well, after a few seconds of contemplation, Invisible Hand will smoothly slide in from the top of your browser and tell you whether Amazon does indeed boast the best price for death and destruction on an apocalyptic scale, OR whether any of the other UK retailers it monitors has a better deal.

It will specify exactly how much the saving is and just for swank even provide a link directly to your item on that cheaper site. Now you’ll never pay more than necessary to blow shit up again!

Honestly, while Invisible Hand doesn’t cover all categories of items yet, getting it is a no-brainer. If you shop online at all you’d be mad to miss the potential savings for electronics, software, games, music, books and even girlie stuff like cosmetics from companies such as Boots, Asda, John Lewis, Argos, PC World, HMV and of course Amazon.

So I urge you, if you know what’s good for you, go to the Invisible Hand website now to download it.

It may be called Invisible Hand but for online shopping the savings it provides are obvious.

CoolPreviews. The best Firefox plug-in ever?

Ok then, how would you like to see what a webpage looks like behind a link BEFORE you click it?

Alright, you’ve probably never thought about it but hold onto your clicking finger folks because I’m about to explain how you can do exactly that and so turbo-charge your web surfing.

For the topic of my humble scribblings this time is a brilliant Firefox browser plug-in called CoolPreviews, a kind of picture in picture for your web surfing.

One that opens a new window within your present one simply by hovering over a website link, that’s ANY link on ANY page. And when you do open that window, it’s not just for a passive snapshot of a webpage, it’s to interact with that site just as you normally would.

And the point of that is :

  • On Google, no more going back and forth from all those search results, now you can preview each one while staying on Google.
  • On YouTube, no trawling to a new page, just hover over a thumbnail and watch any video in its own window.
  • On sites like Amazon, you can shop twice as fast by shopping in two windows, you could say it’s window in window shopping.
  • On News sites you could read about both sides of the story at once.
  • On any intriguing link in fact you can lazily preview it without leaving the site you’re on.
  • And if your feeling reluctant to click a potentially dodgy link, see where it would lead by safely hovering over it…and therefore not activating the nastiness it could harbour.

But there’s also more to it, too much to explain here but notably a handy bookmarking feature called Stacks, so this time I’m including a handy video explanation/tutorial for CoolPreviews by its makers, the same team behind Cooliris (the topic of my first ever post on here)

It showcases a slightly older version of CoolPreviews, but it does explain most of what you need to know, although make sure you check out the preferences options on your own should you download it.

Because I tell you, I’ve been using CoolPreviews for months and it’s revolutionized the way I’ve surfed the web and while I know I’ve eulogised about other Firefox plug-ins…and I’m sure I will about many more, if you ever only download one, make this it.

You can do so by CoolPreviews website.

CoolPreviews, your window to a brand new way of web surfing.

AutoPager. Whatever next, immediately.

Sorry Internet Explorer users, this is a Firefox only offering again.

I make no apologies, apart from that one above, for if you haven’t yet swapped web browsers to Firefox you should be blatantly confronted with your terrible error.

Because this time I’ll be explaining about making Google, admittedly available for several web browsers, even better if that browser is Firefox.

Actually I shall be telling you of a way of making the navigation of many sites easier on Firefox, although Google is the most obvious example.

Now then, while Google couldn’t be much simpler to use, the one thing that could definitely be improved upon is its basic navigation field.

It’s small, a bit fiddly and since you only get 10 results per page there’s a good chance you’ll be clicking on it back and forth several times per search.

autopager4Well not if you download a free add-on to Firefox called AutoPager, because now you’ll never need to click to the next page of Google again, it will automatically load for you!

That’s because with AutoPager the next page of Google will load right below the current page of Google almost simultaneously, stacking the pages one on top of the other, building an infinite scrolling content that you only need a mouse wheel or the browser scroll bar to whizz through page after page after page.

Trust me, it is so much faster using Google with Autopager you have to see it yourself to believe it. A process which AutoPager also applies by default with many other websites that utilise a Next button.

And you can even configure websites that aren’t automatically set up with AutoPager to act in the same manner, in fact whenever you see web pages with a Next button. Although I have to admit, while it’s not difficult to do when you know how, it’s not immediately obvious and is a bit too much to explain here.

Suffice to say that in the normal automatic detection mode, whenever a pop up message appears, just say ‘yes’ to allow AutoPager to work it’s magic and make sure it’s ‘enabled’ on your Navigational Toolbar via the AP icon that will conveniently appear there once you download it.

But getting any extra sites to work is just gravy on the main course that will keep feeding one page after another of continuous AutoPager goodness for sites like Google and Amazon.

So, hungry to sample AutoPager for yourself, just click this link to it’s Firefox add-ons page to do so.

Yet another good reason to turn the page on ever using Internet Explorer again as well.

From the Back Button, to the future.

Right then, previously I’ve been banging on about how you should abandon Internet Explorer as your web browser and instead embrace the far superior Firefox to your web surfing bosom.

And now my friends, if you have heeded my advice, it’s time to add some mighty implants to that bosom.

Because Firefox isn’t just better because it’s faster and more secure than Internet Explorer, it’s also better because of all the fantastic free add-ons that you can download to seamlessly plug into it.

Yes, I’m aware that Internet Explorer has add-ons of its own and that some like Cooliris are available for both. But there are so many more available for Firefox because as an open source browser anybody is free to create them and thankfully there are some very clever and generous developers out there.

To see all of these glorious chest puffing enhancements you can click this link to the Mozilla Firefox add-on centre.

And once there you will find myriad categories, lists of the most popular and user reviews for 1000’s of these add-ons, from those that further improve the security of your browsing, add increased functionality or that just give Firefox a funky makeover.

I’ve got about 12 of those add-ons installed into Firefox myself and you should simply see what appeals to you. (Later, to manage any ones you do download just go to the menu bar, select Tools and then Add-ons.)

However one that you may not find immediately, but definitely one of my favourites, is called FireGestures.

Because how often have you thought it’s such a laborious chore to move your cursor to the back button when you’ve wanted to return to a webpage.

Ok, probably never but you will do after trying FireGestures because you won’t ever need to use the Back Button again. What you will need is a mouse though, so if you’re on a laptop using only a touchpad you will be out of luck with this one.

But with a mouse all you need to perform actions using FireGestures is to hold the right button down and move the mouse. In the case of going back a page it’s holding the right button down and slightly flicking your mouse to the left or to go forward again, flicking it to the right.

And that’s all, but it makes going backwards and forwards in your web pages somehow gleefully satisfying not to mention a whole lot quicker.

Actually FireGestures has more than 70 built in actions to do all sorts of things within Firefox, like open a new tab, close tabs and increase text size but if you only keep it simple and just use the two I’ve mentioned you will still love its convenience.

Trust me on this, download FireGestures and you’ll back me up that you’ll never go back to going back to the Back Button again.

No, this isn’t a specialist Firefox and Bookmark Blog but…

I’ve been asked a very pertinent question from someone who has seen the light and swapped browsers to Firefox but wanted to know…

“How do I transfer my old Internet Explorer Favourites to Firefox?”

In fact it’s very easy, especially when you initially download Firefox because a dialog box will ask if you want to do that very thing, and you say yes.

If you already have Firefox without your old IE favorites though, it’s just as simply done.

Go to the menu bar at the top of Firefox, click File and then Import, at which point a dialog box will spring up with the browser(s) you have already.

Make sure Internet Explorer is selected, click Next and another box with options including Browsing History, Cookies and Favourites will appear, simply choose the ones you want to import into Firefox and confirm.

Wait a few seconds and everything from your old life on IE is magically transferred.

Now I could explain a method in IE that you can later transfer any new Firefox bookmarks back there as well, but it’s not as straightforward, I’ve got the dinner on and frankly I don’t have the time.

Call it tough love, and anyway, the whole point is that you don’t need IE any more, do you?

I’m a PC and I don’t use Internet Explorer.

When you’re a web designer and you use a browser as your interactive canvas all day, you can sometimes forget that not everybody is as familiar with them.

And previously when I touched upon the bookmarklets feature in Firefox, it appears that some people don’t know that browsers apart from Internet Explorer even exist, let alone that they’re free and simple to download.

So, since I would be remiss in my mission to bring you the best of the web without talking about the best web browser, I’d better do so.

Because we all know of Microsoft’s monopoly of the PC market with Windows and because of that they are powerful enough to insist only their browser, Internet Explorer, is pre-installed on every new machine.

And admittedly it does what it’s supposed to so most people simply stick with it, either oblivious to or apathetic about the other browsers that are available.

The Firefox Logo

The Firefox Logo

Browser’s such as Safari from Apple, Chrome from Google and Opera.

However, regardless of the merits of those I’ve just mentioned, the alternative of choice for most people and making it the World’s second most used browser, is Firefox.

But is it really worth making the switch to you may ask, does it actually make that much of a difference whatever browser you use.?

Well given Firefox now has almost 30% of the market share and Mozilla, the non-for-profit organization behind it, don’t spend any money on promotion so growth is all due to goodwill and word of mouth, that’s means an awful lot of people really must think Firefox is the better browsing experience.

That is if you define better as faster loading, more secure, more stable, more feature rich, with more available plug-ins and just plum more user friendly, as I and millions of other satisfied users obviously do.

Think of it like this, as the difference between a ‘Be Good To Yourself’ meal and an Own Brand ‘Value Meal’.

Both fulfil the same need but one is leaner, easier to digest, has finer ingredients to it and is an altogether more satisfying experience.

The other one is Internet Explorer.

I really do wholeheartedly recommend the swap if you haven’t already, not least because I’m sure I will be talking about Firefox only cool stuff in the future.

So in readiness, and more importantly to savour the tasty goodness of Firefox for yourself, click here