How to override and re-enable form auto-complete that has been disabled on a webpage

One of the most annoying problems I encounter when filling out online forms is when a website owner has disabled the autocomplete feature of your browser, by programmatically locking down form fields.
One example where I need to use auto-complete, is when filling out those Kroger surveys that gives you extra 50 fuel loyalty points every 7 days. There are legitimate reasons why website developers would want to disable auto-complete but in my opinion, online surveys are not one.

To save myself from redundant typing every week, I decided to write a bookmarklet that can be used in Chrome to quickly re-enable most auto-complete fields that have been disabled. I have been using this for over a year now without problems and decided to share here.

Drag and drop the button below into your Chrome bookmark bar:
Enable auto-complete form

To use the bookmarklet,  simply drag and drop the blue button above to your Chrome bookmark bar.
Next time you are on a webpage with disabled auto-complete, simply click the bookmarklet and this should enable the form fields for auto complete.

One very important point: Never auto-complete forms on a website you don’t trust. Auto complete phishing is a known way for malicious webpage owners to obtain your sensitive data via hidden fields without you realizing. In addition, please consider that some websites may have a legitimate reason to disable auto-complete so you should always use auto-complete feature with caution, and always at your own risk.

Feel free to post suggestions or comments. If this is not working for you with a webpage you are trying to use. When I find the time I’ll try to revise the code to make it work for you.

Samsung 4TB SSD drive is a monster of a storage

Samsung has just announced the launch of Samsung 850 EVO – 4TB – 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD drive that will start shipping on July 31st.

It was only a couple of years ago that the conventional HDD 4TB drives were almost pushed to the limit to accommodate the large storage. There has always been reliability issues as well with spinning drives, not to mention noise and heat. I personally had several 1TB and up drives fail both at places I worked and home.

In contrast, my SSD drives (albeit smaller in capacity), have proven to be reliable and I am yet to have one fail.

Speed of the SSD drives is amazing – it can really revitalize your personal computer, whether it is a laptop or a PC.  However up until now, SSD drives were primarily used as OS drives with installed applications on it to speed up the overall performance while keeping the storage requirements low, since OS and programs don’t take as much space as data. The data on the other hand has been delegated to those noisy and large capacity HDD drives. With the new SSD drives becoming almost similar to size of the HDDs, it is a promising development and hopefully bring the current hefty price of $1500 to the price point of a home user as the adoption, volumes, and competition ramps-up.

[SOLVED] Fixing the Ugly Gray Vertical Line When Printing eBay Invoice / Packing Slip in Chrome

If you sell on eBay, you may have noticed a very annoying eBay / Chrome bug that started to appear in the past few months when trying to print an invoice or packing slip. This is due to a spacer image that eBay uses that is not supposed to be visible in browsers but it is for some reason in Chrome.

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If you contact eBay seller support about this issue, they will almost certainly recommend that you switch to a different browser (hardly a perfect solution, since other browsers have different problems with eBay).

After digging into a code a bit, I found the culprit image and wrote a bookmarklet that lets you, with a single click, get rid of the dreaded gray vertical line, so that you can print the packing slip / invoice the way you intended.

To use the bookmarklet,  simply drag and drop the blue button below to your Chrome bookmark bar, go to the eBay invoice preview you are about to print (the one with a line), and click on the bookmarklet. The line should disappear allowing you to print clean looking eBay invoices.

EDIT: It seems that eBay has added an Onload Print function. Before you are able to click the bookmarklet, dismiss the print window, either with Cancel button or by hitting Esc on your keyboard. When you are back to the invoice page, click the bookmarklet in the bookmarks bar to apply the fix, and Ctrl+P or Menu > Print to print the invoices.

Drag and drop this into your Chrome bookmark bar:

Fix Ebay Invoice

Feel free to post suggestions or comments if this is not working or stops working for you (if eBay updates) and I will try to revise the code.

EDIT (May 5th 2016): Thanks to many of my readers who commented with instances where this bookmarklet did not work. Latest change now includes a fix to remove line on “Address labels and invoice/packing slip” page as well. Please delete your old bookmarklet and use the updated one above (blue button).