How to find portable 64-bit VLC builds

You could just use the 32-bit build from the download link, but if you’re reading this that was never an option.

Need 64-bit VLC goodness on a machine you can’t install anything on? Portable VLC to the rescue. Find it by doing the following:

  1. Go to http://download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/vlc/
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the latest (highest) VLC version number and click the corresponding link.
  3. Click the /win64 folder link. This will expose 64-bit VLC builds in .zip and .7z archives.

How to prevent Firefox from playing directly linked MP4 files in the browser

Oh hey classic MP4 functionality, nice seeing you again
Oh hey classic MP4 functionality, nice seeing you again

Every now and then a beloved piece of software acquires a new feature that sounds good on paper, but really breaks your workflow. This is the case with Firefox’s relatively new found ability to play directly linked MP4 files in the browser without a plugin. Nothing wrong with that, I just prefer to download such files – usually HD movie trailers – using DownThemAll and watch them later using VLC.

So here’s how you revert to the old handling of MP4 files:

  1. Enter about:config in the address bar
  2. Hit Enter
  3. Click I’ll be careful, promise!
  4. In the Search field, enter media.windows-media-foundation.enabled
  5. Double-click the True in the media.windows-media-foundation.enabled result to change it to False
  6. Close the browser tab

That should do it.