Archive for the 'Software' Category

Question: Windows Media Player 11 Show Play List

Friday, February 9th, 2007

Question:  "I closed the play list in Windows Media Player 11 and now I can’t find an option to get it back.  Is there a button to get it back?" Yup.  Right click on the Now Playing button and click “Show List Pane”.  The ‘mystery meat’ style of navigation on Microsoft’s redesigned menu-less apps are leaving a […]

Uninstalling Bitdefender 10

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

Since I’ve posted a couple of times about my Bitdefender problems, lots of other people are emailing me tell me about theirs.  One thing I’ve noticed is that a lot of people are having trouble uninstalling it and have even resorted to manually deleting hunks of their registry to try and get rid of it.  […]

Hide Norton Phishing Filter in IE7

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

Since I’ve been trialing Norton Internet Security 2007 I've run with the phishing filter part of it switched off because it put a big banner across the top of my browser. The banner takes up a lot of screen real estate plus I don’t think I really need it.  (I don’t tend to click on […]

Virus Warning on Office 2007 Documents

Monday, November 13th, 2006

If you're running Microsoft Office 2007 beta and Norton Antivirus 2007 you'll find that you get some scary warnings whenever you open an Excel document (and some other Office documents). "The file cannot be opened because your virus scanner has detected a problem with the file." The reason is that Norton Antivirus doesn't yet work […]

Bitdefender 10 Review

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

More Bitdefender problems - Mar 2010....................................................

IE7 doesn’t show HTTP error pages

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

The new "friendly error pages" are something I really don't like about new Internet Explorer 7. My website Hacking GPS is currently down due to a catastrophic server problem (hopefully back sometime tonight) and I’ve been checking it throughout the day to see if it’s back up yet. The trouble with Internet Explorer 7 is […]

Adventures in security software: BlackICE

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

I’m still on the search for security tools since my Bitdefender 10 problems.  For anti-virus I’m back on my old Norton AV subscription at least for the few weeks remaining while my search for the best AV continues.  For firewall, I really don’t want to go back to Zone Alarm as my firewall because it’s […]

Bitdefender10 Problem

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

I’m on the verge of uninstalling Bitdefender Internet Security 10 for good after having problems with it for the last month.  Adrian posted previously about my Bitdefinder problem and I’ve been very patient with Bitdefender tech support, but I’m now getting to the point where I’m ready to give up and ask for my money back.  The […]

Live Messenger Yahoo Contacts Bug

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

Windows Live Messenger now allows you to add your Yahoo contacts too – great news!   One bug I’ve found with it is if your Yahoo contact is in the UK, then Live Messenger seems to think they have a .com email address rather than .co.uk address, and although you can chat with your Yahoo contact just fine, if you send […]

Browster thoughts

Saturday, June 3rd, 2006

Browster is an interesting little plugin for both Internet Explorer and Firefox that I came across today via Roland Piquepaille at ZDNet. Browster is free to download and easy to install, which is always a bonus. But, while it is very handy (particulary with blogging in mind) to be able to see the entire content […]

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