Archive for December, 2006

IE7 – drag images to view

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

When I posted about how to drag off links to the desktop in IE7 I promised to post any more differences that came to my attention. Here’s one …

Sometimes it’s handy as a web designer to be able to see an image outside of the webpage in which it is displayed and one of the easiest ways to do this was to click on the image and drag it to the address bar (which works just fine in previous IE versions, provided there is no link around the image).

Once again in IE7 it works, but with the subtle difference that instead of the address bar you need to drag it to the Title Bar (eg the blue bar at the top of the browser window).

(While my holiday snow flakes are falling on the website, why not see if you can catch one and drag it into the title bar to view it on its own!)

Holiday Cheer

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

Here’s a little holiday cheer to get you in the spirit of things!

  Happy holidays to everyone!

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.  All without success. 

Luckily I myself didn’t have that problem because I used the uninstall tool.  Nearly all antivirus and firewall software applications don’t like uninstalling themselves properly through the uninstall shortcut or Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel.  I don’t know why this is … but it’s always best whenever you’ve installed a program of this kind, possibly on a trial, and decided that you want rid of it always hunt for the full uninstall tool.  That way you can be sure it’s well and truly gone.

Here’s a link to the Bitdefender Uninstall Tool.

It’s easy to use:

  • Download!
  • Run it
  • Click Uninstall
  • Wait until it’s done
  • Reboot!  (Important last step. Don’t forget!)


Adrian wants an iPod

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

Apple 8 GB iPod Nano BlackOh my God, Adrian asked for an iPod for Christmas! He even put it in his ZDNet blog …  after he’s been so anti all things Apple for so long.  Our daughter wanted to get an iPod a while back but he talked her out of it (she got an Archos XS202S instead that died after a few weeks).  I never thought he’d be a convert.  I can see his reasoning though wanting it to work with audio books from Audible.  I’m still angry that my Creative Zen Touch doesn’t support books.  And I still don’t know why they don’t support it as they support other Zens.  Even the online petition didn’t help to convince them.

I’ve been asked several times whether Adrian will get his iPod for Christmas … well I’d like to tell you but that would spoil the surpise!  (But all the referrals from ZDNet are certainly helping my cursor towards ‘Add to cart’! )

Happy Christmas shopping everyone – only twenty online shopping days left!

 Amazon Add to Shopping Cart


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.
Norton's phishing filter banner in IE7

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 links in email and its only function is to check that the site I think is is not really a known fake phishing site pretending to be Amazon. It doesn’t for example check that really resolves out to Amazon’s IP address. Also it tends to throw up false positives with some advertisers with embedded links within web pages.)  But I think the main reason for disabling the phishing filter is because I prefer to start my browser with a blank home page and the phishing filter’s opinion of Internet Explorer’s ‘About:blank’ page makes an unwelcoming start to the day:
Norton Phishing Filter alert banner in IE7

Norton Protection Center - At riskThat is just annoying!  The only solution I’d found was to disable the Phishing Filter in the settings, but running with it disabled has the drawback that Norton shows the alert icon Norton System Tray Alert in the system tray and the big scary alert shown at left in the progam’s control panel. 

Also I occasionally need to switch off parts of the program in the course of my work, and I do rely on the alert in the system tray to remind me to switch it back on again when I’m finished.  But running without the entire package enabled means that this is always showing red and hence I’ve caught myself out a few times now without antivirus running. 

Luckily it is possible to have the phishing filter enabled but hide the Norton toolbar showing in Internet Exporer 7. Here’s how:

Click the Internet Explorer 7 Tools Tools button, then select ‘Toolbars’ and check ‘Show Norton Toolbar’. 

Internet Explorer 7 | Tools | Toolbars | uncheck Show Norton Toolbar

This lets you get rid of the phishing filter from the top of the page as well as showing the green Norton Protection Center icon in the system tray.

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