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August 2004

this Ati Catalyst 4.9 beta driver really sped things up

May 2003

Wow, 12 chars of html that are guaranteed to crash Internet Explorer every time:

<input type>

(save as .html file and open in IE to try it out)
[via Karma Universe / Fuckhedz]

April 2003

To further confuse the Mozilla/Phoenix naming issues, in 1986 a company called Firebird published a game called Chimera!

Q. How can I use the registry to include all file types in a file system search under Windows XP?

A. To use the registry to include all file types in a file system search, perform the following steps:

1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
2. Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\ContentIndex registry subkey.
3. Double-click FilterFilesWithUnknownExtensions, set the value to 1, then click OK.
4. Close the registry editor.

[via Steven's Notebook]

January 2003

Blogzilla - Copy/Paste Long URLs - lots of mail clients unfortunately break long urls into multiple lines when sending. The following Mozilla/Phoenix user.js setting strips out newlines when pasting into the Address bar, saving you the trouble of having to copy and append each line separately to reassemble the url:

user_pref("editor.singleLine.pasteNewlines", 3);

[via Karma Universe] – Mozilla/Netscape plug-in that adds a quick list of validators and checkers to the right-click menu of any webpage. Also works in Phoenix 0.5. [via Digital Web]

I'm posting this from within KNOPPIX, an easy-to-try Linux distro (if you have the bandwidth). Simply download the 700MB ISO and burn to/run from bootable cd. [via c't magazine]

ieHTTPHeaders - "an explorer bar for Internet Explorer that will show you the HTTP Headers IE are sending and receiving." Neato... but is there something like this for Phoenix? [via]

December 2002

Some more Windows tips then...

- When you Shift-click a Start menu item, the menu stays open (instead of closing instantly), while the selected application loads in the background.

- Press Ctrl-+ to auto-size all columns in any Details-view (such as a listing of files in Explorer).

- If you've activated the Desktop toolbar on your Taskbar, you can Ctrl-click the My Computer icon to open up a cascading menu giving access to all drives, folders and files on your computer.

Ancient Windows trick: if you use the string ".LOG" as the first four characters in a .txt-file, Notepad (or Metapad even) will append the current system date to the end of the file every time you open it, and position the cursor below.

Ha... Phoenix now supports the Shift-Spacebar combo for scrolling up (something I seriously missed when first trying out version 0.1). When did that happen? The funny thing is I got so used to it not working, I don't even need it anymore...

In case any other first-time MSIDVD/WinDVD users like myself are about to search Google for 10 minutes looking for an answer: you can take a screenshot of the current frame by pressing 'P' or by clicking the little camera icon on the expanded toolbar. Screenshots are stored as .bmps in a 'WinDVD Capture' folder in your 'My Pictures' folder.

Or, to put it another way: Woohoo! An infinite supply of Ghost in the Shell desktop wallpapers!

These are quite possibly my two favourite frames of the entire film:

November 2002

101 things that the Mozilla browser can do that IE cannot [via]

October 2002

Handy configuration tip for Phoenix , 'specially now that I've set it as my default browser: 'Stop reusing active windows'

My new home-collection of abbreviations:
- Intel P4 2.4Ghz CPU
- 512MB PC2700 DDR RAM
- MSI 845E Max MB
- MSI GeForce Ti4200 128MB 3D
- WD 80GB HD w/8MB buffer
- Pioneer 16x DVD-R
- LiteOn 40x12x48 CD-RW

Detailed descriptions of ISO Latin 1 characters [via Edwinek]

September 2002

This text is posted via Phoenix 0.1 - a lightweight Mozilla version for Windows. With its customizable toolbar and small icon set it's a comfortable browsing experience comparable to IE. Although I still miss my SHIFT-Spacebar keyboard shortcut for scrolling up (am I the only one using this?). [via ext|circ]

Personal estimation of most-used left-side keycombos:
1. Alt-Tab (switch window)
2. Alt-Spacebar, X (maximize window)
3. Ctrl-W (close window)
4. Win-E (open Explorer)

August 2002

Something's not quite right with this Explorer treeview...

April 2002

Digital Image Recovery - Sweet. This freeware program just saved 100+ photos, managing to extract them from my (apparently) corrupted SmartMedia card.

Webmonkey: Photoshop 7.0 Overview [via]

March 2002

Unflash - little app to extract .swf's from .exe's. [via Lockergnome]

December 2001 - clever freeware Win2K utils by Johan Samuelsen. Try Tesseract and Urlsnarf. [via Lockergnome]

Icrontic - You can't touch this - disassembling an X-Box. [via tastylog]

Xenu's Link Sleuth (TM). Useful. [via Pim]

Note to self: try the Xtream player. [via]

CureInfo - Taskbar system stats displayer - requires WinXP/Win2K. [via Lockergnome]

November 2001

Virus email of the day:

Content-Type: text/html;
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

<HTML><HEAD></HEAD><BODY bgColor=3D#ffffff>
<iframe src=3Dcid:EA4DMGBP9p height=3D0 width=3D0>

Content-Type: audio/x-wav;
Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64
Content-ID: <EA4DMGBP9p>

Trying out K-Meleon once again... Much improved since last time - and very tweakable.

ICQ crashes lead to interesting tray configurations sometimes:

October 2001

[space reserved for future use]

(meaning i just clicked submit twice when saving that last entry and don't have a 'delete entry' option yet.)

RavenBlack's Mini Library of freeware apps. Trying out RavenGet and PalSpy. [via angryblog]

Tools -> Internet Options -> Colors -> 'Use Windows colors' off

Tools -> Internet Options -> Advanced -> Browsing -> 'Show friendly HTTP error messages' off

Tools -> Internet Options -> Advanced -> Browsing -> 'Use smooth scrolling' off

Tools -> Internet Options -> Advanced -> Multimedia -> 'Show image download placeholders' on

50 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Windows XP [via Low's Neplog]

Still practising with the inkless computer-pen thingy...

I'm pleasantly surprised by how well the Graphire2 handles in everyday Windows use. I was afraid I'd have to continually switch between mouse and pen, but the pen works pretty well as a general mouse-replacement.

Double-click is still tricky, tho - the button on the pen seems a bit too high-up for easy reaching.

oh alright then...

Argh... IE6 View Source option seems to be broken. :-(

Resource Hacker - freeware tool to extract or modify resources (icons, texts, ...) in Windows application files.

New version of SmartFTP (Free Win32 FTP Client). With Windows XP-style menus.

Our 'secret project' enters Public Test Phase 1. Give it a try!

September 2001

The "Playa" - solid avi player (with DivX 4 codec). I had some problems with avi's freezing up at certain points, not anymore with this player. [via]

August 2001

Downloading IE6 final...

Win2000 Tweaks & Secrets [at AXCEL216]

'Secretaries use Linux, taxpayers save millions'
(also: discussion at [via]

July 2001

Every now and then I get this weird visual error when opening my Windows taskbar (it's on auto-hide) - a giant scrollbar-button appears out of nowhere.