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Multiple Versions of Internet Explorer on Windows

Multiple IE'sFor web development testing purposes it would be very handy to have multiple verisions of Internet Explorer (IE) on Windows. Luckily it is possible.

It is possible to run multible versions of Internet Explorer in standalone mode. First Joe Maddalone introduced this in Multiple Version of IE in Windows XP Pro. Manfred Staudinger perfected the standalone versions in Taming Your Multiple IE Standalones by adding IE version numbers to the title bar of the standalone browser window.

Now there are two options to install different versions. You can download readily packaged versions separately from Evolt’s archive. You just have to unzip the packages into your hard drive. Or you can use TredoSoft’s installer which contains IE3 IE4.01 IE5 IE5.5 and IE6.

Firefox 2 Is Here

Firefox 2Mozilla has released earlier than expected final version of Firefox 2.

Just a couple days after Microsoft released Internet Explorer 7, Firefox releases Firefox 2. As Ars Technica notes, it is available earlier than expected as a ftp download.

Firefox 2 offers some visual and usability improvements, like enhanced search capabilities and improved tabbed browsing, and some useful new features like built-in phishing protection, inline spell checking, browsing session resuming. The Session Restore feature restores windows, tabs, text typed in forms, and in-progress downloads from the last user session. It will be activated automatically when installing an application update or extension, and users will be asked if they want to resume their previous session after a system crash.

Firefox 3 is planned for May 2007.

Fullscreen Slideshow With Flickr AutoDownloadr

Flickr AutoDownloadrWhile Flickr is lackin the fullscreen slideshow, luckily there are other programs to do that.

Flickr’s own slideshow is fine, but it definately lacks the fullscreen option. It is quite a diffrence between 500 pix and fullscreen slideshow. After noticing that Safari is having a plug in for that (Windows version coming soon) and browsing through the Flickr Tools, there seems to be some web page services and programs to replace this lack. One of them is Flickr AutoDownloadr.

Being a Windows desktop program Flickr AutoDownloadr does a pretty good job as a online service’s “add on”. It downloads the selected fotos to your computer and and displays them as a windowed or fullscreen slideshow. You can select one users or everyones potos by dates, tags, favourites, set and groups and order them as you like. The best thing is that you can make a shortcut to open almost any open page on Flickr as a slideshow. You can also use the program to download photos to your computer without showing slideshow.

Downloading and installing the program is straitforward and the user interface looks clear. Running the program first time it asks if you want to associate the ‘flickrss’ protocol with this program. You’d better to answer yes in order to be able to use the clever option to open the slideshow from the Flickr web page. All you have to do is to bookmark the following link in your web browser: javascript:void(location.href=’flickrss:’+location.href).

Now when you navigate to a page on Flickr and then select this bookmark, those photos will be displayed in a fullscreen slideshow. Slideshow opened this way uses the program settings from last time. Flickr AutoDownloadr can be also used from the command line.

Being an excellent program, there where also some problems during the test run. Sometimes some couldn’t be seen in a slideshow and program only showed the error message: Failed to set image to… Actually selecting sets did this every time. There could also be a button to just save the settings without starting a slideshow.

But anyway, while Flickr is lacking the fullscreen slideshow, this program is an excellent replace for that. And here is the tip: Chage the photo quality setting to high, go to Flickr Last 7 Days Interesting page and start the fullscreen slideshow from the bookmark, sit back and enjoy the show…

Internet Explorer 7 Is Here

Internet Explorer 7Microsoft has released the final version of Internet Explorer 7. It is available now as a manual download or on November via Windows Automatic Update.

Microsoft has officially released the final version of Internet Explorer 7.0 (IE7) for Windows XP SP2 with build 7.0.5730.11. IE7 is available for free download at Internet Explorer Home. Though IE7 will be pushed via Automatic Windows Updates on November, it can be disabled from auto-installing. Some localised language edition of IE 7 will be released within the next few weeks and others later.

Internet Explorer 7 features tabbed browsing, web search widget from the toolbar, advanced printing options such as shrink-to-fit printing, anti-phishing filter, ability to discover, read and subscribe to RSS feeds directly from IE7. More importantly, IE7 has improved security features such as ActiveX opt-in and improved support for web standards and CSS.

Mozilla is also expected to release final Firefox 2 anytime this month. So you would better hurry up to test IE before that…

Internet Explorer Information Bar And Javadocs

Internet Explorer Information Bar And JavadocsA little tip for disabling annoying Internet Explorer’s Information Bar when opening Javadocs locally.

It is quite annoing when you open Java API Javadoc with Internet Explorer 6 from your local computer and every time you get the IE’s Information Bar saying: “To help protect your security, Internet Explorer has restricted this file from showing active content that could access your computer. Click here for options…” You can select Allow Blocked Content…, but IE won’t remember the choise next time.

To disable this message to save little time and avoid frustration, go to Internet Explorer’s Tools > Internet options… > Advanced and under Security check the “Allow active content to run files on My Computer“.

Minimal How to Setup LAMP Web Server

Apache

Apache 2.0

Install Apache from Debian stable:

apt-get install apache2

Apache is ready and running. Test that it is workin by pointing browser to www.mysite.com. Read Apache’s security tips.

Apache’s files and directories are:

  • /etc/apache2/sites-available/mysite.com: Your virtual domain configuration.
  • /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/mydomain.com: Symlink to you configuration, when site is enabled with a2ensite mysite.com command.
  • /var/log/apache2/: Logs.
  • /var/www/mysite.com: Your site.

Install Cronolog:

apt-get install cronolog

Make your sites configuration file in /etc/apache2/sites-available/mysite.com:

  ServerAdmin [email protected]
  ServerName www.mysite.com
  ServerAlias mysite.com
  DocumentRoot /var/www/mysite.com
  ErrorLog "|/usr/bin/cronolog /var/log/apache2/%Y/%Y-%m-mysite.com-error.log"
  CustomLog "|/usr/bin/cronolog /var/log/apache2/%Y/%Y-%m-mysite-com-access.log" combined

Make /var/www/mysite.com directory for your sites files. Enable your sites configuration file:

a2ensite mysite.com

Reload Apache:

/etc/init.d/apache2 reload

If you for some reason want to remove the site from Apache configuration:

a2dissite mysite.com

More about installing Apache.

PHP

PHP 5.1

In order to use apt-get to install PHP 5, you need to add one of the dotdeb.org mirrors to /etc/apt/sources.list, like:

deb http://packages.dotdeb.org stable all

And istall PHP:

apt-get update
apt-get install libapache2-mod-php5

Php.ini is in /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini and recommended .ini is in /usr/share/doc/php5-common/examples/php.ini-recommended.

More about installing PHP.

MySQL

MySQL 5.0

Install MySQL also from dotdeb.org as PHP:

apt-get install mysql-server
apt-get install php5-mysql

More about installing MySQL.

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