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.

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…

Boot Up Windows Before You Even Log In

Windows XP LoginWith this tip you can make Windows boot up to feel a little faster.

If you wait couple minutes after turning your computer on to log in Windows and after log in you wait still some more minutes before Windows is ready to go, this tip is for you and it will save you minutes every day. After booting up to login screen Windows will login automatically and lock the desktop right after that.

So, you boot up your computer and next you unlock the desktop and can start surfing the web right away. Note that for security reasons, which are saving password as plaintext into Windows registry and desktop being unlock for a little moment during the booting up, this really probably suitable only for home computer with singel user.

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 Install SSH Clients


PuTTY 0.58

Download PuTTY (putty.exe). You can also download PSCP (pscp.exe) from the same download page for coping files from command prompt. Copy both files into a folder in your hard drive. When you start the PuTTY, it will ask the login configuration. Default SSH port is 22.


WinSCP 3.8.2

Download WinSCP as standalone application (winscp382.exe). Copy the file into a folder in your hard drive. When you start the program, it will ask the login configuration. Default SSH port is 22. From WinSCP F.A.Q.: How do I change user after login (e.g. su root)?.

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