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Tuesday 19th March 2013

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Windows Tips

Here is a small sample of some things that can make your life easier in Windows.
Disable Aero Peek (Windows 7)
If you like to use Alt+Tab to switch between apps but are irritated by the background changing while scrolling through them, then you can turn this feature off by following the below steps:
  1. Open Control Panel
  2. Select View by: Large icons
  3. Click Performance Information and Tools
  4. Click Adjust visual effects (you may need administrator privileges for this)
  5. Uncheck Enable Aero Peek
There are other options here, which you may want to enable/disable too.

Disabling Aero Peek
Disabling Aero Peek

Install the Snipping Tool
For those of you who like to take screenshots regularly, an excellent tool for this is the Snipping Tool, which is part of Windows from Vista. With it, you can draw a box over your screen to copy this to the clipboard, ready for pasting in other apps such as Microsoft Word or when composing an e-mail.

Example of a snip
Example of a snip

As the above screenshot shows, you can highlight items of interest. You can also draw on to your snip.

Snipping Tool
Snipping Tool

Click Start and then start typing "Snipping" in the 'Search programs and files' box to bring up the app. If you do not have it installed, follow these steps to get it:
  1. Open Control Panel
  2. Under Programs, select 'Uninstall a program' (ironically!)
  3. On the left-hand side, click 'Turn Windows features on or off'
  4. After a short while, the Windows Features window appears. Check 'Tablet PC Components' and then click OK.

Windows Features
Windows Features

Use Private Browsing
If your computer is shared with other people and you don't want them to see what websites you've been looking at, you can do this with a feature of most modern browsers known as private browsing. When in this mode, all history, cache and cookies that are downloaded are automatically deleted when closing the private window leaving no trace of where you've been. You should be aware that although there won't be a trace of your activity on your computer, your ISP or IT department (if you're at school or work) will still have the ability to see what you've been up to on the web.

Enabling this mode is easy in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Windows Internet Explorer:
  • Google Chrome: click the 'Customise and control Google Chrome' and then click 'New incognito window' (or press Ctrl+Shift+N). You will notice the image of a spy in the top-left.
  • Mozilla Firefox: click the 'Firefox' menu and then click 'Start Private Browsing' (or press Ctrl+Shift+P). You will notice the 'Firefox' menu has turned purple.
  • Windows Internet Explorer: click 'Tools' (or press Alt+T) and then click 'InPrivate Browsing' (or press Ctrl+Shift+P). You will notice the word 'InPrivate' in the address bar.
Google Chrome: incognito window
Google Chrome: incognito window
Mozilla Firefox: Private Browsing
Mozilla Firefox: Private Browsing
Windows Internet Explorer: InPrivate Browsing
Windows Internet Explorer: InPrivate Browsing

 

Tuesday 12th March 2013

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martin2k Software

Since its launch on 2nd February 2013, martin2k Software has been quite successful. So far, it has had 65 apps submitted to it making a total of 69 apps. This is largely thanks to a company called GSA - Softwaredevelopment and Analytics who have added my site to their GSA Auto SoftSubmit product so that those who submit their PAD files using this will have a copy sent to me.
PAD Files
So what have I been doing with the PAD files that I receive? I made a simple app to process them of course! The app, imaginatively named 'martin2k Software', reads the files and essentially outputs a PHP document ready for uploading to my website. This has made my life much easier as it takes only minutes for me to add each app.

martin2k Software
martin2k Software

PHP Problems!

Annoyingly, when I opened my website today, PHP error messages appeared relating to use of the 'include' statement. This is puzzling as I have a php.ini file, which enables the use of this. I have contacted my hosting provider 1&1 and hopefully they can sort it out. Looks pretty hideous, I think:

PHP Error Messages
PHP Error Messages

 


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