Thursday, December 1, 2011

Solution for View Source menu opening Desktop

Problem

Out IT team had do downgrade Internet Explorer on one of the system from IE8 to IE6.

Strange things began to happen after that. One frustrating issue was with clicking on the View -> Source menu in Internet Explorer 6. Instead of opening the page source in notepad, it was opening a new explorer view and showing the Desktop!!!

Googling didn't help - there were plenty of people with the same problem but no solution.

Thankfully, I knew it was a registry corruption issue and was able to identify the fix indirectly from some sites.

Actual Fix
  1. Open regedit.
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer.
  3. Here, there should be a key called "View Source". Simply delete this key (if you feel unsafe, you can backup just this key before deletion).
  4. Restart your internet explorer and the problem is solved!

Actual Cause
In HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer, IE 7 and 8 has a key called "View Source". This contents of this key is used to define which Editor will open when you select View Source from the menu. Unfortunately, when IE 7 or IE 8 gets rolled back to IE6, the contents of the "View Source" key is deleted from registry but not the key itself.
So when IE6 starts, it finds the key and incorrectly expects the editor settings there.
Deleting the "View Source" registry key causes IE to use notepad.exe to display the source by default!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Google Sky Map Review

I finally found the ultimate app out there for Android - no surprise its from Google!
You just point the phone at the sky and it shows you the names of the heavenly objects on screen!!! Stars, planets, constellations, galaxies even! Also, in case you cant find it, you can type the name, eg: moon, and voila, it guides you to which part of the sky that object currently is.

And there is a new feature called time travel, whereby you can view the sky forward or backward in time - so u can see historic eclipses or plan your future ones.

Another nice thing is that, though it uses GPS to automatically find your current position, in case your GPS is slow, or you dont have GPS, or you simply want the sky details of another point on the planet, you have an option to directly enter the coordinates (latitude and longitude - which you can find out from wikimapia). Combine this with the cool Time Travel feature, and you can plan when to take your girlfriend to the beach so u wont miss the sunset next week for super brownie points ;)!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Favourite must-have Android Offline Apps

work in progress!
In this must have list, I will be focusing on apps that do their work without net connectivity.
Utils
Swype apk: This is basically an alternative to the basic keyboard Input in Android. Swype greatly reduces ur typing speed by allowing u to drag ur finger over the letters of a keyboard instead of typing each letter one by one. It then guesses smartly the correct word or gives you options if more than 1 word is eligible! On some Android phones, this comes default installed, but on others you have to install it. Make sure you dont install this if you already have it installed. You wont get this on Market but you can install it from the apk link I've given.
Flashlight by Devesh Parekh apk: One touch app that turns your phone into a white full bright screen. Very useful especially if you usually keep your phone on lowest light and you one day find yourself needing some light in the dark...
Advanced Task Killerapk: EXCELLENT APP. Using this to kill unnecessary apps that run in the background, I was able to extend my Android battery by 6-8 hours (I can get max 48 hours with mild usage and no 3G).
App Monster apk: A good application manager - shows u all user apps that are installed, gives you an option to back up the apps onto your sd card (useful if you installed the app via Market and dont have apk file to install later once you uninstalled).
Cardiometer apk: Inspires you to start losing weight with all its cool features!!! Shows you your calories burnt, distance travelled, even running route on a map if GPS is enabled and so much more...
J2ME Runner Home: Run almost any Mobile Java application on your android with this.
Vignette apk: A great replacement for the default Android Camera
Chomp SMS apk: Alternative to the default Android SMS app. Has a slightly better threaded view and customizable colors.

Fun
Google Sky Map Home: THE BEST APP EVER! Detailed review at my other post here.

Games
Angry Birds apk: Amazing addictive game
Abduction apk: First bestseller on Android - a fun motion sensor game
Fish food apk: Interesting game with a new take on the old matching colours game.

For offline installation and best places to download apk files, check my previous post, Applications for Android - Online vs Offline Installation
 
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