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A Quickie…

Folks,
Crazy busy here, and time has not allowed me my regular posting. Today, I only have a moment, and will add something in relation to Monday’s article on Firefox 6, as it seems that (once again) I am not alone:

“… In other news, Mozilla, maker of the popular Firefox browser, found itself in the unfavorable position of having to defend its rapid-release program. With the new six-week release schedule causing some corporate indigestion, Mozilla chair Mitchell Baker issued a statement on why she believes the pros outweigh the cons. You can read her argument here.”

What do you think? Are you a fan of the new release cycle?

Hope I can get back on track soon, and I thank you for your patience.

Today’s quote:It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterwards.” ~ Baltasar Gracian

August 31, 2011 Posted by | computers | , , , | 3 Comments

Harry Potter Movie Is Going To Fail

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$100,000,000 cash

It would appear that the latest”Harry Potter” movie, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” has earned $107 million in its first three days in U.S. theaters; and judging by the fact that people are still waiting to see it due to sold-out showings, it will probably make some more $$$ before its 15 minutes in the spotlight have passed.

It would also appear that the movie is being mentioned on the Internet just a tiny bit, too…
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.. All this in spite of the lame poster..

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I have, here in my hands, eyewitness reports of movie theater parking lots being “jam packed”. I understand also that there’s an IMAX version waiting to be released, though those reports I would have to label as “unsubstantiated”.

With a production budget of a quarter BILLION dollars (sheeze, that’s a lot of tacos), and another $155,000,000 spent on marketing (that’s $355,000,000 total) this film is going to lose money in a big way. Sure as I’m sitting here.

Now, I will grant you that the other films did okay. They must have, as this is number 6. And I suppose one should add in the video game sales (yes, EA has made a game for each of the movies..) and other “memorabilia” sales… No. I changed my mind. Not the game sales. Those are a separate thing, and I don’t think they sell.

And.. yes. The film has been praised for its cinematography, visual effects, production design and art direction, improved acting, as well as the darker theme.

But I think six is stretching too far, and the Law Of Diminishing Returns Hollywood Style (known as “One Sequel Too Many”) will catch up with Master Potter just as it did Death Wish, Dirty Harry, Predator, and the Halloween series. (To name just a few.) Hollywood always does that – milk it ’till the well runs dry – and it’s we who suffer (can you say Weekend At Bernie’s II ?).

Nah. They have to make $248 million more just to break even, and that’s not going to happen. We Americans are fickle and have short attention spans, and we’ll be on to other things/fads by Tuesday.

[note: I usually post my humor pieces on Fridays.]

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Today’s free download: Backup your e-mail (called “archiving”) with MailStore Home. “MailStore Home is a solution for people who have a need to backup their e-mails in a straightforward and simple fashion. It works with all POP3 and IMAP accounts, as well as Thunderbird, Outlook, Exchange Server, and Windows Mail.

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July 19, 2009 Posted by | Internet | , , , , , | 10 Comments

Secure Gmail, repair Internet Explorer

A couple of quick tips to start the week, which were stimulated by reader questions.

Tip(s) of the day: How about that? Two for the price of one!
Tip 1) In response to public demand, Google has added a feature to its Gmail service which will force it to always use SSL encryption when you logon (https). This is particularly beneficial to those of you who use wireless, public computers, and/or public ‘hotspots’. All you need to do is turn it on.
[note: a secured session is not the same thing as encrypting your individual messages. For my How To on that, click here.]

To turn on the “always use” feature, log on to your Gmail account, and in the upper-right area, find, and click on the “Settings” link.
Now, scroll down to the bottom, and in the “Browser connection” option, click on the “always use https” radio button, and then click on “Save Changes”.
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That’s it. You’re done. Now your connection to the mail server will be encrypted and you’ll be protected from packet sniffers.

Tip 2) Sometimes programs get “corrupted” and just refuse to work right, and usually the way to repair them is to uninstall them (Add/Remove Programs), and then re-Install a fresh copy.
One of my more popular articles has been how to repair the hyperlinks function in IE when clicking on a link doesn’t open a new page (if that’s your issue, click here), and this tip goes a little further than that. (To see all my articles on Internet Explorer, click on “IE 7” in my Categories widget.)

You can resolve many troublesome IE issues by “resetting” it (which also re-registers .dll’s).
For IE 7:
Click on “Tools” and then “Internet Options”.
On the Advanced tab, and then click the “Reset” button.
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For IE 6:
[note: I highly, sincerely, and ardently, urge you to stop using IE 6, and switch to 7, or Firefox 3, or Avant, or whatever. Please? It’s only the most hacked piece of software ever!]
a: Click Start, click Run, type “%systemroot%\inf” (no quotes) and then press Enter.
b: Find the Ie.inf file that is located in Windows\Inf folder.
c: Right-click the Ie.inf file, and then click Install.
d: Restart the computer when the file copy process is complete

Today’s free link: In one of the tips above, I mentioned Windows’ Add/Remove Programs tool (found in your Control Panel) which is the standard method for uninstalling programs from your machine. Long-time Windows users can attest that this utility doesn’t always work as it should, and completely remove all traces of the app you want gone. To really remove a program, you may want the power of a 3rd-party uninstall program, and the one that’s most recommended in the Geek community is Revo Uninstaller (also available in a portable version).

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August 4, 2008 Posted by | advice, computers, e-mail, how to, IE 7, Internet, PC, privacy, security, tech, troubleshooting, Windows | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments