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How to forbid downloading files with Internet Explorer

Assuming that if a user of a given machine has chosen Internet Explorer as his/her browser, one can conclude that the user is not quite aware of hat he/she is doing. So just to be safe, it may be a good way to prevent the user from downloading any files from Internet if he/she is using IE.
Naturally, to force such a strange behavior we will use a good old registry tweak. First, we will open the Registry. Open the Start menu and enter regedit in the start menu searchbox:

and hit Enter. The Registry Editor will open:

Using the left-hand pane, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\3:

Note: The next step is optional as the value 1803 may already exist.
On the right-hand pane click anywhere except the Name column and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value:

Name the new value 1803:

Double-click on it and a window will open. Enter 0 in the Value data textbox:

Click OK and close the Registry Editor. To revert to your old settings simply delete the value 1803.
Note: This trick works for IE 6 through 9.

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The clash of the browsers

There is a rule in software – the more choices the customer has the larger the chance to choose the worst option. Nowadays there is a large variety of anything, including browsers. Add the ease of access to the internet and as a result we get the Browser Wars II.

Today the most used browsers are Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Apple’s Safari. Basically, the only thing either of these browsers could do is to out-innovate each other.

At first IE held the dominant place, but its share has been shrinking thanks to the strong competition from Firefox and Chrome. However with the last release of IE – Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft got back in the game, by doing what won them the first Browser Wars – innovation and embracing (and implementing) new standards(in this case HTML 5 and CSS3).

In a recent benchmark related to HTML5, Firefox 3.7 and Opera are just a little faster than IE9 and extremely faster than Chrome. In terms of CPU, Firefox 3.7, Opera, IE and Chrome came with pretty much the same results. However, when it comes to JavaScript, Chrome and Opera are on the top.

In terms of HTML5 and CSS3, Opera and IE9 support a larger part of the standard compared to their competitors, however they don’t support WebGL like Firefox and Chrome.

To talk about a perfect browser is naïve and ridiculous. Each browser has its flaws and depending on the users’ needs each browser can be “the perfect choice”. It is up to us, the users, to choose the browser that fits our needs.

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A taste of Mango – Microsoft’s second major update of Windows Phone OS

Microsoft announced that the next version of the Windows Phone OS, named Mango has already been released to manufacturers for testing.

After manufacturers have tested the new OS, it will be delivered to the users via software updates.

According to Terry Myerson – Microsoft’s corporate vice president in charge of engineering Windows Phone, the Windows Phone team is working hard preparing for the update process while waiting for the manufacturers’ replies.

This update will bring one of the key features that Windows Phone OS lacked for no apparent reason – multitasking (technically multitasking existed in Windows Phone 7, but it was impossible to switch between third party applications – this will be no longer an issue in the update Windows Phone OS). It will also introduce a new and improved version of Internet Explorer (based on IE9 instead of IE7).

Mango is the second major update of Windows Phone OS and will bring more than 500 new features to the Windows Phone 7 platform (the first update was in March and added cut-paste and copy-paste functionality, faster loading of applications and improved market search). The “Mango” update was first discussed in February at MWC (Mobile World Congress) and by the end of April Microsoft announced those more than 500 features.

Despite the many rumors, Microsoft have stated that Mango is not considered a new version of their mobile OS, but a mere update of it.

The beta version of Mango was released at the end of July to help developers ensure backward compatibility and to allow them to integrate the new backend features into their applications.

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Microsoft vs European Union – so silly.

Microsoft vs European Union - so silly.

As it became clear recently, Microsoft should have to swallow a bitter bit coming from the EU. A new restriction for their Windows 7 is on its way to provoke a small revolution in the IT industry. Here in Europe we will have Windows without the legendary blue icon of Internet Explorer. The scandalous news came out last month and it surely promises a “hot” summer for the Microsoft’s legal consultants from their European headquarters in Paris.

The people from the IT-giant promised that PC makers and users shall have an easy way to download and install the browsing program. However the European Commission stroke back by announcing that this might be an insufficient effort by the company to calm down all accusations that they are “abusing” their market position.

The management officers at Microsoft seem to be confident that the new product will appear on the market as planned and their won’t be any delay in launching Windows 7 at the same time as it launches in the rest of the world. They also mention that they need to make sure that this new product is in compliance with the European competition laws and despite the fact that such separation of the Internet browser from Windows is not their first choice, they see it as a fair solution. Of course, the bureaucrats from Brussels came out with additional obstructions and obstacles before Microsoft’s flexible idea with the mysterious remark "It would also have to consider whether this initial step of technical separation of IE from Windows could be negated by other actions by Microsoft". Why did no one say anything like this some twenty years ago when Internet Explorer changed the world?!

As common sense dictates, Microsoft offers another suggestion to the browser problem – to add browsers of their rivals. Actually this can work for all PC makers and the consumers that will make their first acquaintance with the new operation system from their newly purchased PCs. The great problem is for the consumers who just want to upgrade their existing PCs to Windows 7. Usually this can happen with an upgrade procedure, which preserves all data and applications, but not in this case. Because of the browser removal moving to the new version can only be done by a clean installation. Once they get it done (if they go wild and really do it) they can not download any applications in an easy… because they don’t have a browser. Microsoft tries to be helpful by offering Internet Explorer in CD-ROMs in retail stores.

So maybe this is the moment when the flaming brainiacs in the European Commission has to ask themselves the following questions: what are competition laws necessary for; aren’t these laws purposed to protect the consumers; how for God’s sake is this “browser problem” useful for the consumers. Sometimes bureaucracy and formalism can reach amazing pathological levels and a man with common sense can get the impression that it can be healed only by a quick brain surgery. It is ridiculous to put Microsoft on the frontline for “abusing the market” by having their legendary web-browser in their even more legendary Windows system. Soon we can expect the EU to fine the United Kingdom for the fact they have sea and in this way they abuse the fish market, because countries like Austria, Hungary and Slovakia are quite “sealess”. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Download Flash from Web site

All of us have seen cool Flash animations and videos somewhere in the Internet (Youtube, Google Video, Yahoo! Video, etc.), but when we want to get this Flash, to save locally on hard disk or memory card there is no Save As… option when you click on the Flash.

In the Internet exist many software programs which will extract and download this flash file from webpage for you, but most of then are shareware or with commercial license.

The easiest way to get this Flash file from website is to get the the file from cache folder of your browser. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to establish FTP connetion with Internet Explorer

This tutorial will show you how to use Internet Explorer like FTP client.

When you start your Internet Explorer go go location bar and type:

ftp://user@host.com

With ftp:// you specify the protocol of connection. user must be replaced with username for this connectio and host.com is address of FTP server. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to use Windows Update

This tutorial will show you how to use Windows Update to stay tuned and with latest update for your Windows.

To use Windows Update go to Start -> All Programs -> Windows Update Read the rest of this entry »

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