Journal of computing related issues for Web Authoring, and general topics using Mac, Windows and Linux platforms.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Save Icon Positions in XP Desktop

Having just rebuilt my XP system I have again the old problem of he carefully laid out icons on my desktop occasionally re-arranging themselves.

If you have this problem a nice solution is available here Icon Restore

Friday, September 18, 2009

Multiple Desktops VirtuaWin for XP

On my Production XP system I have two screens, one of which I switch to my XP Test machine when needed. Having a single screen is so frustrating after you get use to two so I looked around for a multi desktop similar to those available in Linux systems.

There is one available from MS in their PCTools but I prefer this one.

Downloaded from and installed on Test XP OK. Needed to play around with hot keys but as long as I chose NAV option and not WIN option (not sure why) it worked fine.

Playing m4v videos in XP

Came across m4v video in Lightroom Help Forums, a video for renaming photos. I downloaded and clicked on it and it would not play. I think it is a portable format for ipods etc.

Drag and dropped it into VLC player and hey presto off it went.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Mailto: email on Firefox stopped working - solution

Mailto: email on Firefox stopped working - solution

I upgraded Firefox to 3.5 and a few days later I discovered that on web pages that had a clickable mailto email function, nothing happened. It worked on IE8 and Safari.

In looking for solution I came accross Gmail Notifier, that appeared to overcome the problem of choosing Gmail as default in such situations instead of Outlook, so I installed this. This worked fine in IE8 and Safari but again no joy with Firefox 3.5.

On googling problem I came across a solution that involved Fireox about: and making changes to Google Toolbar settings. I did not go there but this reminded me that I had uninstalled Google Toolbar and so I re-installed this and hey prest - fixed. You can supress Google Toolbar by deselecting in View menu, and it still works, just do not disable or un-install.

Not claiming this will fix your problem, just recording it fixed mine

Monday, March 30, 2009

File Renamer great free program


Installed version 5.40 of this excellent program, can now add Exif Date to names. 

Monday, February 23, 2009

Posts new Address

During 2008  I started using Google Docs to log my computing activities. These are visible at 

  1. Maxdat Windows XP Log V3
  2. HP Compaq MS XP Pro Test System
  3. Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex
Also I have built several websites using Google Sites, more complete examples are
  1. Writing Web Pages
  2. Maths
Finally I Serif offered me an upgrade to their WebPlus for just £22.00 including postage, so I have recently revisited this product and I am hoping to tie everything together with this at 

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Husband, dad and grandad. Physics graduate from London University in late 60s. Retired from IBM company in 2000 after 27 years as both Sytems Engineer and Salesman. Interests include photography, nature, science, maths, walking, travel. I like facts as a basis of opinion and not opinion that is assumed to be fact.