Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Windows Live Messenger + Firefox + Win 7 = fixed

According to James Ross at Mozilla’s Bugzilla, you can prevent Windows Live Messenger 2009 (14) from popping up when minimizing Firefox by throwing this very simple fix into Firefox’s About:Config

Type About:Config in your Firefox address bar, click past the warning.

Right click the list, choose New –> Boolean.

Input config.trim_on_minimize into the Window that pops up, then set it to true.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Open Search Windows 7 RC Compatibility

Well, they randomly changed the way OpenSearch works in Windows 7 RC (7100), I’ve narrowed down the problem, and I will begin updating all of the OpenSearch scripts one by one and post when they are completed.


They are all up to date, and should work just fine in Windows 7 RC Build 7100. If the sidebar doesn’t load, which it seems to take a while doing, you can visit the link below.


Rant-Space’s OpenSearch Listing

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Microsoft Releases Windows 7 RC

If you’re reading this, go grab a copy. Personally I’m anxious to try out Virtual XP, the official one from Microsoft, not the one that hosed my install.


Download – Microsoft’s Windows 7 RC Website

Friday, May 01, 2009

It’s been a rough few..

Wow, talk about a crappy flu season. I’ve been hit with an upper respiratory  flu bug, now I got hit by a stomach flu, however that’s the only symptoms I have at the moment. I don’t know, or think I have the swine flu (H1N1 2009), but as I’m being hit that badly, I might avoid testing as to not be the first to curse the state of Maryland by possibly having the bug, despite the fact that I contracted this flu from someone who has had contact with someone from Mexico, and was stupidly sick, and stupidly studying while being sick.

Anyway, onto Windows 7 stuff, this will  be my third install of Windows 7 in the month of April. First one was a single boot of build 7077, then 7100 got released and I upgraded to that, sporked the install, and had to reinstall from the disk. Don’t let that deter you, the OS is very solid for being a release candidate, but it’s got that slight issue of being silently incompatible with some applications. Meaning if you install something, and it doesn’t complain about compatibility right away, but still remains incompatible in some respects, it could hose your install. So if you do decide to try Windows 7, BACK UP YOUR DATA! You will seriously regret it if you don’t.

I honestly don’t have any DVD-Rs available to me, so what I did, and might be a viable install option for some of you, rather than following the upgrade path. Install Windows XP, don’t update, don’t install drivers, just install that OS as a base to work off of, I installed from my Windows XP Pro SP2 disk, which took me about 10 to 15 minutes from setup to desktop. Then, on a fresh install of XP, I extracted the contents of the Windows 7 DVD by using 7zip, extracted the contents of the .iso to a folder on the desktop.

I then ran setup.exe, and chose Custom Install once it gave me that option, I then chose the partition where Windows XP is installed, and let it do it’s thing. 15 minutes later I had a full fresh install of Windows 7, with all of XP’s files sitting in a folder on the root of my drive labeled Windows.old. Delete if you’d like, its just wasting space as it’s only XP’s files.