Posts from December 2008.

Google gets Christmasy

If you search the word ‘Christmas’ on Google you get candy canes to separate search results from advertising! Aaahhhhh.

http://www.google.com/search?q=christmas

Microsoft Plans Quick Fix for IE

As a webdeveloper I know a lot about Internet Explorer.

The number of security issues it has and the none standards complient way it renders webpages often makes me wish they would say “You know what, lets just stop making browsers, we clearly aren’t up to the task, lets just suggest everyone go and get firefox instead”

But instead they suggest this useless list of tips:

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IE6 and the block level anchor (a) tags

To make Internet Explorer 6 treat block level anchor tags correctly, they need a declared width, height or my favourite Internet Explorer only style attribute, zoom:1

That is all.

Using iDrive But Stop iDriveMonitor Autostarting

I like iDrive. It quietly keeps my selected folders backed up. But this isn’t a review of iDrive, it’s instructions for how to use iDrive but stop the iDriveMonitor application from forcing itself to the front of the startup queue when you login.

It took me a while to get to the bottom of the problem after I started delaying application launch to ease memory use on startup.

I knew I needed iDriveMonitor to start at login, but I didn’t want it to start first because it seems to bog down os x when started along with multiple other apps.

But if I removed it from the login items and manually started it, it automatically added itself back to my Login Items. There is no option to stop it doing this built into iDrive. How annoying.

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Delay Login Items and Applications for OS X 10.4 Including iDrive

Once you have had your mac for a while you are likely to have found dozens of applications that you love, and multiple items that you want to start when you log in.

So you add them all to your login-items and you’re done right? Wrong.

If you simply add them all to your login items then when you log in, they all try to start at once and it all ends in a massive delay before you can use any of them or even any of your other applications. It isn’t unheard of to see the rainbow spinner of death on some machines.

My solution was to create my own simple applescript that starts all the things I want, in the order I want and with delays between then to keep my mac in a usable state.

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