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    XP SP2 RC1

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    Last week we shipped SP2 RC1 for Windows XP. This is a Release Candidate and it is not intended to be used in production environments. However, those of you who love to test things can check it out here . Those of you who are merely interested in screen...
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    why doesn't the favicon for my site appear in IE7?

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    Today I have a mini-FAQ on Favicons. Q: How do I make a favicon appear for my site in IE7? A: There are two ways. The first is to put a file in the root of your domain called favicon.ico. The second is to use a <link> tag with the rel="shortcut...
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    why IE will only let you save as BMP

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    why IE will only let you save as BMP...
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    how to cleanly start and stop explorer.exe

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    If you are running Windows XP and want a cmd prompt with no strange environment variables set, do the following: CTRL + SHIFT + ESC ->File-> CTRL +New Task (Run...) This will open a cmd window with only the basics. This is useful if you have killed...
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    KB832894 is now live at Windows Update

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    I recommend everyone visit Windows Update and install this patch. Here is the security bulletin containing technical information about the patch. I will summarize it for you. This patch fixes a cross domain vulnerability that could allow LMZ script...
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    windows xp sp2 rc2

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    I have been slacking in the posting department during my recent travels. RC2 shipped last week, while I was in NYC. Others have spoken about it. I will describe briefly what changed wrt pop-up blocker. But first a warning: everyday we have an internal...
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    IE shortcuts

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    My roommate had a house guest over this weekend and I woke one morning to find her in the office attempting to use a computer currently busy showing football in full screen mode. She was grapling with the trackball, a device she was unfamiliar with. When...
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    How do I change what CTRL+ENTER does in IE?

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    When using IE, CTRL + ENTER is a very useful shortcut. It puts 'http://www' before the text in the address bar and '.com' at the end. So if I want to visit 'http://www.microsoft.com' all I have to do is type ALT + D , microsoft, CTRL + ENTER . But what...
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    more on why ie will only let you save as bmp

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    ...and why View->Source sometimes stops working. I had previously discussed this here . In that post I mentioned the reason for this was IE's cache was filling up. This brings up the question, "Why does the cache scavanger not kick in and do its job...
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    xpsp2 beta pop-up manager feedback

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    I thought I would take some time to respond to some of the feedback from the beta. First, we have gotten a lot of very positive feedback on the Pop-up Manager. I am very happy about this. I have always been excited to work on IE because it is used by...
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    the wrongness of "how do i disable right-click on my web site?"

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    This question comes up frequently and generally the asker really means, “How can I prevent people from stealing the [content | script] from my Web site?” And there are a few things you can do to make it more difficult. You can add onContextMenu...
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    the windows style guide

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    I am a UI programmer. I work on the BrowserUI team. Of course, very little of my time is spent actually making UI--the buttons and toolbars and such. Adding a button takes a few minutes out of my week. Writing the code to implement whatever the button...
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    i continue

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    I have returned from my Holiday holiday. I am back, hard at work on Internet Explorer the Next. I will, hopefully, have more interesting things to post soon. In the meantime, for those of you who may care, I present a brief summary of my Midwestern Wanderings...
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    tax time

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    I did my taxes last night. I always had my father's accountant do them in the past, so this was my first time. It took about an hour and a half. I learned some things: (1) The capital gains tax sucks. (2) My federal withholding is set way too high...
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    Index.dat Part III - How do I delete index.dat?

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    These data files are used by Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer. You cannot delete a file that is in use by a running program. If you feel you need to delete the file, you will have to shutdown all instances of Explorer and IE. This includes applications...
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    windows xp service pack 2 rtm

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    As just about everybody knows by now, SP2 has been released to manufacturing. For those of you who are IT professionals and developers, you can download the full SP2 install here . Or if you are one of those bleeding-edge types who just cannot wait for...
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    more on explorer.exe

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    I just noticed that my recent post on how to start and shutdown Explorer got a lot of hits. I was looking at the referer logs and it seems a lot of people have more questions about Explorer. I will answer some of them: Q: What is explorer.exe? A: Most...
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    a brief history of setHomePage()

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    I started working on IE right after IE 5.5 shipped. Since then, there is one little feature which has been the subject of my loving attention from time to time-- setHomePage() . setHomePage() is implemented as a behavior in iepeers.dll. It takes one...
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    gee, that is a nice mouse

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    I inadvertently won a new Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer with Tilt Wheel Technology , the Look and Feel of Leather, and Three Times Longer Battery Life . So I plugged it in. It is actually a really nice mouse. They finally made it so the scroll wheel...
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    tuesday update

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    Well, the Cracker/Camper show last night was really good. I always find it interesting to see who else from works shows up at rock shows. Interestingly enough, there was a large overlap in attendence between this show and G3 . Anyway, we staked out good...
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    the methodology of making tea

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    The topic came up at our weekly monday morning status meeting. AJS noted my tea was 'frothier' then his. I told him it was because I put the milk in first, then added the hot water. As an uncultured American from the midwest , I did not realize there...
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    closed on sunday

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    It seems as if everything in Redmond closes on sunday. Even the “Brooklyn” bagel place . I do not remember seeing any closed bagel places in Brooklyn on sunday. This annoys my roommate a lot.
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    direct to my wrist

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    I got one of these . It was given to me by a coworker. I have been wearing it. It entertains me in meetings and such, but it does not update as often as I would like. It seems I do not get reception for it inside the building where I work. <snif/>
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    new rock

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    I got the new Amadan CD in the mail on Monday. Their first CD was about halfway between Grafton Street and Dropkick Murphys . Their new CD definatly leans toward the Dropkick Murphys end of the spectrum, even with the singer from Grafton Street making...
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    Index.dat Part IV - It's doing what on the UI thread?

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    Whenever someone kills an application because it is hung we get a little report with the stack and some other information (if the user chooses to send it). About 1% of the reports for IE are from users who have killed IE (or the Internet Control Panel...
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