December 16, 2008

This ends today! (Open File – Security Warning)

Posted in Beginner at 4:01 am by gloriouscomputing

Are you sure? Are you?

Are you sure? Are you? Are you feeling lucky, punk?

How many times do you see this Vista dialog a day? 20, 30 times? How many times, after the first time you saw it, did you stop to think “Hm, well, I clicked the download exe link, I waited for it to download, then I double clicked it, I told Firefox that it’s cool to run… But now! But now if Windows thinks it might be dangerous due to being an exe, well maybe now I should reconsider this whole thing.”

Not once did this dialog make you think the above? That’s because warning dialogs of this nature are useless. In total, this dialog alone probably wasted an hour of my life. Well, this ends today! You turned off the stupid UAC as the first thing you did after installing Vista, now it’s time for this abomination to go.

Here’s how to turn it off:

  • Go to your Control Panel
  • Internet Options
  • Security tab
  • Custom Level (it’s a little button somewhere hard to see)
  • Scroll down for a while, under Miscellaneous
  • Launching applications and unsafe files
  • Change it from Prompt to Enable

Wow, 7 steps. They really tried to stop us from enjoying our computing experience. Here’s a screenshot of what you are looking for.

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December 8, 2008

Hostsman – Best thing that happened to your Hosts file since Vista

Posted in Intermediate at 12:26 am by gloriouscomputing

The program Hostsman is a nice front-end GUI for changing your hosts file.

If you are like me, you only have to do this about once a months. However, if you are like me, you also spend about 5 minutes finding the file deep down in the Windows folder, then another 10 minutes holding down various combinations of Shift and Ctrl to get Notepad to open the file with Admin rights so that you can actually save your changes. This has been an annoyance since Windows Vista.

I can vouch that the learning curve for this program is none. It took me less time to download, install, and learn how to do the basic Add/Edit/Delete operations (which is all I need) than it takes to do the same thing in Vista with Notepad.

I tested Hostsman 3.1 Beta and found it working on Windows XP and Windows Vista.

December 2, 2008

Want to make Updaters? Dispatcher is here.

Posted in For Developers at 5:29 pm by gloriouscomputing

Puchisoft Dispatcher is ready for prime-time. If you are a software developer looking to include an Updater with your software, look no further.

Dispatcher can take care of your entire software release and update process. Dispatcher makes Updaters specialized for your software, incorporates them with your software, and creates Installers for you. When you are ready to release an update, Dispatcher generates binary-difference patches and uploads them to your website. When the user runs your Updater, it will find and apply the patches, updating your software to its latest version!

Last night, Dispatcher’s window was made resizable, which was the last feature on the wish-list for a 1.0 release. Puchisoft, Inc. is currently being registered as a company with upload.com, upon completion of which, Dispatcher will be ready to be advertised there. Before slapping the “1.0” or “Stable” sticker on it, one more bug-finding session will take place.

If you are interested, you can download Dispatcher right now.