Prevent/Fix Operation Aborted Errors In IE

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The screenshot above is the worst nightmare of any webmaster, it relates to improper JavaScript coding that prevents your site from loading in Internet Explorer.

And considering the Sitemeter debacle quite sometime back, which prevented users from visiting the site running sitemeter code because of a problem in their JavaScript code, it can be pretty annoying as you are still losing traffic for no fault of yours.

Many might say it is IE’s fault as other browsers handle JavaScript errors pretty well, however that is how it handles things, so we need to make sure that the JavaScript code does not have errors in the first place, I am saying this because I myself have made a mistake once and lost traffic from IE users, you can read more about that experience in my post Incomplete testing can lose you traffic.

To overcome this error, I had told you about some simple steps you can do on your end to avoid operation aborted errors, to add to that the IE blog today wrote a extensive tutorial that will help developers to avoid visitors from seeing the dreaded error on their websites.

The post is pretty detailed and talks about possible scenarios the error will occur in and the steps you can take to debug your code to track such errors.

Definitely useful considering the fact that IE still holds a considerable share in the browser market, so no matter whether you love it or hate it, you still have to code for it.

Preventing Operation Aborted Scenarios [IE Blog]

Gmail Goes Down Once Again

In a major embarrassment for Google, went down once again today and is still inaccessible to many users.

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This is the second time in recent past that Gmail has gone down and does not really go down well with many users who rely on Gmail for both regular as well as custom domain related emails from Google Apps.

The Gmail blog has acknowledged the downtime and are working on it, however users accessing email using POP and IMAP should not be affected.

We will update you whenever we come across some more information about the downtime. In the meantime you can try one of the different Gmail modes to see if you can access your email.

How to Fix Default Zip File Behavior

Recently, one of my friends asked me this question via email.

A few years ago, I received a .rar file via email.   I was unfamiliar with this filetype and after I researched it on the Internet, I found 7zip and used it to open the archive.

Some time after that I uninstalled 7zip but somehow messed up my zip file association.   Now whenever I try to create a .zip file, I get the attached message.   I click Yes, and the system will create the .zip archive, but the message still shows up each time.   The file association shows that “Compressed (zipped) Folders” is associated to .zip files, so I don’t know what the issue is.

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Text of the error message: (Windows XP)
For Compressed (zipped) Folders to handle ZIP files correctly, the application associated with them must be Compressed (zipped) Folders. Currently this is not the case.

Do you want to designate Compressed (zipped) Folders as the application for handling ZIP files?

This problem wasn’t unfamiliar to me. I had similar problems back in the days of Windows ME. However, I couldn’t remember the solution. I did vaguely recall that someone had developed a tiny freeware utility that helped fix most ZIP issues.

I did a quick web search and learned that the zipfldr.dll file wasn’t registered properly. A couple of simple commands finally fixed my friend’s problem.

Enable or Disable Compressed Folders in Windows XP

If you are running Vista or Win7, go to the end of this article.

You can enable ZIP handling by Windows Compressed Folders if you have a problem using it. You can also disable it if you’d rather use a different archive manager like 7Zip.

  • Click your Start button
  • Select Run
  • Paste one of the two following commands into the Run box
  • Press the Enter Key
  • Reboot

This command will enable the use of Compressed Folders
regsvr32 %windir%\system32\zipfldr.dll

This command will disable the use of Compressed Folders
regsvr32 /u %windir%\system32\zipfldr.dll

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In my friend’s case, he told me that he had to run both commands. He disabled then enabled to get the Compressed Folders working again.

You may also want to make sure that the ZIP filetype is associated with Compressed Folders. Here’s how to do that if you don’t already know.

First, open My Computerby selecting it in your Start menu or by double clicking it on your Desktop.

Next, choose the Tools menu.

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Then choose Folder Options.

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Finally, use the File Types tab and scroll down until you see the entry for ZIP. As shown below, it should be associated with Compressed Folders. If it’s not, you can typically hit the Change button below and choose Compressed Folders from the list of programs that will be displayed. You must also place a check mark next to the   Always use …box before you press OK on the Change dialog.

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An Easier Way to Take Control of Compressed Folders

By the way, I finally did find the little utility that gives you control over the default ZIP behavior. I had it stashed away on one of my hard drives. It’s called the Windows-XP-ZIP-Support-Control, and it looks like this.

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Isn’t that sweet? As far as I know, it does everything I talked about above by simply clicking buttons. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone developed something like this for Vista or Win7?

Enable or Disable Compressed Folders in Windows Vista and Windows 7

I recommend a visit Annoyances.org for instructions on disabling or repairing the default ZIP integration in Windows Vista or Windows 7.

Have a Zippy Day!

Repair Windows Live Writer Continuous Crashes, Direct Download Standalone Windows Live Writer

Windows Live Writer is one of my favorite blogging tools, and I use it quite a lot to post to several blogs I write for, however out of the blue today WLW started to crash and did not even allow me to open it.

Every time I fired up Windows Live Writer it crashed after showing the splash screen as you can see below.

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I tried to repair the software to no avail, restarted the PC and did almost everything I could, but the damn thing just would not work, but not for long, like we solve your trouble’s we find solution for ours too. BTW this post is written using WLW :-).

We were finally able to solve the problem and also directly download the standalone installer for Windows Live Writer and install it again, however we did much more than that, so here is a tutorial that will help you repair Windows Live Writer by performing , uninstall it, reinstall it and restoring Windows Live Writer settings, plugins and draft posts and get it working again.

Step 1: Use the Windows Live Writer Backup tool to backup your settings, drafts, plugins and save it to a safe location. It is very important you do this incase something goes wrong and you lose everything.

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Step 2: Go to Add/Remove Programs or Programs & Features in and search for Windows Live Essentials and click on the Uninstall/Change button and uninstall Windows Live Writer. Read more on how to uninstall individual windows live programs.

Step 3: Go to your My Documents folder and rename the folder My Weblog Poststo something else, also go to the local settings folder and copy the Windows Live Writer folder and save it somewhere else, after you have created a backup, delete the folder from the Local folder.

In Windows Vista you will find this under C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming in Windows XP you should find it under the Local settings folder for your user.

Please make sure you have backed up everything as suggested in step 1 before deleting anything.

Step 4: Once you have uninstalled WLW and followed step 3, directly download the Windows Live Writer application from here and install it.

Step 5: Once again use the Windows Live Writer Backup tool to restore the drafts, blog settings and plugins.

That’s it, hopefully this should fix a annoyance some of you have where Windows Live Writer does not start at all.

Arrange Your Explorer Icons Neatly By More Filter Options

Most of the Microsoft Windows users often get messed up with their files because of the lack of grouping or categorizing of the newly added items to the computer. This creates a compete chaos in the system that it becomes too difficult to go through them. And at the end, after clearing this mess out, we end up with many important files deleted.

This can be prevented by proper grouping of the files and folders based on different filters. Unlike what you maybe thinking, there is no need of any extra software for this. There is a option in the Windows Explorer itself, which I am sure many of you have not noticed. So, I thought that I would introduce them to you people.

Go to any folder,

  1. Click on “view” button in the menu bar.
  2. Go to “choose details” option in that. You will get a list of options that have check boxes. These are the options that you get in your “Arrange Icons By” filter. For example, by default you have “Arrange icons by> name,   size, date, type and modified”
  3. Now by checking the option “Author” you will get an extra filter for you files i.e., “Arrange icons by> author”. These options depend on the files in the folder you have selected.

This is really good for people who keep on installing new softwares to their system and often get messed up with their softwares.

Twitter Spam Spreading To Blogs

Spammers are everywhere, no matter how hard you try to avoid them they will coming after you in one way or the other.

The most favorable way of spammers/hackers to operate is to target something that is popular, for example Windows, or and compromise users in the end.

A new way of spam is spreading and twitter is the center of attraction once again, can’t help it can they. Like always we do spot spam, and here is how twitter spam is now affecting blogs.

Many blogs are now pulling in conversations from external sites using services such as Backtype, however many spammers are now aware of this trend and are manipulating the system by posting links about blogs and including a spam link along with it, here is a screenshot of the spam.

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The problem with the above tweets is that, even though they are promoting genuine content, at the start of the tweet they are adding spam links which users may click first thinking that it is a link to the original content.

On the other hand, bloggers will approve such tweets and then have their own readers  click on this link.

If you use a such as Backtype, make sure to moderate each and every comment coming into your blog, every un-moderated comment may lead to spam links getting in to your blog.

So beware you have been advised of the advanced form of spammers looking to manipulate your blog.

Twitter Suspends Authentic Accounts, Again!!!!

is at it again, suspending authentic accounts that are not spam bots, just saw my timeline and saw a lot of my friends were suspended for now reason at all.

If you run a search for the word suspended on twitter you will see a lot of tweets that about suspended accounts.

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This is the second time in a week that twitter has suspended authentic user accounts, the last occurrence was on Sunday 5th July 2009, for which twitter also wrote a blog post saying that they were restoring suspended accounts.

Twitter has been courting controversies for many reasons now, it is high time they got their act together, as doing something like this will definitely lose them loyal users.

If your account was suspended ask your friends to send a message with your handle to @twitter and @spam, this will help you get it restored soon.

Was your twitter account suspended?

Intelligent Twitter Bots Are Here To Spam You [Spam Alert]

Ok so we wrote sometime ago how is turning into a spammers paradise, between back then and now, there have been lots of changes, no twitter have not gotten any smarter, they are still doing it manually, however the bots have definitely got much more smarter.

And here are really smart bots on twitter, who are out there to fool users into following them and then start spamming them.

Here are two followers who I saw following and surprise surprise, they both have two nice looking female display pictures and identical tweets.

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Now when I visited their profiles, guess what, the both of them had identical tweets.

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Looking at the tweets I was almost enticed to follow this user, however I do keep a eye on who I follow, this led me to discovering this new way of spamming twitter users.

One advice I would give users before following someone is to open up their profile page and take a look at what they tweet about, this may take you a minute, but it will definitely save you from a lot of spam hitting your timeline.

Twitter And The Art Of Desperation

Let’s face it  has changed completely from what it was supposed to be, I emphasized that because it has really changed in a lot of ways, it has gone from being a way to tell people what you were doing, to a communication tool, a spammers paradise and now desperation, yes desperation.

I am a avid twitter user and I do have a considerable amount of friends and followers on my list, but one thing that amuses me is that I see almost 2 out of 10 tweets to a link to increase followers by various numbers like 100, 200, 400, 1000, 10000 and so on.

What amuses me more is that when I click on the user profile (not link) who just tweeted about getting 10000 user as followers or any other number, they don’t even have 200 followers 90% of the time, so now we are expecting to get 10000 followers from someone who has only 200???

Another thing worth pointing out is that almost every user above 2000 followers (almost) only tweet links, they never or very rarely communicate with their friends or followers, other than maybe saying thanks for the RT (re-tweet).

So the art of desperation to get higher followers in twitter is then followed by only posting links to their followers, which is again very amusing.

I literally do not follow any new users unless I personally check their twitter profile to see what and how they tweet, for me twitter is more about communicating and sharing things, I do post links but only things I feel are interesting and would be worth sharing, and that would continue even if I reach 10000 followers.

Twitter is degrading faster than it is growing, what was once useful everytime is now useful only when something important happens, so slowly and surely people will only go to twitter when something important happens, rather than how people use it now.

These were my opinions and not of anyone else in general, I may be wrong and liked to be corrected. What are your thoughts about this? Do let me know.

Twitter Might Share Your Tweets Geo-Location. Another Disaster In The Making?

According to a report on Read Write Web, there is a hint that might just start sharing the Geographic locations of your tweets.

This is disastrous to say the least, whatever little privacy was left may completely disappear with this move, hopefully twitter should be smart enough to allow users to control whether or not their geo-locations should be shared with others, otherwise this will cause a much bigger backlash than the issue they created with @replies.

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