IE 8 “Do you want to view only the webpage content ...

This annoying little warning message “Do you want to view only the webpage content that was delivered securely ?” pops up when a website returns “mixed content” in a secure page. In other words, some of the content is not secure. Normally this doesn’t matter to you as the unsecured content probably doesn’t need to be secure anyway.
Luckily, you can turn it off.

1. In IE 8, go to Tools>Internet Options>Security
2. Select the “Security” tag
3. Click the “Custom Level” button
4. In the “Miscellaneous” section, change “Display mixed content” to “Enable”


Windows XP File Permissions Problem
“Could not open ..... Probable cause file sharing or file permissions problem.”

You might get this annoying warning message “Could not open <filename> Probable cause file sharing or file permissions problem.” when you do not have permission to read the file in question. This can happen after recovering files from a backup. Even though you are the administrator and should have access to everything, it can still happen.

Not to worry though. You can recover things (in XP anyway) by taking ownership of the file and then granting yourself all rights to the file. Follow these instructions exactly.

Set Windows XP to allow you to see File Security
Open “My Computer” and click your way into the folder where the file is.
In the menu options at the top of the folder view, open Tools>Folder Options
Click the “View” tab, scroll to the bottom and un-check “Use simple file sharing (Recommended)”
Click “Apply” and “OK”

Take Ownership
Right-click the file in question
Click “Properties”
Click the “Security” tab
Click “OK” if a message pops up at this point
Click the “Advanced” button
Click the “Owner” tab
Click on your user name
Click “OK” button
Click “OK” button

Grant Security Rights
Right-click the file in question again
Click “Properties”
Click the “Security” tab
Click the “Add” button
Type in your user name
Click the “Check Names” button
Click “OK” button
Click your user name in the top pane
Click “Allow” “Full Control”
Click “Apply” button
Click “OK” button

Revert Windows XP File Mode
Follow the instructions for “Set Windows XP to allow you to see File Security” but check the box “Use simple file sharing (Recommended)” instead of un-checking it
You should now have full access to the file.

The Best Easy FREE Home User Backup Solution You Can Download (Freeware)

2 Bright Sparks

Backups are a real hassle and even when they seem to be working fine, you only notice that they didn’t work when you need to recover something. BAD.
What if there was some FREE software you could download that would automatically copy selected files and folders to a backup drive (or location) and you could easily check that things were good and even “recover” (i.e. copy them back) with or without the original software because they are stored in the original format? GOOD
Well, such a thing does exist and it can do far more that I have outlined here. I like it because it can keep a copy of files and folders in the original format which makes it much more flexible than regular backup software.

This FREE software comes from 2BrightSparks and can be downloaded from

Personally I use this software to routinely copy all changed files and folders from a NAS (Network Attached Storage) device to an external Hard Drive. This is called synchronizing. In other words, only new and changed files/folders are copied. You can set up 2-way synchronization if you wish.
What I like about this setup is that I can browse the “backup” using Windows Explorer and manipulate files there in the usual way because I have opted to keep them in the original format. This gives me a huge amount of reassurance. With typical backup software I had no idea if the backup was good or bad and had many sleepless nights.
Now, I sleep OK!

iPod “Cannot be synced. The required disk cannot be found”

I could not sync my iPod because of this error. I’d start up iTunes, connect my iPod via USB and the iPod would appear within iTunes with the “Do Not Disconnect” message on the iPod itself.

As soon as I tried to sync (either manually or automatically) or even, for that matter, Restore the iPod, I’d get that silly error message “Cannot be synced. The required disk cannot be found” and the iPod display would revert to the usual menus.

Nothing I Googled for worked. Eventually I stumbled upon a solution. This is all you have to do:

As soon as the syncing starts, plug another USB device (such as a memory stick) into a spare USB port.

Yep, that’s it. By doing this it seems to prompt the operating system (I use Windows XP by the way) to recheck what’s connected and it keeps the iPod connected.

By the way, I also discovered how to reboot the iPod if it somehow gets stuck.

Hold down the “menu” button and the centre button together until the screen goes blank.

If you want to enter “Disk Mode” (where you can browse the iPod contents like a disk drive), as soon as the screen goes blank as above immediately hold the centre button and the bottom (play/pause) button down together until the screen displays that it is in “Disk Mode”.

Fix: Archos 70 Android Internet Tablet Does Not Power Up

So, you’ve just bought a brand new Archos Android Internet Tablet. After taking it out of the box, you plug it into the charger and press the power button. And voila, nothing happens.

So, you search the internet for a solution. You find “help” like “press the power button for 10 or 20 seconds, let go, press it again”. Or “press power and volume up”. All that jazz. Nothing works and you’re beginning to think you bought a brick.

Don’t panic. This is what happened to me. Now it’s a given that as the Archos is French it’s going to need to be treated gently. But we can live with that. To get it going in the first place here’s what you need to do.

Make sure the power adaptor is plugged into the correct socket. It’s the lower one on the left. The one above that is for the ear buds. Don’t worry if you have plugged it in here by mistake. You can’t cause any damage doing this.

When the power is correctly attached, you will see a green light on the right hand side. Steady green means charging, flashing means charged (well, here’s where the French thing kicks in - it really means that the Archos can’t be bothered to take any more charge right now and wants to be left alone - unplugged - for a while so it can consider things).

Leave the Archos plugged in until the green light flashes or for at least 6 hours, whichever comes first.

Press power. It should spring to life. If not, leave unplugged for an hour and plug it in again until the green light flashes or for ..... etc as above.

Repeat until success.

Remember, it’s French and respects patience and love.

Turn Your 3G Laptop Into A WiFi Hotspot

So, you have a laptop connected to the Internet over 3G (mobile phone network broadband access). Or your laptop is wired into the Internet but there is no WiFi on your router.

You also have other WiFi devices, such as an Android tablet, PS3, smart phone, Kindle and other laptops. All of these devices need to connect to the Internet over WiFi. How do you do it?

Well, it is possible to turn your laptop into a WiFi hotspot so that all of these devices can connect over WiFi to your laptop and share your internet connection.

No extra hardware is required.

Have a look at Connectify. Their FREE version should satisfy most requirements. However, if this does not work for you then there are other options.

1 MiFi: You can get a thing called a MiFi from Three. This is a standalone box and replaces your USB dongle and creates a WiFi hotspot for a radius of 10 metres.
All devices (including your laptop) connect over WiFi to the MiFi and onwards to the web.
Problem here is that if you have a desktop the chances are that it has no WiFi capability and so could not connect to the web unless you also got a WiFi adaptor for it.

Also, might be more expensive than your existing 3G dongle and I’m not sure how good they are.
Heres a link anyway:

2 Windows 7: Apparently Windows 7 allows you to configure your laptop as a WiFi hotspot with all built-in Windows software (i.e. nothing to download and install).
1.) Click on the right side on WiFi icon of the Windows task bar and then click on open network and sharing center.
2.) Then after the first step under the option change your network setting select set up a new connection or network..
3.) After following the second step a new pop up window will appear, select set up a wireless ad hoc network.
4.) Next pop up window will ask you to give your network a name and choose security options and here you have to give network a name and a security key and press the next button right hand side of the pop up window.
5.) After clicking on the next button, the network you created will be ready to use if you are connected to the internet with any source. The pop up window will ask you for a option called Turn on Internet Connection Sharing. You have to click on that option and this step will convert your laptop or computer to a WiFi hotspot.

Configuration instructions and more discussion are also here:

3 MHotSpot: As an alternative to Connectify, here’s some other free software that just might work.

Here’s the link:

I would try option 2 first and then (if that’s no good) option 3.

Option 1 would require talking to Three to get more details (e.g. can personal users even get it?)

How To Open ISO Files

WinRAR Setup for ISO files

An ISO file is an image of files that can be burnt onto a CD or DVD. However, you do not need to burn the ISO file in order to get at the files.
The latest version of WinRAR allows you to extract and read the individual files directly from the ISO file.
Download the latest WinRAR utility from here.
Install it. During the installation process, you will be asked to confirm the file associations. The screen will look something like the screenshot here on the right.

Make sure that ISO is selected.

Now when you double-click on your ISO file, WinRAR will start up and display the files that are stored in the ISO file.
You can now extract the files from the ISO.

What Is My IP Address

A useful website to find out what is my (your) IP Address or to find out further details (including location) of another IP Address, just click here.

There are other web sites that do the same job to tell you what your IP Address is (and it’s free).

This is the one that I use most to find out what my IP Address is and to find out the location of other IP Addresses.

How to unlock your mobile or cell phone from mobile networks such as Vodafone, Meteor, Three and O2.

Unlock Mobile Phone

A lot of mobile phone network operators like Vodafone, Meteor, O2 and Three still lock the phones they supply so that they can’t be used outside their network. I’ll leave the reason why they do this up to them to explain. You need to know how to unlock the phone so you can use it on any mobile network.
If you are on a mobile phone contract, when the contract is over you are normally entitled to get your phone unlocked. My advise here is to try that approach first with the mobile phone network provider.
If that doesn’t work or you are a Pay-As-You-Go phone user, then you will need to try either of the next methods.
A lot of mobile operators require you to have paid for a certain amount of top-ups before they unlock the phone for you. You will need to check with them (this can normally be done online) to see if you qualify for free unlocking.

You will need a unique code number that is stored in your phone called an IMEI. Your mobile phone operator’s website will explain how to get the IMEI for your phone/operator. Usually it involves typing the code *#06# into your keypad and the 15 digit IMEI is displayed. The IMEI is required for providing to your network operator for free unlocking and for the method described below.
If all else fails, the best and safest place to get the phone unlock code (or NAC - Network Access Code) is from ebay. I suggest ebay even though there are lots of “specialist” websites that provide the same service. You can check customer feedback on ebay and see how well a particular “seller” has done in the past by looking at positive and negative comments. Independent websites cannot be checked in this way.
On ebay, search for something like “unlock code mobile” and maybe also add your phone network operator and possibly phone make and model to narrow the search e.g. “unlock code samsung galaxy mini vodafone”.
The charge can vary from between €10 and €35. You will need to send them your IMEI and phone make and model. It normally takes around 24 hours for you to finally get your NAC.

The IMEI is the International Mobile Station Equipment Identity and it is a network code that uniquely identifies your phone as a device on the network (a bit like MAC in computer networks). Normally you can get this number by dialing the following on your keypad: *#06#

Top 11 Free Email Services

1. Gmail - Free Email Service
Gmail is the Google approach to email and chat. Practically unlimited free online storage allows you to collect all your messages, and Gmail's simple but very smart interface lets you find them precisely and see them in context without effort. POP and powerful IMAP access bring Gmail to any email program or device.
Gmail puts contextual advertising next to the emails you read.

2. Zoho Mail - Free Email Service
ZOHO Corp.
Zoho Mail is a solid email service with ample storage, POP and IMAP access, some integration with instant messaging and online office suites.
Aimed at professional users, Zoho Mail could be even more helpful organizing mail, identifying key messages and contacts, and sending oft-used replies.

3. AIM Mail - Free Email Service
AIM Mail, AOL's free web-based email service, shines with unlimited online storage, very good spam protection and a rich, easy to use interface.
Unfortunately, AIM Mail lacks a bit in productivity (no labels, smart folders and message threading), but makes up for some of that with very functional IMAP (as well as POP) access.

4. iCloud Mail - Free Email Service
Apple Inc.
iCloud Mail is a free email service from Apple with ample storage, IMAP access and an elegantly functional web application.
That interface at does not offer labels or other more advanced tools for productivity and for organizing mail, though, and does not support accessing other email accounts. POP access to iCloud Mail is missing, too.

5. - Free Email Service
Microsoft serves free email with practically unlimited storage accessible on the web with a rich and helpful interface or using POP and Exchange ActiveSync in email programs on desktop and mobile device.
Unfortunately, IMAP access is not part of the mix, and could offer more help with composing in addition to organizing mail.

6. Yahoo! Mail - Free Email Service
Yahoo! Inc.
Yahoo! Mail is your ubiquitous email program on the web, Windows 8 and mobile devices with unlimited storage, SMS texting, social networking and instant messaging to boot.
While Yahoo! Mail is generally a joy to use, free-form labeling and smart folders would be nice, and the spam filter could catch junk even more effectively.

7. and GMX Mail - Free Email Services
GMX Internet Services and GMX Mail are reliable email services filtered well of spam and viruses whose unlimited online storage you can use with a rich web interface and mobile apps. POP and iMAP access are available as a paid add-on.
More and smarter ways to organize mail could be nice.

8. Shortmail - Free Email Service
410 Labs
Shortmail emphasizes easy, fast and effective communication with an email service limited, essentially, to 500 characters per message.
Longer emails can be forwarded, and Shortmail offers simple but effective tools to organize and find mail. Still, hassling senders the way Shortmail does is not without peril, and you may wish for better productivity tools.

9. - Free Email Service
Heinz Tschabitscher not only gives you 5 GB to store your mail online but also a highly polished, fast and functional way to access it via either the web (including speedy search, free-form labels and reading mail by conversation) or through POP in your email program.
Unfortunately, IMAP access is not supported by, and its tools for organizing mail could be improved with smart or self-teaching folders.

10. Facebook Messages - Free Email Service
Facebook Messages combines emails with everybody, conversations with Facebook friends and SMS texts in a single, simple place organized by the people with whom you communicate.
Facebook Messages's chasteness works well for a limited amount of personal mail, texts and messages, but to handle all your mail, Facebook Messages could do well with more robust tools for managing emails and contacts.

11. My Way Mail - Free Email Service
Heinz Tschabitscher
My Way Mail is a clean, fast and fun (though not particularly advanced) free email service.
It lacks secure messaging and other advanced, non-essential features, though.

Proxy Servers

What Is A Proxy Server?

To explain in simple terms, a proxy or proxy server is another computer which serves as a hub through which internet requests are processed. By connecting through one of these servers, your computer sends your requests to the proxy server which then processes your request by forwarding it on to the destination service (usually a url) and returns the results (usually a web page). In this way it serves as an intermediary between your home machine and the rest of the computers on the internet. Proxies are used for a number of reasons such as to filter web content, to go around restrictions such as parental blocks or governmental blocks, to screen downloads and uploads and to provide anonymity when surfing the internet.

Why Use a Proxy?

If you want to surf the web anonymously then proxies can provide you with a means to hide your home IP address from the rest of the world. By connecting to the internet through proxies, the home IP address of your machine will not be shown but rather the IP of the proxy server will be shown. This can provide you with more privacy then if you were simply connecting directly to the internet. Paid-for proxy servers are usually faster, more secure and transparent in their use. However, there are many free proxies that are suitable for general purpose.

How To Run An Elevated Command Prompt

Elevated Command Prompt in Windows

Elevated mode is where a program is run under Windows using Administrator privileges. It is not enough to already be a member of the Administrators group, even when a member of this group commands still need to be elevated to gain privileges.

Under Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, there is no concept of elevated command prompts, on these platforms running a command prompt with Administrator privileges will achieve the same effect. Elevated mode was a restriction introduced by Windows Vista User Access Control.

Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 and later servers

To run an elevated command prompt under Windows Vista, Windows 7 and the Windows Server 2008 and later family of operating systems (see sample screenshot opposite):
Click Start
In the search box type in command
Right-click 'Command Prompt' in the search results list
Click 'Run as administrator' from the popup menu
If you are not an administrator of the computer a dialog box will be shown prompting for the administrator password

How To Reset A Windows Vista Password

Have you forgotten your Windows Vista password and are locked out of your PC or laptop?
Yes, it is possible to reset your Windows Vista password. Not only is it possible, it's not even that difficult.

A password reset disk is the only "approved" way to reset a Windows Vista password but the trick I've described below is relatively easy to do and works almost every time.

Follow these steps to reset your Windows Vista password:

Insert your Windows Vista installation DVD into your optical drive and then restart your computer. See How to Boot From a CD, DVD, or BD Disc if you need help.

Note: If you can't find, or never had, a Windows Vista install disc, it's okay to borrow someone else's. You're not going to reinstall Windows Vista or doing anything that breaks your, or your friend's, license agreement with Microsoft.

Wait for the Install Windows screen to appear and then click the Next button.

Tip: If Windows Vista starts normally, or you don't see this screen, then your computer probably booted from your hard drive instead of from your Vista disc. Restart your computer to try again or see the booting tutorial I linked to in the first step above for more help.

Click Repair your computer, located near the bottom of the window, above the Microsoft copyright notice.

Wait while your Windows Vista installation is located on your computer.

Once your Windows Vista installation is found, look for the drive letter noted in the Location column.

Most Windows Vista installations will show C: but sometimes it'll be D:. Whatever it may be, remember it or jot it down.

From the Operating System list, of probably just one entry, highlight Windows Vista and then click Next. System Recovery Options will open.

Choose Command Prompt from the list of recovery tools.

In Command Prompt, type the following two commands, in this order, pressing Enter after each line to execute it:

copy c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe c:\
copy c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe
Answer Yes to the Overwrite question you're asked after executing the second command.

Important: If Windows Vista is installed on a drive other than the C: drive, something you determined in Step 4 above, change the four instances of c: in the two commands above with whatever drive letter it should be.

Remove your Windows Vista disc and restart the computer.

Wait for Windows to boot to the Vista login screen.

On the Windows Vista login screen, look at the bottom-left corner for a little pie shaped icon. Click that icon.

Now that Command Prompt is open, use the net user command as demonstrated below but replace myuser with your username and newpassword with the password you want to set:

net user myuser newpassword
For example, I might do something like this:

net user bob mypassword123
Tip: Put double quotes around your username if it includes spaces. For example: net user "Slideshow Bob" mypassword123.

Close the Command Prompt window and login with your new password!

Now that you're back in, create a Windows Vista password reset disk. Once you have one of these, you'll never need to worry about forgetting your password or hacking your way back in like this again.

Lastly, I recommend reversing the changes you made to make this trick work. You don't have to, but if you don't, you will no longer have access to Vista's accessibility features at the login screen.

To undo everything, except for your password - which will keep working as you've reset it, repeat the steps from the beginning to just before you enter the ywo DOS commands. Execute the following command instead and then restart your computer again:

copy c:\utilman.exe c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe
Answer Yes when asked to confirm the overwriting of utilman.exe.

Error Deleting Message From Windows Live Mail (WLM)

When you try to delete WLM messages you get this error
"An unknown error has occurred"
and the message cannot be deleted.

Short Answer
Try to FORWARD the message - this will give an error. Now you can delete the message.

People with this problem, often need to delete multiple messages or entire folders. That error appears because WLM only thinks it has that/those message(s), but actually that message is nowhere to be found in the the Windows email folders. The message exists no longer, but WLM still shows it as being in its own folders and you simply cannot delete it using the normal procedure.

For the easier way, one can drag the unwanted and non-existing emails to the Deleted Items folder, one by one. However, that is crazy when you have to get rid of hundreds or thousands of them (yes, I had that situation!).

This is how to trick WLM if you want to delete multiple emails giving you that error:

1. We try to simulate forwarding multiple messages. Select multiple emails by clicking on one and then using SHIFT to click and select multiple concatenated messages. Do that screen after screen (scroll down/up). Stop when you see the FORWARD button has become grey. That means one email is even more stubborn and doesn't even want to be forwarded.

2. Hold the SHIFT key and click the messages up and down until you find the culprit. It will be just outside your selection, when your selection manages to un-grey the Forward button.

3. With a lot of messages selected and concatenated, click on the Forward button. You'll get another error message
"One or more messages could not be attached. Select OK to continue creating the note."
Click Cancel.

4. Now something has mysteriously unblocked those messages (or message information) and, with the selection on, you can Delete them by simply clicking the Red X (delete) button.

5. The message that made the Forward button grey, can now be deleted as well.

6. Keep doing that until you finish the bunch of messaged you wanted to delete when you got the initial error.