Prevent Startup Programs from Running Twice in Windows XP

Finally! This problem was bugging me for so long – I just now thought to research it and found this article. Very helpful!

Prevent Startup Programs from Running Twice in Windows XP

A way to solve the problem of programs in the Startup folder being executed twice on Windows XP logon. The applications may appear doubled in msconfig.

Problem

Under Windows XP, programs placed in the Start MenuProgramsStartup folder may be running twice. This occurs even though only one shortcut or icon for each program appears in the Startup folder when viewed through Windows Explorer. When you use msconfig (Startup tab) or autoruns (Logon tab) to inspect the Startup listings, they appear twice. Unchecking one or both disables the program from running at all.

Cause

This situation can occur if the user-specific Startup folder is deleted from the user’s profile. When that happens, Windows looks for user-specific startup programs in the All Users startup folder instead. This causes doubling, because the programs from the All Users startup folder are executed once for All Users and again for the current user.

via Prevent Startup Programs from Running Twice in Windows XP.

Flickr Buddy Icon Reply v3.5 (Greasemonkey)

This and “View on Flickriver” are my favorite Greasemonkey scripts for Flickr:

Back in Oct 2006 I did a little GM script to automate more personalized replies (used to do it manually with a little bit of HTML). After a long period of neglect, I am trying to work on it again to incorporate some user suggestions.

It adds “(reply with name, icon, icon&name)” links at each of the comments under your photo. When you click on the link, the buddy icon html code will be added into the Add your comment box, where you can show nicely who your replies are directed at. Experiment with preview and you will get the hang of formatting your replies in no time. (Should work on photo and discussion thread pages).

It skips over deleted accounts and only offers the name link if the contact has no personalized buddy icon.

Warning: this might conflict with other GM scripts

v1 initial photo and information is here
v2 bugfixes: for iconless accounts
v2_2 bugfixes: name_reply function now works with apostrophes in usernames & group admins
v3 localization and improved (all credits to mortimer? for this great work!!!)
v3_1 added icon&name reply and presentation changed
v3_2 added Spanish localization (thank you v1m0r4) & fixed iconless detection
v3_3 moved the reply links inline with the comment context links
v3_4 updated code for the new HTML DOM structure on the photo page (does not work in discussion threads)
v3_5 updated by Eric Martin to work on both old and new HTML DOM structure, so it now works in both photos and discussion pages (many thanks Eric!!!)

You need to be using Firefox with Greasemonkey extension installed. Then simply click onto the link to my script below and Greasemonkey with prompt you to install,
GM Script: Flickr Buddy Icon Reply v3_5

Flickr: Discussing GM Script: Flickr Buddy Icon Reply v3.5 (updated 11th February 2009) in Flickr Hacks.

Facebook Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

In response to the outrage over the recently removed terms-of-use revision, Facebook has started a group to clarify their terms of use:

This group is for people to give input on Facebook’s terms of use. These terms are meant to serve as the governing document for how the service is used by people around the world.

Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts with us.

Here are responses to some of the things you’ve written below:

1. You own your information. Facebook does not. This includes your photos and all other content.

2. Facebook doesn’t claim rights to any of your photos or other content. We need a license in order to help you share information with your friends, but we don’t claim to own your information.

3. We won’t use the information you share on Facebook for anything you haven’t asked us to. We realize our current terms are too broad here and they make it seem like we might share information in ways you don’t want, but this isn’t what we’re doing.

4. We will not share your information with anyone if you deactivate your account. If you’ve already sent a friend a message, they’ll still have that message. However, when you deactivate your account, all of your photos and other content are removed.

5. We apologize for the confusion around these issues. We never intended to claim ownership over people’s content even though that’s what it seems like to many people. This was a mistake and we apologize for the confusion.

(via Facebook | Facebook Bill of Rights and Responsibilities.)

JPG Magazine Could Be Saved?

I received some very cool news from 8020 Media (the company behind JPG Magazine) today via e-mail:

We couldn’t ask for a better community. In the week or so since our last email, the outpour of support has exceeded our wildest expectations. Your efforts, such as starting savejpg.com, writing blog posts, commenting on Twitter and Flickr, and generally making your voices heard, have provided exciting new opportunities for us.

We’re thrilled to say that because of you, we have multiple credible buyers interested in giving JPG a home. We will be keeping the site up after all, and hope to have a final update in the next week or so on who the acquirer will be. Thank you for making all of this possible.

Laura Brunow Miner
Editor in Chief

In case you hadn’t heard, JPG is/was in danger of going out of business, as they explain via this entry on their blog:

Today is a particularly sad day for all of us at JPG and 8020 Media.

We’ve spent the last few months trying to make the business behind JPG sustain itself, and we’ve reached the end of the line. We all deeply believe in everything JPG represents, but just weren’t able to raise the money needed to keep JPG alive in these extraordinary economic times. We sought out buyers, spoke with numerous potential investors, and pitched several last-ditch creative efforts, all without success. As a result, jpgmag.com will shut down on Monday, January 5, 2009.

The one thing we’ve been the most proud of: your amazing talent. We feel honored and humbled to have been able to share jpgmag.com with such a dynamic, warm, and wonderful community of nearly 200,000 photographers. The images on the website and in the magazine were adored by many, leaving no doubt that this community created work of the highest caliber. The kindness, generosity, and support shared among members made it a community in the truest sense of the word, and one that we have loved being a part of for these past two years.

We wish we could have found a way to leave the site running for the benefit of the amazing folks who have made JPG what it is, and we have spent sleepless nights trying to figure something out, all to no avail. Some things you may want to do before the site closes:

Download the PDFs of back issues, outtakes, and photo challenge selections. We’ll always have the memories!
Make note of your favorite photographers. You may want to flip through your favorites list and jot down names and URLs of some of the people you’d like to stay in touch with. You may even want to cut and paste your contacts page into a personal record.
Catch up with your fellow members. Our roots are in this humble flickr forum and we recommend going back to find fellow members, discuss the situation, or participate in another great photo community.
Keep in touch. This has always been much more than just a job to each of us, and we’ll miss you guys! We’ll be checking the account jpgletters@gmail.com in our free time going forward. We can’t promise to reply to every email (since we’ll be busy tuning up our resumes) but we’d love to hear from you.
Stay posted. Although the magazine is ceasing publication, we’ll be updating you on what’s happening with your subscription early next week.

We’re soggy-eyed messes, but it is what it is. At that, JPGers, we bid you goodbye, and good luck in 2009 and the future.

Laura Brunow Miner
Editor in Chief

Take a chance to check out their back issues if you have a moment. Very cool stuff. I hope they find a new home soon. 🙂

Linux Console fonts for Windows

Pretty cool!

Linux console fonts for Windows

These are fixed-width fonts converted to TTF and FON format from the original X11 sources. You will recognize them as the default xterm fonts; they are widely used. They are especially useful for console apps. We programmers can’t live without them

The main problem you’ll encounter is that, some of them being FON files, they are not usable in all Windows programs. This has been a big issue for a long time but recently I added some Windows TTF format that work really well. They even work in Macintosh

via Linux Console fonts for Windows in TTF and FON.

6 Exceptional Web-based Image Editors – Six Revisions

Web-based image editors have several advantages to its desktop counterparts. The most obvious benefit is that they allow you to work on any computer (that has a browser). In most cases, you can save your work online, avoid having to install desktop software, and interface with other web based services such as Flickr or Picasa. This article shares 6 of the finest, free online image editors that are capable alternatives to desktop applications like Adobe Photoshop and GIMP.

via 6 Exceptional Web-based Image Editors – Six Revisions.

Mashable: 10 Ways Personal Branding Can Save You From Getting Fired

Excellent list of tips from Mashable about how personal branding can help you keep your job – particularly useful in a rough economy such as this…

  1. Become an invaluable asset to your colleagues, professional network & clients
  2. Position yourself as the go-to-person for a specific skill
  3. Gain self-confidence and rise to the occasion
  4. Focus on social equity, not just monetary equity
  5. Build contact lists before you need them
  6. Go on a branding spree by advertising it everywhere
  7. Make your brand so visible that people can’t avoid seeing you
  8. Become so remarkable that complete strangers talk about you
  9. Be a content producer, not just a consumer
  10. Have an “endorsement mindset”

You can read the full details over at Mashable via this link: 10 Ways Personal Branding Can Save You From Getting Fired.