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Windows startup screens and sounds

Which version of Windows did you see at first? Do you remember its look, boot screen and startup sound? First versions were without any sounds. But with success of soundcards there was startup sound in every new version of this operating system. Take a look at the video with all bootup screens and startup sound from Windows history.

Web browsers and phishing: how them protect you?

Most of all modern web browsers contain phishing protection. Users are secured from malicious websites trying to get their passwords, login information or private data. Do not trust e-mails telling you need to confirm or update login information to bank account or to PayPal service. These e-mails are very often these days, so I have tried how the browsers will behave when the phishing page is loaded. There is a result:

RikReader: improved RSS reader for IE7

Internet Explorer comes with built-in RSS reader. So it’s similar to Firefox or Opera browsers. However many people found the RSS reader in IE7 uncomfortable. If you are looking for better RSS reader based on RSS built in Windows Vista and IE7, try new application called RikReader. RikReader can be installed using Clickonce technology from its homepage. Then, you will find shortcuts in Start menu and Add/Remove applications.

Where to get your domain appraisal

Do you know how much is your domain name worth? There are a few sites with automatic domain name appraisals and other useful tools. It’s good to know what your domain worth is. But note that any automatic calculation is very inaccurate. So don’t worry if you get different prices on different domain name appraisals sites. OK, there are URLs for the calculation sites:

Where to submit URL of your site

Search engines and their crawlers/bots automatically and periodically checks your site. The more your site is updated, the more it is checked by the crawlers. You need the backlinks to your site too. But what can you to do if you started with totally new website without backlinks? How could the crawlers find your site? There is a simple answer. Submit your site to the most known search engines manually.

Stay up to date with Drupal modules on your site

There is no problem to administer your site powered by Drupal because it is a very smart and friendly content management system. So your website can run without any big problems. But there is one thing you need to do and this thing could be very time expensive. You should periodically check if Drupal modules used on your site are up to date with bug fixes and improvements.

Checking all modules status one by one is very boring. Waiting for pages loading, reading about available updates... But there is a simple solution that helps you and can save your costly time. Try Update Status module for Drupal. If you have configured cron on your site properly, this module checks for available updates periodically every day and tells you if you need to do some action.

Update Status checks only for official releases with the name like 5.x-1.0. It doesn’t check for development version of modules with name like 5.x-1.x-dev. But this is not a problem. It is better to use only stable modules.

AltGr key character combination

There is a key map for the AltGr key combination. Because of many international keyboards doesn’t have some special characters like @, €, {} and many others, you need to use Alt and numpad code combination or better the faster method using AltGr and the key. This key map was very welcome at my Czech website Maxiorel.cz. After some changes and translation to the English, there is a new version. I hope you’ll find it useful. However there is a Czech keyboard on the key map, but I think it can help you with any non-english keyboard.