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25Aug/091

Default Programs Editor 2.1 Update

Change log for Version 2.1.1157.2113 (August 25th, 2009)

New Features:
+ Multiple instances of the program should now safely coincide, but this is not particularly recommended.
+ Program options are now stored in the registry.
+ Added an option to toggle whether extremely helpful internal (anonymous) tracing information is reported when the program detects malformed registry values.
+ For registry links, the delay between navigation messages to regedit was extended a bit for users on slower systems

Bugs Fixed:
- Saved .reg file for Default Programs associations incorrectly included unchanged extensions.
- Fixed a condition where non-visible would show in the context menu editor, such as an extra "Print" item.

Crashes Fixed:
- Toggling the "Show 'Jump to registry key' links" when more than one instance of the program was open is fixed.
- Internally, malformed resource identifier strings are now traced and reported instead of crashing during conversion to numeric id.
- If Default Programs associations cannot be changed, the program will now display a message.
- It is now possible to set a newly created context menu item as default successfully as expected.

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21Aug/093

Feature Focus: How to disable the “Windows cannot open this file” dialog box

If you've ever clicked on some file in Windows and seen this dialog box, you know what I'm talking about:

unknown-file-dialog

The web service is completely useless, and most of the time you already know what program you want to use to open the file. Luckily, it is easy to disable this dialog box with Default Programs Editor (download). Simply launch the program, and click on the Options button:

options-button

Options button

Then, click the button that says

Disable 'Search web for unknown extension' Dialog Box
Disable 'Search web for unknown extension' Dialog Box

Disable 'Search web for unknown extension' Dialog Box

And that's it!

Now, when you try to open a file with an unknown extension, Windows will skip the unknown extension dialog and display the "Open With..." window to choose a program.

19Aug/090

Gmail Loading Screen hack

Here's a quick userstyle for the Gmail loading screen. You and apply it via Stylish. Edit: And a Chrome/Chromium extension!

It's takes you from boring...

Gmail Loading Screen (Before)

Gmail Loading Screen (Before)

...to moderately less boring!

Gmail Loading Screen (After)

Gmail Loading Screen (After)

It's cool how just centering the info and adding a logo spruces things up. Take the hint, Google!

Here's the code:

@namespace url(http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml);

@-moz-document domain("mail.google.com") {
  #loading {
    position: absolute;
    left: 50%;
    width: 400px;
    margin-left: -200px;
  }
  #loading .cmsg:first-child {
    background-image: url(https://mail.google.com/mail/images/2/5/logo1.png);
    background-position: left top;
    background-repeat: no-repeat;

    padding-top: 70px;
  }
  #stb {
    left:0px;
  }
}

Ideas to make it cooler? Leave a comment!