Category: Annoyances

[Solved] Firefox’s Right-Click Menu Overlaps Flash/Javascript Menu


Just a quick post here. If you get this problem when right-clicking on Flash videos and sometimes in application-like web interfaces, the solution follows. It’s easy too.

So solution to prevent this overlapping of menus:


Go to Tools → Options → Content → Click on Advanced button (opposite Javascript) → Check “Disable or Replace Context Menus” checkbox.

That’s it. Problem solved. This was tested on the new Youtube and a few other sites. The solution worked fine. Let me know if it works for you.


[Solved] Windows Doesn’t Remember Folder View Settings


Do you often use the folder view settings in Windows? It’s a handy feature, that is usually accessed by right-clicking on empty space in a folder, and selecting either View or Sort By options.

Using these settings, you can, for example, tell Windows to display files according to the date they were created, with newer files shown first (Sort By → check Date Created under More), or you can see thumbnails of pictures instead of icons in your family photos folder.

The problem with Windows is that, by default, it only remembers those view settings for the first 5000 folders you apply these settings on. After that, the settings are no longer remembered! Yep, even if you stop using a folder, its settings are remembered and not replaced. Very dumb. You’d think the oldest of 5000 entries would periodically be replaced by newer versions, but nope, Microsoft did not want that.

I very often use this feature, and I’ve used up the 5000 entries, and as such, new folders are not sorted the way I like. Initially I thought the folder somehow got corrupted. Deleting the folder and putting back the files in it didn’t solve the problem. Editing the registry did. Those folder settings are stored in the Registry, all 5000 of them. We’re going to do some cleanup. I’ve tested this fix in Windows 7 only, but it should be same for XP/Vista.

A word of warning: Messing up things in the Registry can cause your system to crash. Know what you are doing before attempting these instructions. I will not be responsible for any damage you cause to your system/files/health/dog if you decide to do those steps. But! I can tell you they work since I’ve done them myself to fix this problem. Also if you’ll be working in the registry, you might want to use Regalyzer. Windows’ in-built Regedit is fine, but it lacks some nice functions. You can use Regedit too if you wish.

Also, if you do these instructions, you will lose the view settings you currently have on existing folders. Not the folders or their contents, just the view settings i.e. “Sort by Date” for e.g. will be reset to default “Sort by Name”.

The symptoms are:

  • Folder settings chosen using View or Sort By are not remembered when you close a folder and open it again. Applies mainly to newly created folders.
  • Thumbnail images don’t appear or incorrect thumbnail is displayed

Ok, instructions! Here they are:

  • Open the Run dialog box, either by typing “run” in the Start Menu searchbox (the Orb’s search menu) or using Winkey+R
  • Type “regedit“, or if you’re using Regalyzer, just run it.
  • Navigate to each of the following paths by using the sidebar. You will need to repeat instructions for each of those paths:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Wow6432Node\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell (only if you are using a 64-bit version of Windows)

  • For each of those paths, repeat these steps:
    • Under the “Shell” or “ShellNoRoam” folders, delete these two folders by right-clicking on them and choosing Delete:
      • Bags
      • BagMRU
    • Re-create these two folders: Right-click “Shell” or “ShellNoRoam” folders from the sidebar and select NewKey. Create two such keys:
      • Bags
      • BagMRU
    • At each of those paths, right-click “Shell” or “ShellNoRoam” folders from the sidebar and select NewDWORD. Type “BagMRU Size” as the name.
      • From the right-pane, double-click on the newly created “BagMRU Size” key, select “Decimal” and type “10000” as value. So instead of remembering 5000 folders, Vista/7 now remembers 10000 folders. Don’t go overboard with that value – it’ll increase the size of your registry and slow things down.
      • Note: as Carrotmadman6 pointed out in the comments, don’t increase the “BagMRU Size” value if you have an older PC, say from a 5+ years back. It can cause some major slowness.
      • (Actually, this BagMRU Size key could be created at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell only since that’s where Vista/7 read this information. I just wanted to make sure it gets read by including it at all 4 locations. You don’t need to if you don’t want.)

That’s it. When you reboot Windows next time (I didn’t need to), the settings will be remembered for folders you choose, and more folders will now be remembered. Remember, existing view settings will be lost, so you might want to re-create them. Hopefully now, Vista/7 will be remembering your settings.

15 Annoyances In Android 2.2 Froyo


I got to play with an HTC Desire running Froyo (Android 2.2) over a couple of days now. At first, I was all “Angry birds”! Then I was all “Paper toss!” and whatever other apps that people tend to fancy from the market.

However, after a few days’ worth of use, I’ve uncovered a few annoying quirks that plague Froyo. I’ll admit that I’m not really sure whether the bugs are to due to Froyo or whether they affect that particular device. It’s not nice to have to fork out a truck of money and then reading forums to see people saying “turn down battery”, “turn off Wifi” etc… in an effort to save battery. If you bought a smartphone and can’t use it fully, what’s the point?

For testing, I also flashed a Gingerbread-based ROM (Redux ROM). This should help in determining if issues were fixed.

Anyway, here’s a rundown of 10 of them, and possible fixes, where I’ve found them.Let’s see.

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Some Spams


Introducing the spammers messages.

Your blog is very new, I like! I would like you to update it often! I like your recent posts. You obviously have a natural ability to blog!

– By some s.o.a.b*

Good post! I plan to move into this stuff after I’m done with school, as most of it is time consuming. It’s a great post to reference back to. My blog needs more time to gain in popularity anyway

-By another s.o.a.b*

This is a great article. I’m new to blogging but still learning. Thanks for the great resource.

-By another s.o.a.b*

This is great! It really shows me where to expand my blog. I think that sometime in the future I might try to write a book to go along with my blog, but we will see…Good post with useful tips and ideas

-By another s.o.a.b*

*s.o.a.b = Son of a female dog 🙂

Checking the comments I saw 4 new comments and they were all spams. I need to activate Akismet to deal with the spammers. Do not forget to share your spam comments.

Edit by Inf: redacted the swears! 😀

Also, it seems we have new kinds of spam comments now. Those s.o.b of spammers are very crafty! They put a legit message in the body, and then, put their links as the URL field. This effectively kills the protection offered by most spam-detection plugins.

I’ll put Akismet up today, to see what it can do. Let’s hope for the best. And my greatest F.U to all the spammers out there! F.U S.O.B’s!

How many spam comments do you get?


Today is my last day at work at Vinivi. Kind of I have completed everything I had to do albeit I took more time I normally would have done these “things”. Just approved 2 comments and I thought, “lets see the stats for the number of spam comments blocked”.

21,257 Spam Comments Blocked

What are your current spam count?

A definition of spam from Wikipedia.

Spam is the abuse of electronic messaging systems (including most broadcast media, digital delivery systems) to send unsolicited bulk messages indiscriminately. While the most widely recognized form of spam is e-mail spam, the term is applied to similar abuses in other media: instant messaging spam, Usenet newsgroup spam, Web search engine spam, spam in blogs, wiki spam, online classified ads spam, mobile phone messaging spam, Internet forum spam, junk fax transmissions, social networking spam, and file sharing network spam.

Source: Wikipedia

An example of a Spam Comment as outlined by the SecuriTeam Blog

<strong>malware blocker…</strong>

Your topic %TITLE% was interesting when I found it on %DAY% searching for %KEYWORD%. Thanks, %URL%…

Some Links of Interest:

  1. What is Comment Spam
  2. Preventing Comment Spam (From Google)
  3. How to Stop Comment Spam
  4. Comment Spam (Six Apart)

You might also be interested in Protecting yourself against Plagiarism.

Note: This is in no way material to protect yourself against comment spam.

AVG: Update needs restart solution


I was recently having a small problem with AVG Antivirus 8 Free. The problem was that the Update Manager said that the update was successful, but then “The update needs restart”.

However, the problem was that even if I did restart, the thing would just stay there, saying “The update needs restart”. The biggest issue was that the Virus Definitions were not being updated.

I tried adjusting the settings for Update and other stuff, none worked. However, the solution to this problem is quite easy. So follow these lines if you are having the same problem. Tested with AVG8, since it’s only with it that I got the problem.

First, go to AVG and do “Update Now”. The update will seem to complete, but will say “The Update needs restart” as usual.

Now, head to your install directory, which for most of you will be: “C:/Program Files/AVG/AVG8”.

In this directory, you will find a file named “updatecomps.cfg”. What you need to do is to either delete this file (kind of unsafe, untested) or just rename it to something like “updatecomps.cfg_old” or “updatecomps.old” like I did.

Update: Sidjsns says that the “updatecomps.cfg” file is not found under a “server” subdirectory. Thanks!

After that, go back to AVG and do another Update Now. The Update should proceed normally, and it will ask you for another restart. After that restart, things should be ok. Your Virus Definitions and other stuff will be up to date.

I tested the above and it worked for me. I forgot exactly where I got the solution, but I think it must be some forum. Credits to the person who found how to solve this. Hope this helps. 🙂

Hotmail Spam. I HATE Spam!


After being absent for 3 days, I check my Hotmail inbox, and what do I see? SPAM!


My usually clean inbox is filled with 34 NEW spam mails, coming somewhere from here: “explorerscomputerjm”

I googled the address, and found a domain “”.

But then, while opening some of the spam mails*, one of the people said:

Guys, this email turned up in my inbox earlier. Not sure where it started but all I know is that by responding to it and asking to be removed from the mailing list it appears to be spreading like wildfire. If you get this email please DO NOT press the reply button. I suspect that if you do it will just keep replicating itself in everyone’s mailbox, even though their email address does not appear in the list of recipients.

*Yes, I know I shouldn’t open spam mails, specially those with attachments. I was extra careful. 🙂

I use this hotmail address sparingly, and I do not know from where all the spam is coming from. I’m suspecting something involved with Windows Live Messenger. Possibly a virus or spyware. I’m currently running an antivirus scan, and an anti-spyware scan. Results pending. I’ll update this post soon.

I’m going to follow my own advice about spam mails, that is to never reply to one. Let’s see what happens. I definitely HATE spam! :/

Updates: Good luck for me! There was actually no spyware or virus on my machine. The spam mails stopped. I didn’t get anything new, from the time I took the shot. I still don’t know how the spammers got my email.