Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000

Today, after 4 years of using the same Microsoft Intellimouse Optical 1.1A, I finally upgraded to a Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000. So whats the difference and the verdict?

Instantly I have noticed that the new mouse is significantly more accurate than the old mouse – working with images to crop them is significantly easier – I can now pinpoint the exact location where I want to mouse pointer to go first-time instead of moving it to the rough location and then moving it really slowly and carefully to the right location. In fact, the new mouse is almost too accurate… its so sensitive that even the slightest movement moves the pointer, something that definately didnt happen with my old mouse!

One thing that I dont like as much is the smaller back and forward buttons (not that I ever use the forward one). The back button is now not as convenient as it used to be in that I need to move my thumb forward to get to it rather than upwards as with the old mouse.

The scroll wheel is significantly better than the old mouse and is much more tactile and easier to grip to scroll with one finger.

The mouse is flatter than the old Intellimouse, which is a surprise, I thought it would be more like the old Intellimouse Pro which was greatly extended height-wise compared to "normal" mice.

So, overall verdict – a good mouse with greatly improved accuracy with 1 minor styling flaw – something that I’m sure I will get used to by learning to put my hand on the mouse, rather than just my fingers over the mouse with wrist on the mouse-mat as with my old Intellimouse.

Open File Security Warning for files on Network Shares

Today, Microsoft decided to be down-right annoying! A windows update has changed some setting or another on my Vindows Vista Ultimate and Home Premium machines that now means that an "Open File – Security Warning" is displayed when I try to open any file on a network share!

How annoying is that! Considering that I open several thousand files a day, pretty much all of which are on network shares (my servers), its just completely inconsiderate that there is no way to turn this off easily!

It also appears that I am not the only one with this problem, a google search for Open File Security Warning shows that there are many hundreds of users reporting the same problems on Windows Xp as well!

Here is the solution for Windows Vista Ultimate and Xp Professional (I havent figured out how to do it with Home editions of Xp or Vista yet)

1. Click on the Windows button/Start button

2. Click on Run

3. Type in gpedit.msc

4. Press Enter and Group Policy Object Editor will open (see attached images)

5. Click on Local Computer Policy

6. Click on User Configuration if it is not already displaying its sub-items

7. Click on Administrative Templates

8. Click on Windows Components

9. Click on Attachment Manager

10. Double-click on the Setting "Default risk level for file attachments"

11. Enable the setting and select log risk (see image attached)

12. Click on OK to close the dialog

13. Double click on the Setting "Inclusion list for low file types"

14. Enable this setting

15. Add in the file extensions you wish to be exempt from the security warning dialog. (See image attached)

16. Click on OK to close the dialow

17. Close Group Policy Object Editor

If you have Windows Vista the change is immediate, if you have Windows Xp Pro you will need to re-boot your PC.

If anyone knows how to solve this problem in the home editions where there is no Group Policy Object Editor, please let me know by posting a comment!

ASP Functions – getDaysInMonth

As the title of this function I wrote explains – this function returns the number of days in a month

Usage: getDaysInMonth( 12, 2006) would return the number of days in December 2006 – 31

Function getDaysInMonth(strMonth,strYear)
Dim strDays
Select Case cint(strMonth)
Case 1,3,5,7,8,10,12:
strDays = 31
Case 4,6,9,11:
strDays = 30
Case 2:
if ((cint(strYear) mod 4 = 0 and _
cint(strYear) mod 100 <> 0) _
or ( cint(strYear) mod 400 = 0) ) then
strDays = 29
strDays = 28
end if
End Select
getDaysInMonth = strDays

End Function

HomePlug is astounding!

I have finally found an IT product that more than just amazing, but absolutely essential in any home network.. The Devolo dLan Duo HomePlug Networking kit.

So what is it?

Essentially, it is two or more "devices" that plug into any plug socket, with a LAN and USB port on each – all you need to do is to connect a lan cable one end to the router, and the other end to whatever networking device you want, a switch, wireless access point, etc – and the best bit – no software to install, no additional adaptors, no hassle – its really simply just plug in, connect network cable and go – absolutely brilliant!

HomePlug solved the problem that I was having whereby my wireless network wouldnt reach to my office (even though it is less than 100m away from the house) – in fact the wireless with a 9db Antannae wouldnt reach from my living room to my kitchen next door such are the thickness of the stone walls!

And the best till last – here, even with the connected through a home-built electrical extension cable through the garage and house, through 3 fuse boxes and 2 extension leads it works at 100Mbit – I’ve been able to transfer data at 3.6Mb/s through the connection – simply amazing and just as good as ethernet cable.

I will be trying out more things as I go along – like giving my neighbours one of the 4-pack of devices that I got and see if they can get on to my network etc. etc. With a theoretical range of 200m it might just do it!

So, if you are frustrated with wireless – go get HomePlug!