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!