Saturday, April 12, 2014

Using .ico format in Photoshop

I usually would just use free online converters for generating favicons, but recently I just stumbled upon an old plugin that works from Photoshop 5.0 ( on Windows ) up to latest version. Just remember to download the correct plugin version and read the instructions for proper installation.

Link: ICO (Windows Icon) file format plugin for Photoshop

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Remove Search the web (Babylon) from Firefox

If opening a browser you find out that your default search has been changed to Babylon search, and that your browser now has the Babylon toolbar, then a recent application you just installed has been bundled with an installer for this sneaky toolbar and browser extension for Firefox, Chrome and IE.

You can follow this guide from a Babylon support page on how to remove the unwanted application and extensions that it has installed on Firefox and Chrome and Internet Explorer.

After following the guide, try to install and run Spybot ( a malware removal tool ) to remove registry entries that Babylon has created or changed.

I found that after doing the removal of the applications associated with Babylon, uninstallation of browser extensions and running Spybot, Firefox still had some settings that remained from the Babylon software, which resurfaced after updating Firefox to a newer version. One of things that resurfaced was that my search bar was using Babylon again. To remove these settings, what I did was to reset Firefox to its default settings. You can do this by:

Important note: Resetting Firefox will remove all the things that have been accumulated by Firefox, including history, saved site passwords, etc.

  1. Click on the Firefox menu button and navigate to Help > Restart with Addons Disabled.

  2. On the popup box, select Restart.

  3. Once Firefox starts up again, it will open another dialog box. Select Reset Firefox. Confirm that you really want to reset by clicking on Reset Firefox for the second time.

  4. Once Firefox starts up again, you will be given the first run screen, as if you have just reinstalled Firefox.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Changing from Dynamic to a Static Port for an SQL Server Named Instance

  1. Open SQL Server Configuration Manager

  2. Expand SQL Server Network Configuration

  3. Open ( Double-click ) on Protocols for

  4. If not enabled, change TCP/IP status to enabled ( Right-click and select Enable ). If already enabled, open TCP/IP ( Double-click )

  5. On TCP/IP Properties go to the IP Addresses, scroll down to IPAll. Change the value for TCP Dynamic Ports to blank, and the TCP port to the Static Port that is desired ( for example 1433 )

  6. Click Apply to make changes, and OK to close the window.

  7. Restart the SQL Server Services ( on SQL Server Configuration Manager, right click on SQL Server Services and click restart )

Note: Guide above is applicable to MS SQL Server 2008. Steps may vary depending on the version of MS SQL that you have.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Disable Avast! Antivirus Update Notification Sound and Popup


I've been using Avast! on my personal machine for a couple of years now, and even though I like being reminded that my Antivirus has been updated, there are times that I am focused on something and the sudden sound and popup reminder becomes a distraction.

Note: Instructions below are based on Avast! 7.

To disable sounds:
  1. Open Avast! by clicking on the Toolbar tray icon.
  2. Click on Settings near the top-right of the Avast! screen.



  3. On the left menu of the Basic Settings page, select Sounds and Uncheck Enable avast! sounds.




To disable update notifications:

  1. On the left menu of the Settings page, select Updates, Click on Details to show extra options, and uncheck Show notification box after automatic update.




To disable both sound and popup notifications ( Silent / Gaming Mode ):

  1. On the left menu, select Silent / Gaming Mode, Tick the checkbox for Silent / Gaming Mode.



Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Using a Test SMTP Server For Local Drupal 7 Email Testing

I don't usually require testing email notifications and other email related functions during local site development using Drupal, but there are times when you really need to test how, when and to whom emails are being sent to.

I use Uniform Server for local development, but this should apply to any WAMP install, as it uses just 2 things:
  1. First, the SMTP module
  2. Second, an account in mailtrap.io
For those who are wondering why one should use mailtrap instead of just connecting to hotmail, yahoo or gmail accounts, reasons are:
  • Most email providers will require you to connect via SSL / TLS
  • and will also try to block you believing you are trying to send out spam
Steps
  1. To get SMTP functionality, install the SMTP module
  2. Once you have installed the module, it will require you to input SMTP details. This is where mailtrap.io comes in.
  3. Create an account in mailtrap.io. Once you sign up, you'll receive a confirmation email in your inbox.
    Confirm your email
  4. Go back to mailtrap.io and create an Inbox
  5. Once an Inbox is created, you'll be given SMTP details that you can use
  6. Copy over to the SMTP module configuration page the SMTP details like SMTP Server, Username, Passwords, etc.
  7. Save, and test.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Apache crashes when running Drupal on Uniserver 7.1.5 ( Orion )

While installing additional modules to Drupal 6 and 7 on UniServer 7.1.5 ( a portable server on Windows ), I have encountered multiple times Apache having problems starting. Looking at the Apache logs, there are entries for PHP Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 33554432 bytes exhausted.

This can quickly be resolved by increasing PHP Memory Limit to something higher than 32MB.

  1. From root of UniServer, go to usr > local > php and open in a text editor the php.ini file.
  2. Look for memory_limit and increase from 32M to 64M or 128M.

  3. Restart Apache service.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Create a Bootable DOS Flash Disk

The process is simple, and the end result is a very basic bootable flash disk.


  1. Download Bootable USB Drive Creator Tool from Softpedia, this contains both the formatter and DOS files ( MS-Dos and FreeDos ).
  2. The file download will be in RAR, so extract using an archive utility software like 7-zip.
  3. Once extracted, run the exe file as an administrator ( Right-click > Run as administrator )
  4. On the application, select your usb drive under Device
  5. Check Create Bootable Drive
  6. Browse for the included MS-DOS and FreeDOS folder
  7. Before clicking on Start, make sure that you do not have important files that you want to save on your USB drive, as the process of formatting will delete all the contents of the drive. Click Start to proceed.

After the process, you should have a bootable USB drive with either MS-DOS or FreeDOS.

Alternately, you use another disk formatter and Win98 files, and the process should be the same as above.