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Carol - since this occurs only when you click on the Firefox desktop icon, can you look at the icon and tell us what is there? Target? Location?  Start in (folder)?

Maybe there's a clue there.  Perhaps instead of calling Firefox from Program Files something got corrupted and it is calling for something that causes a shutdown?

Just a thought...


Here's an error I've noticed in the Event Viewer for the last few days:

Event Type:   Error
Event Source:   Application Error
Event Category:   None
Event ID:   1000
Date:      12/12/2007
Time:      12:51:14 AM
User:      N/A
Computer:   JMCGO92504
Faulting application firefox.exe, version 1.8.20071.2514, faulting module unknown, version, fault address 0x02a2c51b.

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0000: 41 70 70 6c 69 63 61 74   Applicat
0008: 69 6f 6e 20 46 61 69 6c   ion Fail
0010: 75 72 65 20 20 66 69 72   ure  fir
0018: 65 66 6f 78 2e 65 78 65   efox.exe
0020: 20 31 2e 38 2e 32 30 30    1.8.200
0028: 37 31 2e 32 35 31 34 20   71.2514
0030: 69 6e 20 75 6e 6b 6e 6f   in unkno
0038: 77 6e 20 30 2e 30 2e 30   wn 0.0.0
0040: 2e 30 20 61 74 20 6f 66   .0 at of
0048: 66 73 65 74 20 30 32 61   fset 02a
0050: 32 63 35 31 62 0d 0a      2c51b..

All after installing the update. Yet, no crashes here?!?


Just wanted to note that encryption - not properly implemented - can be very troublesome.

Back in October 2006 I installed the Freenigma extension for Firefox - it encrypts/decrypts web mail.  Or, well at least it does encrypt it - but maybe doesn't allow you to decrypt it - which is more than a little annoying!

When I realized that I really didn't use it much at all I uninstalled Freenigma.

Then almost exactly one year later - in October 2007 - I started receiving various emails in Thunderbird that looked fine upon initial opening, but when I opened them again to read them through - these were all newsletters - the messages were replaced by the standard invitation to sign up for and install Freenigma!  I am then never again able to read those messages.

Freenigma says, "No Way - not our problem".  I contacted the one source of a newsletter and they did not say at first, but eventually admitted that they encrypt their email with Freenigma, but that if you don't use it the mail is supposed to be non-encrypted.... (How's that supposed to work?!?!). Anyway, fortunately for me I do have a good bit of redundancy built-in to my email, so I was able to read the newsletters in a duplicate in another client.  Those were with the premiom version of the Windows Secrets Newsletter. Two days ago it started happening with Gizmo's Tech Alert premium newsletters!

Note that Freenigma was only used in Firefox - not Thunderbird. But it apparently is affectiung Thunderbird!  Which will probably drive me right back to Pocomail again. But NEVER again will I install an email encryption client. As far as I am concerned - NO form of electronic mail is private, and critical personal or financial info should NEVER be transmitted via email.

Stick with that and you'll have a lot more protection!

My opinion, of course.


General Software Discussion / Re: How do you 'capture' a BSOD?
« on: December 16, 2007, 11:08 AM »
Nosh - I also run two monitors: a 21" Viewsonic as primary and a 19" WS Viewsonic as seconday.  I used UltraMon for a while and loved it but several odd conflicts and many crashes later I finally gave up on it.  I discovered that it can have some issues with upscale nVidia cards - particularly if you try to use the nVidia Desktop Manager software that you usually install with your card.

The UltraMon developer - at least the guy who replies for UltraMon on their forum - told me about the nVidia Desktop Manager conflicts but he insisted that there should be no other conflicts with nVidia cards. Yet I have "run into" several folks online who have expereinced similar issues when using UltraMon with nVidia cards. Which is a shame because UM does add plenty to dual monitor setups.


Living Room / Re: Applications Stealing Focus...
« on: December 16, 2007, 08:19 AM »
Evil. definitelly.

Happened to me with the reboot windows thinguie, i inadvertedly rebooted the computer while i was doing something else. (don't ask me how, it was an unfortunate chain of events).

I didn't know tweakui could solve this. I shall look into it ;)

To eliminate the unexpected restart of Windows due to Automatic Updates, do the following:

  • Click Start>Run and then when the Run box opens type gpedit.msc
  • Next click on Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates>Windows Components>Windows Update
  • In the right pane you will see several settings - looks like the "Services" screen. There are two ways to do it here:
  • 1) Double-click on "Prompt for restarts with scheduled installations" and change the setting there to 720 minutes or 12 hours. That allows you to go the rest of the day without that nag screen. Or...
  • 2) Click on the Disable bullet and you'll never get that nag - but then you have to remember to restart on your own or the Updates won't take effect.

I have it set for 720 minutes and I never see that nag anymore!


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