Internet Explorer 8 – is it really following web standards?

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Microsoft has announced at December 2007 that Internet Explorer 8 has passed a test for standards compliance. Well it’s really hard to believe and it brings more questions to the Web Developers face.

The Acid2 test
Microsoft’s still top-secret Internet Explorer 8 passed what is known as the Acid2 test. Acid2 is a test case designed by the Web Standards Project to discover, if possible, errors with rendering Web pages in browsers and Web authoring tools. Basically, it tests how a browser or tool works with features from various Web standards.

The following standards are involved in the Acid2 test page: HTML 4, CSS level 1, PNG, and data URLs. In addition, the Acid2 guided tour overview page defines these features that are included in the test:

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Save your time with WinMerge

As a Developer you should come along into a situation that you need to compare or merge complex code fragments and Sadly most of us do it with notepad. Well have you seen WinMerge? Remember this century is not about how good you are in code but it’s about how can solve your problems.. So let me introduce to you the WinMerge, this program designed for open source developers and by open source developers.. Upgrading from old code to new code can be a real painstaking feature.. So here is WinMerge to save you some times.

Microsoft and Their Inevitable BSOD

We all know very well Microsoft and BSOD is two side of a coin. It’s inevitable how the BSOD scares us off. Now there is some other BSOD that can give you a descent naughty smile on your face.. It’s created by the Genius Mark Russinovich from SysInternals. Let’s take a step back in the history. Previously SysInternals made a huge number of Windows NT, 2000, XP & Server 2003 tools which the very advanced developers and core operating systems developers didn’t even dream about. With his numerous success with command line administration tools and core system level utilities he took immediate attention from Microsoft itself. At 2006 Microsoft bought over SysInternals and it was inevitable too. SysInternal Administrator tools are the optimal Swiss army knife for any windows server administrators. SysInternal Administrator tools are still freeware and available for download. So back to present, Mark Created an innovative BSOD emulated screensaver for windows and it utilizes the original ntoskrnl.exe from NT, 2K, XP, 2003.

Hosts file configuration – Windows, Linux and Mac

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The Hosts file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. This file is loaded into memory (cache) at startup, then Windows checks the Hosts file before it queries any DNS servers, which enables it to override addresses in the DNS. This prevents access to the listed sites by redirecting any connection attempts back to the local machine. Another feature of the HOSTS file is its ability to block other applications from connecting to the Internet, providing the entry exists. It’s a general practice of web developers to test any site locally by emulating the original web address pointing to a local or development server by modifying the hosts file. Here is a brief explanation on how to set it up properly.

Common Locations:

The host file is located in different locations in different operating systems and even in different Windows versions:

  • Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista: %SystemRoot%system32driversetc is the default location, which may be changed. The actual directory is determined by the Registry key HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesTcpipParametersDataBasePath.
  • Windows 95/98/Me: %WinDir%
  • Linux and other Unix-like operating systems: /etc
  • Mac OS 9 and earlier: System Folder: Preferences or System folder (format of the file may vary from Windows and Linux counterparts)
  • Mac OS X: /private/etc (uses BSD-style Hosts file)
  • OS/2 and eComStation: "bootdrive":mptnetc

Setting it up:

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Get back the control of your registry from Trojans

windowsFew days before i was copying some files from my friends SONY M2 memory card and bam i've been hit by a Trojan, it was silently sitting on the memory card. the file name is Flash.exe and it creates a autorun.inf file in your memory card and any usb disk you put into your computer will be infected by it. It keeps running on the memory and it will disable your Task Manager, Command Prompt and Registry Editor. Well these are the tools you need to use to get rid of the trojan virus. I've cleaned my system with Kaspersky Antivirus Pro 7 and still i was not able to use command prompt or regedit. Here are the things you need to do after cleaning the Trojan Virus.

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