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Mike's 'unwanted additions' warning service..

Foxit Reader (good) is currently attaching Search Protect by Conduit (not good). Uncheck the option because it is a pest.

Java (marginal, but a necessary evil for far too many things) is attaching the Ask Toolbar and associated junk. Uncheck it if you value decent Internet searches.. . 

ImgBurn (Good), but you have to be on your toes to stop the unwanted stuff. Basically, uncheck anything that isn't for ImgBurn, and go for the custom install each time that it is offered to you to ensure that you get to uncheck and skip the junk.. 

A commonly held 'view.. '

 "Well, it worked in Windows 95!"

MVP Award years

2005 - 2006 - 2007

2008 - 2009 - 2010

2011 - 2012 - 2013


The original MVP logo

My Favourite Utilities

Speedfan is a great hardware monitor which can automatically control fan speeds, warn when temperatures are rising in the case, and do a SMART scan of your hard drives. A 'must have'.. 

Piriform Speccy tells you what is inside the box and with great accuracy..

Networx shows download/upload bandwidth used..

Piriform Recuva is probably the best file recovery utility around and is free too.. 

Treesize shows you what you have got, where it is, and how much space it is all using..

Windows 8 alternative start menus.. Classic Shell..

Stardock Start8..

Aomei Partition Assistant is the best free utility of its type..


I know what HTML is, but I can’t compile it. I need serious help, and up until recently, it came from use of FrontPage 2003. It was the last of the breed of ‘easy to use’ Microsoft WYSIWYG HTML editors and has been discontinued. Attention was turned towards a more professional tool, and Expression Web appeared, made it to version 4 and as quickly disappeared. I am not ashamed to say that I did not get along with EW. It was way above me.

There were a few problems with FrontPage.

  1. It was HTML as Microsoft wanted, which was not a universal approach as seen by others.
  2. The templates dated back to the earliest incarnation in 1996 and websites always had a dated look about them..
  3. To make the most of all of the features, the host server had to be ‘FrontPage Server Extensions’ compatible.
  4. It was killing features in Outlook 2010 which I used daily

So, two years ago, after being made aware that MVPS was dropping FPSE support, I had to do a rework of my website. This in turn made me look for another website creator, and at the time, I came across Ewisoft Website Builder. I held off until the recent issues affecting Outlook 2010, and finally gave in.

Ewisoft will not import FrontPage material, which is probably not a bad thing. The best way to transfer the content was to paste pages into MS Word, convert the text to Verdana 10pt, and then past into a new Ewisoft page,. making changes to the formatting along the way.

This lead to me rewriting some of the content, bringing it up to date, removing some bits, moving others around, all of which took longer than originally envisaged.. Now it is done, and I am ready to publish..

Most of it, all of the text at least has published, but some of the images are giving grief. It looks like I will be contacting Ewisoft support very soon, like Monday..

Sad smile

Posted Fri, Nov 29 2013 21:52 by Mike Hall
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