Google Maps – Operation Aborted – Crashing Internet Explorer (IE)


Integrated google maps code works when using FireFox, Opera, but it errors out when using IE giving the error:

“Internet Explorer cannot open the Internet site: http://…”

Here’s basically what’s happening: IE doesn’t allow changing HTML tables via DOM until they are fully rendered. And since Google Maps code does just that the solution was to move the <script> to the end of the HTML while leaving the map <div> in the place where you want the map to show.

Remote Desktop cannot verify the identity of the computer you want to connect to


So Windows Vista has been released and though it is working fine, there are still a few very minor blips. Nothing major, but just a couple small things that bug me, here’s one for ya. I recently installed Windows Vista, and now anytime I connect to a remote computer via a Remote Desktop Connection, I get the following message:

Remote Desktop cannot verify the identity of the computer you want to connect to. This problem can occur if:

  1. The remote computer is running a version of Windows that is earlier than Windows Vista.
  2. The remote computer is configured to support only the RDP security layer.

Contact your network administrator or the owner of the remote computer for assistance.

Do you want to connect anyway?

Is there anyway to disable this screen and just connect immediately?

Update

This prompt screen can be bypassed as follows: Go to the advanced tab and select “always connect, even if authentication fails” in the drop down.

WS_FTP – The Secure Loader used to protect this software has encountered a fatal error


Yet another small quirk with Windows Vista – I can’t use the newest version of my favorite FTP program – WS_FTP by Ipswitch. I was able to install the program fine, but when I tried to run it, I received the following error:

The Secure Loader used to protect this software has encountered a fatal error. Please contact your software vendor.

So what was my workaround? I simply installed an old version (v 9.01) that I had a copy of. Apparently Ipswitch has released a Vista compatible version of WS_FTP 2007, but I think I’m just going to stick with v 9.01 for now… I’m familiar with that one! 😉

In case you’re looking for the Vista compatible download link, you can get it here:
http://www.ipswitch.com/_download/wsftppro.asp

Windows Vista Connectivity Problems – Connected to Undefined Network


So I just installed Windows Vista on my PC and everytime I start up, I don’t have any network connectivity.

It tells me the following:

Currently Connected to: Undefined Network

Access: Limited Connectivity

Any help or suggestions with this would be greatly appreciated. I’m running Windows Vista Business with an ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 – it’s got the ULi 1695 chipset with onboard ethernet.

My Top 10 Ways to get Google to Crawl and Index Your Site


So I started this blog in order to try to not only generate some advertising income, but also to find the best way to optimize and maximize that income. In order to start generating that income, the first thing that I wanted to do was to get my site indexed with major search engines – primarily Google.

  1. Create a site structure – Categories / Subcategories
  2. Create unique content – Being able to do this will depend on whether or not you’ve created categories that you’re knowledgeable in
  3. Use descriptive titles
    • Good: i.nconspicuo.us – 10 Best Ways to get Google to Crawl and Index Your Site
    • Better: 10 Best Ways to get Google to Crawl and Index Your Site – i.nconspicuo.us
  4. Make sure that the HTML
  5. Place internal cross-links within your site – It’s always a good idea to have links to other articles within each page.
  6. Once your site has some content, submit your site to some social networking pages
    • www.digg.com
    • del.icio.us
    • www.furl.net
  7. Exchange links with other sites
  8. Submit your URL to Google: http://www.google.com/addurl/?continue=/addurl
  9. Upload your sitemap to Google Sitemaps: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/
  10. Add Google Analytics to your site: http://www.google.com/analytics/

You might wonder why #10 is going to help Google crawl or index your site… it may help, it may not. I just feel that the more Google products that you use on a site, the more likely it is that the site will be crawled.

Update: November 21, 2006
After being live for just over a week, i.nconspicuo.us has had it’s first few pages indexed by Google. Not bad when you consider Google’s disclaimer:

“We add and update new sites to our index each time we crawl the web, and we invite you to submit your URL here. We do not add all submitted URLs to our index, and we cannot make any predictions or guarantees about when or if they will appear.”

What are you waiting for? Get your site out there… whether you use any of my 10 suggestions or not, search engines are out there and waiting to crawl your site!

Can Blogging Generate an Income?


With the number of people who have blogs now, do any of them profit from their blogs? I know for a fact that most of the owners of large blogs make quite a nice profit from their site. That is the purpose of this site, I’m going to test out different advertising networks and different advertisement placements.

My short term goal(s)

  • Determine which ad network provides the best payout
  • Determine which ad network provides the best reporting
  • Find the optimal placement for ads on a website

My long term goal(s)

  • Generate enough monthly revenue to cover my car payment

So where do you start when you want to create a blog that can (and will) generate revenue from 3rd party advertisers? I’ve learned from experience that “Content is King”. The more articles you’re able to put on your site, the more visitors you’ll attract. I think that’s going to be my biggest hurdle… finding enough time to write enough noteworthy articles. My starting point was to setup my blog with Categories that interest me.

  • Entertainment
    • Television Shows – Heroes, 24 (there are plenty other shows that I like, but we’ll save that for another article 😉 )
  • Finance & Investment
  • Gaming (I’m a big fan of the Xbox 360)
  • Photography
  • Sports & Recreation
  • Tech & Web Stuff

Now that I’ve got my categories laid out, my first step will be to create content for each of them. Once I’ve got content in each category, I’ll be focusing on getting my site crawled and indexed by all large search engines. Once my site is indexed on a couple search engines, I’ll begin documenting the revenue that I generate from this site.

Until next time.

iTunes – Processing Album Artwork


Okay, so I had a bunch of fun on my home PC when I had to deal with iTunes and the brilliant feature “Determining Gapless Playback”. Today, I installed iTunes 7.0.2 on my office PC and I found a new one: “Processing Album Artwork” which seems to slow the computer down even more and take even longer than “Determining Gapless Playback”. I think iTunes is out to do one thing… crash my computer.

What the “Processing Album Artwork” feature does is looks on Apple’s servers for the album cover for each and every file that you have that doesn’t already have an embedded album cover. Obviously, this could take a very long time depending on the number of files you have. You have the option to perform this manually by right-clicking on any song and selecting “Get Album Artwork”. I prefer to use Tag & Rename – http://www.softpointer.com/

iTunes – Determining Gapless Playback Information


What exactly is Gapless Playback? Here’s what Apple has to say about it:

Gapless playback means that there is no pause in playback between the end of one audio file and the beginning of the next audio file. This allows for playback of content with no gaps the way it was meant to be heard. Some examples of gapless albums include:

  • “Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd
  • “Abbey Road” by The Beatles
  • Many live and classical albums

Gapless Playback in iTunes
Gapless playback is always on in iTunes 7 or later unless the Crossfade feature is turned on. If Crossfade is on, only audio files that have the “Part of a gapless album” option checked and are capable of being played gaplessly will play with no gaps.

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=304362

So apparently the new version of iTunes wants to behave more like a CD or a record… you know… how the songs just blend so beautifully together. For all of those albums that have songs that flow into one another with no real fade-in or fade-out iTunes has come up with their version of a “solution”. Good idea in theory? Maybe. But what about those of us who have hundreds or thousands of MP3’s? I for instance, have a computer that hosts all of my media files – music, pictures, videos, etc. so when iTunes decides that it wants to read through my entire music catalog it causes havoc on my computer and my local network.

Update

See this post: Disabling iTunes Determining Gapless Playback
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