Argh! Windows XP theme ga kieta!

January 18, 2007

*squint* At first I though I’d made a huge bugger up somewhere… then I though for a bit and blamed it on the program… then I found a website which told me about some possible fixes… none of the fixes worked because the people didn’t really know what they were talking about… then I eventually found a fix which that worked… and I was happy… such is the story of *loud noises* The Vanishing XP Theme!
In case you didn’t know, the default Windows XP theme is called Luna (a cool name) and can be found in the Windows directory under Resources\Themes. The actual theme file is luna.msstyles located in the Luna subdirectory. If you are like me then you may have had the misfortune of experiencing the following:

  • You boot into Windows XP and instead of the default XP style theme you have the old school Windows theme
  • You right-click and go to Properties – Appearance and lo and behold – there is no Windows XP theme listed! *shock*
  • Try as you might you can’t select the Windows XP style because the only option is Windows Classic style *you start getting worried/irritated*
  • You search the internet and find a link telling you to double-click the luna.msstyles file in the Themes folder and you do so only to have it *poong* out an error message stating that there is… an error! *great shock and increased worry/irritation*
  • You search the internet further until you realise that the world is full of imbeciles who don’t know what the hell they’re talking about and start to give up on ever resolving the problem without reformatting Windows XP

Fortunately there is a solution! Two in fact, one of which should work regardless of the situation. Now, let me first say that the most common cause for this problem is uninstalling an application. How uninstalling an application does this I don’t know and it really shouldn’t happen. Another cause is hard drive problems or viruses or tampering which corrupts the Luna theme file(s). Should the file(s) be corrupt simply search the internet for Luna theme download or luna.msstyles download and download the theme files. Once you have them copy them and overwrite the existing files within the theme folder. If this does not solve the problem then the following will be the most likely solution:

  • Right-click on My Computer and click on Manage to bring up the Computer Management display. You can also access this through Control Panel – Administritive Tools – Computer Management
  • Yoshi, now double-click Services and Applications at the bottom on the left-hand side
  • Now left-click/double-click Services just underneath it and the list of services will be displayed on the right hand side
  • Look for the service called Themes (it will most likely be disabled or set to manual) and double-click it
  • In the middle of the form that pops up will be a label saying Startup Type with three choices
  • Select Automatic and click OK
  • The XP theme will return either immediately or the next time you boot into Windows XP

And that is that. Why themes are a service I don’t know – and don’t care – but it is rather a nuisance. If this doesn’t solve the problem then I don’t know what will.


MegaUpload! Kyaaah! *chop*

January 13, 2007

Yoshi! We have all downloaded stuff from online file hosts like MegaUpload, RapidShare, TurboUpload, ZShare, etc. I dunno if many of you have noticed but one by one these free file hosts (TurboUpload and ZShare excluded) are starting to make you pay to access files, all the while allowing you to upload them for free. Seriously, what is the point of uploading something you can’t ever access again? Don’t get me wrong, they perform an awesome service and I really appreciate the effort but forcing and coercing someone to pay for access is not on. In most cases these hosts offer free access, albeit limited in speed and number of connections, which is okay since we can access the files and in South Africa the limited speed is pretty much our maximum connection speed in any case! There is one host in particular, however, which causes unlimited grief and that it MegaUpload.

I remember the days when we could access it without a care in the world, now, however, they have limited access to pretty much one person per IP and limited access per country. This is particularly irritating since the majority of people who use the Internet nowadays do so through routers and proxies. So, since we all share a common IP, what the hell are we supposed to do? The answer was simple – don’t use MegaUpload and find the files somewhere else. Unfortunately, there are plenty of people who only know how to use MegaUpload and so it is extremely bloody difficult getting the files otherwise – until now that is! Kyaaaaah! *chop*

Purely by mistake I stumbled across a handy little FAQ detailing how to bypass the nuisance which is the download limit. I’m pretty sure plenty of people know about this already but to me it is an extraordinary and fantastic discovery which I will now disclose. Sou sou *nods* Oh yes, this applies to FireFox (awesome browser that it is) and I don’t know, and doubt, if it will work in Internet Explorer or Opera or whatever.

To download via MegaUpload and bypass the horror that is the country limit do the following:

  • ┬áType about:config in the address bar (the place you type http://www.google.com) and press enter
  • In the filter bar which appears type agent which will decrease the number of items so that there is roughly about 4 left
  • Double-click the item that says general.useragent.extra.firefox and a little popup will appear stating Firefox/ and the current version
  • At the end of the text type ;Alexa Toolbar and press enter
  • Dekita! You will now be able to access downloads regardless of the country limit

As far as I know this pretty much just simulates the MegaUpload toolbar which is available in Internet Explorer. While it bypasses the country limit you may still be unable to download files because of your IP address aka. You are currently downloading nyah nyah nyah and have a few little radio boxes to choose from. To get past this do the following:

  • Once you have reached the download page the timer will countdown and you will see a small rectangle with Click here to download inside it
  • Instead of left-clicking the rectangle, right-click and select to Open Link in New Tab
  • After a short time a small popup will appear allowing you to save the desired file, thus all is well

Aparently this last workaround sometimes fails, in which case just try again and it will most likely turn out fine. I haven’t had a problem yet so you can take my word for it.

That is that and the limits are shown to be the rubbish that they are! If you want to use a file host try TurboUpload (< 70MB), ZUpload (< 500MB) and FilesFly (<100 MB). They are all free and the speeds are good and downloads can be resumed at any time (although you may have to refresh the link)


Site Update

January 6, 2007

Argh! I haven’t been doing much with this SB since I started it but this has changed! *shouts and screams* I’ve added a bunch of links to my favourite Anime download sites – note that these are ALL direct download so there is no hassle with P2P and no speed issues (most of the time). One or two of the sites also support BT so there is that if you wanna use it. These sites are all very good (except the one which is good but changes like quicksilver) and are in a league of their own compared to most of the sites out there. They are updated almost every day as well so you can find ongoing series pretty quickly. I have a list of another 50 or so sites which offer downloads but I don’t really use them all that often so I wont put up the links unless someone wants them. If wanted I can put up a link to a list of top anime download sites (I wont guarentee the quality of these site though).

For reasons known only to my bored mind I decided to make a banner! I pretty much just copied the background bit off my favourite wall and put the text on. Skilled if I say so myself! Lemme know if its good or not so I can change it if I need to *nods*.

Within the next few days I’m gonna put up a bunch of programming articles on the following:

  • How to use a template when designing forms
  • Proper naming conventions for variables and classes
  • How to properly comment and describe code
  • The usefulness of structures and classes
  • Short description of an awesome control: Explorer Bar and the source code for managing and using it

That aside I’m gonna put up pages for anime reviews as well as site reviews for download sites.

There is a bunch of other stuff as well but I’ll get to it when I do >_<