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  • How to Run Firefox 2 and 3 at the Same Time
    10/15/2008 1:33PM
    Here's a quick how to on running Firefox 2 and 3 at the same time under Windows
    1. Right click the shortcut of the Firefox 2, click "Properties". Add "-profilemanager" at the end of the shortcut path. Click OK. Then run this shortcut to launch Firefox Profile Manager.
    2. Create a new profile, name it "firefox3". And uncheck the "Don't ask at startup"
    3. Go to Properties of the Firefox 2 shortcut again, remove the "-profilemanager" and add "-p default" at the end of the path. This forces Firefox 2 to open the original profile.
    4. Install Firefox 3. Choose "Custom" when you are asked.
    5. Change the installation folder to "Mozilla Firefox 3"
    6. Same in Start Menu Folder name.
    7. When is complete, uncheck the "Launch Firefox now". You still have something to do before you can run it.
    8. Go to the Properties of the Firefox 3 shortcut. Append "-no-remote -p firefox3" to the Target. The "-no-remote" will let Firefox run a separate instance. The "-p firefox3" will force your Firefox 3 to run the newly clean profile.
    9. Run the Firefox 3, and you will be prompted that your Firefox is not the default browser. DON'T click Yes. Firefox 3 is not stable and you won't like to use it as your default browser. Simple uncheck the "Always perform this check when starting Firefox" and click No.
    10. Now you can run Firefox 2 and Firefox 3 at the same time.
  • VB6, Centering a Form on the Screen
    10/08/2008 2:56PM
    Here is a code snippet used to center a form on the screen.

    Private Sub Form_Load()
        ' Centering the form on the screen
        Me.Move (Screen.Width - Me.Width) \ 2, (Screen.Height - Me.Height) \ 2
    End Sub


  • VB6 Code for Openning an External File
    10/08/2008 2:53PM
    The following VB6 code will open an external file with it's associated application.  This assumes that there is an application on the system that is already associated with a specific executable. Under your General Declarations:

    ' Runs an external file/launches it's associated app
    Private Declare Function ShellExecute Lib "shell32.dll" Alias "ShellExecuteA" (ByVal hWnd As Long, ByVal lpOperation As String, ByVal lpFile As String, ByVal lpParameters As String, ByVal lpDirectory As String, ByVal nShowCmd As Long) As Long

    On whatever Form/Button/Event

    Dim FileName As String
    FileName = "C:\path\to\some\file.pdf"
    ShellExecute 0&, "open", FileName, "", "", vbNormalFocus

  • Creating MovieClips with Button States in AS 2.0
    09/24/2008 9:41AM
    Here is a quick tutorial on how to create MovieClips that act like buttons using ActionScript 2.0.  Attached is a sample .fla file with a complete, working example.
    1. Create a new Flash document for AS 2.0
    2. Create whatever graphic/shape that you would like and convert it to a symbol.  Double click on on it with the selection tool, and then press F8 to open the create symbol dialog box, or right click on it and select "Create Symbol".  Make sure that you create it as a MovieClip.
    3. Double-click on the new MovieClip to enter the symbol edit mode.
    4. Rename the existing "Layer 1" layer that contains the base graphic "bg".
    5. Create three new layers above that one in this order:
      1. labels
      2. actions
      3. text
    6. On the labels layer:
      1. Create a keyframe at frame 10, 20, and 30
      2. In frame 1, enter the following label: _up
      3. In frame 10, enter the following label: _over
      4. In frame 20, enter the following lable: _down
    7. On the actions layer create a keyframe at frame 10, 20, and 30 and put a stop(); action in frame 1, 10, and 20.
    8. On the text layer, create a keyframe at frame 10 and 20.
      1. Add the following text to each keyframe:
        1. Frame 1: Steady State
        2. Frame 10: Over
        3. Frame 20: Down
    9. Go back to your main timeline, by clicking on the "Scene 1" button.
    10. Select your MovieClip and give it an instance name of button_mc.
    11. Create a new layer in the main timeline and name it actions
    12. Add the following actions to it:
      1. button_mc.onRelease = function(){
            trace( "Click" );
        }
    13. Test your movie and when you rollover and click on the clip you will see the different states displayed.
    Attachment: movieclip_with_button_states.fla 65536 bytes
  • Creating a Mac/PC Hybrid CD-Rom with Roxio Toast
    08/18/2008 11:03AM
    The following is a quick tutorial on how to create a hybrid CD under Mac OS X. Using Toast, you can fairly easily create a hybrid CD with which the Mac OS will only see Mac specific files and the PC OS will only see the PC specific files.  This preserves the Mac resource fork and icon data as well as the PC icon data.

    1. Create a disk image into which you will place all of your Mac OS files.
      1. Open up the Disk Utility program in Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility.
      2. Click on the "New Image" button in the top bar of the Disk Utility window.
      3. Determine the size of your disk image and create it, making sure it has read/write permissions.
    2. Mount the new disk image and copy any Mac data onto it.  Leave the image mounted.
    3. Fire up Toast
    4. In the left-hand sidebar, click on the "Advanced" button.
    5. Click on the "Custom Hybrid" radio button.  The main Toast window will now display two buttons "Select Mac..." and "Select ISO.."
    6. To add Mac files:
      1. Click on the "Select Mac..." button.
      2. Choose the newly created disk image/Mac volume that you created and into which you copied your Mac files.
    7. To add PC files:
      1. Click on the "Select PC..." button
      2. An "ISO 9660" dialogue box will appear.
      3. Click on the "Files" button and then drag and drop your PC files into this window.
      4. To specify the name of the PC cd as it will appear, double-click on the text to the right of the CD graphic/icon (the default should be My CD).  Enter any new text and hit enter.
    8. Unmount/Eject your Mac data volume before burning.
    9. Burn CD, smile, do victory dance.  :)


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