Friday, June 25, 2010

Renaming Networking Printers in Windows

I had never realized that you are not able to rename network printers, but it is sad and true. There is however a work-around which allows to rename network printers indirectly.

Instead of adding your printer as a network printer, add it as a local printer with a new port. In the new port specify your network printer share, eg. \\printer-server\printer-share-name. After selecting the model/etc, you have a network printer which feels like a local printer, which you can rename.

Thanks cobolhacker for sharing this info.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Firefox 3.6.4

Yesterday I have updated to the latest version of Firefox, version 3.6.4 and actually I am amazed. I have been using Chrome for a while because of it's speed compared to Firefox. I must say that the latest version of Firefox now starts up almost as quickly as Chrome and the respond time is also superb, especially if you compare how many add-ons I have installed.

I looked at the memory usage and this has also become better, actually even with the large amount of add-ons Firefox uses around the same amoung of memory (on a fresh start) as Chrome.

I did have a same issue with our network/proxy. I know our company proxy needs authentication and I have always been struggling to get non microsoft applications to work. It loaded some pages and some it just would not load... crazy... after investigation of http traffic I got denied errors. The fix was easy:

Navigate to
about:config ->
network.automatic-ntlm-auth.allow-proxies -> true
network.negotiate-auth.allow-proxies -> false

Details at

Great job for the Mozilla team!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Getting rid of Content Preparation Progress dialog in Reader 9

Since I have installed the latest version of Reader (9), each time I open Adobe Reader, it start scanning the document with a message: Please wait while document is being prepared for ....

This is really annoying, Reader is not the fastest and things like this makes it even slower.

Fix: Goto to the c:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\plug_ins\ folder (or the folder where you have installed Reader) and remove the Accessibility.api file.