Browser Tips: Browser Helper Objects

Written by Richard Lowe

I must admit that I tend to install a whole bunch of junk on my computer system. It is part of my day job as Director of Technical Services at a major company to review new software to determine if it may be of use. I just love to look at new ways to solve issues that people run up against all ofrepparttar time. So I am always keeping a look out forrepparttar 134633 newest shareware and freeware and checking them out.

Overrepparttar 134634 years, I've found a few utilities that I have discovered which make my life easier. Thus, as I've moved from computer to computer I've tended to install these same programs without thinking, considering them to be "safe" as I've always had them.

About a year ago I started having problems with my computer system. Naturally, since I am an MIS professional, I don't followrepparttar 134635 advice that I give everyone else: install one thing at a time so you know what to uninstall when there is a problem. Following this procedure makes it easy to troubleshoot problems whenrepparttar 134636 occur - with Windows bluescreens and application issues are almost alwaysrepparttar 134637 results ofrepparttar 134638 last install. This is especially true ifrepparttar 134639 system was stable before any new programs were added.

No, I'm so smart that I don't need to follow my own advice (noticerepparttar 134640 sarcasm here). What do I do? I get a new computer and install Windows NT with service pack 5 and Office 2000. So far so good (that's what I had before). Now I install my usual set of programs and everything is fine, then I have to go and add over two dozen new applications. The system appears to be stable, so I don't think much about it.

Overrepparttar 134641 next few months, I realized that Windows Explorer was crashing occasionally. This is very annoying, because it causes all browser windows to close and all ofrepparttar 134642 tray icons to disappear. At this point I found I needed to log out and log back in. The system would remain stable for a while, thenrepparttar 134643 same thing would occur. There was not a pattern torepparttar 134644 failures that I could find.

After a while I hadrepparttar 134645 bright idea of upgrading to Windows 2000 as it is a much more stable, clean operating system. I also acquired a brand new machine (933mhtz) with a lot more disk space. I quickly realized that Windows 2000 definitely was worthrepparttar 134646 hype - very clean, extremely fast and wonderfully full featured. I must admit that I fell in love with this operating system immediately and will never go back to Windows NT, 98 or 95 (I never used ME).

Except for one thing - Windows Explorer still crashed in exactlyrepparttar 134647 same manner. Every once in a while (generally no more than once per day) all of my Internet Explorer windows would close,repparttar 134648 tray icons would disappear andrepparttar 134649 desktop would be refreshed. This was getting very frustrating. At first I thought it was Internet Explorer 5.5, so I installedrepparttar 134650 earlier 5.01 version. The problem still occurred, but not as often.

I had already tried everything that I could think of. I had removed and re-installed as many applications as I dared. I had reinstalledrepparttar 134651 operating system, changed operating systems and even changed hardware. I searched Technet (Microsoft's knowledge base) and found nothing. I questioned other experts and they all came up blank.

The Frames Debate

Written by Stefene Russell

Because I look atrepparttar world through frames (my glasses, that is) they've never bothered me that much onrepparttar 134632 web. They don't make me jump up and down for joy, mind you, but I've managed to cultivate enough patience to deal with them in most instances--as long as I'm not staring at twelve or fourteen panes on my screen.

There are those who say that frames are death to a site, and those who really like them; I guess most of us fall between those two extremes. In any case, I had quite a few people send me URLs for framed sites this week, so it seemed to be ripe for discussion. If your site uses frames, or you're thinking of using them, here arerepparttar 134633 pros and cons:


--If you want to present a large chunk of copy and still keep your sidebar navigation inrepparttar 134634 user's sight, frames will solve this problem for you.

--You can keep other important scraps of information visible…things like a link to your order form, and your logo.

--It can be a good workaround for certain sites with large amounts of eclectic information to present.


--Yikes! They confuserepparttar 134635 spiders. Though real spiders love real windowpanes, web spiders get very confused when confronted with frames. They just can't findrepparttar 134636 pages, because everything is fractured up into separate windows. If you have an e-commerce site, you might want to think twice about frames, because you'll lose customers who are searching for your product online.

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