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Sunday, August 19, 2007
So I just went through the hassle of re-installing windows XP after a well needed upgrade. I'm still going through the process of re-installing the programs that I need to use from day to day and as the PDF file format is ubiquitous, you can't get away from using it really. I didn't bother looking for another reader other that the Adobe product, which is fine anyway, once it's loaded all those damn API's!
I've set about removing/disabling the API's I don't need to speed up the loading time. I found this page http://lifehacker.com/software/tweaks/speed-up-adobe-reader-8-263500.php which mentioned disabling the accessibility API. I moved it into a new folder and cut the loading time in half.
I moved the Annots.api which I think has something to do with stamps. Also moved the ReadOutLoud.api and MakeAccessible.api. This didn't make much of a difference to the start time but I'll keep slowly removing api's. One that did make a big difference was the PPKLite.api. This seemed to halve loading times once again. There is some loss in functionality, i.e. Adobe-Policy Server secured documents, PKI, encryption/decryption, etc. but if these features aren't of concern to you then it's no problem.
I've read other sites suggesting removing all but 3 API's but this seemed a bit extreme, I'm going to look into this further and see what else doesn't need to be there for me and I'll add to the post as I find out more. If you've got any tips, please comment.
Update (24th Aug 07) - So I've started having a problem with AdobeUpdater.exe becoming a huge CPU hog after opening reader. It's nasty, you can't even force quit the process, even on the cmdline using TASKKILL. After reading another blog, GameProducer.net, it seems to be a general problem with reader, something that I may not have broken just playing with. Anyways, I'm going to try to get to the bottom of this before I ditch reader altogether in favour of Foxit :)
Anyway, I'll probably update this once more. Either the CPU hog issue is fixed and reader runs much lighter or I'm going to Foxit! hehe
2007 - Sept - 13: Update, the CPU issue with updater is still a problem, don't know what broke it but when I have more time I'll look into it. If you've seen this problem and know how to fix it, please post a comment!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
I was introduced to a fabulous resource for cheat sheets recently.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
In case you haven't noticed, there is a distinct video theme to my last few posts. There's a video I found on another site (I think it was xssnews or something like that, although it seemed to be down recently) about an xss worm vulnerability in a messaging app called meebo. The video shows how easy it is to exploit but does not show the actual final exploit code in keeping with responsible disclosure that most security experts adhere too.
Check it out, it's pretty interesting (and scary). A good example of the dangers of rich user interfaces seen in web 2.0 apps if not properly secured.
Posted by Alk3m1st at 12:15 AM
Monday, August 13, 2007
Just wanted to embed the new Curtin University TV Ad (my old uni). The main Ad aired on August 12. It's a little controversial and a refreshing approach to the usual uni advertisements around this time of year... see for yourself...
Monday, August 6, 2007
Just wanted to list all the firefox extensions I use (or have used/tried in the past). There are a lot of good ones out there but it's sometimes hard to find good descriptions of what they actually do or a review of them. I will add to the post as I get time or from feedback I get.
Alright so this isn't the most amazing extension but it grabs most peoples attention straight away and can be quite useful when you turn one of the few features on. You can have the colours done by doman. So if you have a few tabs from the same site open, they'll get coloured the same which helps grouping. Another tip that has nothing to do with the extension is that firefox allows you to drag tabs around to where you want them (at least in 2.0+, haven't tried in 1.5+). Just grab the tab and drag it to the other tabs of (similar) interest.
This extension places downloads on a little bar at the bottom of the browser (the size of the "find" bar). It is less in your face than the standard download manager and is pretty cool but it does fill up if you've downloaded many things and can have strange outcomes as it follows the active window. Not for everyone but give it a shot.
Very cool way to quickly preview all your open tabs on one page. It will generate thumbnails of all the current tabs to show on one page, you can then click on the one you want to go to or close it from there. It's pretty quick and a great add-on.
If you're not using del.icio.us yet, what the hell are you doing??? Seriously though, del.icio.us is (AFAIK) a yahoo thingy to allow you to store all your bookmarks online. No more going from computer to computer without access to all your favourite bookmarks. It allows you to view all your bookmarks on one page and to categorise them using tags. Very powerful and useful. The del.icio.us Bookmarks add-on completes the experience, making it so simple to add and view all your bookmarks. This has to be one of the best product/extension combinations out there. Go sign up now if you haven't already and start using the extension!
That's about all I have at the moment. Will try to add more soon. Stay tuned! If you've got any that I've missed, let me know!!