White Border Around Calendar Gadget Vista Solution

Posted June 18, 2011 by markmcgimpsey
Categories: Computers and Internet

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There appears to be a bug or issue with the red calendar gadget in Vista and in some cases with the weather gadget too.  The solution is to go to the Windows Live Gallery and download and install either/both Ice Calendar, Black Calendar.  This fixes the problem.  Then just delete the red calendar from your gadget page.

Don’t bother trying the run command solutions suggested.  It doesn’t work for most people.


File Associations Broken Windows 7

Posted March 8, 2011 by markmcgimpsey
Categories: Computers and Internet

File Associations broken.  This file does not have a program associated with it.

This has happened me twice now with updates that don’t appear to have taken as they should.  After the update even clicking on a folder or file just gets the ‘this file does not ….’ message.  This often happens as the result of a virus attack.

If it happens to you, run your anti-virus, and then go here and download the File Association Fixer which when installed will sort it all out for you with just a few clicks.  This is an excellent little piece of software!


Jerky Video Windows 7 Solution

Posted March 7, 2011 by markmcgimpsey
Categories: Computers and Internet


Jerky Video Windows 7, Video Fault Windows 7, Video Freezes W7

This one drove me nuts for a while. I found the solution was to install K Lite Codec pack and untick in media player as many of the options for contacting the internet as possible.

You can get it here: http://www.free-codecs.com/download/k_lite_mega_codec_pack.htm 

Go to Autoplay in the Control Panel and reset all settings to default. Reselect your choices later.

Restart your computer and video playback should be back to normal.  It may be a W7 thing, but lots of people are reporting the same problem.

Alignment problems, FireFox and Internet Explorer

Posted August 24, 2007 by markmcgimpsey
Categories: Computers and Internet

I ran into an interesting challenge lately when building a web page in Internet Explorer.

I was using an image and trying to use a layer over the top. It works fine in Explorer, but when I viewed the page with FireFox, the table in the layer over the top had dropped off the bottom of the image.

The only way I was able to resolve the problem was to create a table the exact size of the image, insert the image in the table as a background image, and then align the table over the top just as if the image was never there in the first place.

I was trying to use an image and place an auto responder box on top of it. This was the only way I could get the web page to view reasonably accurately and across the different browsers.

My coding skills are only average, so there may well be a more efficient way to do this. For me however this was the easiest solution to my challenge.

The application I was using to build the web page with was DreamWeaver. If you should come across this problem yourself and are frustrated by it, try this and works reasonably well.


Mark McGimpsey
“Discover the secrets to lightning quick mental arithmetic!”


QuickTime Green and Purple Pixels

Posted August 19, 2007 by markmcgimpsey
Categories: Computers and Internet

Description: Quicktime displays Green and Purple, Quicktime Purple and Green,Purple and Green display in QuickTime, QuickTime Player fault.

This particular computer problem has been driving me crazy lately.

Here’s the fix:

Open the QuickTime player, select Edit from the top menu, select
QuickTime Preferences, select Advanced, and untick the
box for Enable Direct3D video acceleration

Your QuickTime player is restored!


Mark McGimpsey
“Discover the secret to lightning quick mental arithmetic!”


Graphic Design For Internet Marketers

Posted March 3, 2007 by markmcgimpsey
Categories: Business Opportunities, Computers and Internet

If you are an Internet Marketer, then you may be interested in obtaining
the services of a graphic designer to aid you in developing your business.

For ebook covers, CD & DVD covers, report covers, web graphics, and


Secrets of Net Infomercials

Posted January 15, 2007 by markmcgimpsey
Categories: Business Opportunities, Computers and Internet

What the heck is a Net Infomercial you may ask?

An Infomercial is basically a squeeze page or a sales letter
page that has been partnered with a video presentation.
It is probably the major new trend for the Internet in 2007.

So how do you make one, or how do you add video to a

Net Infomercial Secrets is a free audio .mp3 that reveals
the secrets that you need to take your website into the
new generation of video infomercial sales letters.

It was suggested a charge of $97 should be made for this
information, but at the moment it is free.

Mark McGimpsey