Turn a Picture into a Website with Free Image Map Tool – CSS Support Too!

I’m currently working with a company on the Utah Genius Website.  I needed a layout quickly, as our invitations were about to be sent out.  The company had used photoshop to do a proof of the layout, and we had settled on a good front page.  They gave me the JPG to use as a placeholder while they created the HTML and CSS.

So I put up the image and dreaded making an image map for it.  Luckily, I found a tool that would do HTML or HTML & CSS image mapping for me.  Its called image-maps.com.  It was quick, could work off of an online or uploaded image and gave me the code to modify at my whim.

They requested a donation, blog post, and link back.  However, none were required.  I decided to give the blog post (this post) and the link back, as its unobtrusive.

Thanks guys!

–Ben

Source:  UtahGenius.com, Image-Maps.com

Fix – Office XP opening DOCX, XLSX files – Compatability pack broken

Word Logo with PainPROBLEM:

If you’re like me, you discovered that the compatability pack for Office XP broke sometime earlier this year.  You can’t open DOCX or XLSX files from outlook.  You get a strange bunch of errors when opening DOCX and XLSX files and end up opening a file with a strange name in the temporary directory when it works.

FIX:

You have 3 choices:

  1. upgrade to Office 2007 or 2010;
  2. roll back update kb981715; or
  3. find and install a prior version of mso.dll (not recommended).

I chose option 1, as it was was 160 bucks on newegg.  Totally worth more than it would be to dig and fix.  (it also requires a download of the install file, as there is no media)

As to option 2, rolling back the update can be difficult, because I couldn’t find the update.  I didn’t dig, but it may be included in a service pack or corrected by another update.

As to option 3, I don’t recommend it because dll’s frequently have to be registered on the system.  A find and replace could have very bad effects on your office – even breaking it.

WHY:

MS replaced mso.dll in the update.  However, as far as I can tell, permissions in Vista are messed up.  The program does not have the ability to fix bad registry settings and so ends up in a bad state.  The workarounds that I’ve been reading about sound arduous and annoying, if they work.  As Office XP is 8 years old, I’m guessing good old M$ doesn’t care if the old version is broken.

Hope that Helps.

–Ben

Sources:  Allen Browne; The Daily Reviewer; Geekpedia

Fix – Move a Print Job from an Offline Printer to Online Printer when In the Spooler

Fix:  Change the Offline Printer’s Port to an Online Similar Printer’s Port.  As far I can tell, you can’t move the file / print job.  You can just trick the spooler to use a different port which is connected to a different printer.

  • Find a printer that is the exact same model (or very, very close).
  • Connect it to the computer and get it set up.
  • Go to Printers in the Control Panel.
  • Right click on the new Printer and select Properties.
  • Click on the Ports Tab.
  • Look at its port. (You may have to widen the column)
  • Right click on the offline printer and select Properties.
  • Click on the Ports Tab.
  • Check the Box on the port that matches the new Printer’s Port
  • Click Apply.
  • Click OK.
  • Right Click on the Offline Printer and say Use Printer Online
  • Click on the Printer Menu
  • Click on the Pause Printing Item (to uncheck it … If there’s no check leave it alone)
  • Watch as the Print comes Out!

Problem:  I had a friend who had printed a success page from a web page that he submitted very important documents.  Unfortunately, he exited the browser before he made sure the printout came out.  Worse yet, the print was assigned to an offline printer that no longer existed (we replaced that printer a while back).  His print job was stuck in an offline printer spooler with no place to go.  He wanted to move the print job from one printer to another printer.

Hope that helps.

–Ben

Source:  Microsoft Answers

Fix – Program not Compatible with Windows 7

My parents had a program – Arts and Letters – that would not work on windows 7.  Luckily, Windows 7 professional and ultimate (not home editions) come with a free windows xp virtual mode.  It requires a download of three items.  I’ll explain more later, but here’s the website:

Windows XP Mode and Virtual PC

PS – Your installed printers are available, you just have to select the “tsport” port for them to work.  I had to do trial and error by printing a test page on each port until it came out.

PPS – You’ll need to click on the start menu option under Virtual PC for “Windows XP Mode” after installing the items from the previous link.  Do not create your own virtual machine.  The installation will be done for you by clicking “Windows XP Mode”

–Ben

Sources:  Microsoft

Fix – File Is Not Accessible : Access Denied – Windows XP Vista and 7

Computer FilesTHE FIX:

Connect the drive to a friend’s laptop (or a sympathetic lab administrator) and ask them to access the files.  The person must have Administrative Rights on the computer.  Almost everyone’s personal laptop account has administrative rights.

Background:

My brother’s friend’s computer just up and died at Stanford.  He had an article due and was sweating that he couldn’t get it back.  He did everything right.  He got an external hard drive enclosure and put the drive in the enclosure.  He went to the library and hooked it up to a computer.

He tried to go into his “G:\Users\USERNAME\Documents” folder (in Vista and 7 – in XP its G:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\My Documents”).  However, he got the “Access Denied” error when he tried to go into “G:\Users\USERNAME”.

The Reason Why:

He was logged into a library computer as a “User” or a “Power User” without administrator permissions to files.  The files on his hard drive belonged to “USERNAME” on his laptop and not to “SCHOOL USERNAME” on the school computer.  Thus the library computer was respecting the file permissions.

So why doens’t this problem rear its ugly head with a jump drive?  I think its because removable media is marked as for everyone.  My guess is that User folders and system folders are the only ones protected.

Hope that helps.

–Ben

Sources:  TechSpot, Microsoft.com

David Bradford comments on employees

David Bradford just commented that every employee needs C.A.R.

C – A complex task – something they will wake up thinking about
A – Autonomy – trust – like Steven Covey’s speed of trust
R – Reward – a relevant reward – a plaque, stock options, something that motivates them

@UVEF – speech top 25 under 5

–Ben

GoDady.com Issues

Fix – Godaddy – Forbidden You don’t have permission to access / on this server

GoDady.com IssuesI requested to have FTPES (secure FTP) access on my godaddy account.  Little did I know that they would have to transfer me servers.  After the transition, my links broke from my subdomain that I used to host my pdf files.  I got a

Forbidden - You don't have permission to access / on this server

when I tried to click on the links.

Here’s the problem:  When Godaddy transferred my files to the new server, they did not update all the DNS entries and gave standard file permissions.

Fix:

  • Check the DNS entries to make sure they have the new updated IP Address associated with your hosting account.  (If that just sounded like “Blah, Blah, Blah”, ask your geek friend for help – as that would take quite a few steps to lead you through and Godaddy continually updates their interface).
  • If the DNS entries are correct, check the file permissions.  Make them 775 or 774, depending on your risk level (775 is more likely to work, 774 is more safe, 704 is even more safe).  Highlight and right click on the server files in Filezilla, if you use it.

Hope that helps.

–Ben

Sources:  My Own Tinkering, Computerzz Helper

Fix – Website shows “an error occurred while processing this directive”

I came across this maddening error, when I had a website I needed to archive.  I spidered the website, had a local copy that looked good, and uploaded the website.  But, now the website had “an error occurred while processing this directive” right where some important content existed (the sidebar).

As it turns out, the error is from SSI – server side includes.  I had

<!--#comment-->

sprinkled liberally throughout the code.  And yes, it was a wordpress blog I intended to archive.  The wordpress theme had rendered the code after the SSI, so it would work fine while in wordpress, but would not upload correctly.

Solution:

change
<!--#comment-->
to
<!-- comment-->
Totally easy fix, once you know.

Hope that helps,

–Ben

Sources:  Bluehost Forum

Word Logo with Pain

Fix – Word Table Flows off Page and Disappears

Word Logo with PainI was updating a document at work and came across a strange occurance. My cursor would just go down off the page, but wouldn’t arrive at the next page. It turns out that the table had an incorrect setting. Here’s the fix:

    Row Tab of Table Menu to Fix Missing text

  • Select the problem row of the table by clicking in the left margin (you should see the row highlight)
  • Right click on the highlighted area
  • Click on “Table Properties …” in the pop-up menu
  • Uncheck the box that says “Specify Height” (this is on the Row Tab ->Size Section -> Rows Subsection -> Specify Height Checkbox)
  • Done.

Hopefully that helps someone out there.

–Ben

Sources:  Personal Frustration

Angel Investor of the Year 2010 Logo

Angel Investor of the Year 2010 Finalists Announced

Angel Investor of the Year 2010 Logo

  • Register
  • Wednesday June 23rd, 2010
  • 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
  • Grand America Hotel
    Imperial Ballroom
    555 South Main Street
    Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Angel Investor of the Year just announced their top 15 finalists.

The top 15 are:
  • Warren Osborn — Managing Director for Stoneway Capital
  • Martin Frey — Spent 13 years as a Sr. Director at Cisco
  • John Richards — Co-developed and launched the first-ever online Yellow Pages, Co-Managing Partner of BoomStartup
  • Kyle Love — Founding member of the Utah Angels
  • Robb Kunz — Co-Managing Partner of BoomStartup of BoomStartup
  • Nobu Mutaguchi — Invested in over 25 Utah-based startup and emerging companies
  • Dan McPhun — Co-Founder of Park City Angels
  • JD Gardner — Founder and Managing Director at Monarch Partners
  • Mark Burton — 2006 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Rod Watson — Angel investor dealing mainly with software and biotech companies based in Utah and Oregon
  • Brad Walters — Vice Chairman of Utah Technology Council, Previously CEO/President MaxStream
  • Mike Levinthal — Former VC with teh Mayfield Fund, serves on the Boards of Altiris (ATRS), Directpointe, Infopia, Metricstream, Senforce, 3point5, Utah Capital Investment Corporation (UCIC) and the Forever Young Foundation
  • Ron White — Founder and General Partner at Advanced Technology Development Fund
  • John Pestana — Co-Founder of Omniture
  • Jim Evans — CEO at Xactware

–Ben

Source:  Email, Investor of the Year