Opera: Stop loading of E-Mail, News and IM Client

Opera 10 maintains the program’s tradition of striving for the fastest, smallest, and most full-featured browser available. Opera 10 unveils an impressive number of new design elements, although some are more pretty than practical.

Opera covers the basics with tabbed browsing, mouse-over previews, a customizable search bar, advanced bookmarking tools, and e-mail and chat clients amongst many more other nifty features.

There are hundreds of Opera reviews available on the web, so this post will not focus on that.

I have been using opera for a long time, though only for browsing. And I must say that it has been a good experience. For a long time I have been looking for a method to disable the mail client and IM client from loading as I never use them. Unfortunately opera does not provide the option to disable them from the interface itself. but after some exhaustive search using google, I came across a forum post Opera-Users mailing list (http://list.opera.com/pipermail/opera-users/2001-April/004059.html) and was I not happy .. 🙂

So below is the method to disable the email, news and IM clients from Opera.

Open the opera.ini (or operaprefs.ini) file and add the below 3 lines under the [user prefs] section.

Show E-mail Client=0
Show News Client=0
Show IM Client=0

Remember to exit opera first before editing the file, or else your changes will be overwritten once the browser is closed. Once the lines have been edited, save it and open Opera. Click on tools and you will see the option `Mail and Chat Accounts` has been disabled.

Happy Browsing .. !

Thousands of Hotmail passwords leaked online

Neowin has received information regarding a possible Windows Live Hotmail “hack” or phishing scheme where password details of thousands of Hotmail accounts have been posted online. An anonymous user posted details of the accounts on October 1 at pastebin.com, a site commonly used by developers to share code snippets.

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Set-Up VMware Workstation Bridged Networking with ESET Smart Security 4 Firewall

Below are the steps to follow to get a network connection working with the VMware Host and ESET Smart Security 4 firewall, when Bridged Networking is set.

1. Open the main program window by clicking Start -> All Programs -> ESET -> ESET Smart Security.

2. Press the F5 key to open the Advanced Setup window.

3. From the Personal Firewall tree on the left, Click IDS and Advanced Options, and then select Allow communication for bridged connections from the Allowed Services tree.

Download Google Chrome Offline Installer

I have been searching for an offline installer for Google Chrome browser. ChromeSetup.exe which is the default file provided by Google will download the full installation file upon execution and install chrome on your machine provided you have internet connectivity. But, when you don’t have internet connectivity on a system or wish to install it later on, then you should download offline installer for google chrome. This is what I needed.

It was not that difficult to locate a site with a URL to download the offline installer. Some provide link to download the software from their servers, whilst others point directly to the google site. I personally like to download software from the official site itself if possible. I will be trying out Google Chrome to see how it fares with FF and IE. This is just for my own personal needs.

Note: Google chrome offline installer is free from any spyware, adware and malware.

Download Google Chrome Full Setup Offline Installer from the link given below.

Download Chrome Full Setup