Archive for May, 2009

Passwords – Usability and tips to remember them

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Sometimes you come across articles that make you go “Huh! Wish someone told me that earlier” . Here are two that will help you create highly secure, usable and easy to remember passwords.

Hope these help you to create usable, secure and easy to remember passwords ;-)

Audience Based Optimisation – The better way to SEO

Monday, May 11th, 2009

You may have already heard or read on numerous blogs and online portals the various methods to increase ranking on search results. Most of these articles, if not all, focus on SEO and optimising pages or content for search engine spiders. While some of these do a good job on touching various aspects of SEO, they fail to address a key element – the User.

While optimising for these Search Engine Spiders or Web Crawlers or Google bots makes sense in the marketing world, the real ROI is driven by your users – your target audience. Here is what I call, Audience Based Optimisation (ABO), comes in.

Installing lower version of Flash player

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Finally succeeded in downgrading flash player from version 10 to flash player version 9. I had reached a point where I was pulling my hair out and then I found this gem on Adobe’s website – Technote kb402435 .

I tried the following steps to install a lower version of the flash player

  1. Uninstall all flash player versions using the flash player uninstaller
  2. Rebooted the computer
  3. Disabled access to the internet/network
  4. re-installed an older version of the flash player
  5. Rebooted the computer again

All browsers, except for Internet Explorer 7 (IE 7), accepted the flash player. IE7 as usual gave me a hard time. This was primarily because of the ActiveX used by IE.

To resolve this, all I had to do was type the following in the command line

uninstall_flash_player.exe /clean

A detailed explaination can be found at Adobe’s website – Technote kb402435 – Safe versions security restrictions when installing Flash Player (Internet Explorer on Windows).

Additional resource that may help

Technote 14157
How to uninstall the Adobe Flash Player plug-in and ActiveX control

Technote 19166
Troubleshoot Adobe Flash Player installation for Windows