Python on Windows XP

Richard Dooling has a nice tutorial that will have you running Python on Windows XP in seven (not eight!) minutes. I’ve been using a bit of Python lately for automating some tasks on an older Windows Server. I could be using the old DOS Batch language, but instead decided to look at a fully featured, all purpose scripting language. I know that the time I spend learning Python will pay real dividends in the future when a whole lot more will be done with it than ever will again be with DOS! I’ll bet that describes your mindset as well so if you are on XP go take a look at this well-written tutorial.

Switch from Windows XP to Mac OSX with Ease

Just in time for my new Mac Book Pro, idiosyncrasies.org has a nice list of applications that will help me Switch from Windows XP to Mac OSX with ease! Add those applications with Parallels and BootCamp, and now there has never been a better time to switch!  From the perspective of a current Mac user like myself this would be great for adding Windows XP to your current computer, but the real benefit here might be to give people who are not yet ready to abruptly switch from XP to OS X the ability to run both operating systems at the same time for a while on any new Mac they purchase. This is a very smart marketing move by Apple and I see minimal downside potential for them.

How to Open Popup Windows

Jehiah Czebotar has written a nice article that illustrates a best practice for opening popups windows.  He offers a solution that is degradable and semantically correct.  As he states in the beginning of the article he’s not only referring to methods to avoid pop-up blockers; this tutorial is more about writing clean code and keeping your site usable.

His solution is really very simple but you’ll want to take a look, and he also has updated his page a couple of times to reference a pop-up function created by another programmer, that makes for a more complete solution.

I love little HTML/JavaScript tweaks like this and I don’t restrain myself from posting even the most obscure ones on this site if they might have value to me personally in the future. If you appreciate that be sure and come back and visit Digital Media Minute often.

Windows XP Services that can be Disabled

Here is an exellent PDF that describes what Windows XP Services that can be Disabled and the consequences of doing so. The hope is that by unloading unneccesary services your XP system may run more securely and quickly.  You’ve always known that you didn’t need many, many of the services that come bundled in XP,  but if you’re anything like me you’ve avoided taking a systematic approach to disabling them until you have a comprehensive list of what is and is not really necessary.

Well, that’s exactly what this list will give you and it’s going to be very helpful for a lot of people who resent the presence of so much unnecessary bloatware on their operating system.

Multiple IIS Virtual Servers on XP Pro

One limitation with running IIS on Windows XP Pro is that you are limited to running only one virtual server. Steve Cohn has figured out a way to have Multiple IIS Virtual Servers on XP Pro, and shares how to accomplish this in this rather brief, well-written article.

Essentially, while it might appear that Microsoft eliminated the creation of multiple virtual servers, in reality they only hid this feature. Cohn explains how to  make use of administrative scripts IIS  comes with, particularly the adsutil.vbs script. He also covers how to delete a virtual server that you have already created by making use of this technique.