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Well, okay, I'll tone it down.

I don't mean to denigrate anyone, nor discourage anyone from doing with their computer whatever they wish to do.

I just went to a garden railway supplier web site and it immediately attempted to show a movie to me... or at least that is what I assume it did. My anti-virus, anti-phishing and anti-spyware software all came up with warnings and dialog boxes saying that some entity was trying to modify my Registry and inserting new entries into my computer's Start-Up lists.

I started canceling and/or denying permission to alter my PC setup and they just kept coming! Then my PC locked up and I could not get control of anything. I had to pull the AC power plug and battery (its a laptop PC) to get back to being able to make the mouse respond.

It took over an hour to get the PC rebooted and calmed down to the point where I could get back to my e-mail and the MLS site.

The software that I KNOW causes this is Apple's "QuickTime" and it happens way TOO often. Their programmers (possibly at the direction of their superiors) seem to believe that if you so much as peek at their software then you must believe it to be the absolute best-est in the whole wide world and just cannot live without it being installed deeply into the recesses of your computer and thus they attempt to make your computer awash with it.

I DON'T WANT IT.

It may be a fine piece of software and it may present movies and play sounds well, but I utterly HATE the conceit that they seem to have about it. Oops! Sorry, I said I'd tone it down, didn't I?


I would like to make a request to the various web site owners and developers... I know that you want your website to be attention grabbing and memorable... but...

PLEASE,

for the sake of those of us that don't like to have to install this junk, as well as those that are still on slowspeed dialup...

Make the opening page of your web site to be VERY BENIGN!

Don't play music (some folk might not like YOUR selections) or railroad sounds (a loud whistle is cute, but when it is unexpected and the volume knob is all the way clockwise it can be a rather RUDE interruption to others) nor immediately open a movie (folk with slow dialup access will cancel your site before it gets loaded). If you absolutely MUST use QuickTime, (and I am trying very hard not to use obscene adjectives in front of that product's name) you may do so, but give us a chance to SEE your web site BEFORE you inundate us with unwanted and totally undesirable junk.

From the glowing recommendations presented here on MLS, I was considering the expenditure of my hard earned CASH on some products of the company whose site I went to, but I am unable to see the company's products nor even see how to contact them due to the home page of their site being one that plays a QuickTime movie as soon as the page opens. Their site is now on my DO NOT VISIT list and they have lost a possible sale today and maybe others in the future.

I'll shut up now and go away.
 

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When I designed my website I purposely excluded all stuff that I found annoying about other sites. I have no animated graphics. No garish clashing neon colors. No cutesy little slogan that follows the cursor. No sounds and no movies...in other (customer's) words it is "staid", "plain" and "boring".... seems even though people complain about all that crap, it still grabs their attention...
 

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When i go shopping online i already ahve to jump thru security hoops please do NOT make me suffer your cute pretty impossible to read colored fonts and colored backgrounds with flashing things and bells and whistles (literally) that alert everyone at work that I'm shopping on my break.

Sheesh!

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Well after three attempts I think that I have got my web site to the state where I like it.

256 colours 3 sizes of font and 1 font.

I think this makes it easy to read and fast to load. The biggest load to the bandwidth is the main page which does have some embedded HTML code, (but I didn't write that).

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Unfortunately, Firefox tended to throw up its hands on other web sites that I could find nothing special about and IE-7 handled okay. It also just froze my PC while I was reading a page that had been displayed for several minutes. So I tossed it also. I guess it works for most folk, but not on my PC. Too bad, too, I would like to divorce myself from IE-? someday.
 

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I just redid my website--it's in my profile and here

http://chnm.gmu.edu/courses/magic/westover/

It seems to me that the number one thing you want in a web site is consistency--consistent colors, consistent themes, consistent image sizes and placements, consistent themes. The nav links have to be consistent and visible. And no auto-opening music of video, I agree
 

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Don't know if the software firewall that you're using has the same type features as ZoneAlarm Pro, which is what I'm using. In ZoneAlarm Pro there are two features "Internet Lock" & "Stop".[*]Internet Lock: Stops all traffic except traffic initiated by programs to which you have given pass-lock permission. Clicking the Internet Lock instantly blocks DHCP messages or ISP heartbeats used to maintain your Internet connection.[*]Stop: Immediately blocks all network activity including Internet access.[/list]I've encountered the same type of problem that you've described, in which case I just engage the "Stop" feature, which has always allowed me to gain control, at least thus far anyway.

I find it useful, since I know good and well I'm not going to change the manner in which web developers design their respective web sites.

My suggestion is check and see if your firewall has a similar feature to ZoneAlarm Pro's "Stop" and learn how to enable and use it. Maybe it will save you some frustration. :D
 

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Oh yea! Quicktime installs bunches of other stuff has a most annoying updater, and insists it's the program you want to use for all sorts of unrelated things. I hate it.
 

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Charles,
How about at least a hint on the website to stay away from! I sure don't want to go through what you just did. You can PM me if you prefer. Thanks.
 

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SV, I would guess you are using win98. if you are, make sure you upgrade to win98 second edition. There are a whole bunch of patches for win98 too... If you're running XP, You should have NONE of those problems, unless... XP's firewall is turned on, and you have other antivirus and firewall software going. Make sure you're runnig service pack 2 for XP. Firefox should pretty much work without a hitch. On my websites I advise people that I won't correct code for IE... too much trouble. I won't run IE, except for code testing. It lets too many critters in the back door. If you're running Vista, you're on your own. Vista doesn't work for anybody...
If you're on dialup, you don't need a firewall - you're not broadband, and you're behind an ISP proxy to the web. Just run a good virus program. Most websites will no longer work on dialup, btw. Too slow to use the flash animation that is now the standard for commercial websites.

All software installed has to make registry entries when it installs. Normal, otherwise the operating system won't know the new software is there and what resources it needs. Quicktime is stable (has been for a decade), its your computer, or the "anti" software that causing the problem. Be wary of overlaying too many different "protection" programs - they'll interfere with the normal operation of the computer.
 

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I am using Windows XP Professional with all the updates set to occur as they are made available. And, yes the firewall is on, as well as an Avast! antivirus and Spybot Search & Destroy, and ParetoLogic Anti-SpyWare.

P.S. I am a software professional (retired), I have designed operating systems and developed specialized computer languages for everything from the biggest Mainframe super computers to Mini-computers to Micro-computers. I have written programs for all of them. In the latter years of my employment I specialized in DOS (Oh horrors!) and Windows (up through XP), but I will admit that the Internet is a bit mystifying and getting out of the realm of my expertise. (When I was doing computer "networking" it was LONG before the present muddle was invented by the non-communicating ad-hoc committee that scrabbled it together... heck it was before most of them were even born!)

As for naming the site that ate my PC... I suppose I could get a definitive OK (or a quick "shut up") from Shad, but I have not even asked him and I am not sure I will. I do NOT want to name the place, because it is not necessarily a "bad" place... they just use a particular method in their home page that I find particularly "disgusting". I don't want to start an argument amongst the members here, nor detract from any company's sales... nor open myself to possible lawsuits akin to defamation of character. I am sure there are many others that have accessed their site without any hint of a problem and they are probably quite unaware of my feelings and may not care one way or the other... then again, if they happen to read this thread and recognize their fax paux then they just might decide to alter their site to accommodate the users that have problems with it. And it might just make more than one web site do so!!!! :)

If I knew how to contact the owners of the site about it, I would certainly have done so instead of venting here (well, I might have vented here, too), but in the past I have contacted other vendors of various products about what I perceive as failings (minor and major) in a web site and been informed that "there is nothing wrong with [their] site." One voice crying in the wilderness is often ignored, but since I blubbered publicly here, there have been several "me too"'s that might convince some vendors that an opening web page that jumps down the viewer's computer's throat is something that is not the best to do.

I reiterate my earlier comment; I understand the desire to have your web site to be attention getting; and distinctive and memorable, but if you have ever been on a date with someone whose breath and body odor was "distinctive and memorable" you may have an idea of what some web sites incite in the vistor... i.e.: it doesn't have to be good to be "distinctive and memorable", but it does have to be good to be something that one wants to repeat.
 

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You are SO right! I detest Apple Quicktime with the utmost contempt, it's nothing but a nuisance! Ditto for RealPlayer. No, I don't want the Google Toolbar either! Or the eBay toolbar, or any other toolbar! I don't need my home page changed, I don't need new features, and I don't need my registry checked or my hard drive defraggged.

Flash is another annoyance, our computers at work have an older version, the company tightly controls what is installed, and anything that uses the "latest and greatest" crashes IE.

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Thought I knew, Sorry !


Posted By chooch on 05/06/2008 5:42 PM
Charles,
How about at least a hint on the website to stay away from! I sure don't want to go through what you just did. You can PM me if you prefer. Thanks.
 

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I know this is kind of like battery vs track power, but every time threads like this show up I think "get a mac." Yes, Apple is smug and annoying. But I have no firewall, I have no adware blocker, no virus software, none of that stuff. I've never had a virus. None of those headaches

The only thing I can't do on a mac is run the sound editing programs for Phoenix or QSI. I could, because you can install windows on a mac and toggle between operating systems. But why install Windows? The I'd need to get virus protection, and spyware protection, etc. etc.

That being said, I think I know what site you're talking about and it was just as annoying on my mac
 

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I just bought a HD camcorder
To edit HD, one needs a lot of power.
And a lot of new software.
So I just bought one of those HUGE laptops.
Won't fit n any laptop case, but it has a full blown processor, 3 gig of ram and 400 gig of fast disk space.
It edits HUD video in half the time of my high end desktop.

So I go to some web site and the idiots managed to slip in a quick time installer that did it without even asking me.
Got all the google toolbar crap too.

The real surprise was that the video editing software stopped doing high def.
And when it did compose a video, all the transitions simply came out as blank white screens between scenes.
Video I previously created would no longer play, titles cam out without shadows behind the text. etc.etc
QUICKTIME hosed all me software, an thousand dollars worth of Adobe, Pinnacle, Vegas, and Sony video editing programs.

I tried to remove QUICKTIME.
Still nothing worked right
I reinstalled my software. And quicktime automatically reinstalled right over it.
I had to do a complete rebuild of the new portable.
Finally, success.

Yea, I have always hated the way quick time takes over the registry, the codecs, the tool-bars, etc. But the web sites that do "silent installs" have reached a new low.

Frankly, I think using Adobe PDF files is nearly as bad. Seems like every time I need to read a on line manual, the PDF reader has to update and install a useless tool bar.

If you make a web page, stick to HTML code. Pass on all that other junk.
 

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Hate quick time, and it's awful that it installed itself. Must be an Apple plot :D
 

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A "well-behaved" website will give you the option on the home page to 'skip the intro'. If it doesn't, go elsewhere (but tell the webmaster anyway - email to [email protected] will usually get through.)

Apple is responding to Microsoft's blatant attempts to take over media distribution using that aweful Windows media player. Very soon you will be able rent new movies from the iTunes store (or similar online retailer) and play them on your PC + HDTV, and they think that's the next source of big profit.

In general, Apple software is WAY more elegant and user-friendly than anything Microsft produced. I have iTunes and Quicktime on my XP machine and nothing has happened to my other software - yet.
 

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I guess I shouldn't mention anything about Google Analytics then. /DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/hehe.gif:D
 

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Well, the first computer I wrote programming for was an IBM1620, long before any pc, and I still maintain your problem is not QT. (Dialup is another matter). QT file tagging can be set by the user. I also run Avast and Spybot (I do not run Spybot's realtime monitor - it is extremely problematic in XP). Most software installers will place a start file entry, and of course, make registry entries. Changing permissions on the fly in XP pro is asking for trouble, especially when an install script is in progress. Life would be simpler to just install a QT viewer and be done with it. Same with Flash. Properly set up, both will sit quietly until needed by the tagged extension.

The battle between IE and Firefox exists because IE uses a non-standard html interpreter for deprecated html code, and tries to interpret standards the way Microsoft would like them to be, not the way standards are written. Firefox's deprecating html table (the one it uses when it encounters non-standard or outdated html code) is more closely based on the web standards, and will actually interpret more pages than IE. Microsoft has tried to redefine the standards for its own purposes, and web designers that design for IE write code that no other browser can properly interpret because IE's interpretation of standard html is non-standard. Throw in java, javascript, flash, cgi and others, and you have a mess. What Microsoft couldn't obtain through dialogue they've tried to bully through using non-standard code. This is a large part of the reason why pages that work fine on IE sometimes don't work well on Firefox.

Anyway Semp, I think you're over analyzing XP/QT (too much knowledge is dangerous, I do it too :) ). The best firewall protection for Microsoft boxes is a router with a hardware firewall, even if you don't run a network. Software firewalls trip up XP all the time (incl XP's own abomination of a firewall) and interfere with all kinds dos-ops.
 
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