Monday, July 23, 2007

"My Computer leads to Search" blues

I have been getting many e-mails in the recent past about this problem, when someone would double-click on any folder in 'My Computer' and that would open a search window. This can be pretty annoying. And its, of course, unwanted. After All,who'd wanna search when one knows where one wanna go to. You don't want to open a search window when you double-click an album to play your favorite song in it.

Here's the simple solution:

Open 'regedit' and navigate to the following keys one by one:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell
In the pane to the right hand side, delete the "Default" key. If it doesnt work then delete the key "find" under both.

Everything should now be OK

Test-Drive your Adsense

Sometimes it becomes absolutely necessary for us to test the various widgets we have added on our blogs/websites ! when working with the code, or otherwise. This may include, you clicking on your own (adsense) ADs. Now, its a well-known and well-understood fact that Adsense doesn't like 'flat' impressions and self-clicking our ads. And no one is (I think) fool to o risk his/her Adsense account for any invalid activity.

So,here's a simple solution to this problem. Just add "google_adtest = ‘on’;" to your ad code.

Syntax:


google_ad_client = “pub-xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx”;
google_ad_width = 468;
google_ad_height = 60;
google_ad_format = “468×60_as”;
google_ad_type = “text”;
google_ad_channel =””;
google_adtest = ‘on’;

Now any impressions or clicks will be ignored by Adsense, So you can test the adsense on your website/blog without any hassles.
As the Adsense TOS clearly say:
Any AdSense ad code, search box code, or referral code must be pasted directly into Web pages without modification. AdSense participants are not allowed to alter any portion of the ad code or change the layout, behavior, targeting, or delivery of ads for any reason.


Even though you are allowed to make this change in your ad code even though Google’s Policies and TOS don’t allow you to make any changes in code.Just in case you are uncertain about it, please contact Adsense Support Team.

Also, remember to remove google_adtest = “on”; once you are done or you won’t make any money.
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