Monday, December 13, 2010

Change Green Coloured Encrypted files in Windows 7 Into Normal Files

Like most people I download stuff from the web and often times when I have downloaded the file the file or folder is coloured green. The green colour on a file or folder in Windows usually means the file is encrypted or at least Windows thinks it is encrypted.

To remove that green colour from your folders and or files follow the steps below.

1) Right click on  the file or folder and select "properties".

2) Once the properties window appears select the "Advanced" button located in the lower right hand side of the window.

3) With the Advanced Attributes window open uncheck the "Encrypt contents to secure data" and click "OK"

4) Back on the properties window click the "Apply" button. If you are working on a file click "OK" and your done. If you are working on a folder another window will appear asking you to choose to apply to either this folder only or to this folder and subfolders and files. After making your choice click "OK"

5) After clicking "OK" you will return to the properties window. Just click "OK" again and your done.

This step by step was done on a Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate machine. Other versions of Windows may require different steps or may not work at all.

Hope this helps. Please leave a comment in the comments section if you have any questions or anything to add.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Google Apps Outgoing Mail Server Not Authenticating

I wrote this post to help anyone who has had a problem with accessing their Google Apps outgoing mail server. Unfortunately this post turned into a bit of an outlet for the problems I had with figuring this problem out so if you want to skip to the answer then jump down to the Short Answer section

The Back Story

I use regular Gmail but send my outgoing mail through my Google Apps outgoing mail server. The reason for this is I like to have my Emails appear to have come from my custom domain Email address and I like to use the regular non-Google-Apps Gmail service as it allows me to use a single sign in to access almost all of Google's services.

Recently the people at Google have decided to allow Google Apps users to use their custom domain addresses to sign in to more Google services such as Blogger and Picasa. The roll out of this new feature is coming this fall and a few Google Apps users may have access to this feature now. I happened to be one of those users and when I logged into my Google Apps account I was asked if I wanted to activate this new feature.

I am a bit of a sucker to new services so I activated the new service and logged out. This was not really a big deal for me as I mainly use my regular @gmail account for signing into all the Google services. I thought all was running smoothly until today when I talked to someone who said they had not received my email. I didn't think much of it until I logged back into my Google Apps account to check the Spam folder (which I do from time to time to check if any email got in there by mistake). It was in my Google Apps Spam folder that I discovered a bunch of  Mail Delivery Subsystem - Delivery Status Notification (Failure) Email messages that had been wrongly marked as spam by Google, which prevented me from knowing there was anything wrong with my Email.

After some troubleshooting I soon discovered that my Send Mail As feature in Gmail that used my custom domain email address for sending out emails was not able to access the outgoing Google Apps server. The solution turned out to be very simple.

The problem was that my Google Apps Gmail service required some real human input in order to activate a new Gmail account or choose some other options, either way a selection of some sort was required to access the account. This only occurred when I tried to login to my Google Apps Gmail service through the regular Gmail login page and not my Google Apps login page. Once I made the required selections and activated the Gmail account I could access the account regularly and my main Gmail account's Send Mail As feature worked once again.

The Short Answer

If you run into this problem of your Outgoing Gmail or Google Apps Gmail SMTP Outgoing server not authenticating or seemingly not working for no apparent reason and you have checked and double checked your server and password settings then try logging directly into your Gmail or Google Apps Gmail account and seeing if any human interaction is required. I have read that some people have had to enter a CAPTCHA after logging into their Gmail and or Google Apps Gmail accounts and this might cause the same problem.

Any comments are always greatly appreciated.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

How to add a link to your image using HTML

Here is a step by step on how to make an image link in HTML.

1.) Open your web page using your HTML editor.

2.) Find the image on your page that you want to make linkable.

3.) Add the code that is highlighted in orange to your image tag.

     <a href="http://yourURL"><img src="yourImage" alt="imageDescription" /></a>

4.) Replace "yourURL" with the location of where you want your image to link to.

5.) To make your image link to another web page and make that web page open in a new tab in the browser you can add the following to the link.

                 <a href="http://yourURL" target="_blank"><img src="yourImage"                   alt="imageDescription" /></a>

Thursday, April 15, 2010

YouTube not working in Opera 10.51 Part 2

Just over a month ago I posted a solution to the YouTube videos not working in the new Opera 10.51 browser. That solution seemed to work up until today, when for whatever unknown reason YouTube videos played on the YouTube page would not work in Opera.

Again I searched the My Opera Community Forums for a Solution. I did end up finding a fix that worked for me on a post from user lewisje:

Here is the forum thread with the solution:

This solution worked for me but it does seem more like a work around then a true solution, but it does work, so in the end it doesn't really matter.

On a possitive note, according to a  twitter post from the Opera software people, it appears that they are aware of the problem and they are working on a solution. This is good news and hopefully we will have a better solution then this one in the near future.... is what I did to get YouTube videos to play in Opera 10.51...and again thanks to lewisje for sharing this solution.

How to fix the YouTube videos not playing problem in Opera 10.51:

1.) Go to and copy the displayed text or save the  .js file to your desktop. If you copied the displayed text, just paste it into any text editor such as Notepad and save the file as "YoutubeProtectionRemover.js....

Just in case the above link to the .js file breaks, here is the JavaScript code that you will need:

// ==UserScript==
// @name YoutubeProtectionRemover
// @include*
// @description Removes lame protection on YouTube
// @copyright 2010, Snap
// ==/UserScript==
window.opera.addEventListener('BeforeScript',function(ev){ev.element.text=ev.element.text.replace("yt.flash.update(swfConfig, forceUpdate);","");},false);

2.) In Opera  go to "Settings" then go to "Preferences". Under Preferences, click the "Advanced" tab. On the "Advanced" tab you will see a list of sub menu items along the left hand side, find "Content" and click on it.

3.) Once in the "Content" section you will see a "JavaScript Options" button, click on it and go to the bottom of the dialogue box and make note of the file location of your JavaScript folder for Opera. If the field is blank then you will have to create a JavaScript folder.

4.) To create a JavaScript folder just use Windows explorer and create a folder anywhere on your computer and name the folder anything you like (but just try to avoid spaces and special characters). For me I created a folder called "JavaScript" and I created it in my "Program Files (x86)\Opera\" directory. Wherever you create this folder just make note of where it is. After you created your JavaScript folder go back to Opera go to the JavaScript Options menu (located in Preferences - Advanced - Content - JavaScript Options) and select Choose under the "User JavaScript folder" and navigate to the JavaScript folder that you just created. Click "OK" and click OK again.

5.) Go back into Opera and close any and all open tabs and again go back into "Preferences" and choose "Advanced" and then select "Cookies". On the "Cookies" menu click on the "Manage Cookies" button. This will open the "Cookie Manager" window. Do a search for "YouTube" and delete all the cookies that appear. Click "Close" and then "OK".

6.) Shut down Opera

7.) Next take the "YoutubeProtectionRemover.js" file that we created in an earlier step and place it in the JavaScript folder that Opera uses for User JavaScript files (see steps 3 & 4).

8.) Reboot Opera and navigate to YouTube and with any luck the videos should work. If not try restarting Opera a couple of times. Failing that try setting the site mask as Internet Explorer.

To set Opera to mask as Internet Explore for YouTube right click on the YouTube page and select "Edit Site Preferences", then choose "Network". Then under "Browser identification" select "Mask as Internet Explorer), delete all the YouTube cookies and restart Opera.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

YouTube Not working in Opera 10.5

I found an new solution to this problem. I have posted a new solution with instructions. You can view the post here:
YouTube Not Working in Opera 10.51 - Part 2

Post Updated on April 15th - 2010 - 1:43am


I just recently installed the new Opera 10.5 browser and I love the new look. Today however I tried to watch a YouTube video and it would not play. I just kept receiving the "Go Upgrade" message to go and upgrade the Adobe Flash player. After trying that a couple of times and still not being able to play YouTube videos in Opera 10.5 I went searching for a solution on the Opera Forums.

The solution that worked for me was from a user named mcclausky on the Opera Forums. You can see his post three quarters of the way down at this page.

Basically the problem seems to be with the new YouTube layout. So to fix the problem do the following:

1.) If your signed in to YouTube then sign out.

2) Close all open YouTube tabs.

3) Go to the Opera "Settings" menu item, and select "Preferences".

4) On the "Preferences" window select the "Advanced" tab.

5) Select the "Cookies" item and then click on "Manage Cookies".

6) On the manage Cookies page do a search for "YouTube" and delete all the YouTube cookies.

7) Click "Close" then click "Ok".

8) Close Opera and then re-launch it.

9) Go to and click on any video and it should work. After testing a video to make sure it works, you can sign back into your YouTube account.

This worked for me for Opera 10.5 running on Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. Please comment with any further suggestions.

Also if anyone knows why Youtube's new layout does not work with Opera 10.5 then please comment.

Oh and thanks again to the original poster mcclausky on the Opera forums for this solution.