IE8 Standards Mode and MOSS

Using IE8 Standards Mode with MOSS has been fairly trouble-free so far. However, the richhtmlfield editor throws javascript errors when the page is in IE8 Standards mode. Without switching to the Telerik control or defaulting all of my pages to IE7 mode - there is a simpler fix!

Enable IE7 compatability mode only on your edit pages. My master page had the IE8 meta tag:

<meta equiv=”X-UA-Compatible” content=”IE=8”>

right under the head element. To force your edit pages into IE7 mode, use the PublishingWebControls:EditModePanel to conditionally display it. Directly under the head element should now look like:

<publishingwebcontrols:editmodepanel id=”EditModePanel1” runat=”server” suppresstag=”true”>
<meta equiv=”X-UA-Compatible” content=”IE=7”>
<meta equiv=”X-UA-Compatible” content=”IE=8”>


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Fixing a noisy toilet

I’ve had to replace the flappers in all of my toilets in the 2 years I’ve been in my house. I thought that installing the higher quality flapper would be the last toilet fixes I’d be doing…I was wrong.

First, here’s what the inside of most toilet tanks look like:

Last night the toilet in the master bath started sounding like somebody was filling the tank with a high pressure water hose. Checking the tank revealed that water was shooting out of the top of the fill valve instead of going through the fill tube. I happened upon an article on Reader’s Digest’s website that broke down the different parts of the toilet tank and led me to believe that most likely my fill valve could use some cleaning. It also noted that fill valves are cheap and easy to replace. Sounded great to me!

You should always do your research before making a purchase (especially ones that could cause property damage…like plumbing items). Lowes has integrated customer reviews into their website - and perusing the fill valve items I found their highest rated (and almost least expensive) Korky QuietFill Fill Valve. I’ve used the Korky flappers and liked them, so this was a fine choice.

Went to Lowes and also found something I’d never seen before - an in-tank toilet bowl cleaning system that advertises that it only treats the bowl and won’t affect the tank parts. I suspect that I’ve had to replace previous flappers because I like to use the little chlorine circles that you put in the tank to keep the bowl fresh. I figured I’d already be in the tank, so I’d try this too. I got the “Flush ‘n Sprarkle” made by Fluidmaster. Their website is terrible or I’d provide a link…

Combining these two was a breeze. Make sure to follow the directions on the fill valve or you’ll have a very wet bathroom. Overall - this was an easy home fixit job that anybody can do.

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Windows 7 x64 Ultimate - Taking the plunge

I’m just about finished backing everything up off of my main machine (Windows 7 32-bit Ultimate). I’ve heard alot of good things about Windows 7 (read quite a bit too) - and even decent things about the install process. What’s tying me to Windows is Fallout 3 and the random Windows-only game…sorry Ubuntu, I love ya’ but we just can’t go steady yet.

I’ll update this post as I install and use this new OS. It feels like getting a new computer!

Update 2:41pm
I started the install at 2:20 and am typing this from the same machine with Windows 7 now. Checking the device manager, I’ve got only 1 device (my ATI TV tuner…don’t buy one of these) not recognized. Next up - Video drivers, TV Tuner drivers, and some apps.

Update 3:16pm
It looks like my ATI TV tuner doesn’t have a listed driver available for Windows 7. Some searching revealed that some had success with using the Vista 64 bit driver from the ATI downloads page. I installed this driver, but the device manager still showed the unknown device. Choosing to “Update driver”, I pointed the wizard to the location that the ATI installer had unpacked all the files to (C:\ATI). Windows picked up the driver and it’s now listed as “ATI Unified AVStream Driver”. I’m still configuring Windows Media Center, so I’m not sure if this will all work out - but the driver installed fine.

Update 3:50
TV Tuner works fine. Getting signal out here in the stix is another matter :)

Update 5:47
Got some of my apps installed. Restored Fallout 3 from the backup I created back into Steam - only to have to do the Games for Windows Live dance (don’t update through the game, go get the standalone client). Oh - and doing a steam backup of the game doesn’t capture any downloadable content you’ve acquired through GFWL. Bummer… at my current internet speed rate - I should be able to play Fallout 3 sometime next week.

Overall at this point I’m liking Windows 7. The real test comes tonight when I reshare my printer to another Windows XP box in the house. Vista was terrible with this…I had to restart the print spooler and open the printers window every time that machine needed to print. Here’s hoping it’s gotten better in 7.

Update 10/25/2009
It’s been a good while since I installed and I haven’t longed for XP or Vista at all. Printer sharing worked fantastic! No more restarting the print spooler. Fallout 3 finished installing and it ran the hardware check to auto-set my video settings. It auto-set higher settings than my Vista install did - now I can see NPCs faces :) Good times.

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Fixing a jumpy cusor/pointer on your optical/laser mouse

Minutes ago, I started to use my Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 (v2.0)…and the pointer was jumpy…kinda jittery…whenever I moved it left to right. Up and down was fine though. I resynced the mouse, replace the batteries, and even restarted…still it was jumpy. I’ve long since lost the receipt to this mouse (which I really like…would hate to replace it) - so did some searching for others who may have had this issue. Found this great post: . Basically - the little diode under the mouse can get dust or hair on it and cause this problem. Don’t throw away your mouse, just blow some air on the diode! Fixed mine right up…

And here I was dreading going to Best Buy…

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Jon can cook...


Tonight I tried my hand at making one of my favorite eat-out foods. This is my second try…the first ended up in the trash can. And which roll did I make? The classic Americanized sushi - the California Roll.

Where did I get my inspiration? Youtube videos. Search for “how to sushi rice” and “how to california roll” and enough instructions will appear that even the slowest of cooks…ahem…can figure it out. I must say that the sushi I made tonight, while not tip-top restaurant quality…was really close to it. For the amount of sushi I can make for $5…I’ll be eating at home for a while :)

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