May 282010

After looking at removing 4od adverts I thought I’d have a look at removing adverts from playing on the ITV player. I found out that it was significantly easier than 4od.

How To

Here is the how-to to disabled/skip adverts on ITV’s player. It is only for Windows Visa and Window 7. If you are using another operating system and you don’t want adverts then you should BLOCK ( with your firewall, either on your computer or router.

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May 242010

4OD Channel 4 television, on demand, for the UK

So 4OD has a great collection of TV series that you can watch back to back. After watching about five episodes of peep show I found the adverts repetitive and annoying and decided to have a look at removing them. A brief search on the net and I found Steve Larsen had found a method. His instructions state that by redirecting three hosts to your loopback the adverts will not be played. I did this and for some quick tests I found it to work.

My setup, following instructions

I set my router’s parental control to redirect the following URL s to

I did this in the hope that I would not have to reconfigure the hosts file on the various computers around my house.


I found that on machines that had viewed 4OD then adverts did not play but on machines that have never been to 4OD they hung while attempting to play and showed nothing but a blank screen.

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May 072010

To do an update on a piece of software I downloaded VB Express 2010. Converted my project and started hacking away. I found that none of my breakpoints would fire as “no symbols have been loaded for this document”. Upon a little investigation it appeared the project was in “Release” mode. A mode that was in older version of Visual Studio but removed from Visual Basic Express 2008. Now getting it to change to debug mode, I had to dig the button from a context sensitive menu and add it to the standard tool bar.

View -> Toolbars -> Customize

Commands -> Toolbar -> Standard

Add Command…

Build -> Configuration Manager

Now you can use the Configuration Manager to change the mode from release to debug, and back again!

May 052010

Sysinternals Suite for windows is a must have for anyone how knows more than nothing about the windows OS.

Process Explorer is the most useful tool. It can replace the task manager and shows you far more details about what is running on your windows box.

Process Explorer

Best of the rest

Auto runs shows you all the locations that can be set for the automatic running of programs.

Shell run as enabled you to run programs under different credentials.

VM Map shows you where your memory is going.

May 052010

As usual windows includes the kitchen sink turned on by default. Having unneeded services are a security risk and also adds to the the load of your computer. The following services on my machine were started and set to either manual or automatic should be disabled if not required.

Edit the launching of services by launching services.msc via the run box (windows button + R).
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