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Journal sm62704's Journal: Ask Slashdot: Active-X 10

So I'm at Yahoo News and every damned page displays the urgent warning "Your current security settings prohibit running Active-X controls on this page. As a result, the page may not display correctly".

I haven't been reading Yahoo news at work much lately for this very reason; we have IE as our browsers, and Active-X is of course disabled. The IT guys are no fools.

So I click a link to another story and alt-tab to slashdot (hey, my breaks aren't long enough to wait for page loads from our overloaded T1).

A paragraph into slashdot and Yahoo's page pops back up to tell me yet again that my "current security settings prohibit running Active-X controls on this page. As a result, the page may not display correctly".

It's bad enough that the stupid browser is popping up a dialog box to tell me that a nonstandard gizmo that is only supported in one browser is disabled (of course it's disabled, DUH), but to have it bring the focus to the page with the popup, on top of the page I'm actually reading, is beyond stupid and far beyond rude and far, far beyond arrogance.

How can I get this awful browser that won't properly support standards to stop popping up the stupid "error" message and interrupting what I'm doing, short of enabling the useless and dangerous Active-X? Is there a registry hack I can perform?

Can we get Microsoft to simply remove the abomination that is Active-X from their browser, period?

Have you ever used Active-X for anything other than advertising? I'm curious.

On a positive note, Active-X is better than Evil-X. I'm glad I got rid of her!

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  • Fortunately for me however, I am an IT guy, and I don't run windows. I always assumed you were in IT as well. A couple of things I wanted to ask you about though, and (not that I blame you), your e-mail isn't public, and who down-mods journal responses anyway.

    1) Did you ever get your home computer up and running? Did MS give you any grief trying to activate XP in another box and/or a VM?

    2) I tried to get your artificial insanity program, but I think the link is broken. Do you still have the source layin

    • by sm62704 ( 957197 )

      I am an IT guy, but I don't set IT policy. By "IT guys" I'm referring to the ones who make the decisions as to what is installed on the machines, etc.

      If I had my way all the desktops would be running Linux and the browsers would be Firefox.

      1) I've been too busy/lazy to mess with it; I'm probably going to just haul an old PC out of my basement and stick the data drive and video card out of the broken one in it. I have a bunch of broken kitchen chairs to fix too (no, Ballmer isn't to blame for that one).


  • Use Firefox :P

    • There's portable Firefox you can run off a thumb drive.

      Without that though, try this in IE

      Tools > Internet Options > Security > Custom level

      it will be under Activex controls and plugins.

      I assume you can get in there and change the settings, I'm not sure if you need to have admin rights or whatever.

      • by sm62704 ( 957197 )

        Yes, I could do that, but as I'm eligible to retire in 3 years I don't want to do anything that's against company policy. Also I don't WANT active-X enabled; I just want the browser to stop popping up a dialog box telling me Active-X is disabled.

  • Had a web based application - well form that "needed" activex to be able type numbers into. without the activex plugin - which took weeks to get through our IT people and onto the approved insatllabel list - we could not work. None of this radical new cut and paste from a spreadsheet into a form. The "programmer" had set it up so that everything easy and obvious to do was screwed. kep the programmer in business I suppose.

    It may well still be there. I did talk to one of the service providers people at o

  • Unless you are in a completely locked down environment you should be able to give this a try:

    Under the Windows Start menu, select the Settings | Control Panel command.

    Double-click on the Internet Options icon in the Control Panel window.

    Select the Security tab in the Internet Properties dialog box.

    Make sure that the Internet zone is selected.

    If you can, click on the Default Level to make sure that the Internet zone is at the Medium level.

    Push the Custom Level button.

    Scroll down to the setting

    • by sm62704 ( 957197 )

      Nope, that's the setting it's on now (I just checked)

      • Try adding the problem Websites to the "Trusted Sites" zone in Internet Explorer.

        On the Tools menu, click Internet Options.

        Click the Security tab.

        Under the "Select a Web content zone to specify its security settings" property page section, click Trusted sites, and then click the Sites button.

        Add the problem Web sites to the zone box, (for example type http://www.macromedia.com/ [macromedia.com] and then click Add, type http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/ [macromedia.com] and click Add, and so on for sites that you trust)

        Click Close,

        • by sm62704 ( 957197 )

          Thanks, I'll do that when it crops up again. It's been Yahoo that it's done it on, but today I got no popups there.

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