This is my site for links to Genuine Free Stuff as well as some useful advice. I use most of these programs regularly. It's good gear. It's all worth having.

** April 2014. Major revamp and update for relevance happening, especially now that support for Windows XP has ended, and now that we all are addicted to our Android phones. A lot of old stuff is going.

This post in particular started this whole website...

I have been building and using computers since about the Ice Age, from DOS 3 through to Windows 7.
I have been mucking about with mobile phones for quite some time, using Symbian S60 and then Android.

Press F8 at boot to start in safe mode - Windows XP and 7
To see the details of you computer, download, install and run 'Speccy' - shows Operating System, Firewall, Anti-virus and hardware.
If you think you have a virus, start here 'Free Online Virus Scan'. Try any or all, and be patient.

March 23, 2014

How to make a Favicon using Sib.

Here's how to make yourself a Favicon using Sib Icon Editor.
http://www.sibcode.com/icon-editor/index.htm
A Favicon is this thing ....

Let's start with the end result, a 16x16 pixel icon.
- this is mine.

Here's how to do it. First of all download Sib Icon Editor.
http://www.sibcode.com/icon-editor/index.htm
Install it and fire it up.
Choose a 16x16 icon.

Click on that 'T' for Text Box.

Here I am typing in 'GF' for Genuine Free.

Choose your font, and then text size depending on the font. Experiment a bit.

I have used Comic Sans and font size 8.
Note the borders. You can grab and drag to move or re-size.

Here I have done the same again with the 'SL' and have dragged it down and across.

Now I want an orange background. I choose my color here.

Then I want to color anything that is transparent to orange, so will I use this button to swap the colors.

Choose the Color Replacer.

Swap the colors and sweep with the Color Replacer. Orange background now.

Now the important thing is to save as a .png file NOT a .ico file.

So save as a .png file or .jpg file. Either is ok.

There's your favicon.

Cheers. Si.
Checked April 2014 for link and relevance.
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