Archive for July, 2009

Winforms splash screen – Great work by Tom

Recently I came across a great splash screen for Winforms developed by Tom Clement on CodeProject

I loved this splash screen. Tom has intially created this splash screen using .Net 1.0. Butthis great piece of code had some threading issues with .Net 2.0.

I have seen a lot of comments of users that they are facing few minor problems ( flickering, cross thread operation, use of registry ) and also other users have submitted respective solutions also.

I have just incorporated all those changes in .Net 3.5 version of this great splash screen. I have not written any code here, I have just read the comments and implemented suggestions they have displayed there.

Again Great work by Tom and other contributors who has helped this great splash screen by contributing their valuable suggestions ans solutions in comments.

Please find the attached zip file which contains source code of this splash screen for winforms modified to work with .Net 3.5 (193.83 kb)

FireFox – GIF cheat sheet

Some quick tips that may be handy when you use Mozilla Firefox :

1) If GIF animations on page disturbs you then press ESC ( Escape key ) on that page. All Gif will pause animations.

2) If you want to stop the GIF animations or animate it for only once for all web pages, you can do this hack in Mozilla. 

  – Type about:config in address bar of Firefox.

  – Press I'll be carefull, i promise

  – Type image.animation_mode in filter box.

   – Right click on the Preference entry named  image.animation_mode and click Modify.

   – Now you can set value to 

       normal - to let the gif animate according to its preference in gif

       once - to animate it only for once

       none - gif will not animate at all.


If you are facing a problem where you are trying to debug that why GIFs are not animating or animating only once then you can check above things. Additionally please check if use has following applications installed or not which allows you to customize gif animation preferences.

 Also ask user to disable all AddOns installed in his browser.


Thanks and Regards,

Mahin Gupta

Save Energy !!! – Why ATMs are so cool…

Hi All,

Today I have visited an ATM. The cooling inside was too good. Dont you think that, it is waste of energy and money. There are lot of regions in our country, who are facing electricity crisis.

I firmly believe, if we want a better life, we are the only one who has to come forward and act accordingly. Switching off AC in ATM can be a small step forward in this regard. I dont find any technical reasonof using AC in ATM ( Because there are lot of ATMs, where AC is not in working condition for a long time. Most of them are SBI :) )

What do you think ? Have your say in comments.


Best Regards,

Mahin Gupta