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Mitch Wheat has been working as a professional programmer since 1984, graduating with a honours degree in Mathematics from Warwick University, UK in 1986. He moved to Perth in 1995, having worked in software houses in London and Rotterdam. He has worked in the areas of mining, electronics, research, defence, financial, GIS, telecommunications, engineering, and information management. Mitch has worked mainly with Microsoft technologies (since Windows version 3.0) but has also used UNIX. He holds the following Microsoft certifications: MCPD (Web and Windows) using C# and SQL Server MCITP (Admin and Developer). His preferred development environment is C#, .Net Framework and SQL Server. Mitch has worked as an independent consultant for the last 10 years, and is currently involved with helping teams improve their Software Development Life Cycle. His areas of special interest lie in performance tuning
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Annoying Download Behaviour
Sometimes the seemingly simplest problems set you seething. Today I wasted at least 30 minutes trying to discover the reason why, when I clicked on a web page file download link, it would automatically download the file and open it without giving me the option to save it.
If you've worked in any kind of support role, you will have heard this many times: I hadn't changed anything! At least knowingly. At first I blamed IE (the universal scape goat!).
A few days ago downloads went off with a bang everytime, today the touch paper was fizzling and going out! I'm sure I didn't change anything... It's times like these, you realise how frustrating technology must be to someone who is not computer literate.
I could have fired up FileMon to find where it was temporarily storing the file, but this seemed the wrong answer. The answer in the end was very simple, but I still have no idea why it had changed...):
MSN, Email: mitch døt wheat at gmail.com