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KerryBarger
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Which browser software are you using?

Post by KerryBarger » Tue Oct 09, 2007 6:21 am

I use Windows XP with Internet Explorer.

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Post by William Roeder » Tue Oct 09, 2007 2:52 pm

I don't see the problem on XP with IE 7.0.5730.11 or Firefox 2.0.0.7
Are you up to date with Tools -> Windows Update

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Post by Qev » Tue Oct 09, 2007 3:15 pm

First things that come to mind are to check the page encoding and text size settings, and perhaps the web and plaintext fonts that you're using. I can't seem to replicate the problem, either, though. oO;
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Re: Problem with Desktop Background

Post by Case » Tue Oct 09, 2007 3:31 pm

KerryBarger wrote:When I am curious enough about reading the explanation, I go to the APOD website where I can actually read the first sentence of the explanation
If I understand you correctly, you try to read the explanation first with some kind of tool that fetches the pic plus description (with the website as a better readable alternative)?
If that is the case, then you should probably contact the developer of that tool.

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APOD Desktop Wallpaper Explanation still a problem...

Post by KerryBarger » Tue Oct 09, 2007 6:32 pm

I appreciate the feedback and tried to follow up on all of your ideas/suggestions, but this persistent glitch remains. (I am current on all Windows & IE updates.)

The problem/issue is that the "Explanation" that can be viewed [or closed again] with a single click on my APOD desktop wallpaper arrives daily with the title, "Astronomy Picture of the Day" covering/overlapping the first line of the explanation. I tried to copy the view of this in order to drop it here, but can't seem to copy or print this window on the desktop. I can highlight it with a right or left click of the mouse thereby creating a black background with white lettering, but the first line is covered with the title & not readable. :roll:

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Post by geckzilla » Tue Oct 09, 2007 7:52 pm

I can't reproduce it either, but I'm still willing to bet it's due to the malformed HTML on the APOD page. There's nothing you can really do about it except hope the editor reads about your plight and takes pity.

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I took a couple of snapshots & posted them (below)

Post by KerryBarger » Tue Oct 09, 2007 7:54 pm

http://kerrybarger.spaces.live.com/?_c11_PhotoAlbum

Hopefully this will be worth 1,000 words...

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Post by geckzilla » Tue Oct 09, 2007 7:59 pm

can you link to whatever you are using that allows you to have that on your desktop?

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APOD link:

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Post by geckzilla » Tue Oct 09, 2007 8:47 pm

Hm, I have never seen that before. Guess I never cared to have it on my desktop. It's not open source so there's not much to look at. Sorry. :\

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This is a persistent glitch !!!

Post by KerryBarger » Thu Oct 11, 2007 4:59 pm

I wrote to a friend of mine about this:

“David - Does your APOD desktop wallpaper look distorted like the pics below? If you're not using it, could you turn it on & check? I started a thread on the APOD discussion Forum, but no one seems to be able to help…”

He wrote back: “This is why I quit getting it due to the distorted image. I quit that a long time ago.”

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APOD Backgrounder Crashing

Post by sirald66 » Tue Dec 18, 2007 1:22 am

http://nightskylive.net/software/apod/apod_inst.exe

The software had been running great for many many months; then one day an image was corrupted - so I directly deleted the .BMP and .JPG images from the APOD directory. Ever since, the program crashes.

I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling with a fresh download of the utility above, but with no luck. The Preferences utility works, but the main program does not. WinXP says the program had to shut down.

Are there some registry keys or something I can clear?


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APOD Wallpaper

Post by DBrinson4 » Tue Jan 22, 2008 7:45 pm

Now I don't know about copyright laws and APOD, but I have an idea. What if someone with a greater knowledge than I could create a program where your computer could automatically download the APOD and post it as your computer's wallpaper - So you would have a new daily wallpaper.
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Post by bystander » Tue Jan 22, 2008 7:50 pm

You're in luck. It's already been done.

http://nightskylive.net/software/apod/
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Post by DBrinson4 » Tue Jan 22, 2008 11:17 pm

Well isn't that great. I figured I wasn't smart enough to come up with that idea on my own. Thanks a bunch!
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Re: New! APOD software

Post by bystander » Wed Mar 12, 2008 6:07 pm

Look at the first post :!:
lior wrote:A new APOD software is available for Astronomy Picture of the Day fans.

This software automatically brings Astronomy Picture of the Day to the desktop, along with the picture explanation. It is usefull, and also sets a new beautiful astronomy wallpaper every day. Of course, it is free, and does not contain Adware, Spyware etc'.

http://nightskylive.net/software/apod
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APOD software stopped working

Post by Moltentesseract » Wed Apr 23, 2008 11:48 pm

Hey, the APOD software that changes your wallpaper automatically has stopped working, and is still stuck on the fox nebulae. When it loads, i cant right click on the icon in the task tray. When i do, nothing happens.

I've tried reinstalling, but its still not working, any ideas?

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Post by Bascule » Thu May 08, 2008 12:07 pm

Hi,

A couple of things:

1. A quick question - Does the APOD software work on Vista?

2. Someone was asking how they could know when a new version is released. Well, I use this service:

http://www.changedetection.com/monitor.html

to monitor web pages that don't change very often and don't have an associated RSS feed or email list. It seems to work very well.

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APOD for your desktop?

Post by dreamer84 » Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:55 am

I just love APOD, it's (usually) awesome to look at and highly interesting to read the information provided!
What about a program setting current (or random) APOD as desktop image (maybe a selected region of it to fit screen resolutions...) and allowing to click or hover over it to get the description + links? That would possibly increase this great site's popularity even among ignorants like me :wink: (ok, honestly, I study physics, but I'm rather the quantum theory guy...)
And what about merchandise, like a real calendar with last year's APODs?
Keep up the good work!

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Re: desktop

Post by Case » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:55 pm

Calendar thread

Setting a Desktop Picture a.k.a. Wallpaper and many others to be found in the various software sites on the 'net.

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APOD Wallpaper program and VISTA

Post by kdo_au » Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:09 am

I recently installed the APOD program from http://nightskylive.net/software/apod/ and initially it seemed to run fine. Now however it does not refresh. Does anyone know if the program is compatible with VISTA and when it tries to refresh when set to Auto?

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Difficulty: APOD

Post by edstory » Wed Jan 14, 2009 7:09 pm

Error 0 running command SETUP.EXE

That's what I get when trying to download the screensaver software on the APOD site.

I have WinVistaUltimate (OS). Worked find on previous computer with XP.

What can I do to download and execute the screen saver software to this laptop?

Thank you for your help.

Ed

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Re: Difficulty: APOD

Post by makc » Fri Feb 20, 2009 11:40 pm

as far as I know from previous reports, official apod software does not work on vista. you may find an alternative here.

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Re: APOD Wallpaper

Post by korth847 » Fri Oct 16, 2009 5:34 am

I'm using an alternative APOD wallpaper with Windows Vista. It is available here: http://sites.google.com/site/apodwallpaper/