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Fix for Problems with How-To Geek Sidebar Gadget

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Yesterday was just unlucky. Not only did a server crash at work, but the How-To Geek Vista gadget just stopped working. After learning how to debug sidebar gadgets (more on that later) I finally found the problem: Our gadget had been blocked by Feedburner.

I followed up with them and they confirmed that they had blocked our gadget for excessively hitting their servers. Crap!

So… I’ve modified the gadget to use the How-To Geek feed directly from this site instead of from Feedburner, and I’m releasing version 1.1 for everybody.


At least this time we won’t end up getting blocked…

We are having an issue with the gadget at the moment, so it’s been removed. Please contact the Geek directly via email if you have any questions.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 10/9/07

Comments (7)

  1. 8eernut

    hail mighty geeks!!!!, although not worthy this geek want-a-be begins her quest for geekines by joining this hallowed circle in search of understanding the misteries of my computer. So; be warned!!!, and merciful….

  2. Gregory

    But where do I get the gadget from? I can’t find it anywhere.

  3. Dan

    Where can I get this gadget?

  4. The Geek

    The gadget doesn’t exist anymore… I will make an announcement on the main site feed whenever I get around to rewriting it.

  5. ismail

    i have a diffrent problem all here thanks to information about comsurrote it solved my problem but this one is something crazy happening, my vista theam turns back to clasic theam and side bar dosent open at all when ever i restart the system please hend some help. my OS vista home basic and mashine dell inspiron 6400.

    thanks a lot.

  6. Storm Bringer


    I’m having a major problem with my vista side bar. I’ve tried everything that I could look up online, downloaded the updated Java, SP 1 and 2, tried the regsvr32 scrrun.dll, regsvr32 jscript.dll,
    regsvr32 msxml3.dll, tried everything I could find and still can’t fix the problem. Can you help?


  7. myleydys rufin

    belief me if you had your computer ful of little pages where you cant get into anything. im frustrated since i decided to push the botton to crate sidebar for google and that stupid gadgets. im going crazy cant find the way to take that dam thing of !

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