Some of you have probably noticed that if you bookmark a site in Internet Exploder Explorer there is a small custom icon image for that site. In other browsers like Firefox, the icon shows up all the time (something that IE really should do but doesn't for some reason).
To create your own custom icon - this is how it's done:
First of all, that icon is called favicon.ico and it is saved in the root directory of your web site (where the home page index.html or default.htm is).
To make a favicon.ico, there are commercial tools out there to do it, but who wants to pay for a stupid little icon?! Sheez! My suggestion is to use png2ico, a FREE utility that will convert a PNG to an ICO file that you can use.
To those who don't know, a PNG is a high-color graphic, like a JPG. It's just a different format. Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro (my preference) will do PNG graphics. For those who don't have those and don't have any money, get GIMP for Windows. It also does PNG graphics.
At this point, download png2ico mentioned above and extract it somewhere. Then, get any graphic and size it down to 32x32. Save it as PNG to where your png2ico directory is.
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(if you're not a noob to Windows, skip this part)
PNG2ICO is a command-line program. You will need to launch a command prompt in Windows in order to use it.
In Windows 98/98/ME, this is done by clicking Start then Run then typing command in the box that appears then click OK. A black box will come up. This is a command prompt.
In Windows NT/2000/XP, the same is done by clicking Start, then Run, then type cmd and click OK.
Assuming you have installed png2ico at c:\png2ico, you get to that directory by typing cd\png2ico at the prompt.
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Launch a prompt. Go to where you installed png2ico which is also where you saved your 32x32 PNG file you want to use as your icon.
png2ico favicon.ico whatever_you_named_the_file.png
This will create your favicon.ico. Upload to the root of your web directory. Done deal. That's it.
The CS server was back up - momentarily. Then it went back down again. I don't know what the deal with it is. The guy who has the server replaced the CAT-5 cable and it seemed to work, but then it blew up again. I mean yeah, it's free so I can't complain about it, but, I just wish the server would stay up for a little while. Oh well, what ya gonna do.
Honestly speaking I couldn't care less if it's up or down. It's just a hobby thing which will go away permanently in the future anyway. Right now I'm at a point in my life where video games aren't really high up on my "to-do" list anymore. I think this server blowing up constantly is just a sign that maybe I should be concentrating on more important things - which I am. (grin)
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