best way to do this, is right click a blank spot, select New\Shortcut. When the dialog opens, specify http://techist.com
click next, then give it a name. That should do it...
if that doesn't work, then do this:
open my comuter, select tools, folder options. Click on File Types on the dialog. Click on the top file type there, then type url, which will take you down to the url file type. if there is a restor option, click that, and see if it corrects it. If not, click advanced, then if open is present, click on it, and click edit. It should read
"rundll32.exe shdocvw.dll,OpenURL %l"
if it doesn't, correct it. Then click ok and ok again. Give it a try...