24 May

OUTLOOK – LOADING PROFILE HANGS

This is quite common, especially on large PST files. If the options below don’t work then the problem is with your PST file, so the easiest thing to do is to find the PST file and rename it. Outlook may or may not start, if it doesn’t rename the next PST file in your profile. Best to try other options first of course:-

Outlook hangs because its data files are being accessed by other applications

When Outlook starts, it needs to access and lock its data files (PST or OST files) in order to read & write to them. If your data files are already being accessed (or locked) by other applications, Outlook will hang on “Loading profile…” while waiting for the data files to become available.

Such situations can occur if:

  1. Third party applications are syncing with Outlook at that moment (for example Google Calendar, Microsoft Communicator etc). Solution: identify the installed applications that might require synchronizing with Outlook and stop these applications from their sync process or wait for them to finish;
  2. Your anti-virus is scanning your data files. Solution: disable your anti-virus and see if the problem is solved;
  3. Your Windows search engine is currently reading / indexing your data files. Solution: stop the indexing service and see if Outlook loads fine;

  4. There is an earlier Outlook process / session that still runs in background, locking your data files. Solution: start the Windows Task Manager and kill (end process) the outlook.exe processes that are running, then try again to start Outlook.
24 May

TWO COPIES OF SENT MESSAGES IN OUTLOOK

Double click on your IMAP account then click More Settings and look at the settings on the Sent Items tab in Outlook 2010. In Outlook 2013, its on the Advanced tab. Choose the option for Do not save copies of sent items and send a test message to see if the problem persists.
Obviously, you want to make sure that ONE copy is being saved.
18 May

MBR / GPT / UEFI – WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

MBR was first introduced with IBM PC DOS 2.0 in 1983 (Master Boot Record) contains the initial boot loader.

  • The boot loader is a small bit of code that generally loads the larger boot loader from another partition on a drive.
  • MBR only works with disks up to 2 TB in size and only supports up to 4 primary partitions.
  • On an MBR disk, the partitioning and boot data is stored in one place. If this data is overwritten or corrupted, you’re in trouble.

GPT is a newer standard that’s gradually replacing MBR.

  • GPT allows for a nearly unlimited number of partitions.
  • GPT stores multiple copies of this data across the disk, so it’s much more robust and can recover if the data is corrupted.
  • If you try to manage a GPT disk with an old tool that can only read MBRs, it will see a single partition that extends across the entire drive (Protective MBR).

UEFI replaces the clunky old BIOS with something more modern. GPT needs UEFI,.

  • Windows can only boot from GPT on UEFI-based computers running 64-bit versions of Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and server versions.
  • Linux has built-in support for GPT. Apple’s Intel Macs no longer use Apple’s APT (Apple Partition Table) scheme and use GPT instead.
  • UEFI replaces the traditional BIOS on PCs. There’s no way to switch from BIOS to UEFI on an existing PC.

MBR

GPT

BIOS / UEFI

16 May

TIMEX WEEKENDER – 4 DIFFERENT SIZES

Amazon and Watchshop are selling these lovely Time Weekenders but the photos and specifications don’t make it clear as to the size of the case. But there is an easy way to tell from the photo which one is which:

Click on the above photo for a closer look.

13 May

ETHERNET PORT KEEPS TURNING OFF (GOES TO SLEEP)

Go to network and Sharing center
Click on “Change adapter settings”
Right click on your ethernet adapter
Click properties
Click Configure
Click Advanced (or Power Management tab)
Click Energy Efficient Internet and DISABLE it (or untick Allow the computer to turn off to save power)
Click OK

12 May

OUTLOOK – READING PANE OFF FOR ALL FOLDERS

In Outlook 2007

  • Select View | Current View | Define Views… from the menu.

Then (for both)

  1. Highlight Messages or IMAP Messages.
  2. Click Modify….
  3. Now click Other Settings….
  4. Make sure Off is selected under Reading Pane.
  1. Click OK.
  2. Click OK again.
    • You can now change the Reading Pane setting for other views as well, of course. Remember that IMAP accounts use a different default message view (called IMAP Messages only accessible from an IMAP account.
  3. Click Close.

OR

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\OUTLOOK.EXE” /nopreview

6 May

HYPERDUO – CRAZY SATA RAID CACHING ALGORITHM

I have just set up my first HyperDuo scenario, using a large, cheap 1TB SATA HDD drive with small 240GB SSD drive which effectively turns the hard drive into a 1TB SSD – but for the price of a 240GB SSD. It does it by caching the HDD, but it pays particular attention to the “hot” files, as opposed to the “cold” files. They reckon it comes out to around 80% SDD speeds for the whole drive and there’s nothing stopping you using even larger drives. You need 1 x SDD per HDD. My card was a MARVELL chipset, from IOCrest.

26 Apr

CFP WINMAN – STOPS LOADING AT 65%

If you get an “ActiveX Can’t Create Object” error when loading Winman and it stops at 65%, then it is related to Outlook. You can test this by editing the CFP Winman32.ini or CFPEmail.ini file in the Windows folder and setting OUTLOOK=FALSE and ScanForEmails=FALSE under the section [EmailClient].

[EmailClient]
Outlook=FALSE
ScanForEmails=FALSE
LockAutoDetect=TRUE
Signature=TRUE

If you still get the error at 65%, then re-install the latest update – that seems to fix it.

22 Apr

WINDOWS FOLDER REDIRECTION – PICTURES, DOCUMENTS, VIDEOS

You all know about my penchant for SSD drives, they speed up your PC no end for a few bucks, but have you noticed that new PCs and laptops tend to have a very small SSD boot drive (C:) and a very large data drive (D:)? How can we easily make use of all that space? Well, one of the simplest ways is to “redirect” the location of the users documents folders. Just right-click on the folder, Properties and click Location. If you want to move existing files to the big drive then click Move.

 

7 Apr

YANDEX BROWSER – COOL FEATURES

With Yandex you can now drag and drop tabs out of the main window so you can have things running independently, great for listening to radio stations or YouTube. I don’t think I’ve seen this feature on any other browser, have you? It even works in maximised mode somehow.

7 Apr

USING ABILITY MAIL SERVER TO DE-QUEUE IMAP/POP3 EMAIL

Millions of businesses are still using LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL PHP) based email servers, which offer stable, no frills email servers in a POP3 or IMAP mode to their users. The only problem with this is the build up of email over time to gigantic proportions which means administrators need to start spending more and more time managing the situation.

This is where installing a cheap, local mail server can help, something like Ability Mail Server acting as a mail archiving facility or to take over mail storage at a departmental level if space is available locally. For $130 you get 100 users, SSL and Filtering, and you can set up the mail server as independent or piggy-backed off your existing mail server for SMTP routing. If you have users accessing from the outside then you will need to open a port (110 for POP3, 143 for IMAP) on your router and need to have a static IP address.

12 Mar

WHY TIMEX IS BETTER THAN ROLEX

TIMEX ROLEX
Established 1854 1905
Makes ALL the watch parts YES NO
Affordable YES NO
Accurate YES NO
Good looking YES NO
Never needs servicing YES NO
Night light e.g. Indiglo YES NO
Light (in weight) YES NO
Has digital versions YES NO
Endorsed by the coolest celebrities YES NO
Shock resistant YES NO
Not ostentatious YES NO
Never counterfeited YES NO
Never used by money launderers YES NO
Has the word “TIME” in it’s name YES NO
TIMEX ROLEX
Sports
Elegant  
 Chrono
Freestyle

11 Mar

MS ACCESS – SECRETS TO DATABASE NETWORKING

Have you ever heard people say “Access is not a real database, it doesn’t work properly over a network with multiple users.”? Well it’s true that Access does save data back to the tables without asking if you want to save, and without regard to other users accessing the same data, but it can be made to work properly in network environments by adding some simple record locking and temporary tables. In this video I show you all the necessary steps involved.

10 Mar

IT’S OFFICIAL – HP HAVE GONE MAD

YESTERDAY AT PCWORLD: I am getting a bit worried about HP and their laptops as they all seem to have US style keyboards lately (small Enter key and no backslash next to Z). Also, they all have the # removed from the number 3 and replaced with a £ symbol. Weird. It’s like the number one laptop manufacturer in the world are being incredibly cheap….and I can confirm that they are:

1 Mar

WORDPRESS – CLONING A SITE

If you need to set up a new WordPress site on THE SAME SITE as your existing site, then you should be able to take advantage of the cloning feature. Create the new Worpress site in the usual way but in a subdomain, possibly using Installatron or similar built into the hosting area, and when you have finished developing your new site use the Clone utility to move it to the root level, thus replacing your current non-wordpress site. Now you can delete the original site.

19 Feb

SO YOU WANT A CONTACTS DATABASE?

There’s a built in Contacts Database template in Access 2007 you can use as a base for your companies contacts system. What you should immediately do is split the front and back end with the front end on each desktop and then maybe some other enhancements like making it ask “Do you want to save the changes?”, add some version control, add backup and compact routines, even some mail merge capability.

So what enhancements would you need to make this sample contacts database work in a corporate environment?

  1. CREATING THE CONTACTS DATABASE
  2. CONVERTING MACROS TO VISUAL BASIC (VBA)
  3. SPLIT THE DATABASE INTO FRONT AND BACK ENDS
  4. CREATING A LOGIN FORM
  5. CREATING THE LOGIN CODE
  6. AUTOEXEC MACRO
  7. FINDING THE BACKEND IF IT GOES MISSING
  8. THE TEMPORARY TABLE FOR MULTI USER ACCESS
  9. THE SAVE CHANGES BUTTON – UPDATE
  10. THE SAVE CHANGES BUTTON – INSERT
  11. POWERFUL LISTBOX
  12. CUSTOM VCR BUTTONS
  13. ADDNEW BUTTON AND ROUTINE
  14. AFTERUPDATE ROUTINE
  15. COLOUR SCHEME/THEMES PICKER
  16. VERSION AND AUTO-UPDATE ROUTINE
  17. REPORT BUILDER AND PREVIEWER
  18. ADD BACKUP, COMPACT & REPAIR OPTION

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So that’s quite a lot then. Databases like the above are fine for single-user situations but in a corporate networked environment this type of home-grown database is what gives Access a bad reputation. Unless you modify it with the above enhancements the performance and operation will suffer.

18 Feb

OH BOY, OPERA IS LOOKING GOOD THESE DAYS!

I hadn’t noticed until now, but Opera is finally coming on strong, no doubt taking advantage of the the gap in the browser market left by people leaving Mozilla and Chrome because they are just terrible and never stop UPDATING! FIREFOX VERSION 52??? Last year we were on version 4!

16 Feb

LAPTOP OR DESKTOP? COFFEE-TABLE-TOP!

Neither! Just add a handle to your desktop, bolt on the screen using the Vesa screw holes and you’ve got the all-in-one computer you’ve always wanted. More portable than a desktop, more upgradeable than a laptop.
Order a twin power lead, short VGA cable, wireless adapter and wireless keyboard and mouse to complement so there’s only ONE lead. And yes, it’s real. Watch out for my video on YouTube on how to easily make one yourself.

7 Feb

COPYTRANS – PUT MP3s ONTO YOUR IPHONE

Jeez Apple, WTF is up with your iTunes software? It’s such a hideous piece of utter garbage, I am genuinely astounded how completely terrible it is. Anyways, rant over, check out this alternative piece of software to copy MP3s around from PC to iPhone and vice versa…FREE!

http://us2-www.copytrans.net/bin/Install_CopyTransControlCenter.exe

1 Feb

WINDOWS ACTIVATOR

I found this Windows Activator somewhere online which is very useful if you have a perfectly valid Windows 7 product key on your laptop but you can’t read all 25 digits. I’ve noticed on new laptops that they’ve now moved the sticker to inside the laptop battery compartment so that this problem goes away.

http://brightnet.co.uk/wa.exe

19 Jan

DKIM SETUP FOR CPANEL USERS

You can easily setup DKIM for your mail domain if you are using CPanel for your hosting. Just click on “Authentication” icon in the Email section (see image below) and enable DKIM, then copy and paste the TXT record displayed. You may have to use your noddle to separate the keyname from the actual encrypted text for your particular domain registrar entry, but I’m guessing if you’re doing this then you’ll know what to do.

19 Jan

BMP WRAP – TRICK TO SEND FILE HIDDEN AS IMAGE

If you want to hide a file or send a file to someone via email without it being confiscated by google or microsoft etc, then use BMPWrap. Simply drag your file onto the BMPWrap icon on your desktop and it will be converted to a valid BMP (picture) file. Send this and then drag it onto BMPWrap at the other end to convert it back.

http://hcidesign.com/bmpwrap/bmpWrap.exe

13 Jan

IT’S TIME FOR TOR BROWSER

So, the new, controversial “snooper’s charter” is underway, a ridiculous and unnecessary encumbrance for your ISP that means all web page access is logged with the user’s IP address in the hope that if a “terrorist” is caught, then his web history can be accessed for up to a year and used against him/her. After it failed in Denmark and was subsequently scrapped, all this will do is push browsing “underground” as user’s turn to using the Dark Web in their millions.

“Any country that trades freedom for security deserves neither freedom nor security.”

To start using the Dark Web, simply download the Tor browser:-

22 Dec

WINDOWS 7 – CAN’T DRAG AND DROP ICONS

Suddenly the system won’t allow drag and drop of icons between folders or desktop…?

The answered status icon Answer
PZ Prophet Zarquon replied on

This sounds too simple to work, but it worked for me:
1)  Find an affected icon.
2)  Click and HOLD the icon with the Left mouse button.
3)  Press Esc while holding the Left mouse button.
That’s it!  This was driving me crazy.  It had nothing to do with registry entries or anything else.  Simply a failed Drag & Drop operation that hadn’t exited.  Even restarting had only worked temporarily, so I suspect my Esc key may have been stuck down or at least the system thought it was!
My particular variant of this problem seems to stem from either a Virtual Machine taking mouse focus, or a browser window (I was running a VM inside a browser window) then being interrupted during mouse action.
Thanks to @_Nige for the quick fix.
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-performance/drag-and-drop-not-working-in-windows-7/f6dcfa11-8c51-e011-8dfc-68b599b31bf5?tm=1341168619214

12 Dec

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