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Outlook Hangs (stops responding) Opening Email Messages Sent from PayPal

[gard] Outlook hangs caused by PayPal messages template fault In just the last few days, I have started experiencing some issues with Outlook when opening messages sent from PayPal. This is happening with the recent versions of Outlook, including Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2007. Some of the indications of the problem include. Outlook taking longer than normal to open. Outlook with “Reading Pane” on Outlook Stops Responding when clicking on an email from PayPal. If you wait a long time, it will come good, and even show the email message. If you are impatient and cancel out of outlook, your reading pane is gone when you next open it. When loading Outlook you receive a… Read More »Outlook Hangs (stops responding) Opening Email Messages Sent from PayPal

How to stop – Only secure content is displayed in IE9 message

If you use IE9, you must be familiar with this message: “Only secure content is displayed.” This kind of messages are implemented by Microsoft because they want to inform you that you are about to access some unsecured content on a website. This is actually a security purpose message. Unfortunately, this kind of messages are more often annoying or unnecessary than useful. Internet explorer show this message when the same website page contain both secured and unsecured content: in this way, some unsecured scripts may have access to secured data on that page. Same thing happens when you play a game (unsecured scripts) on Facebook and want to publish that game information on your wall… Read More »How to stop – Only secure content is displayed in IE9 message

Mac OSX Lion Upgrade Problems

Today, like a kid in a candy store, I upgraded to the new Mac OSX Lion from the Mac App store. It can’t go without noting that it has been a long time since I was excited about the prospect of a new release software download. Today gave me glimpses of the days long gone when Microsoft would release new and innovative software. Those days are “dust in the rear-view mirror”. True geek like I know… but hay! You are the one reading this! So How Did it Go? Generally it went exceptionally well. The download was way faster than I expected. I had imagined that the apple servers would be getting hammered all day,… Read More »Mac OSX Lion Upgrade Problems

Should I Install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

They Say They say the best technology is the technology you don’t notice. This is most definitely true for a lot of truly revolutionary technologies. Take the fuel management system on the Airbus A380. Constantly moving and controlling distribution of fuels around multiple systems, taking into account best distribution for weight and balance, safety, economy, possible errors and general automation of management. A truly great example of technology that is unnoticed, and just goes about doing what it was designed to do well. Then there is Windows 7 SP1 Before installing the update, you have to realise that Windows 7 is actually the in house patched (fixed up) version of the off shore experiment that… Read More »Should I Install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

reCcaptcha in DotNetNuke Login and Registration

Recaptcha is the Google service that provides protection against machine entry to your website forms and services. Our Advanced Login Module for DotNetNuke allows the use of recaptcha in your website login and registration process. However until our latest release, we did not allow that recaptcha field to be customized according to the recommended settings of themes explained in the Google Labs setup. With our latest release, you can now customize the recaptcha service to meet the look and feel you require for your DotNetNuke website.

View Message Headers Source Exchange OWA Webmail 2003

We wanted to allow the viewing of message headers in Exchange server 2003 webmail or OWA (Outlook Web Access). What we were chasing was a users persistent spam problem, even though we are routing their mail through an advanced online filter. What we suspected was that they have a malware virus and were sending the spam to themselves via a connected client. The easy way for us to view the headers was to login to the webmail as the client, and view message headers to check out this theory. Only Exchange server 2003 does not normally allow the access of viewing message headers. We found a solution that linked to the download of a JS… Read More »View Message Headers Source Exchange OWA Webmail 2003

Windows 2008 File Content Search resx files–Solution

Today I was trying to achieve something that was simple in Windows 3.1. Searching a directory in Windows, and checking the content of files for the search term. In this instance, I was searching something from the content of a Web Server directory that contained some resx files. These files are used in a DotNetNuke website to deliver language content to a module. In every version of Windows up until the "Mac Version” (that is the version that makes you get a mac… i.e. Vista). the ability to search was easy. Now, in Windows 2008 server, they have replicated the crap that they call search in Windows 7. So basically no one know how to… Read More »Windows 2008 File Content Search resx files–Solution

Adobe Fireworks CS5 Cannot Close An internal error occurred

For some reason today, I cannot close the Adobe CS5 Fireworks application. When I try I receive: An internal error occurred An internal error occurred That’s right.. twice. The Solution 1. Kill kill kill First off, kill the application by starting the Task Manager (Windows is the assumption here, as the problem would not be there on a mac) 2. Remove some files We on Windows XP, go to: C:\Documents and Settings\<user name>\Application Data\Adobe\Fireworks CS5 Windows 7: C:\Users\<<username>>\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Fireworks CS5 Vista: Who cares! In that folder, change the name (to simulate a delete) or actually delete the following.   Language directory: I personally added a _ after them. for example. This makes it easy to restore… Read More »Adobe Fireworks CS5 Cannot Close An internal error occurred

Should I install Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 ie9

I asked this question of myself, knowing full well that the answer is a clear NO. But I suckered myself into thinking “I remember those glory days of waiting for every new MS software release”. So I did my research. Pretty much people are saying the same thing. It’s potentially better than IE 8, but still not going to take on Chrome or Firefox, plus there are some bugs and headaches due your way. As dumb as I am, I managed to talk myself into the upgrade, be seeing that this version should upgrade and downgrade with ease. In other words, when it all fails, I can uninstall. So I did it… You guessed it.… Read More »Should I install Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 ie9

Microsoft Publisher .pub files on a Mac

I was asked the question today. How do I open some Microsoft Publisher files with the .pub extension on my shiny new Mac. The answer is that you cannot really do this unless you have a virtual windows machine running in your Mac. This is something that a lot of people do after they convert over from Windows to Mac, because they feel lost without the BSD (Blue Screens of Death) and the constant security messages. “Would you like to open the web page that you just asked to open”. “Would you like the web page that you just acknowledged that you want to open to open.” “Do you realise that content on the web… Read More »Microsoft Publisher .pub files on a Mac

Telstra Mobile Overseas Data Charges

You need to be very careful of the data charges while roaming overseas. Not because the charges are ridiculously high at $16 per meg. But because Telstra Australia lie about the amount of data you download. I recently opened a 0.387 meg data connection while roaming in the USA. Only to be charged $92.39 for the privilege. Lets just say hypothetically that I did not know exactly how much data I was downloading, and ripped into the maximum possible data that could have been downloaded in the 1:23 (1 min 23 seconds). I could not have downloaded that amount of data on a 3 G Connection even if it was a good connection and not… Read More »Telstra Mobile Overseas Data Charges

Your account, is not authorized to view the stats of this blog

If you have been getting this error lately on your blog then don’t worry because you are not alone. This error has been a result of a new plugin introduced but the Makers of the Stats called Jetpack. It is very simple to solve this problem, just Follow the Step below Got to Plugins> (Click) Add New Search for the plugin called “Jetpack” Install  and activate this Plugin Now either you can got to the plugins menu and under Jetpack click on settings or under the Dashboard DropDown Click on Jetpack Connect your Account and Authorize it Now Don’t Click on the activate Button in the Jetpack Settings as it will give… Read More »Your account, is not authorized to view the stats of this blog

Office 2010 Add-ins not working

We have seen a few instances where an Office 2010 Add-in stops working  and cannot be enabled even is deleted and reinstalled. This can effect our DotNetNuke Module – Microsoft Word Editor, as it uses the Microsoft Office Add-in feature of office. The cause of the problem lays in Microsoft (again) that have decided to make Word (and other office Add-ins) mark a plugin as “Disabled” if it is ever involved in a slow response or crash. Good concept to stop plugins crashing word, but how they do it is so unobvious it catches many people out. The plugins are added to a “Disabled” basket, and will never again be activated unless moved from that… Read More »Office 2010 Add-ins not working

Solution to – Windows 7 Slows with Thumbnail Previews of Images

Windows 7 Slow to Thumbnail Preview – Solution We have found for the problem that we have experienced significantly with Windows 7. The problem is found when viewing in Thumbnail Preview a directory with a lot of image files in it. Like you would a directory of icon images used in a graphic design company, or even a general user with a lot of images in your folder. What happens is that the system stalls and chokes while a green progress bar slides from left to right taking anything up to 40 seconds to complete. While the thumbnails are not displayed, but the default icon is in place while the computer has a good old… Read More »Solution to – Windows 7 Slows with Thumbnail Previews of Images

Cannot Browse Microsoft Sites or Antivirus Sites Cornflicker is your problem

Wow.. it has been some time since I danced the Antivirus Windows dance, but today I had an experience that a lot of you may know about. A re-install of a server and I wanted to throw onto it Windows 2008 R2. Problem was that the server only has a CD drive. So I look at what ISO’s I can lay my hands on that are CD install. I found that Windows 2000 SP2 was it for server software. While I probably could have assed around trying to find some other way to load up a new operating system via network or USB etc. But since I started using Apple products a year or two… Read More »Cannot Browse Microsoft Sites or Antivirus Sites Cornflicker is your problem

Apple Time Capsule Flashing Amber

Today I noticed an amber light flashing on my time capsule. Normally I would just rip a power cord out of a device like this and power up again. Today was different. I was having so much fun making my first iPhone app on my mac, I bothered to stop and think… when was the last time something Apple just funked out for no reason (try never). So I jumped Google for a first hit response. Time Capsule Flashing Amber = Could be there is a software upgrade available for the time capsule. How do you check? Applications –> Utilities –> Airport Utility, you’ll see this:   Click the update button and you are done.… Read More »Apple Time Capsule Flashing Amber

crtsrv HTTP Error 500.19 – Internal Server Error 64 Bit Windows 2008

When accessing the newly configured /CRTSRV service on a windows 2008 server, we were thrown the following error. HTTP Error 500.19 – Internal Server Error The requested page cannot be accessed because the related configuration data for the page is invalid. Module CustomErrorModule Notification SendResponse Handler Not yet determined Error Code 0x80070003 Config Error Cannot read configuration file  Config File \\?\C:\Windows\system32\CertSrv\en-US\web.config Requested URL http://localhost:80/certsrv/certfnsh.asp Physical Path C:\Windows\system32\CertSrv\en-US\certfnsh.asp Logon Method Not yet determined Logon User Not yet determined Browsing to the directory showed that: Config File \\?\C:\Windows\system32\CertSrv\en-US\web.config File is missing or does not exist. This was somewhat frustrating because it was a fresh instance of Windows 2008 server and the service had just been added and… Read More »crtsrv HTTP Error 500.19 – Internal Server Error 64 Bit Windows 2008

DotNetNuke Email Setup and Maps

Monday, October 18, 2010 Interview with:Lee Sykes and David Finley In this podcast we discuss how to correctly set up email in DotNetNuke and understanding SMTP and the common traps to avoid. We also look at working with maps and map modules in DotNetNuke and the powerful uses for Google Maps and Google Earth. The podcast covers the following: Email Setup Typical email problems in DotNetNuke What is SMTP? SMTP mail servers How you would typically experience SMTP servers outside of DNN What is POP3 / Exchange / Webmail? What traps are there with SMTP servers? Relay IP lockdown Send Limits No relay Domain lockdown SSL Ports and restrictions How does Google and Hotmail play… Read More »DotNetNuke Email Setup and Maps

Email Limits for web hosting providers

Mail server SMTP email send (rate) limit for popular web hosting providers Why do you need to know your web host’s SMTP email rate limit If you run a web site and you plan to send out mass emails (for example, a newsletter), it is advisable to send the emails using an authenticated SMTP mail server that matches the nameserver records for your own domain name. This way, your outgoing emails will not trigger anti-spam filters set to identify phishing emails or spammers. For example, if you run a web site at, our advice is to send the emails from a SMTP server name that resolves to the same domain name (like However,… Read More »Email Limits for web hosting providers

How do I get the pivot server application to run on IIS 6

This is an extract from our DNN Pivot Module manual. Special Requirements IIS 6 (Windows 2000, 2003 Server) If you are running II6 and wish to access the Microsoft Pivot Labs technology, you will need to enable some special configurations. To do this: 1. Login to your web server and start IIS 2. Browse to your Web Site or Virtual Directory for the website in question and Rick Click selecting Properties. 3. Select the Home Directory Tab / Configuration 4. On the Mappings Tab, select Add 5. The following data depends on what type of server you are running. 64 bit vs 32 bit, and if you have .net 4 installed or not. The only… Read More »How do I get the pivot server application to run on IIS 6

Symantec EndPoint Protection Manager

I find it very annoying that the Symantec EndPoint protection manager application makes you select a new password from time to time. And.. you cannot use the same password as previously used. I will never understand why it was not configured to use the logged in user authentication. But in any case, it can lead to a person forgetting the pass they set. The solution to this is very easy, and makes the whole point of being required to change passwords an absolute joke. To use Resetpass.bat: 1. Open Windows Explorer on the computer where you run Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager. 2. Change directory to the <Drive>:\Program Files\Symantec\Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager\Tools folder. 3. Double-click the… Read More »Symantec EndPoint Protection Manager

Part 5: File System stuff and path to Documents directory – A .net developer learns objective-c for iPhone iPad

Some quick info for the file system on the iOS. Documents – persists data and is backed up when you connect itunes. tmp – used for your temp app stuff. Not to persist data and you should clean up that directory whenever possible by your app. Library/Caches – persists app specific data between launches of the app. Not backed up. Library/Preferences – app specific preference settings data (but use CFPreferences API), Gets backed up. More info at apple’s site here.   Quickly get the path to your Documents directory here: NSArray *paths = NSSearchPathForDirectoriesInDomains(NSDocumentDirectory, NSUserDomainMask, YES); NSString *documentsDirectory = [paths objectAtIndex:0];// get a file called foo.xmlNSString *filePath = [documentsDirectory stringByAppendingPathComponent:@”foo.xml”]; Getting the tmp directory is… Read More »Part 5: File System stuff and path to Documents directory – A .net developer learns objective-c for iPhone iPad

IIS 7 WordPress permissions Could not create Temporary file

When hosting wordpress on iis 7, the ability to upload images from blog post tools like Live Writer and the ability to automatically update plugins is controlled by the permissions set both within IIS and within the directory structure that IIS accesses. The account that holds the key to the success is the “Users” account, unlike other versions of IIS. WordPress 3.5 Manual Fix Below is the manual fix you can apply to be able to get your WordPress 3.5 install working correctly, there are two options that should work. 1) In the file wp-config.php, add the following line before “That’s all, stop editing” define( 'WP_TEMP_DIR', ABSPATH . 'wp-content/' ); or 2) In the file /wp-includes/class-http.php comment… Read More »IIS 7 WordPress permissions Could not create Temporary file

iPhone 4 has Video Call – Announced WWDC 2010

Thanks to "So in 2007 when we launched the iPhone, it was my privilege to make a call to Jony Ive… and I’m going to do the same thing now." Boom, video call.   Now the iPhone 4G running on the iOS4 has built in video call “You know I grew up with the Jetsons… and video calls… and now it’s real. What about you?" Jony: "I grew up with the same thing, and it’s real now!" Steve: "It is real… especially when people turn off their WiFi." Jony: "We’ve had to wait an awful long time for this to become reality." Steve: "Okay, let’s have lunch soon." It’s called FaceTime. WiFi only. iPhone… Read More »iPhone 4 has Video Call – Announced WWDC 2010

Setup is unable to proceed due to the following error(s):

Setup is unable to proceed due to the following error(s): Microsoft Office 2010 does not support upgrading from a pre-release version of Microsoft Office 2010.  You must first uninstall any pre-release versions of Microsoft Office 2010 products and associated technologies. Correct the issue(s) listed above and re-run setup.   My Office 2010 Beta wows I had promised myself that I would never again touch a Microsoft Beta program for anything other than a virtual machine test environment. I promised this after the Internet Explorer 6 darkle (I still find beta versions popping up that cannot be uninstalled). I promised myself after Vista Beta’s that required a full system install to live. I promised myself after… Read More »Setup is unable to proceed due to the following error(s):