Archive for October, 2007

Fix “Initializing the root folders to display” Message

When opening files from Word, Excel, etc. you are presented with and have to wait for a dialog that says “Initializing the Root Folders to Display.” After it finishes, browsing through items becomes painfully slow.

There is a problem with one of your mapped network drives. At least one of them is either disconnected or awaiting credentials. If you reconnect or disconnect it altogether, this problem will go away.

 

About Benjamin Perove

Benjamin has been associated with computer technology starting from a very early age, and has contributed to the success of many businesses and enterprises since 2001. He loves to crush pow at Keystone, play acoustic guitar, climb rocks, and ascend mountains on his road bike. Benjamin is an Avalanche fan and currently resides in Boulder, Colorado.

Repair Corrupt Offline Files Cache & Database

Sometimes when syncing Offline Files in XP, things go haywire. No surprises. Stuff just starts to disappear and network drives contain only a partial listing of files, if any at all. You may experience other oddities, too. Yet another Microsoftism. Is that a word? It should be.

To recreate the cache and rebuild the database, add this registry key:

[code]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\NetCache
Key Name: FormatDatabase
Key Type: DWORD
Key Value: 1
[/code]

Reboot. The key will remove itself automatically after performing the operations.

Or from My Computer > Tools > Folder Options > Offline Files tab, hold down CTRL+SHIFT and click the Delete Files button. Yes, then reboot.

I’d like to thank Microsoft for this feature.

 

About Benjamin Perove

Benjamin has been associated with computer technology starting from a very early age, and has contributed to the success of many businesses and enterprises since 2001. He loves to crush pow at Keystone, play acoustic guitar, climb rocks, and ascend mountains on his road bike. Benjamin is an Avalanche fan and currently resides in Boulder, Colorado.

Restore Outlook Reminder Popups

If you’ve been reprimanded for accidentally missing a mandatory staff meeting (oops) because Outlook didn’t remind you to go, you’ll be pleased to know that you can safely place the blame on someone from IT; it’s a known issue with Outlook.

Just make sure that after you’re through yelling at them (because I know how much you really wanted to attend that meeting) that you kindly direct them over here to fix your problems.

Exit Outlook and run:
[code]
outlook /cleanreminders
[/code]

If that doesn’t work, do this:
[code]
outlook /resetfolders
[/code]

It’s my understanding that Microsoft would rather write KB articles instead of better code.

 

About Benjamin Perove

Benjamin has been associated with computer technology starting from a very early age, and has contributed to the success of many businesses and enterprises since 2001. He loves to crush pow at Keystone, play acoustic guitar, climb rocks, and ascend mountains on his road bike. Benjamin is an Avalanche fan and currently resides in Boulder, Colorado.

Copy Music From Your iPod to Your iTunes Library

Recently I was asked by a client if I could restore their iTunes library (which had been deleted) on a PC. All that remained was on this person’s iPod. Thought I’d give it a shot, why not? My efforts were successful; the steps are detailed below.

1. Close iTunes. Delete ‘iTunes Library.itl’ and ‘iTunes Music Library.xml’ from your My Documents\My Music\iTunes directory. These are the database files that let iTunes know what’s up.

2. Do a hard reset on the iPod, such that when it’s ‘booting’ you go into disk mode. These key combinations are available at Command Tab.

3. Copy the ‘iPod_control’ directory from your iPod to your computer’s Desktop for simplicity’s sake. Sure, all the files and directories make no sense, but do it anyway.

4. When finished copying, right-click this directory, hit properties and uncheck the ‘hidden’ attribute box, then apply (include subdirectories).

5. Unplug the iPod, open iTunes, and configure the advanced tab:

Only the first two checks are important. You’re telling iTunes to copy music to the default location (above) and keep it under control.

6. On the file menu in iTunes, choose Add Folder to Library, browse to the iPod_control directory on your Desktop and gun it. Miraculously, iTunes should start scanning this location and add your tracks one-by-one, tags and all.

7. Now plug in your iPod (after you’ve taken it out of disk mode) and if you’re lucky, you should be presented with the option to ‘Erase and Sync’ your iPod with your new iTunes library. Seems like an extra step to me, but that’s what it takes.

Did it work for you?

 

About Benjamin Perove

Benjamin has been associated with computer technology starting from a very early age, and has contributed to the success of many businesses and enterprises since 2001. He loves to crush pow at Keystone, play acoustic guitar, climb rocks, and ascend mountains on his road bike. Benjamin is an Avalanche fan and currently resides in Boulder, Colorado.

Radiohead Squashes the Music Industry (Like a Bug)

Hi, we’re Radiohead. You may have heard of us before, maybe not. Our contract with Capitol expired after we released Hail to the Thief in ’03. Yesterday we announced the release of our next album In Rainbows on October 10th. If you’d like to pay for it, thanks, but we’re going to leave it at your discretion. Honestly, we didn’t much feel like promoting this decaying business model. From when dinosaurs roamed the earth; we’ve since paid our dues.

Prince had the right idea when he gave away his album Planet Earth for free. Then he sold out 21 consecutive shows. That’s brilliant. We like to play music as much as you like to listen. And we are quite pleased with this release, so do enjoy.

See you at the show,

Colin, Jonny, Ed, Phil & Thom

 

About Benjamin Perove

Benjamin has been associated with computer technology starting from a very early age, and has contributed to the success of many businesses and enterprises since 2001. He loves to crush pow at Keystone, play acoustic guitar, climb rocks, and ascend mountains on his road bike. Benjamin is an Avalanche fan and currently resides in Boulder, Colorado.

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