Gmail hangs on loading, then displays error in Chrome

Posted on December 15th, 2009 |

I’ve been having issues with my Gmail while using the newest developer builds of Chrome. When clicking on an email message the loading display at the top of the screen would come on and it would just sit there for approximately 30 seconds before displaying an error message and then allowing normal use of email. I thought it may have been due to the dev build but it works fine running dev on my home machine.

Thankfully this one had a very simple solution. Click the wrench (settings) button. Go to Options. Personal Stuff, Clear Browsing Data… I only checked Clear Cache and set the Period to be ‘Everything’ and Gmail started working normal again.

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Picasa Desktop adds Facial Recognition and Tagging with 3.5

Posted on September 22nd, 2009 |

Google has finally brought the facial recognition feature that is enjoyed by the Picasa Web Album users to the desktop. Version 3.5 released today also includes geotagging of images so you can now quickly find those pictures of your best man passed out in Vegas on demand.

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Picasa Will Not Export Videos

Posted on September 13th, 2009 |

I’ve been putting up with an annoying problem in Picasa on my main system for too long and finally decided to try and fix it. The system would play fine but when trying to export videos Picasa would just hang at 0.0% on the encoding/saving process. I was quite certain this was tied to the TVersity Codec Pack yet uninstalling TVersity and it’s pack didn’t solve the problem.

Time to turn to the trusty CCCP. I installed The Combined Community Codec Pack using all the defaults for the install and the configuration afterwards. Fired up Picasa, tried an export and it immediately started working.

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Long delay in Windows Explorer when opening files

Posted on April 10th, 2009 |

Over the past week my Windows desktop at work started acting up. When opening or right clicking any file that has a program associated to it I would experience up to a 30 second delay before the program launched or the right click menu opened. I scoured Google for an answer and all I found were others with the same problem. One person found that when they disabled their network card it would work fine. I tried that and had the same result. Checking the network properties I noticed that Virtual Machine Network Services was active on my network card.

Network Properties

This must be remains from a Virtual PC or VMWare install by the previous user. After un-checking the box everything is back to normal.

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“File name or path doesn’t exist” Error While Saving in Excel

Posted on February 26th, 2009 |

Ran into a bit of a head scratcher this week in regards to network file permissions on an Excel spreadsheet. Department manager created a spreadsheet in a shared network folder that his employees had read access to. He wanted the employees to be able to update the spreadsheet so I gave their security group write level access to the file. The file would open for an employee okay but when the person tried to save the document the following error would trigger:

File name or path does not exist.
The file is being used by another program
The workbook you are trying to save has the same name as a currently open workbook.

I triple checked all the permissions to make sure I had everything correct. Checked the file server to see that the user did indeed have Read+Write access while they had the file open. Even checked the server logs to make sure there weren’t any security errors. Everything looked fine.

I then decided to look at the server log to see what it looked like when an admin opened and saved the file where I stumbled upon the answer. Excel is trying to create a .tmp file in the same folder the spreadsheet is in before it saves the spreadsheet. The user’s security group only had read access to the folder which resulted in the generic Excel save error.

I moved the spreadsheet to a subfolder and applied the same permissions to that folder and that did the trick.

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Warning – Google May Harm Your Computer

Posted on January 31st, 2009 |


Careful, according to Google, the site may be harmful to your computer.

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Covert UNIX Epoch dates in Microsoft Excel – Including Timezone Examples

Posted on January 22nd, 2009 |

There are many sites out there that will give you a full description of what the UNIX Epoch standard date system is, why it is used, and a thorough understanding of why that’s important to you. You also probably don’t have time for a history/computer science course when all you want to do is convert that time stamp into something that looks nice for your boss in Excel. In that case, here you go:

All examples shown assume that the UNIX time stamp is in column A.

GMT – Greenwich Mean Time – This is the standard example you see across the Internet

EST – Eastern Standard Time (GMT – 5:00)

CST – Central Standard Time (GMT – 6:00)

MST – Mountain Standard Time (GMT – 7:00)

PST – Pacific Standard Time (GMT – 8:00)

Now set your column format to a Date field to your liking. I use the 3/14/01 13:30 format so I can include the easily sortable military time format.

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