Apr 062010
 

specificitywars Today, I ran into a problem with some CSS code I was modifying.  I was making what I thought was a simple change, but the change refused to show up when I refreshed.  Changing the declaration type from a class to an ID, and stripping out some HTML selectors made the problem go away, but I knew that wasn’t the right thing to do.  That’s when I ran across this article at hungred.com.

Selector Order Priority

I knew CSS favored more specific over less specific.  However, I mixed up what that meant. I thought more specific was just to have MORE information pointing at the item in question. It’s not quite so simple. Compare the following two samples:

<style>
p .bordered {
border: 1px black solid;
}
.bordered {
border:	5px red dotted;
}
</style>
<div>
	<p class="bordered">Bordered?</p>
</div>
<style>
p.bordered {
border: 1px black solid;
}
.bordered {
border:	5px red dotted;
}
</style>
<div>
	<p class="bordered">Bordered?</p>
</div>

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Enabling new regional themes in Windows 7

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Mar 292010
 

Win7ThemeDir Did you know that Windows 7 shipped with at least four regional themes that you can’t see by default? Me either until this week!  It’s pretty simple to install each one, you’ll be done in seconds.

Paste each of the following lines into the address bar of a windows explorer window, and hit enter. (see pic to the left for clarification) Once you are inside the folder, double click the XX.theme file in there to install it. If you browse the folders manually instead of using these links, you will need to disable hidden files and folders.

%windir%\Globalization\MCT\MCT-AU\Theme
%windir%\Globalization\MCT\MCT-CA\Theme
%windir%\Globalization\MCT\MCT-GB\Theme
%windir%\Globalization\MCT\MCT-US\Theme
%windir%\Globalization\MCT\MCT-ZA\Theme

I’ve also seen that some of the following country themes exist, though I don’t have access to them on a US licensed version of Home Premium. If you want to see everything you have available, just browse back to the MCT folder, and see what’s in there!

%windir%\Globalization\MCT\MCT-DE\Theme
%windir%\Globalization\MCT\MCT-JP\Theme

Each time you double click a theme file it will open your personalization control panel, so you may as well leave it open until you’re done. Once all your themes are installed, enjoy all of your new choices!

SATheme

Windows 7 sleeps like a newborn… It wakes up every few hours.

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Mar 272010
 

It wakes up whenever it feels like it, and offers me no answers on why.  When checking the event viewer, I see the following entry:

The system has resumed from sleep.
Sleep Time: ‎2010‎-‎03‎-‎27T06:09:43.164534500Z
Wake Time: ‎2010‎-‎03‎-‎27T10:03:03.591291200Z
Wake Source: Unknown

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How to switch MSOL Exchange Hosted from External Relay to Authoritative mode.

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Mar 262010
 

Authoritative OK. Of the approximately 6 people who have seen this site, everyone bailed about halfway through that headline except the guy I worked with who wrote this how-to. No problem, I’ll just press on. :)

So, what did that headline mean? In one of my previous articles on Exchange Hosted, I mentioned ‘email coexistence’. What this means, is that we weren’t ready to shut our Exchange server down. There were accounts on that server that either has not been migrated, or were not ready to be disabled. So what Exchange hosted allows you to do is set up your Exchange server as an External Relay.

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Mar 252010
 

Backup error Some of you (that have a specific setup) might have noticed that you have an extra profile in your Windows 7 C:\Users directory.  MCX1-%COMPUTERNAME%. I noticed mine when it started adding the following line into my backup results:

The backup completed but some files were skipped.

Backup encountered a problem while backing up file C:\Users\Mcx1-CPL-SHOE\Contacts. Error:(The system cannot find the file specified. (0x80070002))
Backup encountered a problem while backing up file C:\Users\Mcx1-CPL-SHOE\Searches. Error:(The system cannot find the file specified. (0x80070002))

I wasn’t sure why that profile existed in the first place, and didn’t appreciate it mucking up my backups. I was poised to just delete it, when I realized that might be a silly move. Research twice, delete once. (see item #9 under ‘Set up Xbox 360 as a Windows Media Center Extender’)

So the profile was legit, it was created when I connected Media Center to my Xbox 360. So how do I make my backups quit complaining? What if I just made the folders? Would that satisfy it?  It turns out it does.  I created two empty folders named C:\Users\Mcx1-CPL-SHOE\Contacts and C:\Users\Mcx1-CPL-SHOE\Searches, and it was happy.

After all this, I ran across this Microsoft article which goes into much more detail about why backup wants to back up those folders despite their non-existence. But in my humble opinion, just create the folders and move on unless you want to spend your weekend optimizing your registry.

Chinese Domain Name Watchdogs are my friends!

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Mar 232010
 

I had this little gem sent to me today (not actually for cpl-shoe.com though).  It is silly on many levels, but I can see how this could trick someone.  It has frightening words. Someone out there wants to be you!!! Let me hit a few bullet points on this piece of garbage:

  • There is NOT a Chinese organization out there that watches for anyone purchasing domain names that are similar to honest hard working American domains, and then warning us about the impending purchase.
  • It is perfectly legal for anyone to buy and sell domain names that are the same as yours, but with a different TLD. (TLD = .com, .net, etc)
  • Legal issues can come into play if they try to actually impersonate you and your business, but once again, “The department of Asian Domain registration” will not take part in this legal action, or at least they won’t be on YOUR side of the courtroom.
  • Glad to see my future acquisition of cpl-shoe.biz.uk.cn is still safe.
Disclaimer- this spam is posted as it was received by me. Go to any of the sites listed below at your own risk. It’s spam!

From: Bill Xu [mailto:bill.xu@ds-mail.asia]
Sent: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 7:12 AM
Subject: URGENT Pending Application About cpl-shoe
Importance: High

(It’s very urgent, Please transfer this email to your CEO or appropriate person, thanks)
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Time?

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Mar 222010
 
Temporal Paradox

Temporal Paradox by PatsPiks.

Odd, the time represented in my posts has been off by hours (showing UTC time instead of my chosen time zone) I threw this post up to get a sample time difference to quote them… and it’s right.  What’s your game WordPress??? :)

(Picture is from an article where it is much more relevant)

The Windows 7 Taskbar- How to make it work for you

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Mar 222010
 

Taskbar

A great new feature in Windows 7 is the taskbar.  It can be a bit of a shock though, and many people want to revert back to the ‘old way of doing things’. Allow me to explain what you have to gain by leaving it as-is, and show you some tricks to make it even better. Then, if you still don’t like it, I’ll explain how to put it back to Windows XP behavior.

First. what is it that’s going on down there?  You used to just have a clean taskbar, maybe a little area with quick launch icons that stayed tucked out of the way and left room for all the program windows. Now they’re huge, and when you launch them, you don’t get a program window at all, it just glows!

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Mar 202010
 

Wow, that headline is a mouthful. What do I think of it, and what can you expect if you decide to use it? Is the name of the service catchy enough? What are the things you need to know before you make the transition?  I’ll try to write it all up in this article, so brace yourself for a long one. (I will continue to add items to this page as they come up)

If you want to brush up on my previous MSOL write ups, first I talked about why we chose MSOL Hosted Exchange. Next, I moved on to the migration process, and then followed it up with a post about how the service worked with Outlook 2003/2007 from a user standpoint. Finally, what it is like to administer it. Continue reading »