Monthly Archives: June 2008

OpenSuse Linux 11.0

openSuse 11.0 was released this month and from user’s feedback it seems to be a good update of this distro by Novell. I’ve been using Suse Linux for a while now and it’s a very robust Linux distribution, strong on the server side but also on the desktop side.

This new version comes with more than 200 new features, 3D implementation with Compiz, NetworkManager 7 and a redesigned installer. If you are new to Linux give it a try by downloading a Live CD (bootable) and try it without having to install anything on your computer.

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Upload a File to your Ning Social Network.

If you have a Ning Social Network you will find that there is no easy place to upload a file to your Ning profile or the pages. There is no file depository or folder system that is accessible by the user, or even network administrators or creators.

The easiest way that I have found to upload a file to Ning is to create a comment on the Ning Social Network site that you are working on, and attach a file to that comment. You can even delete the comment after making it, and still have the file on the server.

Below is a video tutorial showing you how to do it:

Let us know if you have any other ideas with working with Ning Social Networks below in the comments.

Good luck playing with your Ning …

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Mac OS System Error Code 1712

The Mac OS X System Error Code -1712 is a bit of an ambiguous one as all that it means is that the application has timed out.

We got Error Code -1712 when we tried to run Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection on one of our staff’s Macbook.

To diagnose this error in more detail we opened up the “Force Quit Applications” with command + option + esc. The program that I was trying to open was already open (RDC), so I force quit it in the list.

After force quitting the offending application I was then able to start it again, without coming up against the “Error code -1712” error again.

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How to Create an E-Mail Alert in Microsoft SharePoint Services

It seem that every quarter I get a dozen or so questions about how to get e-mail alerts when someone responds to a SharePoint Survey, or creates an announcement on our Windows SharePoint Services 2003 Intranet.

To save myself having to show people all the time, here is a video tutorial on creating an e-mail alert in Microsoft SharePoint Services:

And here are the simple step by step instructions on creating the alert:

  1. Open the survey or announcement page that you wish to be alerted for.
  2. Click on the “Action” bottom and the click on the “Alert Me” link that appears.
  3. Fill in the title and other requested information.
  4. Click on the “OK” button.

There you go, you have now set-up an e-mail alert to be sent to you when someone fills in a survey or places an announcement on your Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) Intranet.

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Delete All E-Mail in Gmail Older Than 1 month

We maxxed out our gmail account that we use at work, so overnight people were getting the e-mail bounced back to the saying:

Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently

PERM_FAILURE: Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the recipient domain. We recommend contacting the other email provider for further information about the cause of this error. The error that the other server returned was: 552 552-5.2.2 The email account that you tried to reach is over quota.

That is definitely not a very friendly error for people to have come back to them after and e-mail comes to them.

Our problem stems from the fact that we have been archiving our e-mails instead of deleting them after we download them to our Microsoft Exchange Server. We had amassed 6.8GB of archived e-mails since we started this, which was massive, so I had to clear out our older e-mails.

Here are the steps to delete the old archived e-mails in Gmail.

  1. Click on “Show vardenafil chile search options”
  2. Leave all the fields blank except for the date field
  3. Next to “Date within” choose “1 Year” and then for date select a date 1 year and 1 month ago (13-months ago). So if it is June 13th, 2008 you would select May 13th, 2008 by typing in “13/05/2007”.
  4. Click on the “Search Mail” button and check your results below. Make sure that the first e-mail listed is a month old.
  5. Click on the Select “All” link above the the e-mail list, then click on the “Select all conversations that match this search” that comes up above the e-mail list.
  6. Click on “Delete” and then confirm the deletion.

After that process is complete you will need to empty the trash / bin folder to completely remove the e-mails.

After doing that we were back to only having 161MB of e-mails archived in our account, which allowed e-mails to be received by our Gmail account, and again pulled down to our Microsoft Exchange Server.

* Please note that this will delete all older e-mails, not just those in the Archive folder.

Batch Delete Delicious Bookmarks in Bulk

I was sorting through my bookmarks this morning and realized that for some stupid reason I had imported all my Firefox bookmarks into my bookmarks. Since I use delicious for my public bookmarks, and not for private bookmarks at this time, I had over 400 bookmarks that I wanted to batch delete.

The only way that allows users to delete bookmarks is one at a time. This would be an extremely painful way to delete all the bookmarks. I wanted to find a way to batch delete the bookmarks, which would be quick and easy.

Script Re-Mark describes itself as:

This service helps you manage your bookmarks stored on popular social bookmarking site If you’ve ever wanted to make edits to all your bookmarks in one hit (“batch mode”), then this is for you. It makes it easy to re-tag bookmarks en masse, make wholesale changes to URLs or update descriptions in bulk. You can also toggle public/private sharing settings and mass delete bookmarks.

This is exactly what I was looking for to clean up my delicious bookmarks. You don’t have to provide any login details to the site, only copy a line of code that is available at the bottom of the page.

The service works exactly as described and my account is now free of the imported links.

You can try out the Script Re-Mark service here.