Archive for September 19th, 2008

After removing a Microsoft Outlook Exchange account from my Outlook configuration I was stuck with an address book configured that no longer existed. When I would click the Address Book in MS Outlook I would receive the below error.

Error: The address list could not be displayed. The Contacts folder associated with this address list could not be opened; it may have been moved or deleted, or you do not have permissions. For information on how to remove this folder from the Outlook Address Book see Microsoft Office Outlook Help.
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I recently discovered the application FileZilla for my Windows XP laptop. This is by far my favorite FTP client that I have ever used on Windows including the pay for applications I have used in the past. A long time ago my preference was CuteFTP, followed by WS_FTP, and then FlashFXP. Typically I am using Linux and SCP to transfer files between machines but from time to time I transfer files back and forth with various friends using FTP or I get caught troubleshooting an FTP problem for one of my clients. So anyhow I haven’t looked for a new application for a long time and decided I would look around to see what was out there. I was pleasantly surprised to run across FileZilla which not only has a cool client it has a very nice Windows FTP Server as well.
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When I was attempting to attach files to Microsoft Outlook 2007 the drop down to switch folders hangs forever as does clicking on folders. Sometimes it would hang so long that the window would show “Not Responding”. Eventually it would unlock and allow me to choose a folder only to hang again if I was drilling down even further. The same problem with very slow navigation when opening files would happen with Microsoft Word 2003, Microsoft Excel 2003, Microsoft Visio, and any other MS Office products.

I initially thought the issue was a problem with my laptop overheating or a possible issue with the pagefile on my laptop. It turns out the issue was the fact that I had configured some network drives to attach when I was on a remote companies network. Every time I was attempting to attach a file and was switching folders or directories it was having to wait to timeout the network drive that was not even attached.

This can be resolved by the following steps.
MS Outlook - Attaching Files Hanging1. Right clicking My Network Places and selecting Disconnect Network Drives…
2. Click and any network drives that show in here that you do not connect to every time you boot your computer
3. Click OK to close Disconnect Network Drives

Test attaching a file to MS Outlook and navigate through your folders which should now be much quicker!

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I received the below two errors when viewing WP-Forum after an automatic upgrade via the WordPress admin plugin page.

Warning: file(<wp-root>wp-content/plugins/wp-forum/wp-forum.php) [function.file]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/question/www/www/wp-content/plugins/wpforum/wp-forum.php on line 33

Warning: implode() [function.implode]: Invalid arguments passed in <wp-root>wp-content/plugins/wpforum/wp-forum.php on line 33

After digging around for a moment I noticed that the automatic upgrade renamed the WP-Forum directory in wp-content/plugins from wp-forum to wpforum. After renaming the directory you have to go in and activate the plugin again. This resolved my issue with PHP errors being displayed in the forum.

If you are still seeing the errors after upgrading make sure you have WP Super Cache disabled.

The instructions for this plugin state to rename the wpforum directory to wp-forum so I just think the forum was not made to auto upgrade via the wp-admin interface.

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Normally when debugging problems with web applications, I try to use Firefox. However, every once in awhile there is a web application that is very Internet Explorer specific and will not work in Firefox at all.

To that end, here is a list of nice tools and add-ins for Internet Explorer.

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