08 February, 2010

Fix corrupt Outlook.pst (2007) in Vista

Unlike XP, Vista does not provide the same privileges by default, and therefore it can be difficult to repair your PST file. The trick is to run the scan and repair program with Admin privileges. Here are the steps:
  1. Close Outlook -- likely it's already closed, because if the PST file is corrupt, Outlook wont run.
  2. Find the Command Prompt, right-click, and run as Administrator.
  3. At the command prompt, enter "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\SCANPST.EXE", including the quotes. If you have a different version of Outlook, you may still have a repair program -- find it and replace with the string I have here.
  4. When prompted to Repair, select Repair.
  5. Enter 'Exit" at the command prompt to close the Command Prompt window, and run Outlook again.
That should do the trick.
Some folks may not have an Admin password for Vista. If that's the case, check out these instructions for further help.

06 February, 2010

Rip / manage music on your iPod

Sometime you need to manage music on your iPod that iTunes doesn't allow. I tried iDump, and it didn't recognize my music, so I tried SharePod. While iDump has a 30 day trial before purchase, SharePod is completely free -- donations accepted. SharePod installed quicker, and was very simple to use.

05 February, 2010

Press Esc to Exit Full Screen never goes away

I noticed in my video viewing that when I set the view mode to full screen, the message "Press Esc to Exit Full Screen" is never going away. I tried searching Google, and while many people have asked the same question, there was no clear answer.

Through some experimentation, I learned that in locking down my Flash Player (see New "Cookies" and your Privacy), I introduced this new issue. Apparently the Flash Player wants to store information as third-party content in order for the message to go away. You need to go to the Global Storage Settings panel and check "Allow third-party Flash content to store data on your computer." Interestingly, you can keep the storage setting on "None", and it will still work. (Remember, the Flash setting for your installation is reached by going to a website, with each tab having its own URL. There is no application you can open locally to make configuration changes. Learn more here.)

This seems like a real mistake -- to see a video full-screen, you have to allow any third-party to store a Flash cookie!? First, I don't see the reason any storage is needed to display text on the screen for a short time. Further, if required, why isn't the storage request coming from the same domain as the video? From what I gather, the full screen display, and therefore message, is a Flash Property. I suspect the third-party domain must be a Macromedia/Adobe domain, which also makes no sense. Macromedia/Adobe can track all our Flash usage, without any setting, so why make the 'call home' for full screen open yourself up to all other third-parties?

With the bloat of a Flash Player / Flash App, and the introduction of HTML 5 and native video support (see demo - browser must support HTML 5), perhaps Apple is onto something by not supporting Flash in their iPhone, iPod Touch, and new iPad.