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If you run into this problem where you have an SBS 2003 or Exchange 2003 server not receiving external e-mails or even sporadic, intermittent e-mails, check the self signed SSL cert that the CIECW creates.  …

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Windows 10 long file paths and file names cause Windows Explorer to crash
December 19, 2016 – 12:37 pm | One Comment

Ever since Microsoft released its anniversary update to Windows 10, they introduced a new feature which enables file names and paths longer than 260 characters.  However, in doing this, they introduced a bug that is causing a lot of problems.

If you had Windows 10 and are connected to a file server or even a network attached storage device and you had file paths that were longer than 260 characters, for the most part Windows would not complain.  It would allow you to modify, save, create etc. files with no problems.

After the Windows 10 anniversary update which included the new feature to allow file paths and names longer than 260 characters this broke everything.  You see, you can able this feature through group policy and the only things that support or will allow you to use this new feature is a very limited group of applications.  The application has to specifically be told to use this feature so everyone including Microsoft has to update their programs to utilize this feature.  Windows Explorer in its current form does not support file paths and names longer than 260 characters.  Whatever they did to include the new code which allows file paths and names longer than 260 characters is what is causing this bug to happen.

Symptoms of the bug is when you view a file or folder within Windows Explorer that has a file path longer than 260 characters Windows Explorer will close.  Your desktop may also flash black momentarily and then come back with just your desktop showing.  Another symptom of this bug is when you have a folder or file that is longer than 260 characters that is in your quick access area which is the default folder/area that Windows Explorer opens up to you will see a blinking Windows Explorer window non stop.  I’ve also hard of people being unable to drag Windows Explorer windows across their desktop.

There are two workarounds for this as it stands but they’re simply that, workarounds, these are not permanent fixes because it gimps Windows Explorer.

The first is to go to View, Options, Change Folder and Search Options, click on the View tab, CHECK off Always show icons, never thumbnails.

The second is to change the way Windows Explorer opens up to quick access: Again View, Options, Change Folder and Search Options, on the General tab at the very top it says “Open File Explorer to and there is a drop down box with “Quick access” already select.  Change it to This PC. and hit apply and then OK.

You can follow this thread: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-files/long-file-paths-crash-file-explorer-when-accessing/82ef7806-41f0-4841-94a1-0010cb02bd69?page=2&msgId=31967051-23c1-405f-a42b-fb531d94be62 where there are multiple people confirming this bug.

Random Fixes »

How to enable Microsoft Updates for Windows Server 2008 R2
July 8, 2016 – 8:50 pm | No Comment

I was trying to enable Microsoft Update so that I could get Exchange updates but whenever I clicked on the “Find out more” link it would take me to the below screen shot and just stay there with no option to install Microsoft Update.


You have to add Microsoft.com to the compatibility view settings of IE11 in order to get the prompt to install Microsoft Updates.

General »

Exchange 2003 not receiving external e-mails
July 2, 2016 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

If you run into this problem where you have an SBS 2003 or Exchange 2003 server not receiving external e-mails or even sporadic, intermittent e-mails, check the self signed SSL cert that the CIECW creates.  More than like it’s expired.  If you re-create it by re-running the wizard and telling it to create a new certificate, you should be golden.  I racked my brain and hours trying to get this to work.

Apple iCloud activation lock: The Perfect Storm
January 21, 2015 – 11:21 pm | 20 Comments

So I’ve heard of horror stories where someone has two factor authentication on for their iCloud/Apple ID and they lose the backup password/code and in doing so they are basically screwed, there’s no way for …

Corsair K95 keyboard and Logitech G700s review 6 months later
January 24, 2014 – 10:10 am | No Comment

I’ve owned and used 2x K95 keyboards and 2x Logitech G700s mice.

The reason I have two is I use one pair for work and one pair for home.

Initially I gave both items raving reviews and …

Internet Explorer 10 and Windows 7: Downloads failing when using redirected folders
May 27, 2013 – 8:27 pm | 3 Comments

It seems that ever since IE9 there has been a weird bug with Internet Explorer and redirected folders, specifically when you are trying to download a file.  Sometimes the file will download, other times, and …

Internet Explorer 9 is available for download
March 14, 2011 – 7:56 pm | One Comment

This build is stable as can be.  They fixed the IntelliPoint bug that I’ve posted about many times in the past.  They essentially disabled the accelerated scrolling.  Get it at Beautyoftheweb.

IE9 RC is available for download
February 10, 2011 – 7:12 pm | 12 Comments

You can download IE9 RC over here.  Also, they appeared to have fixed the IntelliPoint bug which I’ve been blogging about for over 2 or so years or ever since IE8 came out.  I do …

Daring Fireball’s John Gruber has the Verizon iPhone 4 – and he likes it, a lot
February 2, 2011 – 6:55 pm | 15 Comments

Check out his post regarding the Verizon iPhone 4.  He’s had it since last Friday.  The gist of it is that he likes it, Verizon’s network is superior, the call quality is leaps and bounds …

Internet Explorer 9 IE9 beta 1 first thoughts
September 15, 2010 – 6:36 pm | 11 Comments

Well, IE9 is here and I was finally able to get my hands on it.  I first installed it onto my test system which has an Intel SSD.
I have to say that there are some …

Internet Explorer 9 beta being released tomorrow, 9/15/10
September 14, 2010 – 5:08 pm | One Comment

As you all know, I’m a diehard IE user.  I use IE8 at home but for security purposes, use FireFox at work.
In any case, IE9 beta 1 is being released tomorrow morning via Microsoft’s “Beauty …

Steve Jobs to take stage of WWDC on June 7, 2010
May 24, 2010 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

Steve Jobs is going to give this year’s WWDC keynote speech.  Great news.  Apple should release the iPhone 4.0 on that day as well.  Can’t wait for this year’s WWDC, mark your calendars.

Internet Explorer 9 platform preview 2 was released this morning
May 5, 2010 – 8:15 am | No Comment

You can download it here.  The IntelliPoint bug: bug ID#: 554429.  If you are apart of Microsoft Connect and could take a few moments to verify the bug and vote for it, I would really …