DragonDictate for Mac 4.0 and VMware fusion lower case text only

dragondictate

I have recently upgraded to Dragon dictate for Mac 4.0 and was surprised to find that when dictating into a virtual machine running under VMware fusion, that the dictation would only produce lowercase text. This is particularly annoying when you get to something like? That requires an uppercase press. Instead you end up with /

While this is not a complete showstopper, as it is possible to dictate into a Mac notepad and then copy and paste the text directly into the VMware fusion instance, this still frustrating to note that this area has been around since version 3.0 at least.  I would have expected had some attention may be paid to this.

 If anyone has any information that is helpful with this I would appreciate you posting it.

Object reference not set to an instance of an object. at DotNetNuke.Entities.Users.UserInfo.GetProperty

DNN Error Object reference not set to an instance of an object. at DotNetNuke.Entities.Users.UserInfo.GetProperty

After noticing a few strange things with our website, and seeing a number of users requesting access, but not receiving their authentication email. We noticed this error when we manually authorised an account.

Message: DotNetNuke.Services.Exceptions.ModuleLoadException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object. —> System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object. at DotNetNuke.Entities.Users.UserInfo.GetProperty(String propertyName, String format, CultureInfo formatProvider, UserInfo accessingUser, Scope currentScope, Boolean& propertyNotFound) at DotNetNuke.Services.Tokens.BaseCustomTokenReplace.replacedTokenValue(String strObjectName, String strPropertyName, String strFormat) at DotNetNuke.Services.Tokens.BaseTokenReplace.ReplaceTokens(String strSourceText) at DotNetNuke.Services.Tokens.TokenReplace.ReplaceTokens(String strSourceText) at DotNetNuke.Services.Tokens.TokenReplace.ReplaceEnvironmentTokens(String strSourceText, IDictionary Custom, String CustomCaption) at DotNetNuke.Services.Localization.Localization.GetSystemMessage(String strLanguage, PortalSettings portalSettings, String messageName, UserInfo userInfo, String resourceFile, ArrayList customArray, IDictionary customDictionary, String customCaption, Int32 accessingUserID) at DotNetNuke.Services.Localization.Localization.GetSystemMessage(String strLanguage, PortalSettings portalSettings, String messageName, UserInfo userInfo, String resourceFile, ArrayList custom, String customCaption, Int32 accessingUserID) at DotNetNuke.Services.Mail.Mail.SendMail(UserInfo user, MessageType msgType, PortalSettings settings) at DotNetNuke.Modules.Admin.Users.ManageUsers.MembershipAuthorized(Object sender, EventArgs e) — End of inner exception stack trace —Message: DotNetNuke.Services.Exceptions.ModuleLoadException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object. —> System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object. at DotNetNuke.Entities.Users.UserInfo.GetProperty(String propertyName, String format, CultureInfo formatProvider, UserInfo accessingUser, Scope currentScope, Boolean& propertyNotFound) at DotNetNuke.Services.Tokens.BaseCustomTokenReplace.replacedTokenValue(String strObjectName, String strPropertyName, String strFormat) at DotNetNuke.Services.Tokens.BaseTokenReplace.ReplaceTokens(String strSourceText) at DotNetNuke.Services.Tokens.TokenReplace.ReplaceTokens(String strSourceText) at DotNetNuke.Services.Tokens.TokenReplace.ReplaceEnvironmentTokens(String strSourceText, IDictionary Custom, String CustomCaption) at DotNetNuke.Services.Localization.Localization.GetSystemMessage(String strLanguage, PortalSettings portalSettings, String messageName, UserInfo userInfo, String resourceFile, ArrayList customArray, IDictionary customDictionary, String customCaption, Int32 accessingUserID) at DotNetNuke.Services.Localization.Localization.GetSystemMessage(String strLanguage, PortalSettings portalSettings, String messageName, UserInfo userInfo, String resourceFile, ArrayList custom, String customCaption, Int32 accessingUserID) at DotNetNuke.Services.Mail.Mail.SendMail(UserInfo user, MessageType msgType, PortalSettings settings) at DotNetNuke.Modules.Admin.Users.ManageUsers.MembershipAuthorized(Object sender, EventArgs e) — End of inner exception stack trace —

The account was authorised, but DNN threw this error.

The error was traced back to the token function of the automatic email messages in DotNetNuke. Email messages were not being generated, and no users were being authorised. 

The long and the short of it was that the defined Administrator account was inadvertently removed from the site. This in turn stopped DNN from being able to generate any email messages with tokens for the Admin account email address.

The fix

was as easy as putting an admin account back into the site.

Windows 2008 Server Blocking RDP IP Address Hacks

Find out the IP address of the Prick who is trying to hack your server.

Go to the Windows Event Log, and select Security. Look for the Audit Failure event and you will see the IP there.

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Setup a custom rule in Firewall With Advanced Security to block this incoming IP from attempting a hack.

Start -> administrative tools > windows firewall with advanced security.

Select Inbound Rules / New Rule

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Select Custom / Next

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Select All Programs / Next

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Leave Default / Next

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Leave the Local IP set to ANY, but Change the Remote IP to ADD

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Ensure that you have added the prick who is hacking you, then Next

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Select Block the Connection / Next

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Leave Default / Next

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Give the rule a name / Finish

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.zip files from Mac OS show up as green/encrypted

Green files and folders on Windows 7 indicate they are encrypted.

Usually this is a function of a program that will make these files encrypted for a reason. Security is usually the reason. But…

An interesting little bug in the process of creating a .zip file on a mac and moving it over to a Windows computer.

When a .zip file is created according to standards for .zip files found here:

http://www.pkware.com/documents/casestudies/APPNOTE.TXT

They specify that .zip archives include a tag informing about itself to the program trying to decompress the archive. This tag information is known as the “version made by” and as the name suggest, it would tag information about the program version of .zip and the files system in use.

 0 - MS-DOS and OS/2 (FAT / VFAT / FAT32 file systems)
          1 - Amiga                     2 - OpenVMS
          3 - UNIX                      4 - VM/CMS
          5 - Atari ST                  6 - OS/2 H.P.F.S.
          7 - Macintosh                 8 - Z-System
          9 - CP/M                     10 - Windows NTFS
         11 - MVS (OS/390 - Z/OS)      12 - VSE
         13 - Acorn Risc               14 - VFAT
         15 - alternate MVS            16 - BeOS
         17 - Tandem                   18 - OS/400
         19 - OS/X (Darwin)            20 thru 255 - unused

When the Mac system encrypts the files, it marks them with the attribute of being UNIX based files. Correct considering the Mac operating system is based on UNIX.

The problem arises at the Windows end. Because Windows is created by the most arrogant computer company in the world, it does not recognise that a .zip file could have been created with a computer that is not running Windows. It fails to correctly see the flag as UNIX and marks the files as Encrypted.

Leaving Files Encrypted

If the files are left as encrypted, you may find that there are problems if the files are shred on a network drive etc. Taking ownership will not change this flag, and resetting permissions does nothing.

The Easy Fix – Remove Encrypted Tag

Removing the incorrect Encrypted Flag on a green file in Windows 7, or Windows Server is really easy. Right click the file or files (holding the shift key to select multiple folders and files) then Click: Properties / Advanced / Un-tick the Encrypted Option

 

That’s about it. All fixed.

Internet Explorer will not display some JPG Red X

A jpg image opens in Firefox but not Internet Explorer

Question

A jpg image opens in Firefox but not Internet Explorer.

Answer

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 dropped support for jpeg images saved as CMYK and now only supports images saved in RGB mode. Below is an example and easy way to verify this issue. In the below example, we have two images; one saved in CMYK and the other saved as RGB.

CYMK Image
CYMK example image
RGB Image
RGB example image

If this issue exists, the CMYK image will appear as a red X or broken image in Internet Explorer. However, opening this page in Chrome or Firefox should show both images. If both images are visible to Internet Explorer, this is not the issue with your version of Internet Explorer.

Out suggestion would be to use just about any other browser that IE 8. Update to Chrome or Firefox and use that browser.

Outlook 2013 Ribbon Keeps Hiding in Office 365

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After playing around with the new (totally disappointing) Outlook 2013 I found that the ribbon would keep hiding.

While that is annoying enough and I wanted to turn it back to how it was by default, what was really ticking me off was that someone else inadvertently made this happen while on my computer and could not tell me what they have done to set it that way.

So I set about working it it.

I couldn’t with out help.

So I set to Google for assistance. Found nothing, hence I’m writing this.

Steps

Click a Message in your mail view.

Click HOME (the ribbon should appear)

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Then on the far right of the ribbon, is a little drawing pin icon. In this location

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That when clicked will turn to the indication above. This pins the ribbon in place.

For the record… I am disappointed by the new Office. There is nothing new that impresses me after 3 years of additional development time, and plenty of little traps like this that just suck time and annoy you!

Watching Microsoft fall from grace by their own hand is slow and painful for all of us, although the future looks a little brighter sinace the removal of Blamer.

Looking for an Office 365 Website? Then InteractiveWebs has a Small Business Website for Office 365 for you!

IE FTP Your current security settings do not allow you to download files from this location.

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Problem

while accessing Windows 2003 server today I experienced a problem with the system reported to me: Your current security settings do not allow you to download files from this location.

And gave me the following error window and security alert:

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Knowing that Internet Explorer is too stupid to know that even though I have the username and password to connect to an FTP site , I don’t have the necessary security permissions to download files from the FTP site. as dumb as this may seem it is the default security settings are Internet Explorer early versions.

The solution

In this case the solution is actually quite easy.

1. Open IE

2. Open Tools > Internet Options > Security

3. Click on Trusted Sites then the sites button below

4. Enter the URL of the site you’re downloading from and click add

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How to discover your Facebook ID

Discover Your Facebook ID

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There is one really easy and surefire way to discover your Facebook ID.

Navigate to this URL: https://graph.facebook.com/interactivewebs

and replace in the URL interactivewebs with your own Facebook username.

https://graph.facebook.com/yourusername

When the page loads, you will see something like this:

{
   "id": "100000310593653",
   "name": "David Finley",
   "first_name": "David",
   "last_name": "Finley",
   "link": "http://www.facebook.com/interactivewebs",
   "username": "interactivewebs",
   "gender": "male",
   "locale": "en_US"
}
 

Your ID are the numbers in the inverted commas that follow the ID.line . so Sn this case. th TIT would be: 100000310593653