“Show hidden files and folders” option not working

October 10, 2009

Sometimes a virus disables the Show hidden files and folders function in Windows XP. and after long time efforts you are unable to turn this option on. Here is how to enable it again.

During this problem, every time one select the Show hidden files and folders options under Folder Options, the screen just blinks and on clicking OK, the hidden files and folders are not unhidden. This problem can be fixed with a registry hack:

  1. Click Start > Run and type REGEDIT
  2. Expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER
  3. Expand SOFTWARE
  4. Expand Microsoft
  5. Expand Windows
  6. Expand CurrentVersion
  7. Expand Explorer
  8. then click Advanced

On the right side, double click the hidden value and give it a value of 1. You should now be able to enable hidden files and folders.


How to Move the Paging File

October 10, 2009
  1. Log on to the computer as Administrator.
  2. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  3. Click Performance and Maintenance, and then click System.
  4. Click the Advanced tab, and then under Performance, click Settings.
  5. Click the Advanced tab, and then under Virtual memory, click Change.
  6. In the Drive [Volume Label] list, click a drive other than the one on which Windows is installed (Windows is usually installed on the drive C). Under Total paging file size for all drives, note the value that is displayed next to Recommended.
  7. Click Custom size, and then type the recommended value in the Initial size (MB) box.
  8. Type the maximum size that you want to allow for paging in the Maximum size (MB) box, and then click Set.
  9. In the Drive [Volume Label] box, click the drive on which Windows is installed (usually the drive C), and then use one of the following steps:
    • If you do not want a paging file on the drive, click No paging file, and then click Set. A message similar to the following message appears:
      If the pagefile on volume C: has an initial size of less than 126 megabytes, then the system may not be able to create a debugging information file if a STOP error occurs.
      Continue anyway?

      Click Yes.

    • If you want to keep the minimum size of the paging file on the drive, click Custom size, and then type a value that is equal to or greater than the amount of RAM in the computer in the Initial size (MB) box. Type that same value in the Maximum size (MB) box, and then click Set.
  10. The following message appears:
    The changes you have made require you to restart your computer before they can take effect.

    Click OK, click OK, click OK, and then click Yes when you are prompted to restart the computer.


RSS Submission for Revenue

October 10, 2009

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If you are serious about traffic generation, odds are you have a blog. If you haven’t done that yet…you really should. However, if you are like me, you likely also have some presence on a variety of social networks – Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin in my case.

The problem is keeping all those social networks fed with up-to-date content.

Assuming you have a blog that is built on a reputable blogging platform (Typepad, WordPress, etc), your blog content can be subscribed to by users. I subscribe to a ton of blogs and publications like Practical E-commerce in my Google Reader (RSS reader). There are a ton of RSS readers out there, so pick the one you like.

Your blog’s RSS feeds are powerfull syndication software (P.S. RSS = Real Simple Syndication). So use them to save yourself from the hassle of updating your social networks. Here are a few tricks/tips/hacks.

  1. Facebook – Build a Fan Page for your business. This is a separate page that you can update that is different from your personal FB profile. That will take about 5 minutes (don’t forget to publish). Then seed your Facebook Fan Page with your existing blog content. I couldn’t figure this out at first and then a user on Aardvark (www.vark.com) pointed out to me that the Fan Page “Notes” section has “Import Blog”. Here is an instructional write up on Facebook Fan Page RSS integration.
  2. TwitterTwitterFeed was built to do this. I’m still getting some sluggishness with the updates; but, I hope to see it ironed out quickly. I’ll comment if I have to to switch to another RSS feed updater for Twitter.
  3. Linkedin – Build a group for your company. You can do this from your Linkedin Profile. Once you have your Linkedin Group go to “News” and look for the box to the right with the link “Manage News Feeds”. Input your RSS feed URL and you are good to go.

Now that you have “blog distribution”, focus on blogging great content to bring yourself new readers (and hopefully buyers) and let the RSS feeds remove the hassle of keeping your social networks well fed. Some of these tools also have some rudimentary analytics and traffic reports so you can see where people are consuming your content.

PEC Readers: Where else have you fed your blog’s RSS feeds to get more visitors? Seems to me, the more locations you syndicate to..the better.