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:
- Click Start > Run and type REGEDIT
- Expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER
- Expand SOFTWARE
- Expand Microsoft
- Expand Windows
- Expand CurrentVersion
- Expand Explorer
- 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.
October 10, 2009
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.
- 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.
- Twitter – TwitterFeed 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.
- 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.