Friday, August 17, 2007

Gmail's Mystery Missing Mails?

Keep a sharp eye on your Gmail. I recently grew suspicious that an email had mysteriously disappeared from my Gmail. I tried everything to find it - searches, All Mail, Spam, Trash. Nope. It was gone. At the time, I put it down to my own tired, hurried, inadvertant use of keyboard shortcuts in Gmail, or just accidentally deleting a message thread.

However, this morning, a colleague of mine, without prompting from me, said that he too recently had an email disappear from his Gmail - an email he never would have trashed.

Remember kids:

Data YOU don't back up is data YOU don't want.

Don't depend on major organizations to do it for you. Do it yourself.

So now, I'll have to do a series on the best ways to download all that Google Mail mail and keep future mails backed up. And the contact list. And everything else online.

I have yet to find any online questions or comments about the problem and the Google Blog seems to be quiet on the subject but, well, just wait.....

We can't depend on Google to keep our email safe. We can't depend on Google to keep our contacts totally safe. And, apparently, we can't depend on Google to keep their search results totally reliable.....

Monday, August 13, 2007

Warners to remake 'Enter the Dragon'

Oh how the fanbase will be jumping for joy to hear this - NOT.

Warner Brothers is going to remake Enter the Dragon.

Yeah. Sure. Talk about a no-win situation.

The reaction from Bruce Lee fans and the wider audience for martial arts cinema is likely to be less than warm and embracing.

It's a bit like saying you're going to "update" the Mona Lisa, rebuild the Great Wall of China using "good, sturdy modern materials and engineering," or put a properly reliable Japanese engine in a Ferrari. It doesn't matter if it IS somehow better, updated or even just plain remade.

Why mess with an original?

Bruce Lee wasn't the best actor in history. He wasn't even the best in martial arts cinema. His films weren't paragons of plotline, uber-alles actioneers or even particularly skillfully-made.

But they broke boundaries, set at least one major trend, and established, for the first time in the eyes of Hollywood audiences, an Asian man in a leading role.

You can't repeat the first ever conquering of Everest. You can't be the first man to walk on the moon, again.

And you can't Enter the Dragon Again.

“Not enough server storage is available to process this command.”

Here's an annoying little glitch in Windows networking, courtesy of those mavens of SCREWING THE HELL OUT OF YOUR WINDOWS - Symantec/Norton.

I first encountered a problem after creating a VPN between two Windows machines (using the awesome LogMeIn Hamachi) but the problem is independent of VPNs.


You are logged into a Windows network. You can see shared folders on another machine but when you try to open one, you get an error message that includes the line,

“Not enough server storage is available to process this command.”

Typically, the full error message will be something like,

"\\XXXXXX is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the adminsitrator of this server to find out if you have access.

Not enough server storage is available to process this command."

where XXXXXX is the full network pathname of the resource (folder, for example) you are trying to open.


The problem is caused by a range of Symantec/Norton products and is on the server (the computer on which the shared folder sits) not on the client machine that is getting the error shown above.

The problem can be confirmed by checking the EventViewer on the server.

There is a simple guide to fixing the problem here.

You can read a bunch more by Googling the error message.