SharePoint Lists Not Showing

Recently I started to experience this problem a lot more often. I open up my SharePoint site using Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007 and I try to browse to a certain list but every time I select the ‘Lists’ folder it shows up empty.

I try closing down the application and opening it up again but the problem still remains. I was even dumb enough to restart my PC to discover that it still didn’t solve the problem.

But I finally found a workaround. All I had to do is refresh the datasource.

So if you are facing a similar problem simply click on the ‘Datasource’ tab located in the right panel. At the bottom of the panel find and click the ‘Refresh Datasource’ link button, and bob’s your uncle.

Usually just clicking the tab will automatically refresh the datasource and therefore display all your lists.

High Transfer Speeds

Have you ever tried transfering over 30Gb of data from one computer to another over your home network?

Last night I tried transfering around 600 home videos and pictures, a total size of 30Gb, from my laptop to the home pc over my wireless network and it took the whole night to fail halfway through.

Since I am a genius, I did manage to solve the problem. I connected my laptop to my home pc through an ethernet cable and restarted the moving process. Guess how long it took? Around 40 minutes. Impressive isn’t it!

The transfer speed over the wireless network was around 400 Kb/s where as the speed over the ethernet cable went over 8 Mb/s.

So there you go. Always choose to transfer large files over either USB or ethernet cables. Sooner or later wireless speeds will dramatically increase. Keep an eye and ear out for Wi-MAX.

Movie Night

Since there was absolutely nothing good at the theaters this weekend, I had to pay BlockBuster a visit. I rented two movies: Rambo 1 and Mindhunters.

Both movies were great. I have no idea how I never heard of Mindhunters, but I definitely enjoyed it. And I had to go back in time and rent Rambo since there is a Rambo 4 in the works. And I don’t think I saw any of the Rambo movies.

My grandmother seems to be recovering very well. They took her out of intensive care today so she should be back home soon.

I read on several blogs that Microsoft’s Zune will come to Canada this spring. I don’t know if I should be glad to hear that or not. I mean the Zune might have had a chance against the iPod before the new iPods came out (especially the iPod Touch). It will be interesting to see what happens when it hits the stores. But I am not expecting it to be a big hit in Canada.

Anyways, that’s all I have to say for tonight.

Blogging Without Opening Internet Explorer

As you may already know, there are other ways to blog or post, or whatever you want to call it, without opening up your default web browser. Previously, bloggers had to access their blog site and enter in their username and password in order to add a new entry to their blog site. Now, you have other 3rd party software that you can either download for free or buy over the net that enabled bloggers to create, post, and save their entries without the need to access their blog site.

The ones I constantly use and recommend come from Microsoft. For example, this post I wrote using Microsoft Word 2007. It turns out that Microsoft Office 2007 lets you post to your blog right from Microsoft Word! Just lick the Office button on the top left corner of Microsoft Word, click on "New", select "New blog post", and finally click on the create button. I am pretty sure you will know what to do after that.

The other option you have is downloading Microsoft’s Windows Live Writer. It’s also a free application that is designed specifically for blogging. It has the same look and feel of all Microsoft Office product and it comes with numerous bells and whistles that lets you go crazy over customizing the look of your post.

So choose whatever you are most comfortable with. Personally, I choose blogging from Microsoft Word 2007. I mean, why would I install another application if I already have one that does exactly the same job!

That’s all for now.