Archive for August, 2011

Temporarily map a folder into Dropbox

August 29, 2011

Without comment, so far:

C:\Users\steier\Documents\GooDocs\Privat\Dropbox>mklink /J E-PraktSS2011 “C:\Users\steier\Documents\GooDocs\Arbeit\Lehre\Praktikum\Elektronikpraktikum\SS2011”

… and DropBox syncs local  folder “C:\Users\steier\Documents\GooDocs\Arbeit\Lehre\Praktikum\Elektronikpraktikum\SS2011” to Dropbox folder “E-PraktSS2011”.

Oops… does not re-sync when files are changed on Vista!What I wrote to the blog where is saw this hint:

  • Der Artikel ist Desinformation. Wie DropBox und symbolische Links under Windows funktionieren, kann’ snicht gehen: Dropbox erfährt eben nicht, wenn sich hinter einem symlink was ändert. Schade, dass Leute sowas schreiben und es nicht ausprobieren. Nur wenn man die synchronisierung pausiert und wieder fortsetzt, wird der Ordner neu nach Änderungen durchsucht.Der richtige Tip kommt von Lustikus: die Originaldaten in den Dropbox-Folder, und vom ursprünglichen Platz einen Symlink (wahrscheinlich besser eine Junktion?) einrichten.Im Web sind sich die Leute nicht einig, wie man Windows symlinks richtig löscht; ich kann die Junctions in den Papierkorb werfen, und die Daten sind auf der Dropbox immer noch da. Wenn ich in die Junction aber hineingehe (durch anklicken), bin ich eben wirklich im Dropbox Folder, und wenn ich dort was lösche, verschwindet es von der Dropbox!

What you have to do is move the original data into the dropbox folder, and then create the symlink from the previous position. This info is from

http://wiki.dropbox.com/TipsAndTricks/SyncOtherFolders and http://forums.dropbox.com/topic.php?id=19704

However, if you move or rename the folder in the dropbox, it will no longer be found through the symlink. And there are other problems, e.g. AlwaySync will follow the Junction like a Directory, and copy the files twice to the backup, which smells like data loss…

On Android, the dropbox app does not autosync files; the third-party app dropsync seems to use the time stamp as only criterion for changes. Also this is bound to fail. Apparently, the cloud is still a construction area with a lot of danger for my data.

Windows Media Player 11 won’t open

August 19, 2011

The following solution from http://forums.cnet.com/7726-6644_102-2532473.html?tag=posts;msg2532473:

Windows Media Player 11 won’t open – Solution!

I had the same problem and I believe I have solved the problem. Follow the instructions below:

1. Click Start, click Accessories, the right click on Command Prompt and choose “run as administrator”, then type regsvr32 jscript.dll, and then hit enter.

2. Type regsvr32 vbscript.dll then hit enter.

3. Now type exit and hit enter. Now try media player and it should work.

And again samba over ssh broken

August 9, 2011

This time, the log in putty only shows:

2011-08-02 16:53:22    Local port 10.0.0.137:139 forwarding to lehre4:139
2011-08-02 16:53:22    Local port 10.0.0.137:445 forwarding to lehre4:139

2011-08-02 16:55:47    Opening forwarded connection to lehre4:139
2011-08-02 16:55:47    Forwarded port closed

I will try to debug this; grmpf. Once in the meantime, I had the same problem; it disappeared when I removed some windows update with system restore. This time I cannot try that before even the oldest available restore point has the same problem. Unfortunately, I had not tried to use the samba for some time.

Oops – I myself have broken my script to grap the loopback adapters ports before vista can do it – I had moved all my docs for automatic cloud sync into a “GooDocs” folder; so the link in the scheduler was broken. I repair it.