Loan a stranger your hard earned money without interest or payback guarantee (no kidding!)

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As you may or may not know Muhammad Yunus and his Grameen Bank was awarded the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts with micro credits (or microloans or microfinance) in Bangladesh.

Now you too can support a small business in the developing world! Just go to www.kiva.org and select a business you would like to support.

You will be paid no interest and there is no guarantee that you will ever get your money back, even though chances are high:

So far, Kiva has experienced a 100% repayment rate on all businesses with completed loan terms.

Prior to Kiva, our Field Partners have historically experienced a >96% repayment rate with the poor they serve.

In the past 30 years, over 100 million of the world’s poor have received a micro-loan and demonstrated a >95% repayment rate.

You can lend from USD 25 (with credit card or bank transfer through PayPal) and up and you will recieve status reports on how your investment is going.

I loaned $25 to Sophia Nasoro from Tanzania who wants to borrow a total of $1000 to grow her catering business.

So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and loan some money today!



Things I can and cannot get to work in Vista and Office 2007

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I just upgraded my laptop running XP to Office 2007 and I’ve also started using my new desktop computer running Vista and Office 2007.

These are a few things that have bugged me and how I made them work (or not):

1) I could no longer run my macros in Outlook 2007.
Whenever I went in to Tools – Macro – Macros, selected my macro and hit run I would end up in the Visual Basic editor with an error message saying “The macros in this project are disabled. Please refer to the online help or documentation of the host application to determine how to enable macros.”
I went in to Tools – Macro – Macro Security and first changed from the default “Warnings for signed macros; all unsigned macros are disabled” to “Warnings for all macros” and finally to “No security check for macros” but I still could not get the macros to run.
In spite of a lot of Googling I found nothing. Then I realized I hadn’t tried trick no 1 in the book: Restart Outlook. And of course that was the solution. 😉
(Note to Microsoft: Please add a “Outlook needs to be restarted” message. Note to myself: Don’t be so stupid next time around)

A good thing in Outlook 2007 is that I no longer get the “A program is trying to access e-mail addresses you have stored in Outlook. Do you want to allow this? … Allow for x minutes”. I assume they have gotten rid of this annoying message and replaced with some security feature that does not require user intervention.

2) Desktop Search 3.0 had my hard drive indicator constantly lit up for 24 hours
After installing Office 2007 on my laptop I activated the built-in search functionality which requires me to download and install Windiows Desktop Search (WDS) 3.0.
After installing WDS my hard drive starts working overtime with the hard disk indicator constantly lit. Needless to say working with any programs is very slow or does not work at all.
I Googled the processes searchindexer.exe and searchprotocol.exe and get the advice to shut down the Windows Search service but it restarts after awhile. After trying various things I figure that maybe it just needs to finish indexing and almost 24 hours later the hard drive indiciator finally goes blank and my 85000+ documents (according to the WDS Indexing status window) are indexed.

So the problem was that 1) the indexing is slow, and 2) it takes up too much resources when you’re using the computer (in my case a Celeron laptop running XP with 1.5GB memory).

As I remember it, WDS 2 it only ran when you were not using the computer at all. WDS 3 runs all the time even though the Indexing status window says “Indexing speed is reduced while you use your computer”. There really should be more settings when you want WDS to run.

Big plus for WDS 3 though: It works! 🙂 At least this far. WDS 2 did not (see previous posts).

3) I cannot Copy and Paste files to/from Remote Desktop (RDC) when I’m running Vista
Copy and Paste of text works fine. My remote server is running Windows 2003. My guess is this has to do with some new fancy security setting in Vista but I have not yet found a solution. Any tips are greatly appreciated.
[Update: I got it working, and I think this is actually the way it works in XP too: You need to share a drive to make drag/drop or copy/paste of files work. When you start Remote Desktop, before you connect, click Options – Local Resources – More and then check Drives.]

Summer time is here! But not for Kiss…

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Summer time is here. At least for your clock.
Up north in Stockholm, Sweden where I live, there will be at least two more months before summer. We have had a very short winter this year and the last snow melted away a couple of weeks ago. Today the sun came out and it’s about 10 degrees celcius – if not summer then at least spring is here!

But no summer time for Kiss DP-558, my favourite piece of hitech equipment 😉
You have to manually go into setup and change time zone from CET to CEST. New this time however (maybe thanks to firmware 1.1.7?) is that I don’t have to reschedule any recordings, they change automatically.

BC30456: InitializeCulture is not a member of xxx

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Lately I’ve been getting this error on one of my ASP.NET 2.0 web sites: BC30456: ‘InitializeCulture’ is not a member of xxx

I’ve been getting it intermittently, ie. sometimes the page works fine and sometimes all I get is this error. I’ve been troubleshooting it for awhile but it finally looks like I have gotten a grip on it, much thanks to this MSDN thread.

This is what worked for me:

  • Deleted a “Backup” folder that I kept in Visual Studio (but never copied to my production Web Server). In the Backup folder I kept copies if various apsx pages. Apparently you should not have multiple aspx pages referencing the same code file.
  • Deleted the Bin folder on the Web Server before copying a new precompiled version there. Turned out I had lots of outdated bin files on the Web Server.

I have not yet installed Visual Studio 2005 SP1 (Service Pack) maybe this is something that is also solved there.