Archive for May, 2009


Firefox IE Tab Script Debug Errors


Recently I’ve been working a little bit with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.  It is recommended that Internet Explorer is used to interact with this web based system as it provides the widest and tightest integration and range of features.  Unfortunately I have a strong preference for Mozilla Firefox over Internet Explorer.

However there’s a nice add-on for Firefox that helps me get round the annoyance of having to have two browsers open – IE Tab.  Whilst it is still fundamentally using Internet Explorer, it allows me to set sites to automatically load into a Firefox tab and render a page using the Internet Explorer ‘engine’.  One browser window and no need to remember when to open another browser.

Unfortunately SharePoint seems to play poorly sometimes.  Whilst still fundamentally working I was getting a lot of problems accessing my ‘My Site’  and occasional problems in other areas.  I was plagued by dialog boxes asking me if I would like to debug when trying to move the mouse pointer to click on a link.  So much so that it just seemed to be unusable.

This seems to be a known issue (and looks like it falls back to some poor SharePoint coding), and Microsoft recommend simply turning off the warnings by setting an option in Internet Explorer.  Far from ideal, but it’s not like I can fix the problems for them.

Disable Script Debugging

Disable Script Debugging

To set this, open Internet Explorer, select the tools menu and Internet options… .  Select the Advanced tab and in the browsing section select the “Disable Screen Debugging (Internet Explorer)” option.

Unfortunately the debug messages continue to appear, but they don’t appear in Internet Explorer when it is run outside of Firefox.  I double checked and without this option set Internet Explorer did experience the same issues.

The resolution to the IE Tab in Firefox is however close to hand.  It seems odd at first that the disable option explicitly mentions Internet Explorer.  After all what else would you set an option for…?  Well it looks like there’s a separate option for anything using the Internet Explorer rendering engine outside of the main browser … such as IE Tab.  The option is “Disable Screen Debugging (Other)” and it works like a charm.

So until Microsoft sort out their SharePoint warnings and for all those IE Tab users out there who need to use SharePoint I’d recommend popping into Internet Explorer and setting the script debugging options.


SharePoint Filenames Issue


Today I came across an issue in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007 (a.k.a. MOSS).  I was trying to upload some Microsoft PowerPoint slides into a slide library in a My Site and everything had gone fine with the first presentation, but the second one I tried came up with an error:

1 of 1 slides being published to ... failed

1 of 1 slides being published to ... failed

As you can see this is not a useful message as there’s simply no indication of why the failure occurred.

After a couple of minutes trawling the web I came across a TechNet article that suggested using explorer and uploading using WebDav might overcome this.  I published the slides to a local folder and set them copying to the library through explorer.  Unfortunately this didn’t work either.

An error occurre copying some or all of the selected files.

An error occurred copying some or all of the selected files.

Another meaningless message and still no further towards resolving the issue.

After another five minutes of further hands on and Internet free investigation I found the cause of the issue.  Apparently SharePoint is a bit particular about file names.  If a file name has two successive dots / periods in it, then it won’t allow you to upload it.  I checked this for document and image libraries too.  All libraries are lists in SharePoint, so I’m reasonably confident that it’s an issue across the board.

So if you have a file named “” for example would give you the issue but “” would work just fine.  So if you see an error like those shown above, check your filename and rename it if it has the two successive dots.


Vodafone – My Phone Number


I have a problem with my mobile phone number … I can never remember it because Ivrarely tell it to anyone any more.  So when I do need to tell someone and there’s no one around who can tell me what it is from their phone I have to resort to looking it up on my own phone.  The quickest way I’ve found to do this is to punch in a special Vodafone’s code.

Dial *#100# on the hand set and call/send it.  The hand set will then receive a system information message containing the phone number for the SIM card that is in it.

This is particularly handy if (as in my line of work) you have to deal with lots of  Vodafone SIM cards.


Sony Reader PRS-505 Double Function

Sony PRS-505

The Sony PRS-505 has two card slots

Here’s a little tip for anyone who owns a Sony PRS-505 eBook reader.  It has a couple of expansion slots on it for an SD card and a Sony Memory Stick Pro Duo, and whilst these are intended to allow you to expand the number of books you can carry around there’s a bit of extra functionality you can draw upon here.

Most users of the PRS-505 will charge it from their PC through the mini-USB connection.  Now if you’re quite mobile you’ll probably charge it from your laptop.  The PRS-505 however appears as a mass storage device when you connect it to your PC and this means that the expansion slots also appear as storage devices on your PC.  In Windows this means you will see three drives – one for the PRS-505’s onboard memory and one for each of the two expansion slots.

So if you don’t have built in card readers on your PC, the PRS-505 gives you access to these types of cards.  Handy in a pinch – maybe?