2014-08-22 @ 10:09: How to fix your Kobo ebook reader if it’s not responding anymore BugsDoxTools

If your Kobo ebook reader suddenly stops responding due to too many ebooks you may want to try the SQLite Database Browser, which is a great piece of open-source software, to cleanup the Kobo’s database by removing all references to any ebooks. Since you only remove the references the ebooks will still be available, but the Kobo is forced to reindex the ebooks. For a clean shot you may want to move the ebooks to your harddisk before cleaning up the database. Maybe it’s also possible to force reindexing by just deleting the database, but I guess this will be the same as resetting your Kobo to factory defaults, which is not desired, and I haven’t tried this, yet.

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2011-02-08 @ 16:41: Localization of resource-names in Windows Vista and Seven Dox

With the end of Windows XP Microsoft started to heavily use localized resource-names in Windows in order to make work easier for people (e.g. “Program Files” folder is named “Programme” in german Windows). While this folder exists on german Windows XP and older only, on Windows Vista and above it does not exist any more. Instead there’s a folder “Program Files” just as on english systems, but with a “desktop.ini” file which contains a reference to the german localization string inside the “shell32.dll”. In addition Microsoft created a symbolic link named “Programme” which points to “Program Files”. This link cannot be opened from Explorer. If you try to open it you get an error message complaining about access restrictions.

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