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Windows - Icon Not Showing Correctly Fix

If you find that icons of your applications are not showing correctly on your Windows 7, your Icon Cache may be corrupted. The Icon Cache or IconCache.db is a special database file that Windows uses to make drawing icons of applications faster without having to get from individual application each time.

To be able to get the icons displayed correctly again, IconCache.db has to be rebuilt.
Launch Task Manager.Look for explorer.exe process and end it.Locate IconCache.db and delete it. In Windows 7/8, the IconCache.db file can be found at C:\Users\%Username%\AppData\Local\. (you may need to enable to show hidden files before you can locate IconCache.db).From Task Manager, click on File > New Task (Run).Type explorer.exe and then click on OK button.
Your icons should be back!

Restore Database Backup Over a Network Drive

How do you restore a Microsoft SQL database backup over a network drive without having to download to local? Since the database server is run as a service under an account that often without network access permission, it wouldn't be possible to be able to select the network drive/path when you are performing a restore. Nonetheless, we are not left without workaround.

To restore database backup over a network, you will need to run the following SQL statements using your SQL Management Studio.

--enable to show advanced options EXEC sp_configure 'show advanced options', 1 GO --apply changes for show advanced options RECONFIGURE GO --enable xp_cmdshell EXEC sp_configure 'xp_cmdshell', 1 GO --apply changes for xp_cmdshell RECONFIGURE GO --replace network path, username and password accordingly EXEC xp_cmdshell 'NET USE Z: \\SERVER\Path password /USER:Domain\Username' GO
Once the above are executed, you should be able to choose Z:\ network drive to restore your da…

TED: Pope Francis - Why the only future worth building includes everyone

Installing Oracle Complaining Missing dr0ulib.sql.sbs

When installing Oracle Database 12c Release 1, you may encounter an error complaining missing dr0ulib.sql.sbs file. You will be stuck no matter how many times you hit on Retry button. It just won't proceed!

To resolve this issue, you will need to do this:

Abort installation.Copy all folders and files in your \winx64_12102_SE2_database_2of2\database\stage\Components\ folder to \winx64_12102_SE2_database_1of2\database\stage\Components\.Initiate installation again.
Please do not ask me why the need for this silly step. It is just how Oracle package their installation files. I would recommend them doing a ISO file instead of doing 2 ZIP files!

SharePoint 2013 Site Template ID List for PowerShell

If you are creating a new SharePoint site collection using PowerShell, you can specify the template to be applied. To do that, PowerShell expects you to provide the Template ID. The following is a list of template ids which may come handy.

Template IDTitleGLOBAL#0Global templateSTS#0Team SiteSTS#1Blank SiteSTS#2Document WorkspaceMPS#0Basic Meeting WorkspaceMPS#1Blank Meeting WorkspaceMPS#2Decision Meeting WorkspaceMPS#3Social Meeting WorkspaceMPS#4Multipage Meeting WorkspaceCENTRALADMIN#0Central Admin SiteWIKI#0Wiki SiteBLOG#0BlogSGS#0Group Work SiteTENANTADMIN#0Tenant Admin SiteAPP#0App TemplateAPPCATALOG#0App Catalog SiteACCSRV#0Access Services SiteACCSRV#1Assets Web DatabaseACCSRV#3Charitable Contributions Web DatabaseACCSRV#4Contacts Web DatabaseACCSRV#5Projects Web DatabaseACCSRV#6Issues Web DatabaseACCSVC#0Access Services Site InternalACCSVC#1Access Services SiteBDR#0Document CenterDEV#0Developer SiteDOCMARKETPLACESITE#0Academic LibraryEDISC#0eDiscovery CenterEDISC#1eDiscovery Ca…

8 ways to spot fake news

Fake news is nothing new and it has got worse recently. With social media, fake and bogus stories can reach more people more quickly than before in the past.

Here are 8 ways to spot fake news:
Consider the sourceRead beyond the headlineCheck the authorWhat's the support?Check the dateIs this some kind of joke?Check your biasesConsult the experts» How to Spot Fake News | FactCheck.Org

James Comey's farewell letter - In full

James Comey was fired, by U.S. President Donald Trump, from his position as FBI director, because Trump felt Comey was not doing a good job. The firing received several criticisms for its timing and it raises all kinds of questions especially as the FBI is reportedly ramping up its investigation of Trump associates' connections to Russia.

James Comey's farewell letter - in full:

To all:

I have long believed that a President can fire an FBI Director for any reason, or for no reason at all. I'm not going to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed.

I hope you won't either. It is done, and I will be fine, although I will miss you and the mission deeply.

I have said to you before that, in times of turbulence, the American people should see the FBI as a rock of competence, honesty, and independence.

What makes leaving the FBI hard is the nature and quality of its people, who together make it that rock for America.

It is very hard to leave a group of people who a…

Facebook is down

What can get more worse for some for not able to update their Facebook status to inform the world that Facebook is down? Yes, Facebook is down, at least for me in Singapore as of now May 9, 2017, 09:41 AM (GMT +8).


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How Interest Rate Changes Affect REITs?

I chance upon an article on how interest rate changes affect Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and thought of sharing this article to my readers.

In this article, it wrote how REITs react to 2 main factors:- (1) Cost of borrowing changes; and (2) Attractiveness of REIT as an investment asset versus alternative investments. The writer concludes interest rate is a factor, but REIT returns are influenced more by the following instead:

Economic growth, population growth, demand and supply dynamics, manufacturing production, jobs demand and supplyValuation of the REITManager's Competency
» How Interest Rate Changes Affect REITs | Investment Moats

Rights of a passenger on-board a flight

After seeing how the 69 year old Asian man was rough handled for refusing to leave the overbooked United Airlines plane to make room for additional crew members and hearing most if not all airlines reserve every rights to denial passengers, I decided to read up if such conditions exist.

An excerpt lifted from the 'Conditions of Carriage' of one random airliner:

Notice of refusal to carry you

We will be entitled to refuse to carry you and your Baggage if we have notified you in writing that we will not carry you on our services. The notice will give details of the period for which it will apply and will ask you not to make a Booking or ask or allow anyone to do so for you. If you try to travel while the notice is in force, we will refuse to carry you.

Overbooking

If you are denied boarding due to overbooking of a scheduled flight for which you have a Booking, we will try to get you to your destination within a reasonable time of your original scheduled arrival time. If we do not,…

Passenger Dragged Out of United Airlines Plane

A passenger was forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight, bound for Louisville from Chicago, by law enforcement security officers after refusing to give up his seat. The aircraft was said to have been overbooked and additional crew members were needed to be on-board to link up for another flight in Louisville. The airline first seek for volunteers to deplane by offering $800 as compensation. When no volunteers stood out, the airline began randomly selecting passengers to be deplaned and that's when things turned ugly.

Chicago Aviation Security Officers were called in to remove an Asian man after the man resisted and refused to cooperate. The following video showed just how the man was being handled.

WARNING: Footage may be disturbing:


Shortly after the above video went viral on the Internet, the United Airlines CEO, Oscar Munoz, posted a letter to its employees and the letter clearly is short of an apology to the passenger:

Dear Team,

Like you, I was upset to see and hear abou…

How to Follow the Obama and Others

Donald J Trump is now the 45th President of the United States of America and has taken over the various social media accounts
@POTUS (Twitter), POTUS (Facebook)@FLOTUS (Twitter), FLOTUS (Facebook)@WhiteHouse (Twitter), @WhiteHouse (Instagram), WhiteHouse (Facebook) Given Trump's 20.8 million followers on his @realDonaldTrump Twitter account, he should still be tweeting from this account.

The tweets and posts from the Obama Administration are not lost and should you are still interested to follow and view them, here you are!
@POTUS44 (Twitter), POTUS44 (Facebook)@FLOTUS44 (Twitter), FLOTUS44 (Facebook)@ObamaWhiteHouse (Twitter), @ObamaWhiteHouse (Instagram), ObamaWhiteHouse (Facebook) Social media accounts from the Obama Administration are now archived and I would think no new posts may come from them anymore. If you want to follow what Team Obama is up to, you can follow them on Twitter at @BarackObama, @MichelleObama and @ObamaFoundation.

VIDEO: President Obama’s Farewell Address

GrabCar Cancellation Policy Not Protecting Passengers

I quote the Terms Of Use for GrabCar below.


Judge for yourself. Cancellation Fee Policy of $2 does not protect passengers at all! I personally had to cancel a booking due to driver never turning up despite I having tried to contact the missing driver. There is just no way for passengers to provide a valid reason to justify the cancellation. Feeling annoyed by the driver's behaviour, I raised a ticket to GrabCar on Dec 20 and the only reply from them was an automatic reply 5 days later telling me they are overwhelmed with tickets and what I could do is either drop my ticket, contact via phone or reply the email, followed by a "guaranteed" resolution in yet another 5 days' time.

After having said so many, let's just hope the few black sheep can be more professional.

Li Chun (立春) - Best day and time to deposit money in Chinese New Year 2017

One of the first timetable detailing the ideal auspicious time for people to do a bank deposit on Li Chun (立春) is publihshed by a Fengshui expert.


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