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Outlook Express - refusing to receive email, using POP3

July 19th, 2008


A client called in today - email was refusing to download in to Outlook Express, using POP3.

I replicated the email setup on one of my office computers and it worked fine. Then he brought his laptop to my office and we tried downloading email using my Internet Service Provider. It worked for a few minutes and failed again. The error was: “An uknown error has occurred. No error number: 0×800C0133″

After confirming with my server admins that nothing was causing a fault on the servers, I decided to do a little research. Here’s what I found out:


Outlook Express stores all email in a folder. On a Windows XP machine, it is typically in C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{<hex>}\Microsoft\Outlook Express.
In here are files with file extentions of DBX - Inbox.dbx, Outbox.dbx, Sent Items.dbx - you get the drift. Now, apparently, Outlook Express doesn’t like email database files being larger than 2 GB or so. My client’s Inbox.dbx file was 1.99 GB.

I shut down Outlook Express, renamed Inbox.dbx to Inbox Backup.dbx.
- Then I restarted Outlook Express.
- Outlook Express automatically re-creates the missing Inbox.dbx file.
- The Inbox folder is now empty in Outlook Express.
- Then, I right-clicked on Local Folders and created a New Folder called “Old Inbox“.
- Close Outlook Express again.
- Delete the Old Inbox.dbx file and rename Inbox Backup.dbx to Old Inbox.dbx
- Start Outlook Express again.

All your old email will be in the Old Inbox folder and fresh email will be received in the empty Inbox folder.

Additional Notes:

If this post helps you in resolving a similar issue, do post a comment! :)

Royal Enfield

July 18th, 2008

The first few pics of my machine :) (though she’s almost 7 months old now)

Review of my HP TX1003AU Tablet PC

June 30th, 2007

I recently bought HP’s new tablet PC - the TX1003 AU. I’ve been using it for about a month now and it’s been quite fabulous. The basic features are:

Processor AMD Turion(tm) 64 X2 Mobile TL-52 (1.6 GHz with 1 MB Level 2 cache)
Memory 1024 MB (1 GB) DDR2 667 MHz (max. 2 GB)
Hard Disk 120 GB SATA 5400 RPM
Optical Drive Lightscribe Super Multi DVD Writer (+R/-R/+RW/-RW) with Double Layer support
Card Reader 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, or xD Picture cards
Modem 56K High Speed modem
LAN 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
Wireless Technologies 802.11 a/b/g WLAN
Bluetooth Integrated Bluetooth
External I/O Ports 1 VGA port; 3 USB 2.0 ports; 1 RJ 11; 1 RJ 45; S-video TV out; 1 Microphone-in; Stereo headphone with SPDIF, Additional headphone jack, Expansion Port for xb3000, 2 Consumer IR
Expansion Slots One ExpressCard/34 slot
Display 12.1″ WXGA High-Definition HP BrightView Widescreen Display with Integrated Touch-screen
Display Resolution 1280 x 800
Video Adapter NVIDIA(r) GeForce(tm) Go 6150
Control Panel HP QuickPlay dedicated menu controls, music and DVD buttons along with a remote contol.
Internal Audio 3D Sound Blaster Pro compatible sound 16 bit integrated
Speakers and Microphone Altec Lansing(r) integrated speakers with Integrated Microphones
Keyboard Next Generation 12-inch Compact Keyboard
Pointing Device Touch Pad with On/Off button and 2-way scroll with 8 Quick Launch Buttons
Webcam HP Pavilion WebCam
Security Fingerprint Reader

Tablet PC The first thing I did was upgrade the memory to 2 GB. The sad thing is that this baby comes pre-loaded with Windows Vista and there are no drivers available for any other operating system, even on HP’s site. Anyway, once I got past that fact the features of this tablet have kinda swept me off my feet.

First of all the integrated Finger-Print Reader saves me a lot of time everyday, cause I don’t have to type in my password to log into Windows, websites, messengers and many other applications that may require authentication. After the initial setup, all I have to do is swipe my finger and I’m logged in.

Volume Controls Another great feature is that the volume controls are a separate set of buttons just above the ESC, F1 and F2 keys. Unlike my older laptop, where I have to hold a key combination to mute or increase/decrease the volume, it’s much easier to have access to specifically assigned buttons to do this job.

The integrated speakers on the TX1003AU are attached to the bottom of the screen. Manufactured by Altec Lansing, the sound quality is quite amazing - crystal clear and loud. They lack a little bass, but heck - it’s a tablet PC - not a boombox. There are 2 microphones integrated at the top of the screen, which are supposed to provide better clarity or something, but I’ve not noticed much of a difference from my older laptop which has only one microphone. Anyway, the mics are well positioned and optimal for voice chatting or making VoIP calls.

Remote Control The mini Remote Control is an awesome feature - just great to watch movies or play music sitting away from the tablet. I just plug it to my Creative sound system and 19″ TFT ;) and it’s movie time!

Tablet and Stylus Now, for the best part - the screen of the HP TX1003AU, that normally looks like a laptop, swivels 180 degrees and goes flat down to become a tablet. Pop out the stylus and I have full touch screen control, including handwriting recognition and drawing capabilities. The touch screen features can be used even when the tablet screen is in it’s normal position - but it becomes useful when it’s swiveled into a tablet. The screen is remarkably sharp and is great for my long hours of work.

WiFi Switch The WiFi ON/OFF switch is located on the right hand side, on the front panel and is easily accessible. The range seems quite good right now, I get network signals from 2 houses away through the walls - but that could be because they have wooden houses here in Toronto. I will have to check the strength again when I’m back in Goa.

Headphones and Touch Pad There is a small touchpad ON/OFF switch just above the touchpad and is quite useful when typing, so that the cursor doesn’t jump, if I accidentally touch the pad. It is a very unique touchpad that blends smoothly into the body of the laptop and only has dots on it to show its existence.

There are 2 headphone sockets on the front panel - so 2 people can watch a movie or listen to music at the same time, while in a quiet zone, like a plane or the like.

Lastly, the battery - after about a month of charging and discharging the battery, as I use the tablet on battery as much as I use it on AC power, I still get about 3 hours of battery time. If I’m running some heavy application like playing a DVD or a game, then I get a little less than 2 hours of battery time.

So, overall, a great buy at just Rs. 63,000 - a whole load of features and amazing performance. This tablet seems to be just perfect for my business and personal life.

Successful server migration

April 26th, 2007

Yes, it’s been a while since my last post. I’ve been busy :p

We have shifted all our website hosting to a new server at The Planet - one of the world’s largest server farms - in Texas. Server details are:

  • 2 x Dual-Core 2.4 GHz Xeon Processors (with 4MB cache each)
  • 4 GB DDR RAM
  • 1 TB SATA Hard Disks with RAID 1+0 structure
  • 99.99% uptime SLA guarantee
  • UPS and generator backup

We will be revising the hosting rates soon.

We have also signed up with DirectI as resellers for domain registration, so check out the updated prices - the lowest in Goa!

Besides all the website migration that’s been happening, we are also working on website development projects - which I’m hoping to get completed by the end of May.

Download speeds (Kbps vs. KBps)

March 22nd, 2007

Over the last few months, a lot of people have been grumbling about how they have 256 Kbps and higher speed internet lines and yet they only get 32 Kbps download speeds… First of all, it’s KBps :) .. Let me elaborate on this a little to make it understandable to all the non-geeks!

Network connection speed is usually measured in Kbps, which stands for kilobits per second.
Your browser or download tool usually shows you the speed in KBps, which stands for kiloBytes per second.

A bit is a single unit (0 or 1)
1 Byte consists of 8 bits

So, if you do the math, your download speed of 32 kiloBytes per second is actually 32 Bytes x 8 bits = 256 kilobits per second.

So, yes, you’re not being robbed or cheated.

THINKTANK Advertising

March 20th, 2007

In 1999, I started off as a graphic designer. Since then, I’ve shifted my focus more to web development, S.E.O. and the like.

8 years later - I continue to run one of Goa’s largest and most successful web hosting and web development house.

I come to realize though, that the quality of graphic designing in the Goan market sucks! Newspaper advertisements are so clichéd and boring and generate no interest level in the reader. Except for a few adverts that come from Bombay-based ad-gurus, the rest should just be thrown into the bin without a second thought.

This called for the birth of Warrenasia’s latest venture - THINKTANK - an advertising motive that will take a bite out of your competition. That’s our aim here at Warrenasia - letting our client lead the way, so far ahead, that their competition has a hard time trying to keep up.

We do it on the web, with technologies like S.E.O. (which involves many days of research and understanding human psychology to target the right keywords for our clients), and, now, we’re brimming with confidence to do something similar on print.

In the last couple of days, we’ve got our stationary and other material ready and, also, organized the squad who will handle THINKTANK. We should be storming the market in a couple of days. Watch out! :)


Creating a FAT32 partition that’s larger than 32 GB

March 14th, 2007

Hard DiskProblem:

Windows XP doesn’t allow you to format a drive larger than 32 GB in FAT32 - you would essentially need to format it in NTFS. But sometimes, we need to format a large drive in FAT32 - specially external hard disks that we would plug into different computers at different points of time, and NTFS security permissions shouldn’t stop us from reading/writing data.


You could either use a third-party disk partitioning program like Partition Magic, that would allow you to do the needful or you could just pop in an MS-DOS boot disk. Yes, DOS! :)

Warning: The procedure below will erase all existing data from your hard disk.

  • Restart your computer, booting through a CD or floppy, to DOS
  • At the DOS prompt, type fdisk and Hit ENTER
  • Answer Y to answer questions
  • fdisk is pretty self-explanatory, so just create the partitions you want/need
  • Now, exit fdisk
  • At the DOS prompt, type format d: (if D is the drive that needs to be formatted)
  • format will run for a while and there you have it - a partition larger than 32 GB and in FAT32.

Additional Notes:

Though some experts say that the maximum size for a FAT32 partition can be 2 TB, I’m not absolutely sure about it. Microsoft says that fdisk can create a partition upto a maximum of 512 GB. You would probably need to use a third-party application to create a larger partition.

I have created single FAT32 partitions on a 40 GB Samsung, a 60 GB Maxtor and an 80 GB Western Digital. Anyone who’s created any other size FAT32 partitions, do let me know.

Cannot defragment your drive in Windows XP

March 13th, 2007


You keep getting an error message when trying to defragment a drive, saying that chkdsk is scheduled to run for a particular disk at the next startup and so defrag cannot run; but chkdsk doesn’t run at startup. It could be possible that the dirty bit is set for that drive and you’re gonna have to follow the steps below to fix it:


  1. Open a command prompt window (START > RUN > type cmd > hit ENTER)
  2. Type fsutil dirty query c: (if C is the drive that’s not defragmenting)
  3. This will tell you if the dirty bit is set for that particular drive
  4. Next type chkntfs /x c:
  5. Restart your computer
  6. Open a command prompt window again.
  7. Type chkdsk /f /r c: to do a manual check of your disk
  8. Once chkdsk has completed, type fsutil dirty query c: again and it should confirm that the dirty bit is no longer set.

You should, now, be able to defrag your drive! :)

Additional Notes:

We encountered this problem on an HP laptop a few days ago and fixed it. We’ve not seen this problem too often in the past though.

Another AMD at Warrenasia

March 13th, 2007

So I just got another AMD machine! :) And this one’s a beauty…

  • an AM2 socket 3000+ processor
  • ASUS M2N-MX board with an nVidia chipset
  • 1 GB of DDR2 RAM - running at 533 Mhz

And that’s not all. For the first time, I’ve fallen in love with the cabinet - an 8.5 KG silver/black beauty. As x3t put it - a nuclear bunker!

Anyway, I’ve not got a chance to work on it too much yet - I’m still on my older 939-pin AMD (with 2 GB RAM ;))

Once I’ve run all the tests on the nuclear bunker, I’ll post my findings here.

Till then, peace!