Restore a Missing Personal User Folder in Vista

I double as the IT department at work because I’m geeky. My boss’ wife had some issues on vista because she had created multiple desktop and document folders. I’m posting this if I ever need this information again.

To restore a personal user folder if it has been deleted, in the wrong location, or is missing from your C:\Users\(user name) or Start menu location:

1. Open the Start menu.

2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type in the shell command for the missing Personal User folder and press Enter.

User Folder Shell Command
Contacts shell:Contacts
Desktop shell:desktop
Documents shell:Personal
Downloads shell:downloads
Favorites shell:Favorites
Links shell:Links
Music shell:My Music
Pictures shell:My Pictures
Saved Games shell:SavedGames
Searches shell:Searches
Videos shell:My Video

Picasa 3 beta (windows only)

Again, Google continues to carry out its mission: to try to take over the world.

I’ve just downloaded the Picasa 3 beta. You can now make movies, take screenshots and webcam shots, add watermarks and print captions. It also comes with a new photo viewer that looks like this:

Hey, the easter egg still works! Anyone else trying out the beta?

Google Chrome Beta Download (Windows Only)

Edit: Sept. 3, 2008
me: i miss my adblocker
joey: it has adblock
joey: doesn’t it
joey: o wait it doesn’t
joey: lol it doesnt’ block google ads

oh, and type about:internets into the address bar to get a fun little animation.

If you haven’t heard the news, Google released its own browser today. Google Chrome – Download. Anyone try it out yet? You can check out the comic book or more features in video form.

Geek gifts and Bond

Hmm, my page had a breakdown yesterday.  The only thing that would load was the background.  I contacted Dreamhost and they fixed it.  Apparently there’s some trouble with wp-cache turned on when you upgrade to PHP 5.1.2.  Now if only I can get my page to load faster…WordPress plays kinda slow with Dreamhost.


Look, gifts under $77, courtesy of Core77.

Speaking of gifts, I like this guide for buying gifts for geeks.

  1. If a brand is listed and/or mentioned – name means everything. There’s a big difference between “any DVD burner” and “any Sony DVD burner.” Chances are, the geeks have done their homework – and they typically know what’s good and what’s not.
  2. Removable media was not created equal. Find out ahead of time what kind of removable media your geek wants, needs, and loves – because a Memory Stick port simply was not designed to accomodate an SD card.
  3. Anything less than a gig isn’t all that great these days. Sure, the corner store may be selling 32 megabyte CompactFlash cards, but that’s not going to do your geek much good. If you can’t score a geek.
  4. Unless otherwise noted, accounts and gift certificates are the suck. Here’s the prime problem with gift certificates: the only one who gets the gift is the store from which you purchased the certificate. Trust me, even if your geek hasn’t told you what s/he wants or needs, you simply need to dig deeper and listen longer.
  5. Form a gift guild. If many items on a geek’s wish list are too pricey for your pocketbook, instead of settling on a stack of CDs you can talk to other friends and family members and consider combining funds to get a single gift. One “awesome” thing is 100x better than three “okay” things.

Hehe…I like #5.  I seem to always buy “big” gifts for myself.  I don’t buy a lot of little things.


Oh, I’ve been meaning to post about the latest Bond film.

I saw it right before Thanksgiving. The film is a little long, but definitely worth watching, even if I had paid full price.  I must say that Daniel Craig is one buff bond. Haha.  Not as smooth as Pierce Brosnan, but I guess that’s the image they were after–the beginning of bond.  I did get a chance to do read up about the opening chase sequence.  It contains a lot of moves from a French discipline called Parkour, a sort of extreme urban sport, similar to the techniques of Jackie Chan.