How To Sync The Fifa World Cup 2014 Schedule With Your Personal Calendar

The Fifa World Cup 2014 has arrived! Here’s how to track the tournament and how to sync the latest and updated World Cup schedule on your device – Phone, Tablet or PC.

Sky Sports have offered the facility to add all the World Cup schedules to your calendar and keep track of it. Most of the steps are mentioned clearly there, however if you feel lost, here’s a bit more detailed process for the same.

Head over to the below Sky Sports link.

http://www1.skysports.com/FIFA-World-Cup-2014/news/15241/9066717/world-cup-calendar.

Copy the below webcal link.

webcal://www1.skysports.com/calendars/football/fixtures/competitions/worldcup

1. Google Calendar

Open Google Calendar. Click on the arrow button next to the section ‘Other Calendar’. Select the option ‘Add by URL’ and enter the webcal address given above.

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The new World Cup Fixtures calendar will now be added under Other calendars section.

To sync the same in the Google Calendar app in your Android phone, open up the app, press the Menu button, go to Settings, select your gmail address, and tick the World Cup Fixtures in the list. Now go back to the calendar view, and all the fixtures should now be appearing in the calendar.

2. iOS Devices

For iOS devices, go to SettingsMail, Contacts, CalendarsAdd AccountOther. Select ‘Add Subscribed Calendar‘. Copy and paste the webcal address in the Server field.

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Click Next and in the next page, keep the option ‘Use SSL‘ turned OFF, and go ahead to save the settings. The new calendar should now be synced.

3. MS Outlook

To add the new calendar in MS Outlook, go to the Calendar section, find the Manage Calendars group, then click on Open Calendar and select From Internet. Enter the webcal address in the box and click OK.

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Now the new calendar will be visible under the Other Calendar section.

 

For full schedule of the Fifa World Cup 2014, head over to the below official Fifa website link

http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/

 

Root for your favorite team, and may the best team win!

 

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How to Fix ‘Unspecified Error’ When Launching Google Chrome

Now, this one is a strange issue. I haven’t figured out what causes this error and when it started to appear. I have been using Chrome from the beginning and all of a sudden it just started to pop up the below message when I click on the Chrome shortcut icon in taskbar. The application simply wouldn’t launch from there!

Chrome Unspecified error

So how do we fix it ???

I did a random check on the possible folders and in registry and see if anything is wrong there, but nothing much popped up. But one thing I did notice is that the exe name of the application has changed from chrome.exe to new_chrome.exe which is quite strange. I checked the properties of the taskbar shortcut and the target path is indeed pointing to the same folder. I got the above error when I try to launch from the taskbar shortcut, however I was still able to launch the application if I go to the physical location “C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\” and launch the new_chrome.exe.

I checked in registry and searched for both chrome.exe and new_chrome.exe, and found that there are almost identical registry entries and keys for both the file names.

So here’s what I did/tried. I’m not sure if this fix works for those who still have the exe name shown as chrome.exe itself instead of new_chrome.exe

1. Browse to the location “C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\” and rename the file new_chrome.exe to simply chrome.exe

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2. Right-click the Chrome shortcut in the taskbar and open Properties. Go to the Shortcut tab. In the Target field, skip to the end of the file path and change the file name from new_chrome.exe to chrome.exe. Click OK and close.

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Now, click on the taskbar shortcut. Chrome should launch as usual which it did for me.

The Chrome icon returned too to the original one!

How to Fix ‘File Path Too Long’ Error While Copying, Deleting or Opening Files, Without Using Third Party Applications

This is an error you might have experienced more at work than at home. You decided to copy a file or take a backup of it to another location or drive, you browse to the source location and starts copying. But you get this error, instead.

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Why does it come?

There is a pre-defined character limit beyond which you cannot name a file or folder, and it varies from one OS to another. Mostly it varies between 256 and 260 characters. This is the character limit for a file name, which excludes the file path under which it is located, like “C:\Documents and Settings\Test User\Desktop\test file.txt”. But, when you copy a file from one location, it takes into account the entire file path. So, if the file is residing under a folder which is too deep or too long, that has a length beyond the set-limit, you will get errors like the ones shown above.

How do I know that the file path length is causing the issue?

  • One way you will know is definitely from the error messages similar to the ones above which clearly mentions the problem.
  • Some other times, it won’t. You will simply get a message saying ‘Cannot Copy’ in the title.
  • Or, some other times, the files won’t open properly. They would open and close instantly without giving any errors.
  • Also when you right-click such files, the number of options available in the right-click menu would also be limited compared to other files.

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All these are caused by those incredibly long file paths.

So, how can I copy the files or fix this issue?

There are a couple of ways you can fix this easily without the use of any 3rd party applications.

  1. Check the folder path, and shorten some of the folder names in between thereby reducing the file path length. You don’t necessarily need to put the folder name as ‘Mission Impossible Three’ when you can still recognize it as ‘MI 3.’
  2. The main thing many people miss when they save a file or folder their Desktop is that the actual path to that folder in desktop is either ‘C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Desktop’ or ‘C:\Users\%username%\Desktop’ depending on your OS. So as you can see, its already longer than you thought it is. Go to Start — Run and type ‘cmd‘ and press OK, or click start/press windows key and type ‘Command Prompt‘. Once in the command prompt window, type the following command :

subst V: “C:\TheRidiculouslyLongFolderNameWhichYouDontNeedAtAll” ,

where

subst = substitute command

V = a drive letter of my choice, you can select your own.

C:\TheRidiculouslyLongFolderNameWhichYouDontNeedAtAll = the file path you want to shorten. Change it according to your situation.

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So, basically this command would convert the entire folder path you provide in the command, into a single temporary drive letter, like V in this case, which gets created in My Computer. Now all you need to do is, go to the My Computer, and open the V drive, and copy the data from there.

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Note : To remove the new drive from My Computer, go to Command Prompt again and type subst V: /d

There you have it, try this the next time you get the error, and see how it goes. If you are still confused, let me know in the comments section below.

How To Fix ‘Could Not Load Shockwave Flash’ Error In Google Chrome

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So, you want to watch a video in Youtube. You open your Google Chrome browser, heads over to Youtube, searches for the video and starts playing it… well not yet. Because you are greeted with the errors ‘Couldn’t load plug-in’, and ‘Could not load Shockwave Flash’ as seen below. Frustrating, it is. So, now what? You can try re-installing the browser, but that won’t fix the error. You will continue to get the same message.

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Let’s see how we can fix this very easily. Yes, its very easy!

Before we start, there are two directions you can take – both will take you to the same location. I will describe both here, so you can decide which fits you better, or helps you to follow better.

 

The Long-and-Detailed Route

1. Click on the Customize button on the right-side on the menu bar to open up the list of options. Click on Settings.

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2. A new tab will open up. Scroll down and click on Show Advanced Settings.

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3. More options… Find the heading ‘Privacy’ and click on Content Settings.

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4. The Content Settings dialog box shows up. Scroll down and find Plug-insClick on the hyperlink ‘Disable individual plug-ins.

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5. Another tab comes up with the list of installed plug-ins.

Wait here for a second as I’m going to show you how to reach the same tab directly without all the above long steps.

 

The Short-and-Direct Route

1. Simply open a new tab and type the following in the address bar. chrome://plugins/

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Ok, so now we are here at the plug-ins tab, lets see who is the one causing the plug-in error which prevented us from watching videos in Chrome. The error did mention ‘Shockwave Flash’. So find the plug-in Adobe Flash Player – Shockwave Flash. You would find two versions of the same plug-in installed/enabled. But you need just one! Yes, only one is fine.

Click on Details

Click on Details to see more options for the plug-in. Now you see both the versions with a Disable option attached to each one.

Disable the one version that points to C:\Users\.. and keep the version pointing to the C:\Windows\.. enabled (As shown below).

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Now, open a new tab/window, open Youtube and play a video. Voila! Enjoy!

Hope this helped you to save yourself the time to install another browser. Share your thoughts below.

 

Fix : App Store Missing After iOS 6.1 Update

Some of you might have faced this issue after updating your iPhone/iPad to the latest iOS 6.1 version – the App Store gone missing! Now, relax and be assured that it didn’t get uninstalled/removed accidentally, rather it was just an app security setting that took the App Store behind the curtains.

Here’s how to bring it back:

1. Goto Settings -> General ->Restrictions. Enter the four-digit security PIN to open it.

2. Scroll down and ‘turn ON’ the options ‘Installing Apps‘ and ‘Deleting Apps‘.

This should bring back the App Store to the app drawer.

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You can also choose to disable the Restrictions itself if you want, by tapping the Disable Restrictions at the top of the same page.

Now while you’re at the Restrictions section, you can roam around a bit (if you have decided to keep it enabled), and can try disabling/hiding some of the pre-installed apps like Camera, FaceTime, Safari, Siri, iTunes etc. and also you can manage some advanced app settings from the same page.

Windows 8 – The gateway to the future

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Not sure where to start this post. Whether to write a review, preview, give my feedback on the experience, do a walkthrough of the features, or provide some tips… I am confused. All I know is that I’m absolutely in love with the latest and most radically changed OS offered from the house of Microsoft — the all-new cross-platform Windows 8. It’s been over four months since I started using Windows 8 as my primary OS at home. I started with the Release Preview version which I downloaded for free from the Microsoft website, and then the purchased full version of the final Windows 8 Pro release. And I have to say that I was planning to write this post or review or feedback since I first tasted Win 8 in its Release Preview version because there is so much to talk about, and so many small small things that has changed from the previous version Windows 7.

Ever since I heard about the OS coming out as a Desktop version in early 2012, I was skeptic like anyone who have learned and accepted the traditional Windows interface as an integral part of the way we work/use the PC. Whether it’s the introduction of Windows 8 Start screen by dropping the Start Menu, or the introduction touch-screen friendly interface, the Windows team played with fire. It was not just about creating a new design and UI making it more faster and appealing, it was more of a question of whether the hundreds of thousands of traditional home users and enterprises spend their time to re-learn how to use a PC for Windows 8. It was a risk that the core Windows 8 team hoped would help them stay ahead of the competition and move forward into the future as a clear leader.

Microsoft has been a household name around the world for many years, and its their products like Windows 95 and 98 that brought PCs to thousands of homes across the world. From starting the PC and seeing the Windows logo to clicking the Start button to ‘Get Started’ to opening their favorite programs, no one had to really sit with a newbie to teach how to use Windows. It was that easy, intuitive and clear.  To change something that defined the way people work, and do the unthinkable like burying the evergreen Start menu, Windows 8 had to bring out something truly awesome. I went through a lot of Youtube videos and tech reviews about the Customer preview and beta versions, and found mixed reviews. People either panicked by getting stuck at the Metro tiles, or they hailed the new interface as the next big thing. The first thing I did was to throw the thought that Windows 8 is like any other previous Windows OS and an upgrade to Windows 7 or any other traditional Windows OS, out of the window. If you think so and approach Windows 8 like you do to a normal windows OS, chances are you will get stuck very soon. Think of Windows 8 as a modification to Windows 7, packed with a new interface which bridges the traditional Windows OS and a tablet UI, complete with some new features and a new design/UI.  You can do a lot of things which were available only in mobiles and tablets so far – access Windows App Store and download featured Windows 8 apps straight from the laptop just like you do in a tablet like the Surface Pro tablet, access specific apps like Mail, Calendar, People, Maps, Weather etc so that you can stay connected all they time. The search feature has been updated tremendously, allowing you to find anything from apps to files to settings, all from the same place. There is so much more to Windows 8 that makes it so good, and I have to write a separate post to cover them all in detail.

The world around is flying, with devices getting more smaller and smarter, and people need not be at the desk to send an email or book a ticket. But there are still things that no mobile device can replace. Working on a Word or Excel file, working on windows-specific applications, we still reached back to the age-old PC running on Win XP or Vista or 7 to get things done. Tradition is something which we cannot force on people overnight.

So, all in all, it’s definitely a winner as no other, but all you have to do is to GIVE IT A TRY and spend a few minutes with it. It works just as fine in a normal PC Desktop as it is on a touch interface, none of the functionalities will be affected by using a mouse. With today’s Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro, the OS itself will truly arrive in the market. So till you get your hands on the device, go and try the OS itself on your laptop/PC, and make it better!