Windows File Explorer shows folder size incorrectly

Oh great! With this Windows update 1803, the File Explorer shows the folder size incorrectly. I’ve seen some reports on that, but there is no solution. Dear Microsoft, you must be kidding.


OneNote 2016 Annoyance. A permanent sorry about cleaning up.

My transfer to Microsoft Office 2016, that has been recently released, has failed. The trouble is OneNote 2016 functionality. It keeps showing the message: “We’re sorry. OneNote is cleaning up from the last time it was open. Please wait.” Although it is actually working OK after, this message is very annoying, and I could not stand it, neither could my wife :(

OneNote 2016 error

I have MS Windows 10 build 10240. Office version was Office_2016_16_0_4266_1003_x86 (I also tried Office_2016_16_0_4266_1003_x64 without success).

I use OneNote extensively. I have around 1GB stored in OneNote Notebooks stored on my OneDrive, which is very useful.


Flaw in OneNote 2013 [fixed]

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This picture is irrelevant here, but I don’t want to advertise Microsoft products anymore.

I’m greatly disappointed with Windows 8 and Office 2013. I bought both and I want my money back. The key issue with Windows — I cannot stand new ugly interface. It is the first time I have no desire to hack this windows release. As for new Office 2013, it holds me from doing essential things. There is a big unresolved issue in OneNote 2013 with a function which me and my wife use everyday: copying from web pages. When I selectively copy from IE10 using the button “Send to OneNote” (same for IE9) OneNote 2013 does not include the hyperlink reference “inserted from” at the end of the fragment. Let me show how it looks in OneNote 2010 (Windows 7):

Capture in OneNote 2010

There is a clear reference inserted at the bottom “Inserted from”. Nice and tidy.

Here’s the ugly twin from OneNote 2013 (installed under Windows 8) from exactly the same source:


See the difference? There is no bloody reference. And, of course, I checked in OneNote Advanced options “Include link to source when content is pasted”. With or without — the result is the same.


US 2012 Diversity Visa Lottery Bug

usagov_logoIf you have never heard about USA 2012 Electronic Diversity Lottery program, then you most probably you already live in the United States of America. This lottery takes place every year and everybody whose country is considered eligible can participate and try his or her luck to win so-called Green card. Now, look what happened. Results of 2012 Green Card lottery became available as of May 2011 thru checking the official website with entrants unique confirmation numbers. Theoretically most of 22’000 people selected in the results could realize how amazingly lucky they were, yet two weeks later disaster hit: the lottery results have been voided due to programming error!

Here’s the official explanation: “A computer programming error resulted in a selection that was not truly random. Since the computer programming error caused an outcome that was not random, the outcome did not meet the requirements of the law, and would have been unfair to many DV entrants.” Yet the 2012 program is not cancelled, which is a great news, and those who already applied will be able to check new lottery results as of July 15 2011.

The US officials refuse the idea that Department of State could be hacked and the entrants personal information is in danger, saying that they have “no evidence that this problem was caused by any intentional act. No unauthorized party accessed data related to the DV program.”