Search Engines

Bing and Google links to report malicious/fake content in Search engines.

You can report url’s to Bing via – It took a while to track that link down – hopefully they won’t change it again unlike the rest of the links I found.

Google’s report site is which is a much better url and one that doesn’t look like it will change much.

Google Love followup.

Ok, so creating my google sitemap didn’t help due to a setting I had already setup in WordPress. When I was testing the migration I had set the privacy options under Settings/ Privacy to block search engines but allow other visitors. This had the unfortunate result of adding the disallow * in the robots.txt file – thus blocking google. Setting it back to make my blog visible has (hopefully) done the trick. Note that the robots.txt is automatically generated by wordpress so you not find one if you go looking with shell access – just access the file through a browser.
Hopefully this setting has not harmed by Google Page rank too much.
Update – just checked and my posts are now appearing in Google again – phew!

-1056749164 when exporting a mailbox in Exchange 2007

Trying to export an Exchange2007 mailbox using the export-mailbox cmdlet I was getting the error message “Failed to copy messages to the destination mailbox store with error: MAPI or an unspecified service provider. ID no: 00000000-0000-00000000, error code: -1056749164”

A lot of the tips online suggested that I excluded the inbox folder, but that doesn’t help as I needed to export the entire mailbox as this was for a user who had left the company.

Microsoft has a kb article on this and states the problem is fixed with Rollup4 for Exchange, but I was already on Rollup5.

Thanks to kyBOSH on the Technet forums , it turns out that I needed to give my account FullAccess to the mailbox using the command “Add-mailboxpermission account -accessrights fullaccess -user myaccount” Obviously you need to replace account with the accountname of the user that is being exported and myaccount is the accountname that is doing the export.

Whilst searching for these results I discovered how bad Microsoft’s Live Search is.

Searching for -1056749164 on technet gives 619,000 resultsThe initial search for “-1056749164” on Technet came up with 619000 results (although when I reran it later it dropped to 512000!).

Searching for -1056749164 on the internet gives zero results As the results were completely useless I expanded the search to the entire internet – this time the search returned zero results!

Google Blog Search

It’s taken them long enough, but google now have a dedicated blog search which seems to be pretty uptodate. It didn’t take them long to index the content of Absoblogginlutely at all. It will be interesting to see how long it takes before this gets added to the main google site (shame this isn’t an option for it to be added with their personalisation features) and also to see if they add other features similar to feedster. If they keep it like it is at present then they will do well – Feedster seems to be bogged down with all the features they keep adding but (in my experience) are very slow to fix problems with claiming feeds etc.
Thanks to John Hesch for the headsup

Google Desktop and Microsoft Spyware Updates

It looks like the Google Desktop software has been updated recently as now the index status does not show how much of the index has been completed (or it has finally indexed the computer). The status on this computer is normally stuck at about 20% complete but this information no longer appears on the status page. However the cpu usage of the desktop search does seem to be often pegged around the 50% mark so something is still not quite right there.
The Antispyware software also seems to have been updated as the nightly scan that ran last night picked up Ultravnc as potential spyware even though it has been installed on the pc for about 2 months and I had previously flagged it as ignore.

Blingo – search and win?

Blingo is a new (to me) search engine that gives you the opportunity to win prizes when you use it to search for stuff. They only count your first 10 searches per day (so I guess you could go back to google after 10 searches) and apparently you could win all sorts of prizes. Angela won a free movie ticket but didn’t give her referral code so feel free to use mine instead 🙂


Speaking of movies, we went to see The Interpreter last night at the dollar theatre. As it was Tuesday, we got in for 50cents each – thats about 80p in UK money (as opposed to the 1350p it would have cost us in the uk). The seats were the old style cinema seating – no stadium seats or high backs but not bad. It was the first time I’d ever sat in the back row of a cinema but no hankypanky. The film itself wasn’t bad – it did go on a bit and it was quite different than I expected. I felt the plot was pretty predictable (which spoils a thriller) but there were still some unexpected moments – I must confess to jumping in my seat when the first gunshot went off. The gruesomest (is that a real word?) scene in the movie was when a bus was blown up – this is too close to the timing of the London bus bomb for comfort really – that scene really hit home and judging from the audiences reaction, it hit others too.
Not a bad movie, but one I’d recommend you see from the comfort of your own home on dvd on a nice sofa.