Sunday, February 5, 2012

Dropbox error message: This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action

Actually this is not a Dropbox error message, rather Windows 7 autoplay problem. But I found out that it is related to Dropbox.

There is an ongoing beta test with Dropbox right now and if you join the beta testing program you can have a chance to get 4.5 Gb more space. I tried it and it worked for some of my device but it didn't work for some. It worked for my point and shoot cameras but it didn't work with my old SLR (Canon Digital Rebel) and my smartphone (Nokia 5800 XM) connected via bluetooth.

Then I tried the USB / flash drive technique but this error message appear every time I plug the device and choose to sync the pictures via Dropbox:

This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Please install a program or, if one is already installed, create an association in the Default Programs control panel.


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I tried several things to to fix the problem to no avail. I tried different settings in Default Programs control panel as the error message suggested. Didn't work. I tried formatting the drive, changing the drive letter, and making a DCIM folder but all of these failed.

In my frustration, I took several pictures using the point and shoot cameras and plugged it again to my PC. To my surprise, it didn't work anymore. So I figured that it is a problem with dropbox.

The last thing I did was to restart my computer and it do the trick. Why? I remember that I update the dropbox program to version 1.3.13. I started uploading photos using 1.3.12 and it turned out that you need to restart your computer for version .13 to work properly. It didn't require a restart if you upgrade from version 1.2 to 1.3.12 so I thought it was not necessary.

One more thing, this is a bug on version 1.3.12. I recorded it using Camtasia.



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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Why is my Google Analytics Site Search Overview blank?




Google Analytics is one of the most important tools if you have a website. You can analyze your web traffic and easily make changes depending on the data presented on it.

One of Google Analytics feature that I always check is the site search overview. Why? Because it gives me ideas on what topic I should right next on my website. I installed Google site search on my blog not just to add additional income from Google Adsense but to know what my readers are searching as well. If they’re searching from it on my site, it means that they are interested in that topic.

Where can I see the searched terms or keywords on Google Analytics?

In Google Analytics, go to Standard Reporting. On the left sid e click on Content, then Site Search > Overview.


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But what if your Google Analytics site search is blank just like in the screenshot above? It means that Site Search tracking is disabled on your GA account. I first noticed this when I switched to the new version. I don’t know if it is because of that or I just noticed it after switching or it is just a coincidence. If this happens to you, follow the instructions below.

How to enable Site Search tracking

On the upper right hand side of GA (Google Analytics) click the Gear icon. This is the settings button.
Click on Profile Settings

Go to the bottom of the page (Site Search Settings) and choose Do Track Site Search.

On Query parameter type q

Then click on Apply.

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