Tag Archives: Windows 7

Can’t access Google Drive Folder Offline but can Online on Windows 7? [Fix]

Okay, so I have most of my files in a nice folder called Google Drive. Yep, all of em! I like the idea that my local copy will work just like any old folder and a copy of all my stuff will end up online as a backup. Yeah, I mostly like it as a backup, but I do use Google Docs alot, and it’s awesome that I can share loads of data with other Google users.

Well, today I go into one of my folders and, after a little syncing, I couldn’t access it. It basically gave one of those error messages like you see when you try and access a share when your offline. I wasn’t offline. So what the heck Google! Now, I could login online and access this folder, and (thankfully) it only had Google Doc stuff that Google Docs could handle.

Excuse my lazy hi-lighter job, but yeah, this was the folder acting up. I could access it online! So, I was able to work on the documents there anyways. So, after my meeting (yeah), I set out to fix it…. here’s what I did….

If you look, all I did was rename my folder (using Cygwin) with additional __ (underscores) at the end. I have no clue why this worked, but after I refreshed my Windows folder view…

Once I double-clicked it, it worked! If you are running into this, and trying to figure out if renaming the folder (has to be from Cygwin, Windows won’t let you) will kill your files….didn’t for me.

But, the really weird thing, so far, has been that, on Google Drive, the folder is still the same:

Go figure. As long as Google doesn’t delete my stuff, Google Drive has been awesome so far!

Aubrey’s gVim 0.2

Aubrey's gVim 0.2

Since releasing my gVim 0.1, I’ve made many improvements. Aubrey’s gVim is my own gVim with my own configurations to make Vim/gVim a good HTML, CSS, PHP & JavaScript editor for Windows. When you download my gVim, you are actually downloading what I use.

These features were kept from 0.1

  • Common editor functionality that allows Vim to behave like other code editors
  • Code Indentation Modifications that forces Vim to simply follow your current indentation
  • Tabs are always proffered over spaces
  • Tab width of 4
  • Zen Coding
  • Surround blocks of code with tags using Surround
  • Autoclose HTML Tags
  • Autocomplete "'{[(, etc
  • Pathogen for Plugins
  • Consolas font
  • Visual Tabs and line endings
  • Code folding disabled by default
  • Edit PHP files with embedded HTML, CSS and JavaScript code with highlighting
  • Jellybean Color Theme
  • Insert mode at start, use <ESC> to enter command mode.
  • Arrow keys work as hjkl
  • No swap or backup files when editing
  • Shifting blocks of code using <Tab> and <Shift>+<Tab>
  • Designed to fill a 1366 X 768 screen on startup
  • Start NERDTree using <Alt>+<N>
  • Snippets using snipMate

These features are new in 0.2

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  • .txt file treatment modifications
  • Enable wrapping using <Alt>+] and disable wrapping using <Alt>+[
  • Green cursor when in insert mode, red for command mode
  • Switches to current directory of opened file
  • Use right scroll bars only, left scroll bars disabled
  • Horizontal scroll bar enabled (because wrap is now off by default)
  • Visual mode preferred over select mode in all cases
  • Menubar invisible by default, use <Alt>+M to show and <Alt>+m to hide
  • Better CSS syntax highlighting
  • ColorV color picker/Preview for CSS w/ key configurations
  • Better syntax for HTML5 elements
  • !<Tab> snippet inserts !important for CSS
  • 80 character wrap for note taking

For details on how all these work, see the _vimrc file.


My gVim is based on an installation of Vim, from vim.org with modifications.

Installation File (Windows Only)

I have bundled up my C:\Program Files\Vim into an install-able application that will copy my Vim installation to your machine in C:\Program Files\aubreysgvim. The only nag will be a initial message stating that Vim is not registered, just click “Yes” and it’s on it’s way!

This project is now hosted on: Google Code


I have included the contents of my installation for those who do not wish to install it, but would like to view the customization. Linux and Mac users can use this file to pull vimfiles/.vim and _vimrc/.vimrc configuration.

This project’s source is also hosted on: Google Code

Why Google Desktop (Search) Didn’t Work for Me

So, the other day I installed Google Desktop. I love search bar from Finder on OSX, and I was looking for something similar. I also like the Windows Search feature, but I found it lacking (and, mainly, slow). I also wanted to be able to do “Google-like” searching, such as Enethrie -.avi, for everything with Enethrie, except no avi movies. But, Google Desktop lacked when it came to how I store my files.

My File/Folder Strategy

So, I guess my storing strategy needs to be explained a little first. First, it starts off with the Desktop. The Desktop  is the “now” folder, and it’s what I’m working on now, or recently. Over a week I could end up with thirty folders on my Desktop that I work with throughout the week. Filenames aren’t as important as folder names. Every file, even if there is only one, gets a folder (starting on the Desktop). The folder is named based on who, what, where and when with “tags” for relationships. So, for instance, when I save this webpage as a backup, I will call the folder I create (on my desktop) Enethrie - Why Google Desktop (Search) Didn't Work for Me, folder structure, google desktop, June 22nd 2011. I name them this way because, when I am ready to find something, I don’t want to click around; I want to do a search. So, later on, I may have forgotten what it was all about, but I remembered “Enethrie” and “folder structure” or “Enethrie” and it was in “June.” This way I can find things without having to click around. I also don’t create category folders, I simply have a folder called “My Stuff” that, once my Desktop starts getting full, I move them all to the “My Stuff” folder.


And so, Google Desktop lacked in one thing for me: folders. When I hit Ctrl+Ctrl, I would type Enethrie and not much would show up, because it was directing me to files, and not folders. Now Windows 7 search does come up with folders when I do a search, but it’s still slow and clunky. In fact, it’s still loading a search I just did.