Editing a list item in SharePoint 2010 causes my appended column data to disappear or get overwritten

You’re likely here because you have a SharePoint list that contains a multi-line text column with appending enabled. The issue as it presents itself is that your list items are losing the appended column data when someone updates the item. It may be that the appended data is completely gone or that it loses all but the latest entry.

When you first add a “Multiple lines of text” column to a SharePoint list you have the option to enable “Append Changes to Existing Text”. If you don’t already have versioning enabled on the list you’ll get the following dialog box when you click OK to create the column:


I’m not going to go into enabling versioning in this post. The assumption is that you’re seeing the issue in the title because you had versioning enabled on a list and you created a multi-line text column that enabled appending.

What we’ve discovered as the most likely cause is that versioning at some point has now been disabled on this particular SharePoint list. Having version history disabled and then updating a list item will actually overwrite all of the previously appended comments with whatever the last update contained. If it was blank it will blank out the comments.

The underlying issue here is that disabling version history on a list in SharePoint 2010 that has a column that appends text does NOT give a warning. I have yet to test this on SharePoint 2013 to see if the same flaw still exists.

In summary, adding a multi-line text column with appended text to a list and then later disabling version history on said list is something you want to avoid. To resolve the issue simply re-enable version history on the list.

doubleTwist Automatically Mounts SD Card on Android Phone Despite Choosing Charge Only

I recently made the move from the iPhone 3GS to the HTC EVO with Sprint. There are plenty of articles out there comparing Apple’s phones to those running Android so I will leave any comparisons out of this post and stick to the problem I was trying to solve.

As I was learning the nuances of Android, I ran into an issue where any time I plugged in the phone via USB to my computer I could no longer use any phone applications that needed to access the SD Card. What perplexed me was that I was choosing, via HTC’s Sense UI popup, that I only wanted to charge the phone. What was even more frustrating was that any time I wanted to listen to music or watch a video from the phone’s SD Card I would have to unplug the USB cable. I could not charge my phone while using the applications I wanted to.

After looking through multiple settings on the phone, trying to find the cause of the problem, I finally stumbled on the cause and solution. I had, upon purchasing the phone, installed doubleTwist as my media player replacement. What I had not realized is that doubleTwist has an option to auto mount the SD Card any time you plug in a USB cable that is attached to a computer. As soon as I changed the setting in doubleTwist my problem went away. So what setting do you need to change?

Open doubleTwist on your Android phone. Open the Menu and choose Settings. Under the Settings look for Auto USB drive and uncheck the box. This should prevent doubleTwist from auto mounting your SD Card when you plug in your Android phone via USB.

When I run TF2 (Team Fortress 2) all my other sounds get quiet! Windows 7

So I’ve been running the Windows 7 RC for awhile, but I haven’t really been playing many games. I’ve started playing TF2 again with my brother, and I noticed that every time I loaded the game any music I had playing in Windows Media Player, or even my Ventrilo volume would drop extremely low. It was quite frustrating as I could no longer hear my brother in Ventrilo over the volume of the game I was playing.

I spent a little time looking into the problem and it all came down to the same source as the culprit, Windows 7. It turns out that Windows 7 has a new feature that when it thinks you’re communicating with someone, ie. voice chat in TF2, it automatically reduces volume of all other applications by 80% as a default. You can change this by going to Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Sound -> Communications. You have the option to mute all other sounds, reduce the volume of all other sounds by 80%, reduce the volume of other sounds by 50%, or do nothing. I personally have chosen to have Windows 7 do nothing.

If you happen to like this feature and want it to happen most of the time you can always open your game or communications software first, and then open your other application, such as Windows Media Player or TF2, and it won’t modify the volume. I hope this helps those of you out there experiencing the same problem.

Creating a single forward to multiple email addresses with cPanel

As easy as this turned out to be and as easy as it seemed it should be, it took a little digging to find out how to really accomplish this. Since John and I both manage the blog I wanted all comment moderation requests to come to both of us rather than just to me. However, WordPress doesn’t seem to accept more than one email address in the admin notification section. It let me add both email address with a semi-colon separating them, but after saving the settings it removed the semi-colon and left the box with an invalid email address. Since our site is hosted on a cPanel server I then turned to setting up the forwarding through cPanel.

cPanel has recently updated to version 11 and introduced a much better user interface with quite a bit of error checking. For example, when I tried entering two email addresses into the forwarder address box it kindly let me know that ; or , as a separator were not acceptable. After a little research I discovered that you simply create two forwards for the same email address. One pointing from the desired forward blog@domain to my email, and another pointing again from blog@domain to John’s email. This actually creates a single forward entry within the operating system, but cPanel keeps it recorded as two separate fowards. This now also means that both John and I will be able to moderate the comments so they should show up much quicker.

Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) Where did my Taskbar->Toolbars->Address bar go? Missing!

Well, my brother decided to take the plunge and try the latest Windows XP Service Pack 3 Release Candidate (XP SP3 RC1). After everything was all installed and settled he was trying to right-click on the taskbar, choose toolbars, and then select Address to add the address bar to the taskbar. Alas, Address was not an option. So after much searching it was discovered that this option has been removed from SP3 completely due to “legal restrictions”. The quote from the TechNet posting says “We had to remove the address bar functionality due to legal restrictions. The release notes carries this as a known issue.“, however, I could not find any reference to this in the latest copy of the release notes. Anyways, I hope this helps those of you out there that are searching for the address bar option in XP SP3. We’ll see if we can get John from MuvEnum to come up with a program to add it back for you.

MuvEnum Address Bar is the ultimate replacement for the missing address bar in Windows XP SP3.  It recreates the experience of the original address bar to help you quickly open files, folders, programs, websites, bookmarks, browsing history, web searches, and more from your Windows Taskbar!  Easily activate the toolbar using a global system-wide shortcut.  Includes support for the most popular browsers, keywords, themes, a calculator, and more!

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