Monthly Archives: June 2010

A ten year old design flaw in Adobe Photoshop

Not long ago, when I was trying to open my Photoshop CS3, a vague error message that I had not seen in ten years stopped me:Could not initialize Photoshop because the file is locked. Use Properties command in Windows Explorer to unlock the file.Photoshop ended afterwards.

Like all badly-written error messages, it did not make any sense. I was not trying to open any file; I was trying to open Photoshop itself. I was sure that none of the Photoshop’s files were changed. (A look on the access date of the files confirmed this.) Moreover, I was sure that even if Photoshop was somehow automatically updated, the file system access permissions were not changed. (AccessEnum tool confirmed this.) So, what was the problem? Read the rest of this entry

A quick way to delete all files with a certain name pattern in Windows

This article introduces a simple way to list and delete all files with a certain name pattern in a folder and all its sub-folders. A common scenario is deleting the hidden thumbs.db files which Windows XP (and in some cases, Windows 7) stores in each folder that contains pictures or video files.

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