Monday, July 6, 2009

Railing on OLE - Again!

I know, it isn't fair, I should choose another target. This is like kicking someone when they are down. I can't help it. In former lives I was a programmer, and I did a lot of interesting things with computers, alas I have been deprecated and now live with MS-Office - Word, Excel, PPT, and Outlook as 90-95% of what I do so I really need these tools to work for me. Contained below is an error that has plagued me for about 3 or 4 years.

This happens - somewhat at random when trying to open a file from outlook by double-clicking. Now if this isn't supposed to work, then fine I'll simply copy the file to my hard drive and open it from there. Oops! --- You Lose!!!
I'm sure that this has something to do with the fact the Word or Excel or PowerPoint take 2-3 minutes to start and by the time the process has started the inter-process communication has timed out and now the file is gone but wait it isn't gone I don't know. Alls I do know is now if I click the file without closing the application it will once again work correctly. This isn't a Vista thing, this isn't an Office-V.Whatever thing this has been happening on-and-off for me as I said for the past 2 or 3 years. Seems to be odd numbered "dot revs" of MS-Office with even numbered "Service Paks" of Windows, released on Tuesdays that have a full moon, or some such other phase-of-the-moon bug.