Getting rid of an MP4 file that refuses to go

By Tracey Capen

We’ve all had those instances when a file is no longer needed but the application that created it won’t let it go.

This usually happens when the application thinks it’s still working on the file, but in some cases the link is not so obvious.

When Lounge member hlewton bought a new camcorder and downloaded an MP4 video clip, he discovered that a video file he no longer wanted would not stay in the trash. In his post, “How can I delete an MP4 file?,” he gets excellent help from Lounge moderators JoeP and Clint Rossmere. Now, if hlewton can just rid himself of a utility that came with the camera … More»

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Lounge pages in Google’s index reach 170,000

Getting a gigantic block of new Web pages into Google is quite a trick these days. As WS editorial director Brian Livingston explained in his April 1 column, it took a lot of programming talent to get the search gods to notice the Lounge’s 125,000 threads after we removed a ban the old Lounge imposed on crawlers for many years.

What we’re doing to get Google’s attention seems to be working. About 60,000 pages were in Google’s index in April, but lately we’ve seen figures as high as 170,000. Some threads have multiple pages, so we don’t know exactly how many threads are now findable — but it’s a lot! (See Figure 1.)

Google hits
Figure 1. The number of Lounge pages indexed in different Google servers ranges widely, but most of our threads seem to be making it in.

When different Google servers are accessed at random, we’ve seen page counts from 80,000 to 172,000 show up. Your mileage may vary, but at least most of the content of the Lounge has now been made findable to Windows users worldwide.

The Lounge Life column is a digest of the best of the WS Lounge discussion board. Tracey Capen is technical editor of WindowsSecrets.com.
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About Tracey Capen

Editor in chief Tracey Capen was the executive editor of reviews at PC World magazine for 10 years, from 1995 to 2005. He was InfoWorld's managing editor of reviews from 1993 to 1995 and worked in the magazine's test center and as networking editor from 1989 to 1992. Between his stints at InfoWorld, he was senior labs editor at Corporate Computing magazine.