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Reset Samsung Phone to Factory Default

February 16th, 2013

If you lose your code you can reset the phone (losing everything) with the following code:


Sensible Backup

September 22nd, 2012

Way back when AOL was on the rise I thought of off site back ups as a business model. Unfortunately  I had no backing, so the industry grew without me.  I just signed up for a service with Pogoplug which is the best value I have found so far.

iCons Gone iCarly

November 19th, 2010

I remember enough of being a kid where random dancing makes perfect sense. But that, of course, is not what the post is about. It is about when I plug my laptop into my big monitor the icons in the quick launch tray sometimes change themselves.

While manually changing them back works, it is a pain. Then I found the trick in a Micrsoft KB article. Just change the color depth on the monitor and change it back and the icons go back to the way they are supposed to be. If you care about the details, you can read http://support.microsoft.com/kb/132668.

Welcome to My World

November 18th, 2010


Blackberry Dual Calendars After Upgrade

November 16th, 2010

Found the fix at http://www.hightechdad.com/2009/08/28/fix-its-merge-two-blackberry-calendars-into-one-atts-visual-voicemail-activation-for-the-bold/.

Word 2003 Address Bug

March 4th, 2010

It seems the boys* in Redmond are furthering their Borg reputation.

I’ve been wondering for a few weeks why  I can’t look up addresses from my Outlook contact list for printing envelopes since I upgraded to Office 2003.  Since I do my mailing early on Sunday mornings, I’m not as caffeinated as necessary for technical thinking, so I was shrugging it off to another of the many features meant to make customers miserable.

This morning I had just barely enough cognition to notice that when looking up addresses, it would only show email addresses. So I went to the address in Outlook I wanted to print and added an email address of microsoft@sucks.it to the person I wanted to send snail mail to. And, of course, it worked.

So, according to the Microsoft Office development team it appears that if you do not have an email address, you don’t exist.

*Yes, I know there are female MS employees, too, but referring to them would have killed the pun.

Posting From My Blackberry

January 25th, 2010

Hello World! A test post from my Blackberry.

Why My House Isn’t Like the Jetsons

January 13th, 2010

My wife would love to have Rosie, but…

Here’s a rant I posted on LinkedIn today:

Q:  Is home automation really needed? or is it just to attract customer?

A: Needed? I don’t think so. Useful and desirable? Absolutely. Poorly marketed? Ah, there’s the question. For tech weenies like me, it is very enticing. For the average consumer, their first thought is “I will never figure this out”. The slow consumer (non-)adoption has kept the hardware and software above the mass market price level. Hard to sell an X-10 device for 100 times the price of the “dumb” version if the consumer thinks it is too hard to use.

I think if a company can find a way to lower the entry cost and provide full in-home installation it will catch on. Until then, there are still a lot of VCRs blinking 12:00…12:00…12:00…

Replacing a Hard Drive and Keeping Everything the Same

January 6th, 2010

From a recent post on LinkedIn:

Q: Looking for a reliable hard disk cloning software.

I want to make an *exact* copy (a clone) of my hard disk(os+apps+data) so that when it fails I can install the second disk as the main disk and continue working. The disk is already making unhappy noises! Dell 8400 desktop with Windows XP SP 3.

Have researched Norton Ghost, Shadow Protect, but would like a solid recommendation from a satisfied user. Thanks.

A: If you haven’t bought the hard drive yet, Seagate and Western Digital provide free tools for their drives that make perfect copies. Especially if you are upgrading the drive for an older machine that cannot take advantage of the full size of modern disks as you can create partitions on the new drive with your old drive cloned to the boot partition.

Internet Security 2010

January 5th, 2010

Ironically, this post follows my Tools I Use: Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware post.

It is the first incurable bastard I have picked up on one of my own machines (actually a work machine) and had to take the machine to support, who solved it by wiping the machine and ruining my digital life at work. Support insisted it was spyware, where I still insist it is a virus because it renders the machine unusable.

I wish I could have found the following link (http://www.virusremovalguru.com/?p=4918) on my Blackberry when it occurred, so I could have fixed it myself and not be stuck with this crappy new image (didn’t even have the right video drivers).

I had also picked it up earlier on a Virtual Machine. What both had in common was XP (better than Vista) and McAfee (better than nothing).