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iTunes Mute Problem – iTunes mutes itself (via )

Normally for a problem like this uninstalling all Apple software and reinstalling might fix the problem. The iTunes installer on Windows seems to be sensitive to the order of Apple software installation.

This same problem has been reported since 2005 See below My setup is as following Windows XP 2002 SP3 i … Read More


Don’t download Veohwebplayersetup.exe

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I did that on my XP running computer and Microsoft Security Essentials said it had the Open Candy advertising malware. I just deleted it and rebooting now. What a waste. Veoh came from a legitimate download site.

Internet Explorer 10 Drops Vista Support – Slashdot

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Internet Explorer 10 Drops Vista Support – Slashdot. The reaction on this Slashdot thread seems like a knee jerk reaction. Lets compare to how Apple does things.

Apple limits Safari to which OS it wants to support. The most current version of Safari supports 10.6 and 10.5. It doesn’t support Tiger 10.4. So for IE 10 which is the next browser and really planned for Windows 8, it breaks down as follows. Current OS support, check. Previous OS support Windows 7 check. Previous to that (Vista) or 10.4 equivalent no support. Whats the problem?

Smarter Than Ever – IObit Releases Free Smart Defrag 2 (via Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts)

I’ve used this with Windows XP and noticed a difference. I understand that Windows 7 automatically defrags so it isn’t necessary.

Smarter Than Ever - IObit Releases Free Smart Defrag 2 IObit announces a new version of their free disk defragment software – Smart Defrag 2. In a real sense, it’s often difficult to measure an increase in system performance following Hard Drive defragmentation. Nevertheless, I do agree, that defragging is a positive maintenance process, and should be done regularly. A  quick recap on disk fragmentation: What is it? Creating and deleting files and folders, installing new software, and downloading fil … Read More

via Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts

Seagate BlackArmor NAS 400 Series (via Soulistech)

This NAS comes with some significant gotchas. I like Seagate generally but they shouldn’t have put it in a format that isn’t the most popular. It can only cause grief for small business which is probably going to buy this.

Seagate BlackArmor NAS 400 Series The Seagate BlackArmor NAS 400/420/440 is a heavy duty file server and backup utility. I’ve implemented this in one of my client’s business and it is doing the job well. My administering of the device was for the purpose of serving files to a multitude of computers that consisted of systems running Windows XP, Windows 7, and Mac OS X. I primarily selected this NAS because of its heavy duty look and capabilities. It comes with a large cooling fan … Read More

via Soulistech

Lightwave 3D 64-bit for Mac! (And why the others suck) (via The thoughts of a Madman)

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This is just an enthusiastic customer of their products. If you are considering Maya or looking for the relative merits of both, you might want to read this piece. You won’t waste any money on this program.

I’ve always been impressed by the folks at Newtek. Listen. They’ve given out every god damned updates to their major releases for free, for as long as I can remember. Point release? 9.x to 9.5, no problem! Download and be happy. Lightwave has been (and still is) a choice for several 3D studios, in all sizes. Reason? There are plenty, but the thing I’m focusing on now is: The pricing is REASONABLE. The product ships with batteries included. Sure, … Read More

via The thoughts of a Madman

Tim’s laptop service manuals

Future proof. This is a great resource.  If you can’t find your manual at ifixit you will probably find it here.  Give him the $10 for the money you will save by doing it yourself.

Stories from the coffeehouse: Unexpected gifts

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One day I noticed a gentleman trying to help a mature woman with her computer.  He seemed frustrated that he couldn’t help her, and apologized.  Since I know something about computers I went up to her and asked if there was anything I could do.

“Oh yes, I tried with that gentlemen to get my computer online here but it won’t go online,” she said frustrated.  “I’ve tried to get this thing working for two hours with different people’s help, and I have to sent out my resume to a recruiter who contacted me today.”

“Well its your lucky day,” I said with a smile.  “Normally I charge $X to help out people but since your here it’s a freebie for you.  So let’s take a look.”

Her laptop was at least 8 years old and had a basic copy of Windows XP on it.  It was in poor shape software wise because she had good intentions but not enough experience.  She had loaded an anti-virus program that had some issues and that was contributing to the problem.  It was actually due to several issues, but after about an hours worth of work fixing that problem and a few others that contributed to it, it worked.  She was very diligent and took notes of what I did, and the software programs that I used to fix the issues.

“Oh I don’t know how to thank you!”, she said excitedly.  “Now I can get this resume to the recruiter.  I’ve been out of a job for 8 months even though I have a Ph.D.  The company that I worked at laid my entire department off, so its tough since I work in a special field.”  She explained it to me, and she was an advanced engineer with a ton of experience.

“I felt so stupid that I couldn’t get this thing to work,” she said.  “Here,” she said pressing a $20 into my hand.

“I appreciate the gift, but I told you that it was free.  I don’t expect anything from you,” I reminded her.

“I know,” she said, “but you deserve it.  I don’t know what I would have done without you.”

“Oh I’m sure you would have figured it out.”, I said.  “You were very good in being pro-active and installing things to protect your computer.”

She smiled and got busy and got to work.  I went back to my chair and continuing with my blogging for the day.

Almost every meaningful and life changing thing in my life has been a gift.  Not a material one like cash, but sometimes a gift of time or of the heart.