Archive for the ‘Computers’ Category

Finding my G spot…

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

While I was on my most recent trip, my Dell Windows server's hard drive hiccuped, which put me into a momentary panic. When I tried to boot up, it said it couldn't read the hard drive. Gulp. I let it auto-restore, and that fixed it. I surmised that—even though I ...

Open Office Takes Control of OverDrive Files! Here’s the fix!

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Do you use OverDrive Media Console to download and manage audiobooks, music, and video in Microsoft Windows? If you do, and you download and install Open Office, you might suddenly find that OverDrive no longer works with the .odm stubs used to initiate content downloads. That's because OpenOffice takes over ...

How to tell if you have Facebook’s new “graph search”

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

I'd heard about Facebook's "Graph Search" but had no idea how to tell if I had it. Once I had it, it became clear. Not everybody has it, but once you have it, the top left of your Facebook window will look like this: And the moment you click where it ...

TiVo not transferring recordings—problem solved (sort of)

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

I spent a couple of hours wrestling with TiVo, because programs had stopped automatically transferring to my computer sometime last week. Long story short, I'm not the only one—it's affecting everyone. Some kind of time bomb in one of the Tivo desktop programs (curl.exe) caused permission for transfers to expire ...

Google Nexus 7 Mini-Review

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Okay. I'm a nerd, and a fickle one, at that. I succumbed to the Google Nexus 7, and I succumbed basically for one reason: input. I have a regular Kindle, and it's great for reading outdoors in bright sunlight... which I almost never do. I have a Kindle Fire, which ...

VZBONUS.COM Scam Alert!

Monday, August 27th, 2012

VZ Bonus Scam! Beware!!! I just got a call on my cell phone (I almost NEVER get calls on my cell phone) from "8000004533" claiming I'd been selected or had won (forget the exact wording) $100 off my next phone bill. Just log onto vzbonus.com to claim my $100 discount. vzbonus.com looks ...

Why Mac?

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Okay, Mac friends. My curiosity finally overcame me, and I'm trying out a MacBook Air (MBA)—the 13" model with 256GB of flash memory. Having heard friends rave over their Macs, and the MBA in particular, I'm finding it hard to understand why. For starters, everything is tiny. The only "universal" solution ...

Beware of Public Wi-Fi

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Have you heard about Firesheep? It's an extension for Firefox that allows anyone on the same network as you to tap into your session on non-secure (non-HTTPS) websites, instantly logging in as YOU. There are defenses, but few people know about them (yet). Firesheep isn't the only danger, but it ...

Facebook Application for Windows Mobile 6.x

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Patrick Bossman mentioned yesterday that there's a Facebook application for the Blackberry. This left me with app-envy, of course. This morning, however, it occurred to me that there might be a generic application for Facebook for Windows mobile. Three seconds of Googling, and I'd found it. It's about 800K, ...

Six cute new IE8 features

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

I've been exploring the new Internet Explorer 8. While I'm not giving up Firefox anytime soon, IE8 does have some potentially useful new features. Here are six that you might find useful, or at the very least cute. 1. Color coded tabs. When you click a link or initiate a search ...

Windows Sidebar Clock Can Steal CPU Cycles!

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Last night, I noticed that programs were taking a while to start, and my computer was being sluggish in general. I right-clicked Windows Vista's Taskbar and started the Task Manager to see if I could figure out why. In the Processes tab, I clicked CPU to reverse sort by CPU ...

Google Toolbar Option’s Unexpected Consequence

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Yesterday, I installed Internet Explorer 8 (IE8). Along with it, I installed a new version of the Google Toolbar (beta). Mind you, I normally use Firefox rather than IE8. Its logic better fits my way of thinking, and it has some features I deem essential. But, I'm a new-version-aholic, so ...

He Finally Did It

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Yes! He did it!

Vista: Font size not big enough in Windows Mail’s main window?

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

Do you find the default font in Windows Mail's main window (see Figure 1 — shown after resizing to 12 points) too tiny to read? What? You say the default 9 points isn't big enough? It's not big enough for me, either. Fortunately, it's not cast in stone. It's controlled ...

User Account Control Settings in Vista Ultimate

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

This is a note to myself since I keep losing track of how and where to change UAC behavior. Note to anyone else: change UAC settings at your own risk. They're there for a reason! (Reason: someone at Microsoft must own heart pharmaceuticals stocks.) User Account Control settings are done using ...

Shortcut for copying DRM files to my SmartPhone

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

I made an interesting discovery about my Samsung SCH-I760 today. I download books from my local library. For the most part, they are DRMed. So, I can't just copy them to my SCH-I760's MicroSD. Well, I can. Remove the MicroSD card from the phone, plug it directly into my computer, ...

Another step closer to ditching IE7

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

Not that I could really ever completely zap IE7 (still need it for many Microsoft sites, for some strange reason), but one of my major remaining uses for IE7 was for reading RSS feeds. Nothing I'd tried for Firefox gave me the same kind of utility. Yet… the inability of ...

Your protection is our future medal

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

Looks pretty official, right? But, look at the wording and absurd capitalization: You are receiving this message, due to you protection, Our Online Technical Security Service Foreign IP Spy recently detected that your online account was recently logged on from am 91.190.176.26 without am International Access Code (I.A.C) and from an unregistered ...

Repost from 3/3/2007

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

March 3, 2007 Who woulda thunk? I've just spent the past several hours wrestling with a problem. Using SPD 2007, I couldn't log on using FP Extension to www.mvuc.org or to www.herbtyson.com from the new computer (T470). The identical login credentials worked fine logging onto the control panel, as well as ...

Testing

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

This is a test: