Disable Ads & Store Messages on Windows 10 Lock Screen

Login Screen - Ads from Windows Spotlight

Issue: The default Windows 10 lock screen uses Windows Spotlight which streams a feed of excellent photography but… also displays Microsoft Store offerings, messages and may display ads. If this annoys you follow these steps to disable Windows Spotlight and you’ll have a cleaner, faster and ad free login screen (but will miss some beautiful […]

Windows 10 – Update Error 0x800F0922 for KB3194496

Windows Update - Undoing Changes

Issue: Windows 10 Update KB3194496 makes it to 75-100% complete then fails with the following message “We couldn’t complete the updates Undoing Changes”. Error message in event log: “Installation Failure: Windows failed to install the following update with error 0x800F0922: Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1607 for x64-based Systems (KB3194496).” Solution from Microsoft –  “Script […]

Uconnect 8.4 Software Update

2014 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye

Had a little updating to do for my Dodge Dart SXT – air the tires, check the oil and of course update the firmware. In this case updating the radio for improved performance and new features. It’s pretty easy – if you’re comfortable copying files onto a USB stick you’ve pretty much got it covered. […]

Replace Fan – Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro

A fan in my sons 2yr old Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro was making very loud grinding noises. We dissembled to check for dust and clogged vents but no dice, sounded like the bearings were going out.  Next step was to replace the fan and we didn’t want to spend a dime on this out of warranty (many […]

Windows 10 upgrade – Delete Windows.old folder

Disk Cleanup - Drive

Have you upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10 or are in the Windows Insider program and are running low on disk space? If so you may have noticed the Windows.old folder weighing in at about 20gbs and you may have tried to delete it and failed – no matter how much permissions voodoo you’ve tried. If your […]

Iggy Pop – Repo Man – Chicago 4-6-2016


Post Pop Depression Tour – Live at The Chicago Theater 4.6.2016 A little blood on Bassist Matt Sweeney by the end – happened on the prior song Come Live With Me when Josh Homme tagged him while they were both jamming out hard. Iggy Pop, Matt Sweeney (Bass), Matt Helders (Drums), Dean Fertita (Guitar) +++ Lyrics […]

Dreamweaver – Find and Replace Empty Lines

Dreamweaver has excellent automated code cleanup functions that handle just about anything based on your code formatting preferences but it does not handle empty lines. To do so you need to use regular expressions. Related reading: Dreamweaver Using regular expressions – Part 1: Understanding the basic building blocks Steps to replace Empty Lines In Dreamweaver Create […]

Superfish – Thematic Theme Menu Speed in WordPress

The Thematic Theme uses Superfish to manage multi-level drop-down menus. Overall this works very well but the default Superfish menu speed of “normal” is far to slow for my liking. Slow enough I feel people will miss the drops downs unless there is a visual clue the menu is expandable and if you have to […]

Koken is back – Image Gallery Software


When my favorite photo gallery software Gallery closed up shop after 14 years I was faced with the decision to migrate to a photo community like 500px, photo hosting sites like Zenfolio, Photobucket or SmugMug, or a major corporate hosted solution like Yahoo’s Flickr. There’s an endless amount of free and paid hosting services these days and new […]

Upgrade Ubuntu Droplet – Digital Ocean

I’ve been running a LAMP stack setup on a Digital Ocean Droplet for over a year and wanted to upgrade from  Ubuntu 14.04 to 15.04.  Following the steps below I was good to go in about 20 minutes. My setup is very basic – LAMP  with one Koken photo gallery site. > Full upgrade steps […]

Windows 10 Upgrade – Groove Music with Homegroup

Windows 10

Issue – After upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 Groove Music fails to list any music despite being correctly pointed at the default Music location where my 10,529 songs and 1,401 artists reside. I removed and re-added the default locations with no change: C:\Users\*username*\Music, C:\Users\*username*\OneDrive\Music C:\Users\Public\Music I let Grove Music sit overnight thinking maybe it’s […]

Basement tapes

I don’t pretend I know how to play, but I do have fun. We hang, we drink, we play. Songs are live improv, lyrics are developed on the fly, jamming is long, sometimes magic happens, sometimes not. The Flying EP – All flight videos are for The Airpborne TPS Reporting Tour recorded on a Nokia 1020 matched to […]

How To Setup A LAMP Website on VPS Server

My photo website’s excellent software Gallery had gone end of life and was no longer supported. I used the opportunity to explore new software, Koken, and move from shared hosting to my first VPS – Virtual Private Server. I’ve hosted development websites on Windows and Linux, and setup many many websites using shared hosting from Site5 and other […]

iPhone – Disable eMail Sound and Vibration Notifications

iPhone Email Notifications - New Mail

Are you suffering from notification overload? It can be a bit confusing as to where to change or disable notifications on iOS devices. “Notifications” would be the logical place to manage notifications and it does work, sometimes. Sounds is where we’ll be looking today, where you then disable… notification sounds. Mail fail – Disabling Mail […]

Cortana – Disable Weather Alerts


Cortana is awesome until you know, there’s weather. And then you’re getting weather alerts from Cortana and your weather app (Blue Skies for me). Here’s how to disable the alerts. Disable Weather Alerts in Cortana – Windows Phone 8.1 Open Cortana Tap the three bars at the top right (the “hamburger” menu) Interests Weather near me Uncheck […]

Disk Clone – Windows Activation Error 0xC004C008

Windows Activation - Confirmation ID

I recently cloned Windows 8 with apps and data from a 500gb 5400RPM Hybrid disk to a 500gb SSD using “Paragon Migrate OS to SSD 4.0“. The process went smoothly – install Paragon’s software and connect the new SSD with a USB to SATA cable. Launch the software, pick the target disk and the cloning processes begins. Mine […]

Windows Phone – AutoPlay

Windows Phone

When you first connect a Windows Phone an Explorer window will open to the phones folders and files. You’ll also be prompted to install Phone App for Desktop. After installing Phone App for Desktop management of options moves from AutoPlay to the Phone App and you’ll likely default to copying images to a folder named […]

OneDrive – Stop Auto Importing Photos


After an update on 12/22/2014 OneDrive started magically importing photos and videos from my iPhone (my Windows Phone is managed by Phone App for Desktop). Microsoft refers to the process as “Auto Save”. This is the second OneDrive update in a row where the change has silently occurred (or I missed it twice!). Issue: OneDrive “Auto Saves” any new pictures […]

Adrian Belew – Guitar Virtuoso

Adrian Belew - The Bears, Bloomington, In. 1987 - Copyright - Graham Fisk

Adrian Belew was playing in bar & cover bands going seemingly nowhere and hitting thirty. Then Frank Zappa’s limo driver was asked for a live music destination in Nashville. They were covering the stones when Frank tuned in, stayed and made Adrian an offer.  Playing for Zappa opened doors and provided music industry schooling. From there […]