Remote Desktop – Black Screen Of Death

Remote Desktop Black Screen

The Issue – Using Remote Desktop the remote screen turns black right after login and you have no control. The issue appears to be caused by Screen Caching and accessing a system with different display resolution or RDP window sizes. The Solution(s) While logged in and stuck on the black screen of death Press CTRL + ALT […]

How to take a Screenshot – Lenovo X1 Carbon Adaptive Keyboard

Lenovo X1 Carbon On-Screen Keyboard

Adaptive keyboard sounds cool right?  It does make for a very clean, uncluttered and easy to use keyboard. But it also makes accessing some functions harder, more time consuming and without knowing the special commands you’d be forgiven for thinking several common keyboard functions were completely dropped. Welcome to Planet Lenovo! Print Screen and other common standard keyboard functions appear to […]

Create Database Model From Existing Database – MySQL


In case I’m not the only one who had trouble figuring out how to create a Database Model from an existing Database using MySQL WorkBench. Database – MySQL Database Tool – MySQL WorkBench v 6.1 Documentation – Database Modeling using MySQL Workbench Steps to create a Model of an existing MySQL Database Launch MySQL Workbench […]

New Orleans – Frenchmen Street – Bourbon Street

Windows Phone

Pics from two quick two night trips to New Orleans. I’d never visited, now twice in month for the NCTM and IRA conferences at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center. One over a weekend that had me missing my daughters return from School and Mothers day. Bourbon Street was an experience as you’d expect. The mood, music, open containers, […]

Windows Phone – Stop Facebook Birthday Reminders

Windows Phone

Social Media integration on Windows Phone is excellent but can have some downsides. One issue I’ve experienced and heard others note is due to Facebook integration. During installation of the Facebook app you’re asked to connect FB with your phone. This integrates Facebook with your People hub, calendar, photos, allows for FaceBook photos on the lock screen etc. This […]

Ghost Drop Down Menus – stuck on screen

Microsoft Windows

Ghost drop down menu’s that stay on your screen until you reset your resolution, logout or reboot. At first you think – no problem, I’ll just ignore that. Then like a dripping tap on a quiet evening you find you’ve suddenly lost all focus to this little sliver on your screen and you cannot move forward […]

Windows 8.1 Update 1

Windows 8.1 - Update 1

The mighty keyboard and mouse have roared and Microsoft has listened. Windows 8.1 Update 1 is out and has some (some!) nice changes for content creators and other non touch screen users. Most notable is that instead of forking the OS into mobile/touch & desktop/mouse + keyboard versions they’re detecting the hardware and adapting the […]

CS-Cart – Page Speed and Optimization


Some simple steps to reduce CS-Cart page load times. Prep Steps Optimization references Best Practices for Speeding Up Your Web Site – Yahoo Optimize caching – Google Increasing Application Performance with HTTP Cache Headers – heroku Speed Up Sites with htaccess Caching – Ask Apache Image optimization tools PNGGauntlet (Win) or  ImageOptim (Mac) Test your website with a […]

SPF records for Office 365

Exchange Hosted Email DNS Settings

Some excellent resources if you’re hosting your own domain with Office 365. When doing so you’ll need to create a TXT SPF record for email. The SPF Generator Framework Wizard below was very helpful generating an SPF record that accounted for my webhost generated email (web forms) and email on 365 servers – v=spf1 ip4:xx.xx.xx.xx […]

The most beautiful Derny Race you may ever see

Scattante CFR SE

The Legendary Lightness – World Full Of You (Official Videoclip) Music by The Legendary Lightness Directed and edited by Adrian Winkler Photographed by Simon Huber and Mario Winkler Color Grading by Christian Müller Production: PiXiU Films, Laurin Merz Supported by Migros-Kulturprozent

Worlds First Digital Camera


From PetaPixel – “If you’re a digital photography buff, here’s some required trivia knowledge: what you see above is a photograph of the first digital camera ever built. It was created in December 1975 by an engineer at Eastman Kodak named Steve Sasson…” Read more here:  

Hosted email – Microsoft Exchange

Exchange Hosted Email DNS Settings

Do you own your own domain and have a personal or small business website hosted along with email? If so you know the importance of email in day to day business and personal communications. Web hosts… not so much. I’ve actually had a couple tell me I should use Gmail if I want reliability.  I […]

OneDrive – Sync My Documents


Here’s a quick and easy way to sync your My Documents folder and make it available to other computers and mobile devices via Microsoft OneDrive. This is the same process you can use to move your My Documents to any location of your choosing – a second hard drive, an external drive or a network share. This […]

Website – Lucia’s Imports v3.0

Lucias Imports

Lucia’s Imports update v3.0. Wholesale eCommerce site. Moved all products, images and users from CubeCart 5 to CS-Cart 4, new skin and layout. Database migration handled very well (mostly) by Cart2Cart which I had previously used for a Miva Merchant to CS-Cart migration

Install Linux from USB Drive

Linux Mint Install Windows 7

It couldn’t be easier for Microsoft Windows users to try, test or fully install Linux Mint using a “Hybrid” image which can boot to the full Operating System for testing or be installed alongside Windows for full time use. When you complete the steps below you’ll have a full operating system with most all the […]

Asus Zenbook Crash After Sleep – Kernel Power Event ID 41

Asus Zenbook - Event ID 41 - Crash after sleep mode

Issue: Asus Zenbook crashes, blue screens or unexpectedly shuts down shortly after waking up from sleep mode.  This has been reported since the release of the Asus Zenbook and apparently Asus has yet to acknowledge the issue. My query to Asus Support after experiencing 4 crashes in two weeks went unanswered. BIOS updates, driver updates…. […]

FAST Race Products shopping cart launched

Fast Race Products

FAST Race Products shopping cart conversion and upgrade project. The customer liked the control and back-end functionality of CS-Cart over Miva for a prior site I’d done. Lets do it again!  Existing Miva Merchant 5 shopping cart migrated to new host and CS-Cart 4. Convert database from Miva to CS-Cart, custom theme, migrate email, DNS & […]

Migrate Miva Merchant 5 to CS-Cart 4


Had a customer who wanted to change from Miva Merchant 5 to  CS-Cart 4. They really liked CS-Cart’s control and ability to makes changes quickly and wanted to make the move.  So how to get this done without hundreds of man hours and downtime? Cart2Cart service to the rescue. They provide secure SSL Amazon EC2 based demo and […]

2014 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye

2014 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye

Some fall pics of a days old 2014 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye – built and shipped October 13 2013. Engine: 2.4-Liter I4 Tigershark with MultiAir. 184hp, 171 lb-ft torque Mileage: Avg 24-25 mpg in the city, 31-35 on the highway (varies per wind and speed limit) Color: Maximum Steel Metallic Clear Coat Notes: I tested […]

Remove CS-Cart branding – CS-Cart v4


Locations to remove CS-Cart branding and links from your CS-Cart store (that I’ve found). Quite frustrating for the purchaser of a product to have to perform a mining expedition to remove branding and links for the company you’ve just paid. I hope Simbirsk Technologies will address this issue with a universal Company Name in future releases […]

All Brands Link – CS-Cart 4


So you’ve gone through the steps to create  Brands for your CS-Cart 4 store. How do you link to them like the CS-Cart Demo store? The key is to find the filter ID you wish to view and place it at the end of the URL above Navigate to your Product Filters: Products > […]

Move CS-Cart Installation to Another Directory


Posting here after finding the CS-Cart instructions for moving v4.0.2 to be frustratingly incomplete. Full steps – in my case moving from /testcart  to  / Open  config.local.php edit: $config['http_path'] = '/testcart'; edit: $config['https_path'] = '/testcart'; My edit was like this: $config['http_path'] = '/testcart'; > $config['http_path'] = ''; $config['https_path'] = '/testcart'; > $config['https_path'] = ''; […]

Change Yahoo Search Engine – iPhone

ios7 settings

Issue – Has your iPhone or iPad changed it’s default search engine to Yahoo? Is Safari loading the Yahoo search page on launch? How does this happen – Touch screen accidents… The iOS Weather app has a link to Yahoo Search at the lower left and you may accidentally hit it (and Apple does $urely rejoice). […]

No Sound After Update to iOS 7

ios7 settings

Issue – No sounds after upgrading iPhone from iOS 6 to iOS 7 I lost all sound alerts after upgrading from iOS 6 to iOS 7 on an iPhone 5. Music and phone audio worked fine but I had no alert or notification sounds for email, messages, calendar or voicemails. Adjusting volume or making changes […]

Eddie Pepitone – Lincoln Lodge

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Eddie Pepitone before going on stage at the Lincoln Lodge – “I hope I’m funny”. Oh he was,very. The Lincoln Lodge (Lincoln Restaurant) what an interestingly strange place to see a show. The nations longest running independent comedy club at 14yrs was in the back of the Land of Lincoln Restaurant and Pancake house. Back past […]

Scattante – Good deal?

Scattante CFR SE

Yeah yeah, I scoffed too. Scattante? Performance Bike? But if you’re like me and not being paid to ride….. I’d been getting in shape and didn’t think my 25yr old PUCH steel SLX frame with components from anywhere and everywhere was properly motivating me. I could have resurrected my awesome Steelman frame from my last […]

How to fix Windows 8 – step 1

Windows 8 - Start Menu

Do you create content as much or more than you consume it? i.e. do you use a computer for your job and your job isn’t posting pics of what you had for lunch? If so and your computer is running Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 then you may be experiencing what’s technically referred to as “a maddening […]

Asus Zenbook UX32VD – Memory Upgrade

Asus Zenbook UX32VD-DH71

Upgrade memory on an Ultrabook!? Yes it’s true! You can also upgrade the 500gb 5400RPM SATA + 24gb onboard SSD hybrid hard disk as well. The Asus Zenbook UX32VD is one rockin little laptop. The build I purchased shipped with “4gb memory” but in reality shipped with 6gb as there are 2gb onboard with a […]

Asus Zenbook – BIOS Setup F2

Zenbook Bios

Problem: The Asus Zenbook UX32VD manual states to press F2 at startup to access the BIOS Setup Utility – this will not work if your computer shipped with Windows 8.  New computers shipping with Windows 8 use UEFI Firmware and the Asus instructions are written for pre Windows 8 legacy hardware that run legacy BIOS systems. These incorrect instructions are on page […]

Tour De France 2013 – Nairo Quintana


Every day the Tour De France generates a new story line, a new hero, a new winner, a new looser and someone who came just short of writing themselves into the history books with an epic ride. After 19 stages, 2,032 miles and two straight brutal mountain stages the 2013 Tour De France set off […]

Compact Gearing


I think compact gearing exist’s so recreational riders aren’t running mid to low gears leaving them forever feeling inferior. Look over hear ma, I’m crunching the big stuff! Either that or a compact crank and compact gearing are more efficient and you can move up to bigger gears when your power or the terrain calls […]

Spitfire 444

Video - Bolex

Fantastic video Published on May 21, 2013 by Davenport 3-2614 In 2005, an 83 year-old World War II pilot is surprised to see 16mm footage of his 1944 Spitfire crash for the first time.