My photo website’s excellent software Gallery had gone end of life with no support. I used the opportunity to explore new photo gallery software, Koken, and move from shared hosting to my first VPS – Virtual Private Server. VPS is like going from renter to home […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
This is my house – Nokia 1020 Windows Phone, iPhone 5, Moto X Android whatever version. The Moto-X is badass, Windows 8 on Nokia kinda cool and iPhone is awesome as always (but getting boring?!).
The Issue – When using Windows Remote Desktop client the remote screen turns black right after login and you have no control. The issue can affect workstations and servers, laptops or desktops and happens in Windows 7 through Windows 10 with most any version […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 & […]
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 […]
Using the wonderful Nokia Lumia 1020 running Windows Phone 8 my computer has on several occasions been unable to recognize the device using the standard Nokia USB cable connecting to Windows 7.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
New smartphone day! First let me say that I have an iPhone 5 for work and love it, great OS, the best ecosystem, pretty much flawless functionality, we can talk about iTunes and lack of storage access another time. Camera wise the iPhone 5 […]
Excellent user video highlighting capabilities of the Surface 2. Expandable storage via microSDXC and USB3, massive multitasking, voice navigation and application control, full gaming…
Weekend launch party! I started this website in 1996, wow time flies. This current iteration based on WordPress with a customized HTML5 theme.
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
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
As a one time McAfee Enterprise Administrator for Macs and PCs I fully endorse this solution.
The excellent Mass Mail software poMMo has served me well on a couple of websites over the years. Unfortunately primary development ceased in 2008. That bit me recently when my web host moved to PHP 5.3 and poMMo started generating errors – set_magic_quotes_runtime() and Ajax […]
How can you speed up a slow computer? Below are some easy steps that can help return your computer to it’s original state. Clean the cooling system – This is the number one overlooked issue that affects speed. Depending where you live and the environment […]
I’ve been plagued by extremely slow display of my Downloads folder on multiple computers running Windows 7. I assumed the issue was due to archive files (zip, tar, exe) or the amount of files and data. I tried removing all files which helped of […]
Scam alert – DNS Services from Vancouver Wa. are sending out solicitations for business disguised as an invoice. Two small businesses I work with received the “invoice” and were fortunate enough to have questioned it’s legitimacy. DO NOT act on this invoice. You nor […]
Another rainy day website upgrade brought to you by strong coffee. Customized the standard WordPress Twenty Ten theme. Folksinger, writer, rocker, scholar, labor songster, alt-country twanger… http://www.buckyhalker.com
Sounds great – but where’s my phone? StickNFind Bluetooth Powered ultra small Location Stickers…you can stick on your stuff, and use your smartphone to find them.
Rainy weekends hot coffee and CHIRP Radio, perfect for upgrading websites. Lucia’s Imports version 3.0 – upgraded the shopping cart to CubeCart 5.0, new custom skin, database whacking, complete rebuild… anyone needs Guatemalan wholesale imports ring up my cousin Teresa! http://www.luciasimports.com/
xkcd – “We’ve trained people to use passwords that are hard for humans to remember, but easy for computers to guess” – Word!
Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox both allow for syncing bookmarks natively. Internet Explorer does not. Well McGyver wouldn’t give up and neither should you! Sync Internet Explorer Bookmarks with SkyDrive Install SkyDrive (or DropBox, Box etc) on all involved computers Create a folder called “Favorites” in […]
Looking for an alternative to the Windows 7 Backup and Restore utility? Me too. Backup and Restore is nice but limited. There’s no way to do incremental backups (add only new or changed files to the backup) and no matter what I try the […]
So I was pretty spam free at work for about 5 years, then I signed up for a VDI seminar. Boom, headshot. I was using Outlook to add all the spam to a Junk mail list but noticed much of it was from the same […]
You can search local Microsoft Exchange PST email archives easily from within Outlook but you may also want to search multiple PSTs at once or (I keep my email archives by year) include PST files in the results of a standard file system search. The following steps get it […]
Paint.Net is an excellent free image editing program for Windows. Released in 2004 as a school project the program has grown steadily over the years into an excellent mid-range image editing program supporting layers, effects, transparency and more. It’s what I use for creating […]
How to add Trusted Sites and Intranet sites to Internet Explorer Security Zones in a managed environment with field and office computers. For individual computer users this can be achieved through the browsers options or Internet Options control panel. For multiple computers in a […]
Microsoft has rolled out a new SkyDrive Preview accessible on Windows, Mac and Mobile platforms with computer sharing, 25gb free storage and unlike past efforts in this space appears to be a solid, coherent, usable release (see past article Dear Microsoft – SkyDrive, Sync, Mesh… Seriously? ) […]