Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Error message: "The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded”, when logging on to Windows 7 or Windows Vista

This is really the only annoying error I have had to deal with since
switching to Windows 7 on launch day. Finally found a good way to fix
it other than restarting.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Apple Support

Everyone always cites Apple's great support and customer service when they praise the company's products. Having owned an Apple product or two (iPhones, iPods, and an iPad), I haven't been able to see this until now. I have fixed most issues myself including cracked screens and the like. However, a couple weeks ago a shoddy headphone splitter that I had lying around broke inside the headphone jack on my new iPad. I was very angry and devastated. I tried every single trick suggested on forums, but nothing worked. Here's what did: I took it to the Apple Store on Walnut St. in Philadelphia. I waited for about 10 minutes for an "appointment". The guy took out a little penlight and fuddled with it for a minute like I had for hours over the past weeks. Then he apologized, asked if I had stuff backed up, and went and got me a new one. Brand new, he even took off the plastic in front of me.. I was out in 20 minutes total.

Now that's service.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Redirect Virus/Malware Fix

While trying to search for an alternative version of a software that I tried to buy but the payment wouldn't go through, I go some sort of a redirect virus/malware. It's commonly referred to as the "Google virus" because all links from google are redirected to some stupid deal site or otherwise. Anyway, I seemed to have contracted the zebra and not the horse, and didn't get the typical "TSSS" strain. So it took a while to get to a site that was talking about the same thing... came across this:

They walked this lady through step by step and it worked perfectly. 
Two programs, GooredFix and ComboFix. Took about 10 minutes and I was good to go.

The deal sites most commonly implicated are shopica, findstuff, etc. 

But on the upside, it gave me some time to get to know my iPad better since I got sick of copying link URLs and pasting them.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Streaming video to PowerPoint

I have a bunch of screenshots of lecture slides from a streaming video, and I wanted to put it into a .ppt to annotate myself with notes so they correlate better. Also it helps to run through it fast before the exam. I used Lightscreen to take quick screenshots that automatically save with a keyboard shortcut, and used a built in new PowerPoint image album feature explained here:

Together these gave me exactly what I wanted. Quite serendipitous.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

iPhone GeoTagging

The GeoTagging on the iPhone is really amazing. I was just at a conference and I can tell room by room where I took various photos, and without remembering the name of a restaurant, I can find where it was by the pics I took there. Stunning. 

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Rancilio Silvia Overheat

So yesterday, I did something stupid and left the apartment with my Silvia on. Not only was it on (which I've done before) but I left the steam switch on, which meant that the boiler was full of steam and prone to overheating. Luckily this guy saved me and explained exactly how to fix it, but the only reason I saw it was because he described it as the "Silvia won't heat problem". Perfect. Exactly my search query.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

How to Get Free Wifi

I'm writing this from outside a Best Western in San Mateo, since I'm
waiting for a flight to land at SFO that has been delayed a bit. I
wanted to have Internet connection, and I just got to 90% of my data
cap this morning so I turned off data on my iPhone 4. I parked outside
the hotel, and the connection was unsecured. I connected but arrived
at a splash screen that required a password provided by the front
desk. I was too lazy to go out in the rain to talk to them. I texted
google (466453) to get the front desk number, called, got the
password, and voila! Not that impressive, but it was fun and easy to
use this combination to get what I needed.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Fix Push Notifications on iPhone following Jailbreak

So supposedly during the activation process on an iPhone when using iTunes, it certifies something that allows you to get Push notifications from Apple servers. This can go awry in "hacktivated" phones, but it also went wrong with my iPhone 4 when using AT&T, 4.2.1 legit and subsequently greenpois0n jailbroken. Anyway, PushDoctor fixed it nice and easy