Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Starship Enterprise Bottle Opener

It's super shiny, functional and resembles the NCC-1701 starship. Best of all, it's a bottle opener. ...

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Mobile Sync Center Vista

My Vista laptop has been in production now for 2 weeks and I decided it is time to "sync" my old Treo 700w with it.

Of course I want a new phone that may play nicely with Vista, but here are the steps I took to get some sort of sync with my Treo. (Make sure your Treo is tethered by the USB cable)

1. (you have to do the "validate" drill)

2. Right click on the saved drvupdate-x86.exe and Run as Administrator.

3. Accept the license.

Now you are at the Setup Device interface and you can select the items to sync. (I recommend that you uncheck "Contacts" because that will completely hose all Contacts, hours and hours of fun)

Next, next and you are DONE.

Infrared and Bluetooth with a 3 year old phone and Vista...well that is never going to happen. Read a book or watch an old movie instead. All we get is USB for our throw away phones and that has to work for now.

Monday, April 28, 2008

DELL Offers XP

Dell has a Web page devoted to its new policy, Windows XP Availability, which notes that the last day to buy a computer with Windows XP preinstalled under the current rules is June 18. Afterward:

When selecting your operating system, you will see an option called "Genuine Windows® Vista Business BONUS" and "Genuine Windows Vista Ultimate BONUS." With these options, you may...have Dell factory install Windows XP Professional. You will also receive a backup media disc for Windows XP Professional, as well as the media for Windows Vista.

In other words, Dell provides optical discs for both XP and Vista, so you can change over at any time.

Makes you wonder if any other big name OEM's will follow suit and install XP for us. ...

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Default Yahoo Mail Email For IE 7

If you use Yahoo Mail as your email and found that when you click on a "mail to" link in Internet Explorer, a default Outlook Express or some other email program opens that you don't use or want.

So how do you get it to recognize your Yahoo account?

You just need to install to get the correct plug in. Once you have installed Yahoo Messenger, you need to set your default email client to Yahoo! Mail in IE by going to Tools >> Internet Options >> Programs >> Email. (Vista is a bit more convoluted and I haven't tested whether this works)

Aftwerwards, go to Add/Remove Programs and uninstall Messenger if you don't want it on your computer. (Just don't uninstall Yahoo! Browser Services or Yahoo! Internet Mail.) ...

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Speed Up Vista

If you are looking for a bit more performance from Vista, here is an article that shows you how to tune it  up. ...

Friday, April 25, 2008

StarDock MyColors

If you are looking to dress up your plain Jane Windows desktop, Stardock has released MyColors for you.

The included Diamond theme is free, and MyColors itself is free as well. Additional suites can be purchased such as themes licensed by the NBA, NCAA, Ford, and others. Even if you don’t purchase additional themes, you still get a phenomenal suite for both Windows Vista and XP. ...

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

is one of my "go to" websites for all my computer needs and has the best online vendor service and support.

"Enter , a new site that's the answer for everything else you need!" ...

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Holographic Storage

If you need 300GB's of storage and a 50 year storage life, you won't have to wait much longer. InPhase Technologies will be shipping out their holographic storage units next month. With a price tag of $18,000 for the unit and $300 for the disk, yes, it's out of my price range.

A holographic disk isn’t much bigger than a DVD, but it holds 30 times as much data. A gel-like film inside stores bytes throughout its entire depth, not just in one or two flat layers. A laser burns a checkered pattern—representing 0s and 1s—into the film at several angles, packing in more information. ...

Saturday, April 19, 2008

QuickBooks Pro 2008 Hosed By Windows Update

I wanted to share an issue with QuickBooks Pro 2008.

What is happening:

After installing a Windows Update from Microsoft, QuickBooks does not open. The Loading QuickBooks splash screen appears briefly or flashes on the screen, and then disappears.

Why is this happening:

This issue is caused by a damaged component of Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0.

Here is the article from QuickBooks and the workaround. ...

Thanks go to Lori Lawrence for this heads up.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Windows XP Service Pack 3 has posted the scheduled release of XP SP3:

April 14, 2008: Support is available for the release version of Service Pack 3 for Windows XP
April 21, 2008: Original Equipment Manufacturers, Volume License, Connect, and MSDN and TechNet subscribers
April 29, 2008: Microsoft Update, Windows Update, Download Center
June 10, 2008: Automatic Updates

As with any service pack update, wait a few weeks before installing to make sure any install issues are patched. ...

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

XP Tip Of The Day

Ever wonder how to simulate "No to all" when copying files in Windows XP?

You can create this “No to All” functionality by simply pressing and holding the SHIFT key when you click the "No" button in the Confirm File Replace dialog box. ...

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Post-It Digital Notes

With the migration to Vista Business, my previous version of Post-It Digital Notes wouldn't install. Instead I had to download the Vista compatible version. Had some issues getting it to install, (right click on the downloaded exe and ran as an administrator and that worked).

I have been using this software for years, of course now I will have to pay a bit for the upgraded Vista version, but it's a must have. ...

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Email Backup Tool

We were just discussing the other day what a pain it was to back up Outlook Express email.

Here's a freebie tool from  that backs up a variety of email databases.

I haven't given it a whirl yet, but will keep it in the toolbox for later use. ...

Friday, April 11, 2008

Vista, An Unwelcome Guest

Yes, it has been hours and hours of fun with installing Vista Business. I decided to put it in production. (that is totally taking one for the team)

I have to admit that they have the install process down and it went smoothly. However, just like you've heard, I couldn't get my HP OfficeJet L7580 to work correctly via the network. For that matter, my XP Pro SP2 ThinkPad won't network to the Vista laptop. Plus I will need some more coin to upgrade my QuickBooks.

Oh sure, there's more, and let me share with you that even though a software application says it is Vista compatible, that isn't always the case. If you install any software and it just plain doesn't work, you aren't going to get it to work regardless of what troubleshooting you may do.

That's all for now. From this point forward I will post about how we can make this a better user experience.

(Bauer, your licensed copy will be in the mail shortly. I don't want to be the only one having this much fun)

UPDATE: I booted XP today and my printer scan feature doesn't work in XP.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Vista Is In The House

I received my package that has Vista Business install CD's and a new 200GB hard drive yesterday. I plan on running a dual boot for awhile and then may move Vista to its own drive later.

I should be able to get started on this all day project later this week and will keep you posted on how smoothly (?) it went.

I don't anticipate any hardware issues with my T60p and really don't plan on putting Vista into production. I just didn't want to run it in a virtual environment. Which of course, I may opt for that later.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

10 Cool Gadgets

You can't get these gadgets in the U.S., but perhaps one day these cool gadgets will be available to us. ...

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Tiny HDTV Camera

It’s the smallest HD camera in the world and Toshiba will roll it out this month at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) convention in Las Vegas. The 2.3-ounce IK-HD1 is just 1.6 inches square and it can crank out glorious 1080i broadcast-quality color. ...

Friday, April 04, 2008

Vista Service Pack 1

SP1 contains a and patches that have accumulated since Vista first shipped in early 2007, plus some performance improvements.

And since that they will not be extending Windows XP cutoff date (June 30, 2008), looks like its time for me to migrate to Vista.

It should be hours of fun and you know I will blog about it soon!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Origami Plane From Outer Space

Look up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane, no it's an origami paper plane from outer space!

Those wacky Japanese scientists and origami masters hope to launch a paper airplane from space and learn from its trip back to Earth.

Since there is no way to track the paper craft or predict when or where the little darlings may land, does that not make the test pointless? At least they are following their dream eh? ...