To make sure you don't lose your valuable data, it's important that you keep current backups of all your data and keep those stored on a different account somewhere else. CPanel/WHM offers an automated backup with most hosting packages, but those backups bundle files with databases and doesn't give you much control as to which specific databases are backed up.
My setup works like this :
- I run a dedicated server with Hostforweb.
- I got an unlimited storage/hosting account with Anhosting. This is my backup account.
- I run weekly backups through CPanel/WHM from my dedicated server to the backup account. This is easy to setup in Cpanel/WHM.
- I run daily database backups to the backup account by running AutoMySQLBackup on a daily cron, set to keep the latest 7 days of backups.
That saved my ass a few times in the past.
Make sure you verify the backups once you set things up. Don't assume things work, check'em.
Trying to tether your mobile but getting filtered by T-Mobile? T-mobile actually offers you to upgrade your plan to include tethering for 15US$/month. But that only starts from your next billing cycle. For a quicker solution that's kind of a workaround - Ben provides a helpful tip :
Their filtering is based on HTTP user-agents. If your user-agent matches a known user-agent that is not android it
will reject the traffic.
- Tunnel your traffic using SSH, VPN or SOCKS
- Spoof your user-agent for all HTTP traffic
- Remove a user-agent from any script or program you have that you need to use.
One option is to use a VPN. Another is to remove the useragent from your browser.
How? On your desktop, install the following browser extensions :
The way that Outlook 2010 handles time-zones makes very little sense. For those moving around a lot, like myself, it's a disaster. Changing the time-zone in Windows automatically updates the settings for Outlook 2010 and the appointments shift with the difference between the original time-zone and the newly selected one.
After looking around for quite a while, it seems there are a couple of awkward solutions.
Here's from Slipstick's "Outlook's Appointments and Time Zones":
Microsoft released a tool that will update appointments when you permanently change time zones. It works with all versions of Outlook. Outlook 2007 includes an earlier version of this tool but Microsoft recommends using downloading the new tool for best results.
Microsoft Office Outlook Tool: Time Zone Data Update Tool for Microsoft Office Outlook
If you prefer to control the time changes yourself, use the following method:
If you create appointments when the computer clock is set for the wrong time zone, or if you move to a new time zone, you can't change the time zone without messing up the appointment times and all day appointments will span two days. You can export the calendar to a non-Outlook format (Excel or CSV works well), then change the time zone settings and import the items back into Outlook.
- Set the computer's time zone and daylight time settings so the appointment times are correct.
- Go to File, Import and Export and follow the wizard to export the calendar to an Excel or CSV format file. Do not export to a PST.
- Correct the computer's time zone and daylight time settings so the time zone is correct for your location.
- Create a new calendar folder in your mailbox, if desired, and move the calendar items to it. Otherwise, delete them.
- Import the calendar items you exported earlier.
- When you are satisfied that the appointments are correct, delete the new calendar folder and all of the old appointments in it.
I personally recommend the first approach as the one that works best for me. When I move between timezones I update all the appointments to the timezone I move to and then change the Windows timezone setting.
The speaker in my Acer Liquid E stopped working 2 weeks after warranty ended. At first, I thought it was a software glitch because of some app, so I reinstalled the entire Android 2.3 OS on the mobile with LiquidNext (official website). I got amazing new capabilities with that OS ROM, but no speaker.
Hardware problem then. The Wan Chai people in HK wanted a hefty sum just to look at it, Acer wanted even more. Seriously? for a lousy mobile speaker...
So, I took my Acer apart. First time I ever opened up a mobile, and I didn't realize just how challenging that is. After playing around a bit, I was somehow able to reach the speaker. I then looked up the part, and saw that HP iPaq Voice Messenger looks similar (4.9US$ + 6US$ delivery). I also saw that this was discussed on XDA developers.
I ordered it in, waited a few days, got the package, dismantled the Acer again, patched the new speaker inside, prayed a bit to the mobile Gods, and .... what do you know - speaker works.
I'm awarding myself a geek medal.
Facebook has made a recent change requiring SSL connections for Facebook pages, and you're probably in need of a solution. This post will explain a few of the available solutions.
First, the problem. iLocalsearch explains:
The nitty gritty is …
- From October 1st 2011 your Facebook Page will have to be served through HTTPS as opposed to just HTTP and for security that’s a good thing!
- You will have a valid SSL certificate on your hosting.
- You will need to complete the “Secure Canvas URL” and “Secure Tab URL” fields in the Developer App with the corresponding information.
- If you are using a 3rd party app for your Facebook Page customization the platform used to host your Page must have a valid SSL certificate.
So, to run a Facebook app/page you'll be needing an SSL certificates and those things cost money.
What are the options?
For those us who don’t run mission critical portals, that is not an option. Let us see how to get free SSL certificates from StartSSL.
If you have some sort of a shared hosting account that offers Shared SSL, you could just use that. PennyButler offers an example guide for HostGator, but I've successfully implemented this in other services (e.g. Anhosting & Hostforweb)
Facebook dedicated solutions
Don't stress if you can't afford an SSL certificate for Facebook's SSL migration...
...Use this FREE service to adapt your Facebook pages so that it's viewable over an HTTPS connection.
There are some complications to this, as they'll explain on the page, but most of the issues are easy to solve and their version 2 is quite slick.
Know of any other solutions? let me know.
Looking for some free group chat room widgets for your website/blog?
After researching this for a while, here are the options I came across:
They all have their advantages and disadvantages. I started with using Chatroll but then moved to Chatango on one of my social websites (Chinese Garden). It’s installed on the sidebar on all pages and users using the forums can either converse there or maximize it and use the more advanced features.
If you know of any others, please let me know.
It's one of those Windows 7 annoyances, and there's almost no documentation as to what that message really means. As it turns out, it's related to either using Trillian or Windows 7 Mapping (as in mapping a network drive on your computer so that for example drive X would point to some address on the server or the web). You probably noticed that if you click on the message, nothing happens and the message may reappear, especially after reboot.
Windows 7 mapping
Generally, to remove a mapped drive open your command prompt (start -> run -> cmd) and run the following for drive H :
net use h: /d
change h to whatever drive you mapped.
If you're not sure which drive you mapped, just run the following
net use /persistent:no
Restart your computer and you're done.
Another documented reason for this problem could be using Trillian which for some strange reason decided this is how it wants to report a lost connection.
Some people note :
It didn't used to exist in Trillian 3 and earlier, but Trillian 4 and 5 it's been there as long as I can remember (though I never took part of early testing for Trillian 4).
Only thing I can suggest is pay more attention to the device listing and verify it's all your pc, same name and ip. If it's different, change your password. IF it's the same, you're losing your connection to the Trillian servers for some reason.
No documented fix for this, as far as I know. You might wanna disconnect from Trillian Astra, or move to a different client like Digsby.
Your Outlook 2010 not indexing your emails anymore? Oulook Search stopped working? There’s something about Outlook 2010 search that gives you the feeling it’s not quite there, yet. Some Outlook versions relied on Windows Search, some depended on internal search, and so it leaves you wondering why is it that Microsoft can’t produce a solid search for something as important as email in one of the Office flag products.
If you search around the web, you’re likely to find thousands of threads on Microsoft related forums. Of all those threads, this is the solution that worked for me :
- If you do this: Open Outlook click on File > Options > Search > Indexing options > Modify > Uncheck Outlook
Click on OK then close and restart Outlook to check if search results fetch correctly.
What you are using is the Outlook search that is not the Windows Search of Win7. In my case I already tried that.
- the registry key: "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" does not exist on Win7 so this did not work.
- And for the rest of the recommendations, believe I made a good research before post this, they did not work. And something to remark I do not believe that we need to rebuilt a system in order to fix an issue, since this is happening in several machines. I truly believe that someone of Microsoft should step in and take ownership of this issue, since as you could read there are several threads with the same situation without a real solution to this bug.
The problem is that the Outlook Search is the combination of Windows Search and Outlook 2010 and something is not working properly. (In some cases)
Other common solution :
This simple one fixes most of the cases (source)
Turn Windows Indexing Service back on. (eh hemm… duh)
1. Control Panel >> Programs >> Programs and Features >> Turn Windows Features on or off
2. Tick (check mark) the Indexing Service check box and hit OK
Finally, when it comes to Outlook search, I strongly recommend just using a 3rd party solution. Google Desktop is free but showing signs it’s not going to be there for much longer. I personally use the free version of Xobni.
For a few months I had a very annoying issue with my ASUS UL30A. Once playing videos, the computer would start freezing for a long while and then get back to normal as if nothing happened. I was recently able to track down the problem and posting it here in hope that it would help others experiencing similar issues.
The exact specs are – an ASUS computer model UL30A, with Windows 7 64-bit, bought around April 2010. To see what this would look like, others have actually posted videos of the problem on Youtube :
Who else has this problem? a quick online search would show you there are many others experiencing the same frustrating thing. Examples:
- ASUS K50ID & Windows 7 = Random freezes
- Random freezes with windows 7 - 64 bit
- Asus UL30A - freezing/locking up periodically
- Computer freezes when playing video
- Windows 7 freezes
So how was this solved? this is what I recently posted on a number of related forums:
I had the exact same problem for months till I noticed that the problem doesn't occur when I'm not connected through Wifi. Turns out it had something to do with the newer UL30A wifi drivers. I rolled back to an older version (http://support.asus.com/Download.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=UL30A&p=3&s=208) - Version V184.108.40.206 - and everything went back to normal.
I'd say your best bet is to uninstall all the non-Windows drivers, make sure they're scrapped out completely (http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/83814-drivers-clean-left-over-files-after-uninstalling.html?filter=Hardware%20and%20Drivers) and test this again, if it works reinstall the drivers one by one and see which one is causing the pain.
Hope that helps.
Update Sep 14th : a visitor with a similar problem reports that the problem was back. My reply was that Windows Update updated the drivers automatically :
Wait... if the problem disappeared for a short while and came back again this means it was working for a while. When you connect through LAN but not through Wifi, do you still have this problem?
My hunch is that although you rolled back the driver you have Windows Update installing updates automatically and that it reinstalled the new driver which brought back the trouble.
First - test to see what happens if you're not using Wifi but only using LAN. I think you'd be surprised this doesn't happen anymore.
If that's true ... I suggest disabling auto updates on Windows Updates, rolling back the Wifi driver to the previous one, and when needed - manually updating the drivers that are not related to ASUS drivers.
Update Sep 24th - Pikapp followed this advice and posted a detailed explanation :
Trying this based on other comments:
1. Right click on your wireless network connection and click Open Network and Sharing Center.
2. Click Change Adapter Settings on left side.
3. Right click on wireless network connection and click properties.
4. Click Configure
5. Click driver tab
6. Click Uninstall
7. Make sure you check the box that says "remove driver files"
9. Upon reboot, your wireless card will reinstall. You may need to turn your wireless back on (FN + F2) and reconnect back to your network.
10. Go to start menu, type Update into the search bar and select Windows Update.
11. Click Change Settings.
12. If your computer is set to Automatically Install Updates, change it to "Download updates but let me choose whether to install them". *** if not,your computer will automatically update your driver from the 2009 driver that works to a newer driver that doesn't. The driver that works is dated 6/9/2009 and is version 220.127.116.11.
If you see an update to the wireless card driver (which I did right away), you can hide it by right clicking on it and selecting hide.
It's only been one day but it seems to work so far.
You could easily just update the driver from the Device Manager but this suggests that the approach works.
Let me know if this worked for you.
Having problems installing, uninstalling or upgrading Adobe AIR? you're not alone. You may be getting all sorts of strange error codes, the most common of which is very vague "error has occurred".
To get a functioning Adobe AIR you'll need to get rid of the old one and install the new one. Follow these simple steps:
- Make sure MSI logging is enabled (see Microsoft support forums for how).
- Run Air Zapper (from the Adobe Forums)
- Download and reinstall Adobe AIR.
Walla! all done.
Helped? have a different way? let me know.
Tired of Google Chrome displaying "resolving proxy" each time you open the browser? It's a very minor issue but since I've been asked about it a few times, the quick and simple answer is that it has to do with the automatic proxy detection setting in "Internet Options.
Here's a helpful video to show you how to change that setting :
The Chrome help page writes:
If Google Chrome seems to take a long time to load a website or search, it may be configured to acccess pages through a web proxy. Check whether the "Resolving proxy" message appears in the lower-left corner of the browser window.
Follow these steps to change your proxy setting (for Windows):
- Click the wrench icon on the browser toolbar.
- Select Options.
- Click the Under the Hood tab.
- In the "Network" section, click Change proxy settings. This will open the Internet Properties dialog.
- Click LAN settings .
- Deselect the "Automatically detect settings" checkbox.
Pureinfotech has clear instructions with screenshots.
Just a quick note to recommend Team Viewer as a solution for remote tech support to your family/friends/colleagues.
I love the features on this too:
Remote support without installation
Highest security standard
Works behind firewalls
and best of all, it’s extremely easy to use and free for non-commercial use. Brilliant.
Few ways to go about it, but simply download and run on both ends, exchange the id and password and you’re ready to go.
Is your computer completely messed up by a curious software (Windows 7 Restore / Windows 7 Recovery / Ultra Defragger) that got installed somehow and you’re not sure how? yeah, it’s a very frustrating Fake Alert trojan and it’s not easy to remove. This post will include some of the instructions that followed how I faced this Fake Alert trojan and completely removed it, all thanks to wonderful helpful posts on the web by people who ask for nothing in return.
First, take a look at these screenshots, perhaps the software that cause all this resembles these to some extent.
Essentially the steps are (adopted from the terrific Remove Ultra Defragger Uninstall Guide) :
Ignore all messages from the program.
Goto “Run”, write “www.google.com” or “iExpore.exe” if you’re running Internet Explorer and press Enter to start your browser.
Download and run RKill : RKill Download Link
Download and run Malwarebytes : Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Download Link
Scan your computer, remove all the threats.
Download and run Unhide : Unhide.exe
Re-gain ownership over all of your directories. The easiest way to do that would be to use the script provided in this post : Add "Take Ownership" to Explorer Right-Click Menu in Win 7 or Vista
Restore your start-up menu, desktop etc. by following these very helpful instructions by Broni : Unhide.exe didn't work! I used unhide.exe to unhide my files but it didn't work. which essentially is about downloading SystemLook (32bit, 64bit) and follow these instructions (replace <username> with your username)
The program may have disabled your “recent items'” or “recent programs” options in your start menu, so you might want to follow "How to Turn Recent Programs On or Off in Windows 7”
Lastly, it could be that some of your icons disappeared (desktop, office). Repair or reinstall your software for those to come back, or you can try this - “How to Rebuild the Icon Cache in Vista”
Restart, make sure it’s all there and back to normal.
Let me know how it all worked out for you.
Windows has some really annoying nuisances and this is one of the top ones. “Windows Update” requires a computer restart (reboot) after it finishes installing the updates. It doesn’t care much if you’re working or not, and the postpone button allows only between 10 minutes to 4 hours, and if you postpone it long enough it will start counting down by itself and force a restart. This is a problem if you’re in the middle of important work or you’re leaving your computer to run something while you’re away.
Know this next annoying nag screen?
To disable that until the next reboot goto cmd (click Start->Run and type in cmd or just type cmd in the Start “search program and files” box). Once cmd has opened type in the following command:
net stop "windows update"
If this doesn’t work rightclick on cmd when it shows up and select “Run as Administrator” to make sure it has the right permissions to stop the Windows Update service. (source)
Alternatively, try the following from ITexperience:
To clear the pending reboot, do the following:
- Click Start, click Run, type “regedit” and click OK
- Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Auto Update\
- Right-click the key (folder) “RebootRequired” and click Delete
Additionally, you may have to restart the Automatic Updates server. To restart Automatic Updates, do the following:
- Click Start, click Run, type “services.msc” and click OK
- Right click on Automatic Updates and click “Restart“
If you know of any other way, do share with us.
After 6 happy months with an Android device and endless experimentation with all sorts of applications following is a list the apps that I use for Android which I recommend (as of Q2 2011).
Check out the following applications:
- SlideIT Keyboard – An amazing keyboard. Makes you feel sorry for everyone else having to type each letter.
- Application Protect- Protect your apps and private info.
- Tweetdeck – Twitter/Facebook
- QQPlayer – Best player, plays FLVs.
- ES File Explorer – Best file explorer/installer.
- ES Task Manager – Shut down task consuming battery power.
- Skype – Calls for free or very cheap.
- WhatsApp – free text messaging to those who use it.
- Go Launcher – Fast and easy launcher replacement.
- Go SMS Pro – SMS replacement.
- Go Contacts – Contacts replacement.
- Go Dialer – Dialer replacement.
- Go Weather – Best weather display.
- Google Pinyin – Type Chinese in Pinyin.
- Google Translate – Chinese-English translations.
- Hanping CE – Chinese-Pinyin-English dictionary.
- gReader – Offline Google Reader reading.
- Audiomanager Console – fine tune volume preferences.
- MyPhoneExplorer Client – Sync contacts with PC.
- SetCPU – Optimizes your performance (requires root).
- Titanium Backup – Backup your apps (requires root).
- Apps2SD – dah! move apps to SD rather than taking up memory.
Aside from SlideIT which has a time-limited free version all the rest are completely free, which is quite remarkable, and you can find them on the Android market.
These are the basics. More advanced ones to hopefully follow later..
Having trouble connecting to your corporate 802.1x WPA2 network using MSCHAPv2 on your Android? Yeah, it’s a well known problem with Android versions 2.1 and 2.2. Sometimes it works, most times it doesn’t. You can see endless forum threads about this.
My case was that I was trying to connect to my university corporate network (see here), using the following settings:
Enter wireless network information
EAP method: PEAP
Phase 2 authentication: MSCHAPV2
Yep the same problem kept coming up. Android would refuse to remember either the phase 2 authentication or the password.
The best way to solve this issue is install an application called Wifi Config (or Wifi Configuration or Wifi Advanced Config Editor). If you don’t have access to Android Market and you’d rather download and transfer to the devide then follow this link.
It fixes the MSCHAPV2 bug and allows you to tweak the connection settings.
Hope that helps. If you know of another way, share that with us here.
I run Avira Anti-Virus and install it for friends and family that ask for a free personal anti-virus. Compared to the other freebies, it’s extremely light-weight and easy on the computer resources, especially on memory. The only downside to it, an annoying downside, is that nag screen known as “Avira Notifier”. Haven’t they heard that pop-ups are not user-friendly? I honestly don’t understand what they hope to gain from those.
Still, it’s very easy to get rid of it. I personally like the “NoNotifyAvira'” freeware that puts the right registry setting to block the popup. Essentially, this is what it looks like after you run it:
About the little program:
NoNotifyAvira is a small and simple utility that can remove the advertising of update and startup splash screen of Avira Antivir.
Note: Some antivirus and antispyware programs flag NoNotifyAvira as being infected/malware, although the application is perfectly safe and does not pose a threat to your system. This is called a 'false positive'. The term false positive is used when antivirus software wrongly classifies an innocuous ( inoffensive ) file as a virus. The incorrect detection may be due to heuristics or to an incorrect virus signature in a database. [Similar problems can occur with antitrojan or antispyware software.]
Here’s from the readme.txt file on how to use No Notify Avira :
- disable Avira Antivir Guard
- execute No Notify Avira with administrator privileges
- re-enable Avira Antivir Guard
and you’re set.
There are slightly more complicated methods, I’ll refer you to the following blog posts detailing alternate ways :
Any iPhone and Android phone owner knows Angry Birds. It has become one of the most popular games for the mobile platform. It has recently been featured in an Israeli TV prime-time comedy on the attempt to resolve the conflict between the birds and the pigs.
Just as an intro on Angry Birds, Wikipedia explains:
Angry Birds is a puzzle video game developed by Rovio, a developer based in Finland. Since its release for Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch devices, over 10 million copies of the game have been purchased, and versions have appeared for other touchscreen-based smartphones.
Host : friends, after too long and many victims on both sides, I believe we have finally reached an agreement that will end this unneccessary conflict between the both of you.
The UN will provide the pigs with protection against air strikes, and the birds will get most of their eggs back.
Bird right : OOoooowweeeeee.
Bird middle : Don't show them that you're excited, it's only an agreement on principles. [to the pigs] It's time to end the conflict, that have hurt millions, and many others who were no longer able to concentrate at work. [to the left bird] maybe enough with the food? honor the ceremony!
Bird left : What have I done?
Bird middle : What have you done? stop eating like a pig!
Pig right : Huh? why talk that way?
Birds : (aggressively) Why? what would you do?
(aggression all over the place)
Host : friends, please, friends... let's put the anger behind us...
Birds : everything is okay, everything is okay...
Host : Gentlemen, let's not ruin this historic moment.
Pig right : Too bad my dad isn't here, he was killed in level 9 of the free version.
Birds : But you started all that... (laughing)
Pig right : what?!?!
Birds : (aggressively) Why? what would you do?
(aggression all over the place)
(host plays the music, and they all start dancing)
Host : here's the photographer.
Photographer bird : We will not give up the historical eggs!
Birds : (aggressively) Why? what would you do?
(aggression all over the place)
Photographer bird : In the name of all our bird brothers and sisters that crashed on the glass and died on the concrete walls! the victims of the special Halloween version will not be forgotten!
Host : (on the phone) quick! get me a flight to Finland, they're out of control.
- LEVEL FAILED -
Can’t see Hebrew/Vietnamese/Arabic or some other language on your Android 2.1 phone? I couldn’t either, on the newly purchased Acer Liquid E (which I strongly recommend).
It’s pretty simple and straight forward:
- Root your device (different phones have different ways of doing that. If you’re using Acer Liquid E – use Malez’s Recovery Tool)
- Download Dejavu Fonts.
- Unpack, extract DejaVuSans.ttf.
- Connect to USB, mount your SDCard.
- Copy DejaVuSans.ttf to your SDCard, rename it to DroidSansFallback.ttf
- Get a software to control your Android through USB (usually - Android SDK tools, if you’re using Acer Liquid E Superboot is another option).
- Open emulation (either “abd shell” command, or “abd-windows shell” on superboot).
Then, run the following by typing (/copypasting) them on the shell prompt:
mount -o rw,remount -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system chmod 4755 /system/fonts/DroidSansFallback.ttf dd if=/sdcard/DroidSansFallback.ttf of=/system/fonts/DroidSansFallback.ttf reboot
PLEASE NOTE :
- After the first SU command, wait for the superuser screen to appear on your Android mobile and press yes when they ask you the question.
- If there’s a problem accessing SDcard on the dd command, make sure you unmount it or turn it off, and then re the dd command and.
More related readings :
Can’t start Firefox and don’t know why? Got this on Twitter :
My #Firefox on #Mac quits every time at launch - no way to use it, even after reinstall. Anyone with any idea?
Replied with :
@ewangenius start it in safe mode, disable all addons, restart. http://bit.ly/dasl7O
Got back :
@filination Thanks for your message. I got into the safe mode and found Firefox Sync caused the crash! Weird...
Makes sense, easy to do.
The reason I’m sharing this very obvious trick has to do with how poorly Firefox handles add-ons. In Firefox 3.6 a new feature was introduces called Plugin Container, which not only doesn’t do anything to help stability but also makes Firefox extremely slow.
To make things faster, I actually recommend that you disabled it (instructions quoted from TechnoGadge):
Steps to stop plugin-container.exe process:
- Open Firefox web browser.
- Type about:config in the address bar and press Enter key.
- A warning will appear. Ignore it and press the “I’ll be careful, I promise!” button.
- In the Filter field type dom.ipc. Six preferences will appear for the filter dom.ipc.
- Ignore first and last preferences (dom.ipc.plugins.enabled and dom.ipc.plugins.timeoutSecs). Toggle (double-click) each of the four remaining preferences to change the value from “true” to “false“.
- That’s it. For help, take a look at the screenshot.
Sit back and watch your Firefox load SO much faster. It’s ridiculous.