Thursday, August 25, 2011

Windows 7 Screensaver Like Old Vista XP

Fantastic! How to make Windows 7 Screen saver perform like the old Windows Vista or SP.

Can Microsoft make 7 screensaver Pan and Zoom like Vista did?: "...the Windows Photo Gallery has been removed from Windows 7, but you can still obtain the Windows live screensaver once installing the Windows Live Photo Gallery, then you (can) get the Pan and Zoom effort. You just need to choose the Windows Live Photo Gallery as your screensaver, and change the setting to pan and zoom."

My favorite settings for screensaver:
Pan and Zoom
Shuffle Contents

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Blackberry is No Longer Receiving Emails

The solution is below. But for me that setting was already checked however what I found was that by simply making a change to that setting (even if you switch it back later) jump starts the email messages going to my Blackberry again. So thanks Jennifer on Afterwards, if there are no email and you expect there to be, go into the trash of your Email server (Yahoo in my case) and move it all back to the Inbox. It should then feed into your Blackberry. (My email client is Microsoft Outlook 2007, my phone is a Blackberry 8330, my service is with Verizon Wireless, and my email server is Yahoo Plus.)

Solution for Not Receiving Emails on BlackBerry - CoolBlackberryThemes Forums: I recently encountered a problem, where out of the blue, I was not receiving email on my BlackBerry. My emails were coming to my Outlook just fine, but I wasn't seeing them at all on my phone. After doing some digging, I found a very easy fix. Just follow these few simple steps in Outlook (I am using Outlook 2007) If you are using Yahoo, Gmail, etc, then the steps may be a bit different. 1. In Outlook, go to 'Tools' and then 'Account Settings' 2. Highlight your email address and select 'Change' 3. Click on 'More Settings' and then the 'Advanced' Tab 4. For the Delivery Option, check off the box that says 'Leave a copy of messages on the server'. You can choose to check off the box to remove them after so many days. I chose 2 days. 5. Click on 'ok' then 'next' and then 'finish' Within 20 minutes, all my emails started arriving. Hope this helps!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

HP Laserjet 1022 - How to install in Windows 7

This took forever to figure out. Windows 7 does not recognize an HP Laserjet 1022 to "plug and play". It also does not list the driver when you select to Add a Printer (even with a Windows update to find more drivers).

This is what you have to do:
  1. First be sure the printer is NOT connected to the computer.
  2. Go here on HP's support site and download the driver "Version 2.0" updated 9 Nov 2010: HP LaserJet Hostbased Plug and Play Basic Driver. (7/12/2015: HP keeps moving the driver. Here it is today:
  3. Once downloaded, find the driver (it will look like this: LJP1100_P1560_P1600-HB-win64-en), right click and choose "Run as Administrator".
  4. Plug the printer into the computer when the install process asks you to do so.
  5. Finally!  (You may need to shut down and restart your computer.)
It is possible you need to do one more step:

Go to Control Panel \Hardware and Sound \Devices and Printers and find the printer. Although you likely tried this before, right click on the printer and select troubleshoot. It likely didn't work before because the driver may have been corrupted. So try again after completing steps 1-6 above.

Coffee Break: Patiently Experiencing Zero by Badassjackson

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Outlook 2007 - My Settings

My favorite settings (and where to find the option):

Everything below starts within Outlook with Tools >

1. Options > Preferences > Email Options > "After moving or deleting an open item: Open the Next Item"

2. > Account Settings > Double-click an email address > More Settings > Advanced > Leave a copy of messages on the server.

3. > Options > Mail Setup Tab > Check box: Send immediately when connected.

4. > Options > Mail Setup Tab > Send/Receive button > Check: Schedule an automatic send/receive every 1 minute, and uncheck: Perform an automatic send/receive when exiting.

5. > Options > Mail Format tab > Stationery and Fonts button to Change email font to Automatic (default is light blue).

6. > Options > Spelling > Check: Always check spelling before sending

7. > Options > Other > Check: Empty the Deleted Items folder upon exiting

8. > Options > Other > Advanced Options &gt:
  • Uncheck Warn before permanently deleting items
  • Check Show Paste Options buttons
  • Uncheck Sync RSS Feeds to the Common Feed List
  • Startup in this folder: Inbox
9. > Options > Other > Reading Pane button:
  • Uncheck Mark items as read when viewed in the Reading Pane
  • Uncheck Mark item as read when selection changes
And here's how to change the location of the Data Folder. You'll want to do this fist, directly after installing Outlook.

You'll need to do this whenever you re-image your machine (or get a new one) if you want to use your existing Personal Folders. You may want to create a backup or copy of your Personal Folders just in case, but this works great.
  1. After initial install, close Outlook and go here to delete the newly created Personal Folders: c:\users\rls\appdata\local\microsoft\outlook (where 'rls' is your user name).
  2. Open Outlook. It will prompt for Personal Folder location. Point to your Personal Folders. 
Version: Microsoft Outlook 2007

Vaio VPCSC1AFM - Won't turn on

The computer will not turn on or has no power.

  • While following this procedure, note the LED status at each step. This will provide additional information for the technician if repair becomes necessary.
  • If model-specific information is required to complete any of the steps in this solution, refer to the operating instructions supplied with the product. Manuals are available online through the Manuals/Specs/Warranty link on this page.
NOTE: Some computers are designed with hooks above the LCD screen that secure the lid when closed. A switch inside the holes below the touchpad detects when the lid is closed and latched. If the switch is stuck, the computer may not turn on properly. Check to make sure the switch is working properly.
  1. Connect the AC adapter into a known working AC outlet and to the DC jack on the notebook.
    • Verify the correct Sony AC adapter is being used, and not a third-party replacement AC adapter. To determine the model number of the AC adapter for your computer, refer to the specifications available online through theManuals/Specs/Warranty link on this page.
    • Do not connect the AC adapter to a surge protector or extension cord.
    • If the DC jack on the computer is loose or damaged, the computer may require service.
    • Some AC adapters have a POWER LED indicator and can be confirmed as receiving power by ensuring the LED is lit. If the AC adapter is damaged, or the LED is not lit or continuously flickers when plugged into a working AC outlet, the adapter must be replaced. A replacement AC adapter can be obtained from the Sony® Parts and Accessories Sales Web site at or by calling (239) 768-7691.
  2. Attempt to turn on the computer normally.
  3. Press and hold the Power Switch for 5 seconds.
  4. Remove the battery.
  5. Disconnect the AC power adapter.
  6. Press and hold the Power Switch for 5 seconds.
  7. Connect the AC power adapter.
  8. Attempt to turn on the computer.
    NOTE: If the computer turns on without the battery, connect and charge the battery for 24 hours.
  9. Disconnect all external devices that are connected to the computer.
    • These devices include, but are not limited to, a modem, floppy disk drive, network connection, USB device, printer, keyboard, or mouse.
    • On older model computers, the maximum current output from the USB is 500ma. If a connected USB device draws more current than this amount, the unit may not power on.
  10. Attempt to turn on the computer.
  11. Remove any additional Random Access Memory (RAM) that was installed in the computer.
  12. Attempt to turn on the computer.
    • The troubleshooting steps listed above should resolve your issue. If you have completed all of the steps and the issue is not resolved, service may be required.
    • When shipping the computer for repair, include all notes of the LED status that display during troubleshooting.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

How to Turn a Twitter User's Stream into an RSS Feed

Replace 'beckysnyder' with any twitter name. You can then add that URL to any RSS reader (I use Google Reader).

Friday, August 5, 2011

Where are Sticky Notes Stored?

If you want to include your Microsoft Sticky Notes in your backups, find them here:
C:\Users\rls\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Sticky Notes (where rls is your user name)

The file is called: StickyNotes.snt, and that is what you want to save.

See here for: How to Remove Microsoft Sticky Notes from Startup

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Where's the Num Lock Key on the Mac Keyboard

Shift + Clear (the key above the 7 on the number pad)

Mac/Apple num lock

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Windows 7 - Adjust Taskbar Hover Delay

Here is how to adjust the amount of time you need to hover over the taskbar button before the preview (or button text appears). I found that the hover time was too short out of the box.
  1. Click on the Start Button and type in Regedit and hit Enter.
  2. Navigate through HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced.
  3. Right click on Advanced and select New DWORD and name the new value "ExtendedUIHoverTime".
  4. Right click on ExtendedUIHoverTime and select Modify.
  5. Switch to Decimal base and enter in your new number.  The default is 400 milliseconds. I like to set mine to 100 for a 100 millisecond delay. (Digital Q&A: 20000 is right for me).
  6. Once changed click OK and restart the explorer process or restart your computer.

Best Buy Blue Label Press Release

Saving the text here just in case. It talks about the extended 2-year warranty, etc.
Best Buy® Launches Pre-Sale of Exclusive Blue Label(TM) 3.0 Laptop Line | Reuters

Best Buy® Launches Pre-Sale of Exclusive Blue Label(TM) 3.0 Laptop Line

Thu Apr 14, 2011 12:36pm EDT

Collaboration with Intel, Sony and Toshiba yields two new notebooks that meet consumer expectations for performance and protection
MINNEAPOLIS - April 14, 2011 - Today Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) launches the online pre-sale of Blue Label 3.0 laptops, the latest computing solutions in an exclusive line created by and for consumers. Developed and manufactured in partnership with Intel®, Sony and Toshiba, the two new Blue Label notebooks deliver a combination of features such as pre-loaded anti-theft technology, streaming wirelessly to your TV in 1080p and solid state hybrid technology.
Blue Label 3.0 laptops are the latest arrivals in the customer-inspired You Spoke, We Listened program at Best Buy. The new Toshiba Satellite® E305 (priced at $899.99) and Sony VAIO® VPCSC1AFM/S (priced at $949.99) are available for online pre-order beginning today, and for sale in-store and on-line starting May 1.
"Three years ago, when we first launched Blue Label, we created thin, lightweight laptops with backlit keyboards and prolonged battery life because those were the features people said were really important to them," said Jason Bonfig, vice president of Computing at Best Buy. "Today, those form factors are really the new basics, and what we're creating now are notebooks with a whole new set of essentials that improve performance and deliver better data protection."
"Best Buy's Blue Label 3.0 program is bringing great PC innovation like 2nd Generation Intel® Core Processors, Intel® Anti-Theft Technology and Intel Wireless Display 2.0 to the market in attractive form factors. And when great performance and innovative features come together in cool form factors, consumers win," said Mooly Eden, vice president and general manager of Intel's PC Client Group.
Blue Label 3.0 laptops offer a broad range of features to address consumer expectations for getting fast, reliable and safe performance from their notebooks. With a backlit keyboard and improved battery life to seven hours, the laptops also feature:
· PC Theft Defense (PCTD) service powered by Intel Anti-Theft Technology provides hardware-enabled security for added peace of mind. If the PC is lost or stolen, PCTD service will automatically shut down the PC and lock down the data stored on the PC. Built directly into the hardware, Intel Anti-Theft provides local protection that works even if a thief reinstalls the operating system, uses a new hard-drive or stays off the Internet. These Blue Label 3.0 systems include three years' of PC Theft Defense service.
· A built-in Blu-Ray drive and Wireless Display technology with push button streaming to provide easy transfer of content from the laptop to the TV in 1080p without wires. Included in the package is the NETGEAR Push2TV(TM) adapter that connects to the HDMI port on the television.
· A Seagate solid state hybrid drive with up to 50 percent faster boot-up time over 7200 RPM1.
· A two-year extended manufacturer's limited warranty, 90 days of Geek Squad phone and remote support, and 12 months of Anti-Virus protection.
More information about Blue Label 3.0 laptops is available by visiting Customers also can conveniently pre-order a new laptop at this site for free in-home delivery beginning May 1.
About You Spoke, We Listened
Since their launch in late 2008, laptops emerging from the You Spoke, We Listened program at Best Buy have changed the dynamics of how computers are designed. Each generation originates with insight into desired features, styling and performance gleaned from Best Buy's own customers and employees. These are translated into product specifications for further development by the retailer's computing partners. The resulting laptops are offered under the brand names Blue Label, Next Class and First Glimpse, and are available exclusively at Best Buy stores and online.
About Best Buy Co., Inc.
With operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, China and Mexico, Best Buy is a multinational retailer of technology and entertainment products and services with a commitment to growth and innovation. The Best Buy family of brands and partnerships collectively generates more than $50 billion in annual revenue and includes brands such as Best Buy, Audiovisions, Best Buy Mobile, The Carphone Warehouse, Five Star, Future Shop, Geek Squad, Magnolia Audio Video, Napster, Pacific Sales, and The Phone House. Approximately 180,000 employees apply their talents to help bring the benefits of these brands to life for customers through retail locations, multiple call centers and Web sites, in-home solutions, product delivery and activities in our communities. Community partnership is central to the way Best Buy does business. In fiscal 2011, the company donated approximately $25 million to improve the vitality of the communities where its employees and customers live and work. For more information about Best Buy, visit
1Performance may vary depending on user's hardware configuration and operating system. Test results based on comparison with traditional 5400 RPM HDD using Windows® 7 OS and PCMark® Vantage benchmark analysis.
Media Contacts:
Paula Baldwin, Best Buy

Monday, August 1, 2011

Excel - Problem with Dates Older than 1930

If your dates are displaying incorrectly, e.g. 1935 shows as 2035, this is why. It can be frustrating because although the date looks correct in the cell, if you select the cell and view the formula bar you'll see a different date shows there. This occurs only when you use 2 digits for the year. You will not have this problem if you use 4 digits for the year.

Any 2-digit year on or after 1/1/30 (1/1/1930) will show correctly in the 1900's. Any 2-digit year before 1/1/30 will show incorrectly in the 2000's, basically putting a '20' in front of the 2 digits instead of '19'.  Thus:

1/1/30 = 1/1/1930
1/1/31 = 1/1/1931


1/1/00 = 1/1/2000
1/1/01 = 1/1/2001
1/1/29 = 1/1/2029

I recommend always using 4-digit years. You can then format the cell to display anyway you'd like (use "customize" if the way you like is not shown).

Microsoft support offers these solutions:
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