Sunday, November 20, 2016

How to restart the Print Spooler

This is the solution that worked for me:

Problem: Windows cannot open "add printer. The local print spooler service is not running. Please restart the spooler or restart the machine.
  1. Click Start.
  2. Type services.msc in the start search box and press enter.
  3. Right click on print spooler and click on properties.
  4. Check if the startup type is automatic. If it is not then change it to automatic.
  5. Check if the service status is stopped. If yes then click on the start button.
  6. Click OK to cancel out of the Properties box.
  7. In the left panel back on the Services page click Restart

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

iOS 10.1.1 Release Notes 10/31/2016 (iPhone, iPad)

iOS 10.1.1 Release Notes

This update includes Portrait Camera for iPhone 7 Plus (beta), transit directions for Japan, stability improvements and bug fixes.

iOS 10.1.1 introduces new features and improvements including:

Camera and Photos

  •  Introduces Portrait Camera for iPhone 7 Plus that creates a depth effect that keeps your subject sharp while creating a beautifully blurred background (beta)
    •  People names in the Photos app are saved in iCloud backups
    •  Improved the display of wide color gamut photos in the grid views of the Photos app
    •  Fixes an issue where opening the Camera app would show a blurred or flashing screen for some users
    •  Fixes an issue that caused Photos to quit for some users when turning on iCloud Photo Library


    •  Transit support for every major train, subway, ferry, and national bus line, as well as local bus systems for Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya
    •  Sign-based transit navigation including layouts of all underground structures and walkways that connect large transit stations
    •  Transit fare comparison when viewing alternative transit routes


    •  New option to replay bubble and full screen effects
    •  Messages effects can play with Reduce Motion enabled
    •  Fixes an issue that could lead to contact names appearing incorrectly in Messages
    •  Addresses an issue where Messages could open to a white screen
    •  Addresses an issue that could prevent the report junk option from displaying with unknown senders
    •  Fixes an issue where videos captured and sent in the Messages app could be missing audio

Apple Watch

    •  Adds distance and average pace to workout summaries in the Activity app for outdoor wheelchair run pace and outdoor wheelchair walk pace
    •  Fixes issues that may have prevented Music playlists from syncing to Apple Watch
    •  Addresses an issue that was preventing invitations and data to appear in Activity Sharing
    •  Fixes an issue that was allowing Activity Sharing to update over cellular when manually disabled
    •  Resolves an issue that was causing some third-party apps to crash when inputting text

Other improvements and fixes

    •  Improves Bluetooth connectivity with 3rd party accessories
    •  Improves AirPlay Mirroring performance when waking a device from sleep
    •  Fixes an issue where playback would not work for iTunes purchased content when the "Show iTunes Purchases" setting is turned off
    •  Fixes an issue where certain selfie apps and face filters used with the FaceTime HD Camera on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus did not display a live preview
    •  Fixes an issue in Health where individual strokes are converted to separate characters when using the Chinese handwriting keyboard
    •  Improves performance of sharing websites from Safari to Messages
    •  Fixes an issue in Safari that caused web previews in tab view to not display correctly
    •  Fixes an issue that caused certain Mail messages to be reformatted with very small text
    •  Fixes an issue that caused some HTML email to be formatted incorrectly
    •  Fixes an issue that in some cases caused the search field to disappear in Mail
    •  Fixes an issue that could prevent Today View Widgets from updating when launched
    •  Fixes an issue where Weather widget sometimes failed to load data
    •  Fixes an issue on iPhone 7 where Home Button click settings would not appear in search results
    •  Fixes an issue that prevented spam alert extensions from blocking calls
    •  Resolves an issue that could prevent alarm sounds from going off
    •  Fixes an issue where audio playback via Bluetooth would cause the Taptic engine to stop providing feedback for some users
    •  Resolves an issue preventing some users from restoring from iCloud Backup

For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

iPhone Music Stuck on White Screen

This was the best and easiest solution when my iPhone Music app was stuck on a white screen:

1. Double click on the Home button
2. Swipe all the app screens upwards one by one until only the home screen is left
3. Click on the Home button
4. Press and hold the Sleep / Wake button until the screen shows something like "Swipe to turn off"
5. After 30 seconds or so, press and hold the Sleep / Wake button to restart the iPhone."

Source: Music App show white Screen | Official Apple Support Communities

Friday, October 14, 2016

Stop ads from following you around the internet

Stop ads from following you around the internet. Sometimes I've already bought the product so it's even more annoying. AKA Remarking, Retargeting, Online Behavior advertising,

I just opted out of a big one here. So many flashing ads. So annoying:

Update 10/15/2016: Another opt out. This one will stop your Amazon viewing from following you around the internet:

Update 10/24/2016: Another site to set opt-out preferences (it just set 106 opt-outs for me today):

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Find your Lost Phone via Google

Nice. Google can help you find your lost phone:

Excellent if you are traveling out of the country and lose your phone.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

How to Open Amazon's Firestick!

Thanks to this YouTuber, here is exacly how to open the firestick to insert batteries.

OMG Amazon!

Note this plays on YouTube:

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

How to Add Missing Artwork to iTunes

Here's how to add missing artwork to your albums in iTunes for PC's:
  • Open iTunes.
  • Click on "Albums" under "Library" in the left panel.
  • Right click on an album with missing artwork (the place holder is a set of large musical notes).
  • Click Get Artwork.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

How to Delete ALL Gmail at once, Quickly!

Here's how to delete all gmail email at once, and it's really easy!


Saving this link here for easy reference.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

iPhone Photos stuck in Landscape

Easy, and this was the only way to fix stuck orientation--
Simply Restart iPhone:
  1. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the red slider appears.
  2. Drag the slider to turn your device completely off.
  3. After the device turns off, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button again until you see the Apple logo.
Source: Restart your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch - Apple Support

Saturday, April 2, 2016

How to Remove a line in a Word Document

How to remove a line from a Word document or Outlook Event:

  • Put your cursor above the line you want to remove
  • Click on the Borders icon in the Ribbon:

  • Scroll to the bottom and select Borders and Shading
  • Click on the line in the diagram to the right and the line will disappear

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Turn off Window's Voice Narrator

Windows Logo Key + CTRL + Enter

Monday, February 8, 2016

How to change Facebook Notifications Settings

This was tough to find. I stopped looking for it at some point but found it today while looking for something else. Here's how to change Facebook notifications:

1. Click on the blue World icon in the upper right corner:

2. Click on Settings in the upper right corner of the box that pops up.
3. Click on Desktop and Mobile.
Here you can Turn On/Off notifications here like:
  • Comments on posts you're tagged in
  • Comments on friends timelines you're tagged in
  • Posts you're tagged in
  • Updates to an event you've joined
  • See your notifications in the corner of your computer screen, even when Facebook is closed

Thursday, January 28, 2016

If your Fitbit Charge HR is no longer syncing - this works!

After doing this, my Fitbit Charge HR immediately began synching again:
  1. Plug your charging cable into the USB port and insert the other end into the port on the back of your Fitbit Charge HR™. Your Charge HR will begin charging.
  2. Press and hold the button for 10 to 12 seconds until you see the Fitbit icon and a version number (e.g. "V30"). (Mine started shooting green light rays out the back, FYI)
  3. Let go of the button.
  4. Unplug your tracker from the charging cable.
Source: Help article: How do I restart my tracker?

Love this Fitbit!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Disable PC Sound when Mozy Syncs

Go to Control Panel, Sound, Sounds.
Click on "Notification" under Program Events.
Under Sounds, scroll up and select "(None)".

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