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13Aug/14Off

WordPress Stuck in Maintenance Mode

After a recent plugin update my WordPress site came back up after the update in maintenance mode and it turns out to not be that big of a deal.

Since I freaked out a little and thought I really broke my site by just updating some plugins, I thought I'd add this tip to my site so I will remember next time!!

Deleting the file called ".maintenance" in the root of the site's web directory solved the problem.

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17Jul/14Off

CalcTape

I've used a number of free calculator apps over the years but I have found one that just love to use. It's available for Windows, Android, and iPhone. Here is a little info from their site.

- Enter many calculation terms in one turn and still keep an overview - like on an adding machine / desktop calculator.
- Change any term afterwards and CalcTape will refresh the whole calculation automatically.
- Use intermediate results to check and structure your calculation.
- Comment your calculation terms, to give sense and context to it.
- Save your calculations into files. Open the files later and you can change the calculations. CalcTape will refresh the whole calculation automatically again and again.
- Use your existing CalcTape files as templates. Do similar calculations and play different scenarios.
- Use the programmable buttons e.g. for fast TAX calculations.
- CalcTape masters the four basic arithmetical operations, exponentials, and percentage calculations.

It's called CalcTape and it's located here.

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21Jan/14Off

Chrome update not working

I kept getting an error the other day when I tried to update Google Chrome. The error was 'Updates have been disabled by the administrator'. Here is a quick fix.

Using Regedit, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Update
In the right-pane side double click on the UpdateDefault and change this value 0 to 1.
Restart Chrome

That was all it took!

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20Jan/14Off

Android Talkback!

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I'm sure it's helpful for the right people but a friend's kid turned this on by accident and she couldn't do anything and her phone kept talking to her! To be able to get to the settings menu and navigate around with Talkback on, double tap and scroll with two fingers through the menus.

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28Feb/13Off

Classic Shell brings back the Start menu to Windows 8

I bought my wife a new laptop for Valentine's Day and oh my it has Windows 8!! What a difference in both good and bad. I did get a laptop with a touch screen so Windows 8 makes a little more sense but still, it's just dang awkward! One of the first things I thought would help would be to bring back the start menu. I looked around and tried a few of the apps out there and there are a lot. I settled on Classic Shell. It's free and you can customize a lot in it. Check it out if you are wanting a start menu like we have had for years. Here is a little more info in this PC World article.

Review: Classic Shell brings the Start menu to Windows 8 for free | PCWorld.

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24Feb/13Off

Phonoscope.com Speedtest

Haven't really looked for a new speed testing site lately but ran across this one the other day and thought it was very informative.

Phonoscope.com's Speedtest

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23Nov/12Off

Free Anti-Virus Comparison

I've used AVG off and on for years but some things like advertisements in the interface and email has gotten old and something else the other day got on my nerves but I can't remember what it was now! Anyway, it's time to check out other free options since I can't remember the last time I paid for anti-virus software. I've used Security Essentials over the years and seem to pick up bad things while using it! I'm pretty sure I've used Avast before and removed it for some reason but don't remember why. I've used Avira before but like this comparison says, the interface just isn't very pleasing or something and I had to uninstall it but it's been a while since I tried it so it may be time to give it another try too. I'm installing Avast today again to give it a try.

What do you use and why? Do you pay for anti-virus software?

A Free Anti-Virus Comparison: 5 Popular Choices Go Toe-To-Toe.

9Nov/12Off

Cancelbot

Found this the other day reading some contract wording that does't get read all the time. Never know where you might learn something!

From Wikipedia - A cancelbot is an automated or semi-automated process for sending out third-party cancel messages over Usenet, commonly as a stopgap measure to combat spam. More here

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15Oct/12Off

Galaxy S3 takes panoramic photos!

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a pretty nice camera. I'm certain it's the best camera I've had on a phone so far and I recently realized it would take great panoramic shots.

To start snapping high-quality, panoramic shots, just follow the easy steps below:

Open the Camera app.
On the viewfinder screen tap the square symbol on the left.
Tap Panorama in the camera mode list that pops up.
When you're ready to take the first shot, tap the camera icon and directional arrows appear. The app will then prompt you to pan left or right in landscape view.
As you pan, a guide appears onscreen. Use this to frame your panoramic shot.
Continue guiding the smartphone as smoothly as you can. The camera will automatically capture consecutive frames. It's easy!
Tap the red button on the right to stop capturing.
The camera will then link the shots into a single photo.
That's it!

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5Oct/12Off

Customise Your Galaxy S3 App Drawer

The Galaxy S3's App Drawer is where all of your mobile apps are stored. You can access the App Drawer at any time by clicking the Apps icon in your fixed-apps tray at the bottom of the device's display. And you can customise your App Drawer by tapping the Menu key when the Drawer is open.

You can set the App Drawer to organise applications in alphabetical-list or alphabetical-grid form. Or you can customise the Drawer yourself and rearrange apps any way you want. To organize or customize your App Drawer, open it up and then tap the Menu button. Next, choose the View Type option and select the setting you want.

You can also hide apps, view all downloaded apps, quickly uninstall multiple apps at one time and share applications by choosing the appropriate options from the App Drawer's Menu.

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