When Trend Micro blocks Internet access

Feb 10, 2010 in Technology

This post is a little old, since I gave up on Windows PCs in general and switched to a MacBook Pro last October. Essentially, I grew tired of combating hassles with my laptop hardware, uncooperative Windows updates, and—the piece de la resistance—Trend Micro Internet Security randomly deciding to cut off one Internet service or another, even when the firewall program wasn’t enabled.

I figured that I should still complete this post for the benefit of those who may still be suffering through the Windows XP/Trend Micro Internet Security hassles. I still run a similar setup in a Virtual Box on my Mac, so the solution on the next page is still valid to me.

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Restoring SDHC and Compact Flash memory

Sep 28, 2009 in Technology

I meant to write about tools to restore the data from FUBARed SDHC memory cards last year. This week at least a couple of co-workers told me about their SD and micro-SD cards becoming unreadable, possibly due to their computer’s lack of support for the SDHC format.

While this could be true, even though my computer’s built-in SD card reader claimed to support the SDHC format, I encountered similar problems.

In this post I talk about a couple of free and commercial tools that helped me recover lost space when my card reader mysteriously stopped supporting my SDHC card, and recover lost photos from corrupt Compact Flash cards.

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Still can’t track it down, but getting closer

May 18, 2007 in Personality, Technology

Once thought to be the ultimate answer to the Consolidator, Excalibur is beginning to waste my time. I’m not even sure I can blame the computer itself. I think I bought this machine right in the armpit of last year’s and next year’s technology. Operating systems are being patched, applications are being upgraded, everything is fighting for the same DLL headspace and I’m stuck in the middle, wasting time while trying to get this machine to just work.

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Standby for take-off

May 09, 2007 in Productivity, Strategy, Technology

While using Google to search the web for solutions to my Toshiba M400 Tablet PC stylus problem, I found new terms to use in the search. For the past week I’d been asking for results that included the words “Tablet PC”, “stylus”, “resume from”, “standby” and “hibernate”. After a few days with no success, The thought occurred to me that I should returning to the source: Wacom’s website.

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Five months gone….

May 06, 2007 in Personality, Productivity, Technology

I was hoping to make my next entry the most glorious, pumped up, praiseworthy review of the Toshiba M400. I mean, what’s there not to like? Intel Core Duo T2400 processor, 512MB DDR2 667MHz RAM, built in sound, video, bluetooth, and fingerprint scanner… all in the tablet platform. Instead, my model #M400-TD10TE has been wrought with problems ever since I bought it, but the problems have been inconsistent, which makes me believe they’re more due to system software rather than hardware. At any rate, I thought I should at least post these out here on net-land, as I haven’t heard these problems nor resolutions in the past number of weeks.

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Windows Mobile… tablet or not?

Aug 31, 2006 in Productivity, Technology

The thrill of having a TABLET has kind of worn off. I guess it’s because I’m a faster typist than a writer, and with my horrible handwriting the system has mucho trouble converting to text, as well as searching my ink. That said, I’m still having fun using pen-based systems. The next item on the agenda: my Toshiba E830 pocket pc. This thing is a skookum piece of gear, albeit in desperate need of a software update. Still, I’m getting tons of mileage out of it, with the only drawback being that it doesn’t have a cell phone built in.

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Tablets of silicon

Dec 31, 2005 in Productivity, Strategy, Technology

I should have figured that Moses was onto something when I read he returned from the top of Mt. Sinai with the Ten Commandments on tablets of stone—after all, he was a revolutionary. Until October I was either chained to my desktop or buried under the weight of my 10lb. desktop replacement. In my new, “Tablet of Silicon”, I’ve found my centre—in terms of measured productivity, and not mere philosophical speculation.

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