May 9th, 2013
I am a big fan of Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboards. I’ve been using them since Microsoft first released it 15+ years ago. Even though I am currently using a Goldtouch ergonomic keyboard, I like to switch things up so I bought a Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000.
One feature I didn’t like about this keyboard was the zoom slider in the middle of the keyboard. I really do not get the point of it. I do not know who needs to zoom in and out of things so frequently that they would need a dedicated contraption for it. I would rather have a trackball or trackpoint kind of device in there instead.
Well, if you are a hacker and if you cannot find it, you just make it!
April 2nd, 2013
I recently bought the Contour Design ShuttlePRO along with ShuttleExpress to use it with Adobe LightRoom. The device itself is a great product, but the driver installation program didn’t work on my computer.
Upon executing the driver installation program on my Win7 x64 system, I received an error message indicating “Insufficient free disk space”. I had over 2TB (2000+ GB) of free space on my drive, so it was obvious that the disk space was not an issue. I have seen this problem in the past on an outdated WISE install system, the installation program wasn’t calculating the free space properly on large drives. So, I assumed that the same thing was happening to this installation program.
June 27th, 2012
I normally do not use Access Databases, but for a pet project of mine I decided to quickly use Access 2010 Database to store some historic data. When I tried to add the database connection to my Windows Forms application, Visual Studio 2010 barked at me:
The ‘Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0′ provider is not registered on the local machine.
Even though it seems not logical, what fixes this problem is installing the Office 2007 System Driver: Data Connectivity Components.
Hope this helps someone…
November 21st, 2011
I have a Schwinn 213 Recumbent Exercise Bike and it came with a hand-grip style heart rate monitor (HRM). Unfortunately HRM died couple of years ago just after the warranty is ended. I did not like the hand-grip HRM from the beginning as it was inaccurate and required me to hold the hand-grips all the time.
I’ve been playing with Polar heart rate (HR) receiver for a while and it is really easy to use. So, I decided to open up the recumbent bike’s console and replace the hand-grip HRM system with the Polar HRM system.
Let’s start with the Polar RMCM01 HR receiver unit.
July 16th, 2011
I absolutely hate waste. We are wasting a lot of resources in this country from bare necessities to entertainment items. This is even worse in the small electronics area. If a small electronics item gets broken most of us don’t even think of repairing it. There is a better, newer version out there that we want anyway, and it doesn’t cost that much. So, we dump the broken one and got a brand new one. I struggle with that mentality as I know I can repair them most of the time. Do I have time to tackle every single broken electronics item in my house? Not all the time, and I previously had resource constraints as well. I used to have one table that I did my coding and electronics projects on. Our garage is not a useful place as it is detached and not finished inside so there is no room in there for me to setup my electronics lab. I was clearing out my desk every time I worked on an electronics project, pushing away the monitors, keyboard etc. The problem is that the next morning when I needed to code, my desk was covered with components, soldering iron etc. That meant, cleaning it again. I think you got the drift.
February 28th, 2011
There are multiple ways of getting the MAC address of a system that is on either locally or remotely. But, what if your system is off, you do not have physical access to the system and you wanted to turn it on remotely using Wake on Lan(WOL)? In order to turn your computer on remotely using WOL you need to know the MAC address of that system. If you are not planned this ahead of time, finding the systems MAC address might not be very easy. What are your options?
February 21st, 2011
My blog is on a new provider now. It’s been a long time since I choose to use WordPress. Back in those days providers didn’t even have automated installation scripts/systems such as QuickInstall or Fantastico. Newer version of WordPress allows you to upgrade within its application but since I started on an old provider, it somehow never worked for me. So, I decided to switch providers to make my life easier. This new provider is faster, more flexible, offers better service at almost the same price point.
During the conversion, I decided to abandon my highly customized theme. It was based on an old theme that didn’t accept widgets, which made it cumbersome to make changes. I did make certain changes in the new theme as well, but it is minimal.
Transferring data from the old blog to the new one was pretty easy by using the export/import functionality. However, I am noticing that some of the characters did not transfer properly such as single quote. Also export/import process does not bring plugins or configuration settings. Thankfully I don’t run many plugins so it went rather smoothly.
I like to fresh new look of the site and the bigger fonts. Who knows this might even increase the frequency of my blogs.
January 4th, 2011
It’s been quite a hectic 2 weeks, being stuck in east coast due to blizzard messed my schedule quite badly. As a result, I missed my opportunity to go to LA early last week to get stuff done, so I have to get all that done this week. That was my intention when I got up at 4am this morning to go to LA. Little that I know Southwest had different plans for me. The plane they picked for their 6:35am flight turned out to be broken.
“Computer problem” so called Captain has said.
July 16th, 2010
Steve Jobs announced today that the reception problems with iPhone 4 is not limited to iPhone 4, it also affects 3G and 3GS as well. Apple is going to give free bumpers to all iPhone 4 owners. So, here is a question: If the same antenna problem exists in 3G and 3GS, why doesn’t Apple give free bumpers/cases to 3G and 3GS owners as well? He said that He has a theory why more people are noticing the reception problem with iPhone 4: It is because Apple did not produce enough iPhone 4 bumpers, so the iPhone 4 buyers couldn’t get a case/bumper with their iPhone 4 purchase. Isn’t this as same as saying “Our phones don’t function properly without a case”
July 8th, 2010
I would like to report the world’s first ever use of a GeoGiftBox™ for presenting engagement ring/request has happened on 7/8/2010 at 4:20pm PDT.
What is a GeoGiftBox™? It is a locked Antique Wooden box fitted with electronics to detect its current location that opens only if you are standing near the location it’s programmed to open. I will give more information about the box, and how it’s been used in my engagement process, and where can you purchase your own box later.