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I recently had a client who’s hard drive failed.  I replaced their hard drive roughly a year ago.  I replaced it with this hard drive: Western Digital Scorpio Black 320 GB Sata 3.0 Gb-s 16 …

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Corsair K95 keyboard and Logitech G700s review 6 months later
January 24, 2014 – 10:10 am | No Comment
I’ve owned and used 2x K95 keyboards and 2x Logitech G700s mice.

The reason I have two is I use one pair for work and one pair for home.
Initially I gave both items raving reviews and it’s only been six months but some weird quirks has popped up.  I’ve extremely OCD when it comes to weird quirks like this and it ends up bothering me to no end.
So for the Corsair K95, my work keyboard has one key that’s failed or is failing.  They say it is called key chatter or key bounce.  It is when you hit the key and it types more than once so for instance my L key is the one that is broken.  Sometimes when I type L it comes out as ll or sometimes it does not even register.  I have been trying to get an advanced RMA with Corsair so that I’m not out of a keyboard for an extended period of time.  Thankfully I just went ahead and bought myself the Cooler Master CM QuikFire keyboard and it will be arriving on Monday.  So far my RMA experience with Corsair has been poor.  I sent a submission via their online ticketing system since that is what someone told me to do when I called in.  It’s been 24 hours so far and I have not even received an e-mail indicating they’re working on my ticket.  I called this morning to see if they would take my RMA over the phone but was on hold for so long eventually a voicemail box came up and said to leave a message.  I left a message and am waiting for them to call me back.
As for the Logitech G700s well it has some really strange quirks with its software and there’s a really weird bug where it loses its settings.  You can store mouse settings onboard in its own memory which in theory should be stored forever until you change it and this is good because you can take the mouse and move it to another computer and those settings that you created within the mouse will carry over.  However, there’s a very bizarre bug where when you don’t turn off the mouse and either logout or restart the computer and if the mouse hasn’t been able to communicate with the Logitech Gaming Software it will rever its settings back to the defaults which is quite annoying.  So for instance if you have a computer that you share with family members and you use the fast Windows switching, you’ll notice that when you lock the PC and sign into another user profile that the settings for the mouse will reset.  It’s really annoying to say the least.  If you want to find more you can Google “Logitech Gaming Software DPI reset bug” and you’ll see tons of people complaining about this problem.
The problem with Logitech is that it seems like they just do not care about these issues.  It goes unnoticed on the forum or if they do reply they give a really weird work around.  So for instance the work around for the DPI reset/settings reset problem is to turn your mouse off before you sign out and make sure the Logitech Software is not loaded before you turn the mouse back on.  I know it sounds really strange that you have to jump through all these hoops just to get your mouse to work right.  I wish they’d be more transparent and focus on fixing the issues instead of trying to find workarounds.

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IE10 downloads to network share causes “This program couldn’t be downloaded” error message in download manager
June 2, 2013 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

thisprogramcouldntbedownloaded

So basically this is what happens and the back story to this is that if you have a computer with re-directed folders, which normally would be in a corporate environment, and you attempt to download certain files, you end up with this error message in the IE10 download manager.

This was a problem with IE9 but it was fixed here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2589171/en-us.  It appears that with IE10, whatever fix they utilized, wasn’t retroactively applied to the IE10 code.

I did a little digging with Processor Monitor and found that I was getting a sharing violation error.  I then Googled that, found a few web pages talking about the problem with IE9, finally read something about Microsoft Security Essentials being a partial culprit, did some testing and came to the conclusion that if you exclude .partial files from Microsoft Security Essentials, you can get around this temporarily.  I say temporarily due to the fact that I hope Microsoft releases a fix for this although I am not getting my hopes up.  What is the consequences of excluding .partial files from MSE?  Well it basically means, I think, that every file you download isn’t going to be properly scanned.  I may be wrong, it may scan the entire file after it’s put back together but I can’t say for sure.  So if you do attempt this, you are doing this at your own risk, the possibility of downloading a malicious file and not being notified is very real.

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Internet Explorer 10 and Windows 7: Downloads failing when using redirected folders
May 27, 2013 – 8:27 pm | One Comment

It seems that ever since IE9 there has been a weird bug with Internet Explorer and redirected folders, specifically when you are trying to download a file.  Sometimes the file will download, other times, and it’s very random, it will not work.  The usual error is: This program couldn’t be downloaded in the download manager.

It appears to happen to anyone who has redirected folders enabled – this is going to be more for folks who are in the corporate world or someone tinkering with their own Active Directory setup at home.

It also appears that Microsoft fixed this in IE9 and released a patch but IE10 seems to have broken it yet again and there is no word from Microsoft on whether or not this will ever be fixed.

If anyone knows anything or maybe even an IE dev will see this but we’d like an answer please!

Internet Explorer 10 and Windows 7: Downloads failing when using redirected folders
May 27, 2013 – 8:27 pm | One Comment

It seems that ever since IE9 there has been a weird bug with Internet Explorer and redirected folders, specifically when you are trying to download a file.  Sometimes the file will download, other times, and …

Internet Explorer 9 is available for download
March 14, 2011 – 7:56 pm | One Comment

This build is stable as can be.  They fixed the IntelliPoint bug that I’ve posted about many times in the past.  They essentially disabled the accelerated scrolling.  Get it at Beautyoftheweb.

IE9 RC is available for download
February 10, 2011 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

You can download IE9 RC over here.  Also, they appeared to have fixed the IntelliPoint bug which I’ve been blogging about for over 2 or so years or ever since IE8 came out.  I do …

Daring Fireball’s John Gruber has the Verizon iPhone 4 – and he likes it, a lot
February 2, 2011 – 6:55 pm | One Comment

http://bit.ly/hNgBqc
Check out his post regarding the Verizon iPhone 4.  He’s had it since last Friday.  The gist of it is that he likes it, Verizon’s network is superior, the call quality is leaps and bounds …

Internet Explorer 9 IE9 beta 1 first thoughts
September 15, 2010 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

Well, IE9 is here and I was finally able to get my hands on it.  I first installed it onto my test system which has an Intel SSD.
I have to say that there are some …

Internet Explorer 9 beta being released tomorrow, 9/15/10
September 14, 2010 – 5:08 pm | One Comment

As you all know, I’m a diehard IE user.  I use IE8 at home but for security purposes, use FireFox at work.
In any case, IE9 beta 1 is being released tomorrow morning via Microsoft’s “Beauty …

Steve Jobs to take stage of WWDC on June 7, 2010
May 24, 2010 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

Steve Jobs is going to give this year’s WWDC keynote speech.  Great news.  Apple should release the iPhone 4.0 on that day as well.  Can’t wait for this year’s WWDC, mark your calendars.

Internet Explorer 9 platform preview 2 was released this morning
May 5, 2010 – 8:15 am | No Comment

You can download it here.  The IntelliPoint bug: bug ID#: 554429.  If you are apart of Microsoft Connect and could take a few moments to verify the bug and vote for it, I would really …

Alice for iPad
April 13, 2010 – 2:47 pm | No Comment
Geo Hot jailbreaks the new Apple iPad
April 9, 2010 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

Check this post out here with a picture to prove it.  He already has Cydia installed too.  Awesome stuff, can’t wait for them to release it!