July 18, 2014 – 10:05 pm | One Comment

I’m sure someone will find this post handy.  I was following this guide: http://demazter.wordpress.com/2010/04/29/migrate-small-business-server-2003-to-exchange-2010-and-windows-2008-r2/ and got stuck at the migrating SharePoint Services 3.0 part.  The part where you first create the new site and app …

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Apple iCloud activation lock: The Perfect Storm
January 21, 2015 – 11:21 pm | One Comment

So I’ve heard of horror stories where someone has two factor authentication on for their iCloud/Apple ID and they lose the backup password/code and in doing so they are basically screwed, there’s no way for Apple to let you back in and it for the most part is for good reason.  There are many people out there who utilize social engineering and attempt to gain access to other users’ accounts.

Then there is me, and in this case it is my son’s Apple iPhone 5S that I gifted him recently.  I created a separate iCloud/Apple ID account for him.  I had my personal e-mail address as an additional e-mail address on his account.  I also had three security questions setup but forgot to the answers to.  This past weekend I needed to gain access to the account but forgot the security questions.  I went ahead and had the e-mail confirmation sent to my backup e-mail I had on file.  This went through ok.  I also needed to change the password of the account, long story short I was in the midst of disciplining my son.  So I change the password, and stupidly did not write the password down as I again, became sidetracked by receiving a call back from my son.  In turn, the password was changed, I did not write it down, the three security questions were some how blown away, and then my secondary e-mail address was also removed.  I don’t remember doing either of those two things but it happened.

My son starts telling me that his phone keeps asking for his iCloud password.  I attempt to use the last known good one that I had but that did not work.  I try resetting it but find that it will only send the e-mail recovery to the actual iCloud account.  That doesn’t help us at all since we don’t know the password and the recovery options are all blown away.  I schedule a call with Apple Support and am told that there is a way for them to reset the password but they need two pieces of information to identify and confirm that it is who I say I am.  And that is understandable and it goes back to my point I made earlier that it’s for security reasons and if they’re lax, hacking can become a major problem as it was in the past.  I understand that.

So I can only get one piece of information confirmed and the guy says I’m out of luck but that I can get the activation lock removed by sending in proof of purchase which I did.  After restoring it in DFU mode it’s still locked by way of activation so I have to call back tomorrow.  But I guess the lesson learned here is be careful with your account.  The only reason why the account didn’t have a CC on file is because my son doesn’t have a credit card or debit card and I did not want to have mine on file.

I now plan to look into banks or credit unions and have my son signed up for his own account so we can have at least two pieces of information on file to recover the password if this happens again.

It sucks but again it doesn’t because of the way the system works.  It’s damned if you do, damned if you don’t.  The bad guys want everything lax so they can get into the account and do whatever it is they do.  But in the process of it the good guys who really use it for what it’s meant to be used for and are just there to enjoy the ride get shafted too, sometimes.

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Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer.
September 4, 2014 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

I am working on an HP laptop that needed a new hard drive.  I cloned the failing hard drive to a new hard drive and installed it back into the laptop.  I tried to get Windows Updates but received the following error: Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer.  I tried stopping the wuauserv service and re-naming the SoftwareDistribution folder and even deleting it but nothing worked.  I finally stumbled onto a TechNet forum post that said to try and update the Intel Rapid Storage Technology” drivers and all I did was Google “Intel Rapid storage Technology HP” and used the first one that showed up from hp.com.  It worked.  Another symptom you’ll probably have is Microsoft Windows Defender won’t start, nor will the service.  You will get an error message that says: “windows could not start the windows defender service on local computer error 0x8e5e0247.”

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Synology 1512+ Backup & Replication to Amazon S3 extremely slow upload
August 23, 2014 – 10:36 am | No Comment

So we are having problems with one of our client’s experiencing extremely slow uploads to Amazon S3.  We just reached out to support to find out what can be done but from briefly searching the Internet it doesn’t seem to be that big of a problem.  I’ve found a few instances of others having similar problems but nothing concrete in solving the actual problem.  I have enabled multi part uploads and it is at its default setting.  If I can figure it out I hope to report back here and let you all know.

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 …

Internet Explorer 10 and Windows 7: Downloads failing when using redirected folders
May 27, 2013 – 8:27 pm | 3 Comments

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

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