Saturday, November 11, 2017

Fix: Windows 7 Update stuck on "Checking for updates" (windows update hangs forever on Windows 7)

Both explains and solves the problem.  Encountered it multiple times reinstalling Windows 7...

Fix: Windows 7 Update stuck on "Checking for updates" This thread is locked from future replies

This article shows you how to fix the "Checking for Updates" loop on Windows 7.

Why this problem occurs

Inside Windows Update, there is a small piece of software called an agent. The agent contacts Microsoft's servers and downloads any available updates. 

In order to function properly, the agent on your computer must be the same version as the one on Microsoft's servers, otherwise your computer will not be able to communicate with the servers. Several months ago, Microsoft updated its servers, causing any Windows 7 machines with the old agent to fail when trying to connect. This incompatibility between computer and server causes Windows Update to get stuck.

Solution and more at:

Thursday, November 2, 2017

PIXMA MX922 error code B200 workaround, thanks to Canon Community Bulletin Board!

Don't replace the print head!  This happened eventually on both the MX922's we have

Re: PIXMA MX922 with error code B200 (Series MX920)

1. Turn OFF Power
2. Open the print head bay (as though you were about to change inks)
3. Turn ON power
4. Wait for print carriage to start moving to the left and let it go past half way
5. Before print carriage reaches left hand side (but after going halfway across) shut the cover.
6. Leave the Printer turned on
7. Good to go.
I tried this and it worked for me

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Yet another tech support scam from 607-319-8426

Robotic message: "If you are the one who is using Microsoft Windows in your computer then please call 607-319-8426 or press one to speak with security team now. Please ignore if we called you by mistake. Thanks." This is a scam to get permission to access your computer. Do not comply!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Selling As-Is, no returns, on ebay, *NOT* as used, important comments! -- from comments on "A Guide to Selling Imperfect Items | eBay"

The most important points when selling an item as-is, i.e., not fully functional, no returns, are:
1) don't sell it as used, sell it for parts or not working. (even if you think it does work but cannot test it)
2) Make sure your headline indicates this, and also that your description is still fully accurate,

More useful comments (the comments on the article are more accurate than the official ebay article itself IMHO):

If you listed your item "used" condition, then there is no such thing as "as-is", even if you mention it, eBay will not stand with you if the customer open a case, since "used" should still be working condition. IF the item is not working, or you want to sell it "as-is", then list it as "for parts or not working", make sure you state the problems, what happened to it or what you think happened to it. Also take good pics. Then you can state the item is "as-is". The items listed as "for parts or not working" is not qualified to open a SNAD dispute since you stated it nees repair and it is for parts. But "used" items must be in working condition.
Roy Bratton · 
Gal Shaked is 100% correct and this article is like a defective item that needs to be returned. If you don't know enough to evaluate the condition of your item, you must list it "for parts or repair". Otherwise you are responsible for accepting the return and paying for shipping (which is only right).
Greg Tank · 
I learned the hard way, Always believe ebay will side with the buyer and you will refund the the full price plus shipping. Anything other than that will require you to spend waaaaaay to much time and emotional capital and in the end....READ AND BELIEVE - bottom line - you will be required to return it by ebay and give them a refund. Price your items accordingly.
Gal Shaked · 
This is guide is nonsense, and will mislead people. THERE IS NO SUCH THING ON EBAY AS "AS-IS".
Depends on the item category (it's different for things like dolls), but basically the choice is between "used" and "for parts or non-working". Any item categorized at the top of the listing as "used" has to fully work, and only cosmetic imperfections are allowed. It doesn't matter if further down the listing says "as-is" or "untested" -- any buyer who buys the item and later discovers itdoesn't work, even partially, will win any "significantly not as described" (SNAD) dispute.
If the seller doesn't know for sure that the item works (e.g., no battery/power supply available to test it) the only option s/he has is to list it as "for parts"; you can still say in the description that "it is believed to work", but expect to be paid a lot less for it than for a "used" item.
Sucks that eBay doesn't have an intermediate category, but that's how it is.
Also, no such thing as "no returns", except for buyer remorse. The eBay/PayPal guarantees trump any statement like that; if the item is SNAD (e.g., doesn't look like the picture, even if the listing was "for parts / not working" , the buyer will win any dispute on this.
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

How do I prevent automatic window resizing in Windows 10 (windows become suddenly bigger/smaller when you just want to move them)?

How do I prevent automatic window resizing?

In Windows 7, I knew how to turn off the annoying (to me) feature that windows were automatically maximized when moved to the edge of the screen. This option no longer seems to be present in the 'ease of access' settings. Any idea if it can still be disabled?
I also agree this is a pretty weird "feature", and I always end up turning it off.  Turn it *off* here, in "Settings" ("Gear" symbol above windows menu in lower-left hand corner):
    A) Click/tap on Multitasking on the left side. Under Snap on the right side, move the Arrange windows automatically by dragging them to the sides or corners of the screen slider to the right to turn it on. (see screenshot below)

    B) If you like, you can also turn on or off When I snap more than one window, automatically adjust the size of the windows (Snap Fill) and When I snap a window, show what I can snap next to it (Snap Assist)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

MotionX-GPS Track: Track 054


Connie O'Dell uses MotionX-GPS on the iPhone and is sharing with you the following track:

Jun 25, 2017 12:12 pm

Name:Track 054
Date:Jun 25, 2017 12:12 pm
(valid until Dec 22, 2017)
View on Map
Distance:4.98 miles
Elapsed Time:1:55:05
Avg Speed:2.6 mph
Max Speed:8.3 mph
Avg Pace:23' 06" per mile
Min Altitude:5,701 ft
Max Altitude:7,629 ft
Start Time:2017-06-25T18:12:34Z
Start Location: 
 Latitude:39º 58' 55" N
 Longitude:105º 18' 28" W
End Location: 
 Latitude:39º 58' 16" N
 Longitude:105º 15' 55" W


MotionX-GPS Commonly Asked Questions

  1. What is MotionX-GPS?
    MotionX-GPS is the essential GPS application for outdoor enthusiasts. It puts an easy-to-use, state-of-the-art handheld GPS on your iPhone.

  2. Can I use MotionX-GPS?
    Sure! MotionX-GPS can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store.

  3. How can I display tracks in Google Earth?
    Follow the directions on the Google Earth web site to download and install the Google Earth program. Save the attached "Track 054.kmz" file to your computer. Launch Google Earth, select File, Open, and open the saved "Track 054.kmz" file.

  4. This email was forwarded to me. Where are the attachments?
    Some e-mail programs do not include the original attachments by default when forwarding an e-mail. In this case, the sender must reattach the original files for them to be included.


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All the best,

The MotionX Team

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