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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

It got harder to install Office 2010

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I've moved around a 3 computer license for Office 2010 Home many many times. I know the routine. I have to put in the product code, but then it tells me I have it on too many computers, so I have to click the radio button for making a phone call.


But today when I went through the routine, the message said that phone calls were no longer available. I was stuck.

So I googled the exact message it threw, and lo and behold, I found a search hit with the phone number. I called that number, and that triggered a similar process as the old kind (many sets of six numbers) but it required me to do it by phone, rather than web.

It worked.

For U.S.A., the phone number was 866-421-7141

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Sideload Google Play on Fire Tablet HD 8 7th Generation

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Beware. Some instructions are just sales ads disguised as instructions.

But I found this easy set of instructions from Laptop Magazine.


Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Solved! Epson WF-2660 printing uniformely faded printouts

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SOLVED 

The difference is whether I print from the cloud or the network. From the cloud, it's faded. 

From the network, it's not.

In the print dialogue, change the quality back to "standard" and it should stay that way.

It appears that the default got changed to draft.


This was hard to find in the print dialogue. Look closely.

Solved! Network Drive has a red x after boot

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It's been a problem since the beginning of time. All it takes is clicking on the drive to fix the problem. However, I have a scheduled app that runs on a schedule. It fails if I don't explicitly open that folder. That's kinda a pain.

The Solution

  1. Check what speed your network adapter is connecting at. You can find this in Network and Sharing Center. Or find instructions here. Mine is 1.0 Gbps
  2. Go to control panel - network and sharing center
  3. Change adapter settings
  4. Right-click the correct adapter and click properties
  5. Click Configure
  6. Go to Advanced tab
  7. Scroll down to Speed & Duplex and set this manually to whatever you are currently connected at. I set mine to 1.0 Gbps
  8. Click OK, then OK and reboot, and see that there's no red X.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Solved! Echo Show wouldn't stop playing music when asked

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In my situation I discovered this:

Me: Alexa, play Enya on Amazon Music
Alexa: plays the music
Me: Alexa, stop the music
Alexa: Keeps playing


Me: Alexa, play Enya on Pandora
Alexa: plays the music
Me: Alexa, stop the music
Alexa: Stops



Thursday, December 5, 2019

Solved! Easier way to add TV Shows to Plex with no renaming

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Some Notes


  • I have a tv show on my plex media server hard drive that has four seasons. 
  • I want to keep my conventional folder naming style for Windows. That is, I have four folders for the four seasons, and then each episode has the episode number and name the way I want it
  • I tried to put the four folders into a Plex TV Shows folder, but got no luck. My googling also showed that I would have to use a specific naming convention, which I don't want to do.

Solution
  1. I ditched the Plex TV Shows folder
  2. I created a Plex Personal Video folder instead
  3. I named the playlist the name of my tv show
  4. I found a way to add all four folders at once to the playlist
  5. As a result, I can watch all the episode without them stopping after each one

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Solved! Valley Bank and Quicken not playing nicely together any more

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Valley Bank explained to me that there was a quicken data breach a few weeks ago.


Reference number: LTK1119406713255X Please use this ticket number in any correspondence with us.
Subject: Possible bug on the settings page

Dear LINDA E MORAN,
Thank you for contacting us.
The "My Settings" page is working. Please make sure there is no issue with your computer. Please close and then start again. There is only room for two phone numbers, and the system cannot take a duplicate number.
As far as Quicken, there was a security breach about two-three weeks ago on Quicken and QuickBooks. That is why now there is an additional security verification code.
Please feel free to contact us at 1-800-522-4100 ext 3012, if you have any additional questions.
Sincerely,
Online Banking Dept.

Sunday thru Saturday, 8 AM to 5 PM ET.

Reference number: LTK1119406713255X Please use this ticket number in any correspondence with us.
Subject: Possible bug on the settings page

Dear LINDA E MORAN,
Thank you for contacting us.
Please be advised as an additional layer of security protection for your accounts and information and to prevent any unauthorized access to your accounts through a third party application. Every log-in attempt from the third party applications you will be prompted with a one time security pass code.
Please feel free to contact us at 1-800-522-4100 ext 3012, if you have any additional questions.
Sincerely,
Online Banking Dept.

Sunday thru Saturday, 8 AM to 5 PM ET.


Reference number: LTK1119406713255X Please use this ticket number in any correspondence with us.
Subject: Possible bug on the settings page

Dear LINDA E MORAN,
Thank you for contacting us.
Please be advised as an additional layer of security protection for your accounts and information and to prevent any unauthorized access to your accounts through a third party application. Every log-in attempt from the third party applications you will be prompted with a one time security pass code.
Please feel free to contact us at 1-800-522-4100 ext 3012, if you have any additional questions.
Sincerely,
Online Banking Dept.

Sunday thru Saturday, 8 AM to 5 PM ET.

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